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Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte may reign supreme as the signature hot beverage of fall, but its nutrition profile isn’t one to make you skip giddily through autumn leaves. A 16-ounce PSL provides 380 calories, more sugar than three Twinkies, and a startling 40% of your daily saturated fat. This is why making your very own homemade coffee drinks would likely be a much healthier option.
Caramel macchiatos are another best-loved Starbucks pick-me-up. But, like the PSL, their nutrition facts aren’t so sweet. This homemade take on the classic comes in at 168 calories, 2 grams of saturated fat, and 25 grams of sugar–compared to a 16-ounce Starbucks version with 250 calories, 4.5 grams of saturated fat, and 33 grams of sugar.
Get the recipe from Foxes Love Lemons.
Start your day—or end your evening—with the soothing scent of lavender in your cup. Culinary-grade lavender brings its delightful scent and calming properties to this unusual low-fat latte. A scattering of purple buds on top completes the pretty, healthy picture.
Get the recipe from The View From Great Island.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention a couple of lighter DIY versions of Starbucks’ pumpkin-y drink. This recipe uses real pumpkin for a boost of fiber and vitamin A, while brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice help recreate PSL’s trademark spicy flavor. The finished product nets you just 180 calories—200 less than the original.
Get the recipe from Dietood.
For a sweet treat, there’s nothing like a warm gingerbread cookie—hence the popularity of gingerbread lattes. Make a low-calorie vegan version by using non-dairy milk. Then opt for molasses as a sweetener to amp up the authentic gingerbread taste. This recipe has just 52 calories per serving.
Get the recipe from Vegan Richa.
Last but not least, another homemade PSL—this time with a unique twist. For those who like oatmeal with their morning coffee, a pumpkin spice oatmeal latte marries the two into one hearty beverage. The soluble fiber you’ll get from oats is known for improving heart health, and may keep you full all the way until lunch. Can you say the same for most mainstream coffee drinks?
Get the recipe from Half Baked Harvest.
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