Picture this: it’s a crisp fall morning, and you’re craving one of those famous pumpkin spice lattes from your favorite coffee shop. The warm, cozy flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie spice are calling your name. But, you don’t want to break your low-carb diet for a sugary Starbucks drink. What do you do?
That’s where I come in as a barista with a solution – a low-carb pumpkin spice latte recipe that tastes every bit as good as the real thing, but without all the added sugars and carbs. Made with brewing coffee or espresso, almond milk, heavy cream, canned pumpkin pie filling, and a sprinkle of nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice mix topped with whipped cream, this keto-friendly latte is the perfect seasonal treat.
Not only will you be able to satisfy that pumpkin spice craving without ruining your diet – you will save money! Forget about driving out in the rain or snow covered streets for a store-bought one or placing an order on Starbucks app, this latte can be made in the comfort of your own home. Trust me, you won’t even taste the difference between our low carb pumpkin spice latte recipe and what they serve at Starbucks.
Here’s how to make it!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Picture this: the sweet and warm aroma of pumpkin pie spice mingling with rich roasted coffee beans, tickling your senses and making you swoon with delight. Now imagine sipping on that perfect blend of comforting flavors, without the guilt of consuming too many carbs. That’s where this low carb pumpkin spice latte recipe comes in.
If you’re a fan of autumn flavors and the infamous Starbucks pumpkin spice latte, then you’ll absolutely love this recipe. Not only is it a healthier alternative, but it’s also budget-friendly and easy to make at home.
This latte recipe uses unsweetened almond milk, canned pumpkin puree, and Splenda sugar substitute to create a low carb version of this classic coffee drink. The nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice mix are wonderfully complemented by a dash of vanilla extract for the perfect balance of sweetness.
What’s more, this keto pumpkin spice latte recipe can be easily customized to fit your dietary preferences or cravings. You can use coconut milk instead of almond milk for a creamier texture, or add a pinch of salted caramel sauce to elevate your coffee experience.
Whether you’re looking for something to warm you up on a crisp fall day or just want to indulge in a delicious coffee treat without derailing your diet goals, this recipe is sure to satisfy. So grab that mug and get ready for some yum-ness!
The key to a delicious Low Carb Pumpkin Spice Latte is to have the right ingredients in the perfect quantities. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 cups brewed coffee
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tbsp Splenda sugar substitute
- 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- A pinch of salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp Splenda sugar substitute
- Whipped cream (optional)
Make sure to use canned pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling for the recipe. Also, don’t forget to use unsweetened almond milk and heavy cream for that perfect amount of creaminess without any added sugar. These ingredients will help you stay within your low carb or keto diet while still being able to enjoy a delicious twist on a classic fall drink.
The Recipe How-To
Now that we’ve covered the ingredient list, it’s time to dive into the good stuff– making our delicious Low Carb Pumpkin Spice Latte! Get ready to experience the warm, comforting flavors of fall in a healthy and delicious form.
Yum Ingredients 😍
First things first, let’s gather our ingredients:
- 2 tablespoons of canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
- 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
- 2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice
- 2 tbsp of heavy cream
- 1 tbsp of Splenda sugar substitute (or sweetener of your choice)
- ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
- A pinch of nutmeg
- 4 oz of brewed coffee
👉 Pro-tip: You can also use a cold brew coffee concentrate instead! It’s less acidic and gives the drink a smoother taste.
- A sprinkle of cinnamon or additional pumpkin pie spice
- Whipped cream
- A drizzle of salted caramel
Now that you’ve got your ingredients ready, it’s time to whip up this drink!
The Low Carb Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe 🎃
- In a saucepan, heat the unsweetened almond milk over medium heat until hot, but not boiling.
- Once hot, add in the canned pumpkin puree along with the pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, Splenda sugar substitute and a pinch of nutmeg.
- Whisk everything together until it is fully incorporated and there are no clumps.
- Add in the heavy cream and continue whisking.
- Once everything is well combined and heated through (but not boiling), remove the pan from heat.
- Next, pour in the brewed coffee (or cold brew) into your favorite mug.
- Then pour in your pumpkin-spiced mixture until your cup is almost full.
- Optional: Add whipped cream on top along with an extra sprinkle of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice for extra flavor.
- Enjoy your keto-friendly Low Carb Pumpkin Spice Latte!
YouTube Keto Video Recipe 🎥
If you’re more of a visual learner like me, check out this YouTube video for a step-by-step guide on how to make this yummy low carb beverage!
Now that you know how easy it is to make this decadent drink at home, there’s no need to run to Starbucks for their version. Plus, this recipe tastes just as good as the original without all the added sugar and carbs!
Substitutions and Variations
Hey there, coffee lovers! If you’re looking to spice up your low carb pumpkin spice latte game or want to switch things up a little bit, don’t worry because we’ve got you covered. In this section, I’ll be giving you some ideas for substitutions and variations for the pumpkin spice latte recipe. So, let’s dive right in!
First of all, if you’re not a fan of almond milk or have an allergy to nuts, you can substitute it with coconut milk or any other low-carb milk options like cashew or macadamia milk. Coconut milk gives this latte a slightly different flavor profile, but it pairs really well with pumpkin spice.
If you’re looking to make this recipe dairy-free, you can use heavy cream substitutes like unsweetened coconut cream or nut-based creamers such as almond or cashew creamer. These cream alternatives also work great for a vegan version of the pumpkin spice latte.
For the sweetener, instead of Splenda sugar substitute, you can use stevia, erythritol or monk fruit sweetener as a sugar-free option. If pureed pumpkin is not available at your local store, you can also use canned pumpkin pie filling (although be aware that it will add additional sugars).
