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Recipe Alert: NYHRC's PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte)

Hard workouts this week? You deserve a treat.

With this DIY PSL (pumpkin spice latte) you won’t have to turn around and get right back on that treadmill. Most PSLs have 200 calories, 20% daily intake of saturated fat and a whopping 25-30 grams of sugar (that’s 6 teaspoons on sugar). Making your own version cuts calories, fat, sugar and cost. This recipe is easy to make…even in the tiniest NYC kitchen.

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DIY Pumpkin Spice Lattes

We love Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes… but lezbehonest… they are a little pricey, aren’t they?! So we thought we’d have a go at making our own, homemade version.

You could make this mixture in a larger batch and freeze individual portions, so they’re ready whenever you want that warming spicy caffiene kick. This time we just made two cups as it was our first time losing our homemade pumpkin spice latte virginity and I wanted to know whether this recipe was a good one. As it turns out they were pretty delicious! The only thing I’d change next time is to add a bit more pepper and pumpkin pie spice to spice things up even more!

Here’s how we did it…

(makes 2 cups)


  • 2 tablespoons of canned pumpkin*
  • 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice (substitute with ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground nutmeg and ground cloves if you can’t find this)
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons of vanilla essence
  • 1 teaspoon of coffee creamer (optional)
  • 2 cups of whole milk
  • whipped cream and extra pumpkin pie spice to top, if you like it like that ;-)
  1. Heat the canned pumpkin and spices over a medium heat in a saucepan, stirring constantly for a minute or so.
  2. Add the milk gradually while continuing to stir.
  3. Add the coffee creamer, maple syrup and vanilla essence, and heat through… Keep on stirring. Get it nice and hot, but don’t let it boil!
  4. Prepare your coffee the way you like it… we used a french press.
  5. Divide the PSL mixture between your two cups and then add the coffee, stirring vigorously.
  6. Add your whipped cream and sprinkle on a bit of extra pumpkin pie spice if you’re feeling indulgent! Go on, treat yourself.
  7. Sit down in your favourite chair, cuddle up with your loved one/blanket/cat/[insert appropriate noun here] and switch on your favourite movie and enjoy that warm fuzzy feeling!

Oh my gosh, after writing this post, I just realised Meredith and I are wearing matching shirts today! #lesbianproblems hehehehe

*Turns out canned pumpkin isn’t super easy to find in the UK, if you don’t live near a big supermarket… so we ended up finding it in a special American supermarket. I think you can buy it online though, if you have the patience to wait!