Healthy homemade pumpkin spiced latte

Forget about Starbucks pumpkin spice latte (PSL). It might be convenient, (and delicious) but let's be real—it's packed with artificial flavours and sugar. Instead, let's make a homemade version using 100% real pumpkin puree. Not only will it give you that authentic pumpkin flavour, but it's also loaded with health benefits. Toss it in your favourite to-go mug and you have all the cosy vibes and none of the detrimental health downsides.

Health benefits of homemade PSL

According to Dr. Lana Butner, a naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist, pumpkin is a powerhouse of nutrients. "Rich in vitamin A and lycopene, pumpkin is fantastic for eye health and helps prevent cellular degradation," she says. "It's also packed with fibre, which improves digestion and boosts immune function."

Now, let's talk coffee. Choose a quality, organic, and fair trade brand to avoid toxins and pesticides. Or... if you want a caffeine alternative, consider matcha. Dr. Butner recommends it for its health protective effects and mood-enhancing properties.

As for sweeteners, ditch the artificial stuff and opt for natural alternatives like monk fruit extract, raw honey, or maple syrup. These options allow you to control the sweetness level without the added sugar.

Of course, we can't forget the spices! Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves not only add that signature PSL flavour but also come with their own health benefits. Cinnamon helps balance blood sugar, nutmeg is a powerful antioxidant, ginger regulates blood glucose levels, and cloves have anti-inflammatory properties.

Ready to whip up your own homemade PSL? Here's the recipe:

Homemade PSL Recipe

  • A shot of freshly brewed organic coffee
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 2-3 tablespoons organic pumpkin puree canned or home made 
  • 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup (or another sweetener of choice)
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice bought or homemade (see recipe here)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Make coffee and pour it into a glass or mug. Set aside.
  2. Heat milk in a saucepan over medium-low heat until warm (but not boiling).
  3. Transfer warm milk to a blender and add pumpkin puree, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla extract.
  4. Blend until well combined.
  5. Pour the mixture into the glass of coffee and top with either whipped cream or sprinkle with a dash of pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon.
  6. Enjoy 
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