Monday, October 1, 2012

Skinny Pumpkin Spice Lattes {with Vegan and Kid-Friendly Options)



Every year from October through December my girlfriends and I can't stop gushing over the fancy fall and winter coffee drinks. A pumpkin or peppermint spiced warm drink does an amazingly great job of getting us into the spirit of fall and winter. And considering there is absolutely no sign of fall here in Southern California, we need all the help we can get. They're expensive and unhealthy, but we indulge anyway, because hey, it's a festive special treat that's not always available. Once in awhile that's fine of course, but why not make an inexpensive all-natural homemade version that is ready in an instant? Making pumpkin spice lattes at home is incredibly easy. I mix together Truwhip (a natural frozen whipped topping), pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spice. I spread the delicious pumpkin pie flavored whipped cream into a baking dish and freeze until I'm ready for my instant latte. Ridiculously easy, right?! While I'm sipping my latte in my jammies, I warm some milk for the girls and top it with the same pumpkin whipped cream. 
  • Coffee Shop Pumpkin Spice Latte: 390 calories (about the same as a burger), 13 grams of fat, 49 grams of sugar  source
  • Yummy Mummy Skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte: 55 calories, 2.7 grams of fat, 4.3 grams of sugar (woo hoo! You can have one every day!)
  
Pull your dish of pumpkin whipped cream out of the freezer and use a cookie cutter (warming it in hot water makes cutting easy) or just spoon out and drop onto your coffee or milk. An ordinary cup of coffee is transformed into a sweet fall indulgence as the whipped cream melts. I may or may not have spooned a massive amount of this heavenly mixture directly into my mouth. Oh, and I really love mini white pumpkins.


Skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte
printer friendly recipe 


Pumpkin Whipped Cream:
makes about 25 (2.5 tablespoon servings)

1/3 cup canned pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
10 ounces TruWhip (available at many grocery stores including Ralphs and Whole Foods)
sprinkles or additional pumpkin pie spice for garnish, optional

 Place pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice in the bowl of a mixer. Beat until combined and smooth. My organic canned pumpkin was quite hard and this beating helps it smooth out. Add the whipped topping and beat in just until combined. Transfer to a 11x7 inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Alternatively an 8-inch or 9x13-inch baking dish could be used. Cover with plastic wrap and keep in the freezer until ready to use.
 
To make lattes:
8 ounces brewed coffee
1/4 cup warmed low-fat milk (or however much milk you like)
Stevia to taste 

Add milk to your coffee and sweeten to taste with stevia or your favorite sweetener. Top with pumpkin whipped topping from the freezer.  Sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice or sprinkles, if desired.

Make it Vegan!  
Substitute coconut cream whipped cream for the TruWhip. Click here for instructions.  Substitute almond, soy, or coconut milk for the milk.

Kid-Friendly Recipe
Top warmed milk or hot cocoa with pumpkin whipped cream. 



*facts are approximate. Serving size is 2.5 tablespoons of pumpkin whipped cream with 8 ounces  coffee prepared with 1/4 cup of 2% milk. 

45 comments:

  1. This sounds and looks delicious. In fact, I was just in California and on the way home I splurged on one of those Pumpkin Spice Lattes. I enjoyed it but just couldn't help note how sugary it tasted!!

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  2. Your new blog design looks fabuous. I love it!!! And this recipe of course is gorgeous!

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  3. Marina,
    This is fabulous, you just saved me a ton of calories since I love Pumpkin Spiced Lattes and have ordered them, on average,at least once every 10 days during the season.
    Great recipe, thank you.
    Karen
    P.S. Love the new look of your blog, very pretty. The hen is darling too.

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  4. Marina we're on the same mini pumpkin-love vibe this morning. I'm loving your new nutrition facts feature, and I super love this latte. It's been so hot I haven't been over to 'everybody's favorite overpriced coffee shop' to get one yet, but now I think I'll stick with your version. Beautifully photographed as well,
    ---stay cool!

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  5. Darling! I love the concept. I'm not sure I can execute this in France right now, but upon my return next fall, definitely! Missing my Starbucks, for sure.

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  6. This is such a great idea!!! I love the latte's too but normally just stick to pumpkin flavored coffee to save my hips :) Your new header looks great too. Can't wait for the book.

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  7. How cute is that pumpkin on top? So glamorous. Love them!

