Make a healthier pumpkin spice latte

Published on October 8th, 2013 | by Whitney Packebush

Fall is here, which can only mean two things: One, Halloween, and two, pumpkin-flavored everything. Since I can’t help you with your costume this year, let’s talk pumpkin. One half cup of canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) has only 50 calories, zero grams of fat, 10 mg of sodium, 11 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein. Plus, it includes 280 percent of your daily vitamin A needs.

I’ve combined two of my favorites, coffee and pumpkin, for about one-third of the calories and carbs as a coffeehouse seasonal staple.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

2 cups milk

4 Tablespoons pumpkin

2 Tablespoons sugar

1 Tablespoon vanilla

½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1 cup strong coffee

Caramel sauce for drizzling, optional

Whipped cream for topping, optional


Combine first five ingredients in a small saucepan. Simmer until well combined. Divide coffee between two mugs and top with equal parts milk mixture. Top with whipped cream and caramel sauce, if desired.

About the Author

Whitney Packebush, RD, LD, is a dietitian for Fareway Food Stores. For more information or other questions, contact Whitney at

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