Skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte

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On a chilly fall morning, a warm cup of espresso, pumpkin-flavored syrup and steamed milk topped with whipped cream is just what I needed! Now before you roll into Starbucks to enjoy one of these popular seasonal drinks, ask yourself if you really want to consume 380 calories, 13 grams of fat, and 49 grams of sugar in one coffee drink! Save money (and the calories, fat and sugar) and make this ‘skinny’ version right in the comfort of your own home! I promise you will enjoy it just as much!


The estimated total time to make this recipe is 5-10 minutes.


Add all of the ingredients to a small sauce pan, stir to combine everything, and heat over medium heat, for about 1-3 minutes, or until very hot, (but be careful not to bring to a boil.)


Remove from heat and add to a blender to get milk nice and frothy!  Blend on high until the milk begins to form small bubbles, about 1-2 minutes.


Divide the mixture between two mugs (or save half for later in the fridge). Add a splash of half and half if desired, and/or a squirt of whipped cream, a drizzle of sugar free caramel, and a dash of cinnamon on top! Enjoy!


2 tbsIntant espresso powder (or 2 pkts Starbucks Instant Via Coffee) 1
1 tspPumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 Cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cupSugar free maple syrup, honey, or agave nectar
2 cupsVanilla almond milk or skim milk
3-5 pktsStevia (or sweetener to taste)
Optional:2 tbs half and half (to make it even more rich and creamy) and/or fat free whipped topping for garnish

1 Or 2 shots of espress or 1 cup very strong coffee.

Nutrition Breakdown

2 Servings
71 Calories per Serving (each serving is 1 1/2 cups)
4 g Fat
13 g Carbohydrate per Serving
3 g FIber per Serving
2 g Sugar per Serving
2 g Protein per Serving
2 WWP+*

*Weight Watchers Points per serving


char eats greens said:

I absolutely LOVE seeing recipes for PSL…especially ones containing pumpkin, like the way it should be!! I just need to get my hands on some espresso and then I’m good to go!!!

October 11th, 2012 — 9:02am  |  Reply

Molly said:

Yumm, thank you, been looking for an easy homemade version!

October 11th, 2012 — 11:09am  |  Reply

Meredith said:

Yummy! I can’t wait to try this!

October 11th, 2012 — 12:49pm  |  Reply

Katelyn Bellingham said:


Also starbucks has a pumpkin spice coffee via that I bought and have been using in your skinny frappacino protein shake and I cannot WAIT to try it in this. Hip hip hooray!

October 11th, 2012 — 2:13pm  |  Reply

Kristy Kelm said:

Katie, if I am not a coffee drinker would cocoa substituted for the espresso work?

October 11th, 2012 — 8:26pm  |  Reply

Marie said:

Yay!! I was hoping you would come up with some delicious warm drinks!!! Thank you!!!!!! <3

October 12th, 2012 — 12:07am  |  Reply

jenny said:

does this reheat well in the microwave?

October 12th, 2012 — 12:44am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

havent tried it but i’m sure it would! :)

October 12th, 2012 — 8:16am  | 

Katelyn Bellingham said:

I made it this AM and warmed up the second half in the microwave for about 45 seconds, and it was perfect! Tasted just the same as the first time!

This is AMAZING btw! I used vanilla silk as the milk base, the Starbucks pumpkin spice via packets, and sugar free maple syrup in it…wow, so yummy. I only used 1 packet of splenda and it was sweet enough for me!

October 13th, 2012 — 8:39am  | 

Jocelyn said:

This is a delicious recipe! I made it for my kids this afternoon, and my daughter claims it is much better than the rendition at Panera. Thanks so much.

October 13th, 2012 — 6:42pm  |  Reply

Trixie28 said:

Yum! What brand is the s/f caramel syrup? I’ll have to look for it!

October 14th, 2012 — 9:31am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

I used maple syrup sugar free

October 14th, 2012 — 3:11pm  | 

Blog is the New Black said:

AWESOME site! This looks great.

October 15th, 2012 — 5:54am  |  Reply

Vera Zecevic – Cupcakes Garden said:

So cute! I will try this late! Really nice choic for us!

October 15th, 2012 — 7:39am  |  Reply

Stephanie said:

I’ve made this twice and it comes out to a thick consistency. Would blending it even longer help?

October 15th, 2012 — 9:50am  |  Reply

Marie Poza said:

This is so delicious I actually prefer it over Starbucks!!! Thank you!! : )

October 17th, 2012 — 9:33am  |  Reply

Amy Drogalis said:

Made this the other day along with the One Minute Pumpkin Cupcake and all I can say is yum!

October 18th, 2012 — 10:15am  |  Reply

Frances said:

I’ve been trying to find a low-cal coffee drink when I don’t want to spend money and calories on my favorite Starbucks drink and this was AWESOME! I will definitely be making this again.

October 24th, 2012 — 1:05pm  |  Reply

Amanda said:

Just one cup of skim milk is 90 calories, compared to your recipe the whole drink is 71 calories. I’m assuming that almond milk is lower in calories?

October 26th, 2012 — 8:37am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

correct! its 30 cals per cup

October 26th, 2012 — 11:34am  | 

Erin said:

Hi! How do I remove/edit my favorites? I click on edit favorites & then they jumble up so fast I can’t click on one. Thx!

October 28th, 2012 — 12:52pm  |  Reply

Christy said:

Vanilla almond milk is only 30 calories per cup if you use the unsweetened. The regular has 90 calories per cup. Can’t wait to try this recipe. Sounds delicious!

November 3rd, 2012 — 12:27pm  |  Reply

Kayla McKinney said:

For some reason mine came out realllllly thick. It still tastes great, but is a weird consistency. Any ideas? Maybe I heated it for too long?

November 6th, 2012 — 8:49am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

most likely…if that happens just add more almond milk to thin it out a bit :)

November 6th, 2012 — 8:53am  | 

Anna said:

LOVED THIS!! thank you!

November 14th, 2012 — 7:01pm  |  Reply

Amanda Wade said:

This was so good Katie thank you! I used the microwave worked just fine :)

November 15th, 2012 — 5:08pm  |  Reply

Nikki Spracklin said:

This was great, thick and creamy too!

January 25th, 2013 — 6:57am  |  Reply

Amanda Silva said:

Do you think I could use regular instant coffee grounds?

March 22nd, 2013 — 12:48pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

yes :)

March 22nd, 2013 — 12:52pm  | 

Claudia said:

This was better than Starbucks!

October 25th, 2013 — 1:17pm  |  Reply

Abigail Macouzet said:

Another amazing recipe Katie! My husband and I seriously live off of your recipes! Thank you for helping me live a healthy lifestyle and have a healthy pregnancy!

September 4th, 2014 — 12:13pm  |  Reply

christine said:

Sounds great

October 29th, 2014 — 3:40pm  |  Reply

Teri said:

Yum! I am definitely going to make!

November 15th, 2014 — 8:49pm  |  Reply

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