DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte – Sugar Free / Keto / Dairy Free / Vegan
When you’re as Christmas obsessed as I am it tends to happen that you’ll be going about your daily business and suddenly have the idea to eat or drink something Christmassy (or, at least Autumnal, if you don’t consider Pumpkin Spice to be a strictly holiday flavour). Recently, I’ve cut back on my sugar intake, so going down to my local Starbucks to pick up a #PSL isn’t exactly an option.
How to make a Sugar Free Pumpkin Spice Latte
I decided to look into the spices and ingredients usually used to make a Pumpkin Spice latte and realised that I already had most of the ingredients! Aside from clove, which I picked up easily.
The thing about a flavoured Latte is that there isn’t really a recipe – and everything is to suit your own tastes. For the purposes of drinking it myself I choose approximately the following combination of spices:
- Pinch of Ground Nutmeg
- Pinch of AllSpice
- 2 Pinches of Ground Cinnamon
- 1 Pinch Crushed Cloves*
Now, unfortunately if you buy whole cloves instead of Ground cloves, you’ll have to crush them yourself. I do not advise this – as it didn’t work especially well and I was left with bits of clove in my latte. Use ground Cloves, or simply pop 3-4 whole cloves into the milk or milk alternative before steaming and remove before drinking. You can also add a splash of vanilla for an extra flavour boost.
Pull your espresso shot and warm up your steamer.
Next step is to choose your milk (or milk alternative).
All of these options are sugar-free, but some are more suitable than other for dietary restrictions. If you want something Vegan AND Low-Carb I highly recommend a Soya option, and the ‘for professionals’ version is best as it actually creates foam when steamed, unlike regular soya milks. If you want something Keto friendly, use an unsweetened almond milk with a couple of tablespoons of Double (Heavy) cream. Obviously this makes it dairy-based so steer clear of the cream if you’re avoiding dairy. Mix the milk with the spices and steam. If you don’t have an espresso machine I recommend microwaving the milk for a minute, and using a milk frother.
Find your best Christmas Sweater themed mug (or any mug will do obviously), and pour in your espresso shot and steamed milk, making sure you get as much foam as you like.
And that’s pretty much it. If you’ve made a normal everyday latte, all you need to do is spice it up, literally. Don’t forget to sprinkle a little extra cinnamon on top for the professional look!
It might take a few tries to get your personal taste preference down for which amount of which spices to use – but once you do, it’s awesome being able to make your own variation on this Autumn classic.
Hopefully I’ll be adding some easy recipes like this one to my YouTube Channel soon – so maybe you should subscribe?