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PSL... but make it Healthy!

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Pumpkin spice is back, but can it be better?

At QOL, we think it can! A Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks will set you back 400 calories while also flooding your system with 50 grams of sugar. Your body isn't the only one footing the bill for this one; it will also hit you in your wallet for $6 a pop.

Luckily for you, we found a delicious PSL recipe that is healthy, affordable, and you can make it in the comfort of your own home.

Here is our healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe:

First, gather your ingredients. Here's what you will need:
  • 8 ounces brewed coffee (or 1–2 shots of espresso)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 3 Tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup (or sweetener of choice)
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
In a cup or saucepan, mix almond milk and pumpkin. Cook on medium heat on the stovetop or microwave for 30-45 seconds. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla, spices, and sweetener, place in a cup and use a frother to foam the milk. You can also use a blender — just process for 30 seconds or until foamy. Pour coffee into a large mug, add the foamy milk mixture on top. Sprinkle with cinnamon and enjoy!

Maybe a hot drink isn't your cup of tea? Or you're looking for something with more of a kick? Try this Pumpkin cream cold brew instead! Here's what you will need,
For the base:
  • 1 1/2 cups cold brew coffee (or any iced coffee)
  • 1–3 teaspoons maple syrup, or your preferred coffee sweetener (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
And for the topping:
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup (or your preferred kind of sweetener*)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, plus extra for garnish
  • pinch of fine sea salt
First, prepare whichever type of iced coffee you prefer. Then (optional) stir in your desired amount of maple syrup and vanilla extract until combined.

Next, make the pumpkin foam. In a measuring cup or frothing pitcher, combine the cold milk, maple syrup, pumpkin purée, vanilla, pumpkin spice, and salt. Use a milk frother to froth the milk until it reaches a tight whipped-cream-like foam consistency.

Finally, assemble the drink. Fill a serving glass with ice, pour in the iced coffee, then spoon the pumpkin foam on top. Sprinkle with a pinch of extra pumpkin pie spice, if desired.

We hope you can enjoy these healthy recipes to celebrate the change in season! Let us know which is your favorite in the comments!

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