The holidays are always right around the corner, and as the temperature drops, pumpkins become readily available. If you are a fan of coffee and pumpkins, then you probably enjoy pumpkin spiced lattes. They are creamy, tasty, and full of sugar. If you want to try a healthier alternative to sugar-filled pumpkin spiced lattes, then use the following smoothie Vitamix recipe.
This healthy alternative tastes just like an actual pumpkin spiced latte, without the added sugar and additives. It should be noted that this recipe calls for the inclusion of coffee. You can use decaf or regular coffee, depending on your preference. Prepare the coffee before you start readying the other ingredients. If you have a coffee maker that is capable of making 4 cups or less, then make the minimal amount of coffee that you can
Pumpkin Spiced Latte Smoothie Ingredients
To make this recipe healthier, avoid using canned pumpkin. Purchase a whole pumpkin and cook it the night before. If you are unwilling to take this extra step, then make sure that you look for organic canned pumpkin. Here is the complete list of ingredients needed to make your own pumpkin spiced latte:
- 2 cups of pumpkin chunks (or canned organic pumpkin)
- 1 cup of chilled coffee
- 1 banana
- 1 cup of coconut milk (or almond milk)
- 2 cups of spinach (you could substitute with kale)
- ½ teaspoon of fresh nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon of ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
Pumpkin Spiced Latte Smoothie Directions
Brew your coffee first, and then allow it to chill in your fridge. Once the coffee is cold, pour it in your Vitamix blender. Next, add the pumpkin chunks (or pumpkin puree if you purchased canned, organic pumpkin). Slice the frozen banana and add it to the blender, followed by the rest of the ingredients.
You do not need to include any greens, but adding spinach or kale will provide you with extra vitamins and minerals. The strong taste of the pumpkin, coffee, and spices, will make the taste of the greens nearly undetectable.
Blend the ingredients on high for thirty seconds, or until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Pour into a large glass and drink immediately. If you follow this recipe exactly as described, you should have about 32-ounces of liquid. If you do not plan on drinking this all at once, make sure you properly store the leftovers and drink within 24 hours.
The full 32-ounce serving of this pumpkin spiced latte only contains 126 calories and 2 grams of fat. You will also get 4 grams of protein and 27 grams of carbohydrates.
This drink can be used as a complete replacement for your breakfast or lunch, but not on a daily basis, unless you are trying to lose weight. The low calorie count will help you cut calories; though, this will not offer enough nutrition to completely replace all your meals. If you want to cut calories, try drinking one serving of pumpkin spiced latte, as your breakfast, every morning for one week.