If you want to experiment with adding other spices to the mix, try adding some cinnamon or cardamom. Nutmeg is an essential component of pumpkin pie spice but if you don’t have it on hand, you can omit it altogether.
Lastly, if you’re feeling adventurous or have some extra time on your hands, make the latte iced or try adding a shot of espresso to it. The added espresso makes this recipe taste like the keto Starbucks pumpkin spice latte so whatever mood strikes there’s always something new and interesting to try!
Overall, these substitutions and variations make this recipe better suited to your dietary needs and preferences while still getting your spice fix. Be sure to comment below if there are any other substitutions that have worked well for you in the past!
Serving and Pairing
A perfect low-carb pumpkin spice latte should be served hot, and it goes extremely well with a variety of pastry items that have a mild flavor. A crispy biscotti, an airy croissant, or even pumpkin bread would perfectly complement this delicious latte.
To take it up a notch, you can also use whipped cream and sprinkle some cinnamon or nutmeg on top for an extra touch of autumn magic. If you prefer dairy-free options, you can use coconut whipped cream instead of heavy cream.
This pumpkin spice latte is perfect for chilly fall mornings or as an afternoon treat. You can also serve it on a cozy night in alongside your favorite book or to entertain guests during a small holiday gathering.
Overall, the latte makes for the perfect companion to any fun fall activity or quiet night in. Its creamy texture and rich flavors are sure to warm your heart (and taste buds) and leave you yearning for more.
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
If you’re someone who likes to prepare ahead, this low carb pumpkin spice latte recipe is perfect for you. You can make the pumpkin spice mix in bulk and store it in an airtight container for up to three months. Whenever you crave a cup of pumpkin spice latte, simply heat your milk, add the spice mix and enjoy your steaming cup of joy.
For best results, it is recommended to keep the pumpkin puree separately in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days. When ready to use, warm it up first before adding it into the steaming hot milk.
When reheating leftover pumpkin spice latte, gently warm it up on low heat as high heat may cause curdling of milk. Stirring continuously and using a whisk can also help in avoiding clumps.
If you like your latte cold, refrigerate your leftover beverage for up to three days before consuming it. If you want something stronger, add cold brew or espresso shots for added kick.
Not a fan of dairy? Simply swap heavy cream with unsweetened almond or coconut milk for non-dairy and keto-friendly options.
With these tips and tricks, you can enjoy this low-carb autumn classic anytime anywhere without sacrificing taste or quality.
Tips for Perfect Results
Now that you know how to make the ultimate low-carb pumpkin spice latte, let’s talk about some tips you should keep in mind to achieve the perfect results.
First and foremost, when making this latte, it’s important to remember that the flavor will depend on the quality of ingredients you use. That being said, I highly recommend using 100% pumpkin puree instead of canned pumpkin pie filling because it contains added sugar and artificial sweeteners.
When adding the spices to the drink, you can customize the amount to your liking. However, keep in mind that a little goes a long way when it comes to spices like nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice. I advise starting with smaller amounts and gradually adding more until you reach the desired taste.
To get a rich and creamy texture in your low-carb pumpkin spice latte, use heavy cream instead of almond milk. However, if you’re looking for a lighter option, unsweetened almond milk is an excellent substitute.
Another tip for perfect results is to whisk the puree and heavy cream together until they form a smooth mixture before heating them up in a saucepan. This will ensure that the puree is evenly distributed throughout the latte.
If you enjoy your drinks on the sweeter side but want to keep the carb count low, try experimenting with different sugar substitutes such as Splenda or stevia. These natural sweeteners can be used as a replacement for regular sugar without affecting the overall flavor of the drink.
Lastly, for an extra kick of flavor, add a few drops of vanilla extract or caramel syrup before serving. It’ll add a luxurious touch to your low-carb pumpkin spice latte.
By following these tips and taking them into account when making your next cup, you’ll be able to create an authentic tasting low-carb pumpkin spice latte that rivals even those found at Starbucks.
In conclusion, this Low Carb Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe is a perfect choice for those who want to enjoy the tastes of fall without compromising their health or dietary restrictions. With its blend of warm pumpkin pie spices and rich espresso, this latte is sure to be a hit with anyone who loves seasonal flavors.
Not only is this recipe low-carb and keto-friendly, but it also offers various substitutions for those who prefer dairy-free or sugar-free options. Plus, it’s easy to make at home using simple ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.
So why not skip the long lines and high prices at your local coffee shop and make your own delicious pumpkin spice latte at home? This recipe yields a creamy and flavorful latte that you can enjoy anytime during the day.
Give it a try and enjoy the warmth and comfort of fall flavors all year round. And for more low-carb coffee recipes and tips, be sure to check out our YouTube channel. Cheers to a happy and healthy pumpkin spice season!
Low Carb Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 3 tablespoons canned pumpkin
- 3/4 cup strong brewed hot coffee
- 2 tablespoons Splenda sugar substitute
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 dash nutmeg
- Combine heavy cream and pumpkin in a saucepan over medium heat and stir constantly. Stir in Splenda and spices. Heat just until boiling.
- Pour mixture into blender and process on high for 20 seconds (be careful!).
- Pour into a large cup, add coffee, and enjoy!
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John has been working in the coffee industry for over five years, having started out as a barista in the bustling city of Los Angeles. He fell in love with the craft and set out to expand his knowledge and understanding of coffee. He has traveled all over the world, visiting coffee farms and learning from the best in the industry. His mission is to share his love of coffee and its unique flavors with others, and The Drive Coffee Bar is his way of doing that.