Save yourself the calories and fat with this easy homemade skinny pumpkin spice frappuccino!
Fall is almost here guys! You know what that means, right? Bring on the pumpkin! Just kidding.. well sort of.
I have a small weakness when it comes to pumpkin flavored coffee drinks. My only dilemma is that it’s like 100 degrees outside, so it’s not quite time for pumpkin spice lattes just yet. Instead, I set out on a mission to create my own pumpkin spice frappuccino that I could enjoy during this transition from summer to fall. While I love having someone else make my own coffee, I’m really not a huge fan of the calories and fat that come along with it.
Yes, I’m looking at you Starbucks.
Did you know how many calories are in a Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino from Starbucks? I didn’t either until about five minutes ago. In case you’re wondering a 16oz. grande has 450 calories, 15 grams of fat, and wait for it…. 72 grams of sugar. Even with soy milk and no whipped cream, you’re still looking at 320 calories and 70 grams of sugar.
I can assure you that this version is much healthier, clocking in at only 165 calories, 5.8 grams of fat, and 19.6 grams of sugar. This drink is also naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup, no refined sugar anywhere in sight! You could possibly use stevia to sweeten it and cut down on the sugar, but I haven’t tried it so I can’t attest to the taste.
The great thing about this drink is that you do most of the work for it ahead of time. You’ll freeze part of the mixture into ice cubes, then all you have to do in the morning is add it to the blender with some more almond milk and blend it until it’s smooth. The best part? You’ll save yourself a lot of calories and even some money by making your own frappuccino at home too. Now that’s my kind of drink!
- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk, divided
- 1 packet instant coffee (1½ tsp.)
- ¼ cup pumpkin puree
- 1½ tbsp. pure maple syrup
- ⅛ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- Mix together 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk, the instant coffee, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, and pumpkin pie spice until smooth. You can use your blender to do this or just whisk the mixture together well.
- Pour mixture into an ice cube tray and freeze until solid or overnight.
- Once the mixture is frozen, pop the ice cubes out of the tray and place into the blender with the remaining 1 cup of almond milk and blend until smooth.
- Adjust sweetener according to taste and serve immediately.
If your prefer a stronger coffee taste, feel free to add more instant coffee.