It’s fall y’all! And to many, that means having a pumpkin spice latte glued to your hand at all times.
We’re not quite sure how the famed pumpkin spice latte became such a mainstay of fall weather (can anyone even remember a time before it?!). But, it’s clearly here to stay, with every major coffee house now offering pumpkin spice latte everything.
Not only a coffee flavor, pumpkin spice shows up all over shelves this time of year in everything from pumpkin cookies, cream cheese, yogurts, cereals, and more. If it can be pumpkin-flavored, you better believe it’s out there.
The hype all started with none other than the famed Starbucks pumpkin spice latte, which – according to their website – is an espresso and milk flavored with pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, and topped with a dollop of whipped cream.
If it can be pumpkin-flavored, you better believe it’s out there.
The drink clocks in at 380 calories, is packed with 40% of the saturated fat you should get in a whole day, 52 grams of carbs, and a whopping 50 grams of sugar. WHOA.
While we’re not here to knock on a treat yo’self beverage now and again, if you’re regularly picking up a pumpkin spice latte, you’re guzzling down quite a bit of extra calories, fat, and sugar.
Potassium sorbate, “natural flavors,” and sulfiting agents are also lurking in the ingredient list. Not to mention, who wants to stand in line daily and put a dent in your budget just to get your fall pumpkin spice flavor fix?
In other words, feel like being basic, but saving your money, time, and health? Look no further.
Here Are 5 Healthy Pumpkin Spice Recipes to Enjoy This Fall:
Use these five great pumpkin spice recipes that all feature fall’s favorite flavor. You can whip them up at home and feel zero guilt when you indulge. All of these just so happen to be 100% plant-based, because vegans need to be basic too.
1. One-Bowl Pumpkin Bread
This pumpkin spice bread is the perfect baked good to keep around all season long and enjoy as a treat for breakfast or an anytime snack. The ingredients are wholesome, basic, and likely ones you already have on hand. The recipe is gluten-free, so no worries if you have sensitivities.
Serve with coffee and slather with cream cheese for an extra decadent treat, but it’s sweet enough on its own too. We won’t judge you if you eat it straight from the pan. In fact, you may want to go ahead and double the recipe . . . it’s that good.
2. Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
If you’re looking for the ideal autumn breakfast treat, you can’t beat these rich, ooey-gooey cinnamon rolls that come together in an hour and are totally vegan, with a gluten-free adaptation too.
You could whip up a batch for Thanksgiving, but we won’t tell if you want to enjoy them on any random weekday morning.
View the recipe at veganricha.com
Looking for more healthy pumpkin treats? Fall Into Pumpkin Bliss With These Pumpkin Pie Coconut Truffles (Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipe)
3. Pumpkin Spice Mousse
This sinful-looking recipe actually only contains three ingredients – all easy to grab at any grocery store. The mousse has a coconut cream base so its extra silky and rich, but sans any icky ingredients or artificial flavor.
If you want to add some extra wow-factor, you could dish these into hollowed-out mini pumpkins as bowls and serve as the perfect Thanksgiving dessert.
4. Turmeric Pumpkin Spice Latte
For when you want to sip your pumpkin spice, consider this turmeric pumpkin spice latte the perfectly healthy alternative to a classic Starbucks drink.
It’s loaded with inflammation-reducing turmeric, pumpkin spice, and your choice of non-dairy milk. Bundle up in your favorite scarf, curl up with a good spook book, and cheers to delicious basic-ness.
5. Creamy Pumpkin Soup
Getting you pumpkin spice fix doesn’t have to be all sugary sweet. Spoon into this savory pumpkin soup that makes the perfect cozy lunch or dinner.
The base of this soup is one small pie pumpkin, which you can grab at most grocery stores. You’ll get your pumpkin spice fix with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, and creaminess from coconut milk, or heavy cream if you’re not dairy-free.
Want another pumpkin soup recipe? Try this Hearty Pumpkin Ginger Soup That’ll Warm You Right Up (Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipe)
Enjoy Your Healthy and Delicious Pumpkin Spice Treats!
Armed with these recipes, you can enjoy all the pumpkin spice goodness your heart desires for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, or in latte form.
Skip the lines, the artificial ingredients, and save money to boot, while getting your dose of the “in” flavor of the season.
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