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  8. The nutritional stats on this latte are truly incredible! Yay for a little pumpkin indulgence every day of the week :).

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  9. These are so pretty! Love this idea!

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  10. Anonymous1:49 PM

    I spent most of my day today going over your blog. Finding it was a great discovery! This recipe is awesome, just wanted to let you know that I am making 3-4 of your vegetarian dishes for my son this weekend! Thanks for your ease of preparation (especially that I can print them as well to have in the kitchen) and great display of veggies and diversity! Such exciting food we will be eating this week! :) I really appreciate it.
    Ellie

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    1. Hi Ellie! Thank so so much for your sweet words - they made my day much brighter! I hope you enjoy the recipes. Happy cooking! Marina

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  11. i don't even drink coffee, and you've got me panting. you're not just yummy mummy, you're a dreamy mimi.

    fabulous!

    michele

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  12. i had to pop on and say thank you for this recipe! i just enjoyed my pumpkin whipped topping on a vanilla steamed milk, and it was the perfect ending to the day. (my husband had his on top of hot chocolate - we can't decide whose was more delicious.)
    thanks again!

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  13. Marina, this is so perfect for fall right now! So many people enjoy those drinks but they are so fattening! Yours looks delicious!

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  14. It's funny how we're never pleased about the weather. I'm in Sweden now where the fall is in full bloom with leaves changing their colors, a LOT of rain and colder temperatures. When I skype with my friends in S.B, that is where I want to be in the warmer weather. We should learn to happy with any weather that is provided for us thinking that someone else want our weather. December is the most beautiful month in S.B, I think. That is when the leaves turn their colors and the sky is blue and clear for the most part. I want to photograph the fall here, but it rains so much that it's not safe for my camera. I want to make this beautiful pumpkin recipe, but I will have to wait until I come back to S.B because pumpkins are hard to get by here.

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  15. GOT to try this. Today was our first truly brisk morning in South Texas and I can't think of a better way to warm up or start the day =) Thank you so much (as always) for sharing! xx Sallie

    Bluebonnets for Sal
    www.bluebonnetsforsal.com

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  16. LOVE the lattes Marina and you site re-design. Just gorgeous!!

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  17. QUESTION QUESTION - PLEASE OH PLEASE can you tell me where you go those adorable spoons,,pretty please!!!!

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  18. such a great idea and so happy to be able to indulge!
    Mary x

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  19. Oh I love this!! I've been making my own frozen whipped cream and cutting shapes out for drink toppers and desserts but had never heard of truwhip before. Great find! Can't wait to try your yummy skinny latte out! (:

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  20. Such a wonderful idea... Pumpkin pie whipped cream is a must try..

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  21. I live in a small town in northern Canada and our little grocery store doesn't carry "Truwhip". So can I substitute real whipping cream or (gasp!) Cool whip? Please say real whipping cream!!!

    Thank you! So excited to try this recipe!

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    1. Hi Angie! Real whipped cream will work! Enjoy!

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  22. Ohhhh, I love that you lightened it up! I could certainly afford to drink one of these everyday. Well, that means you will have to come over and make them for me every morning! K?

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  23. Marina - this sounds perfect! Thank you!

    Do you think something similar for an eggnog latte would work? I usually just ask for an extra shot of espresso to reduce calories and richness since it lessens the amount of eggnog (or other flavors). But that of course leads to an extra jolt of caffeine. :)

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  24. I made this just now and am still enjoying it. All I can say is "I am addicted"

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  25. That's a delicious and a unique twist to pumpkin spice lattes! YUM :D

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  26. Hi Marina,
    Your Skinny Pumpkin Spice Lattes looks so fresh. :)
    I don’t mind drink this every day. LOL
    Thank you for sharing.
    You can submit your Skinny Pumpkin Spice Lattes pics on http://www.foodporn.net It is a food (and drink of course) photography site where members can submit all food (and drink of course (again) LOL ) pictures that make readers hungry.
    Well, you know it’s fun to make others hungry (and thirsty)! :D

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  27. Love your site! Looks great!

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  28. Your site looks fab! Great fall recipe!

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  29. What a great idea! Truth be told, I rarely order those seasonal drinks at coffee shops - the syrups always taste really chemical-y to me! Love this alternative though!

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  31. Suzanne P.4:18 PM

    Marina - this looks awesome! I am sooo doing this. Thanks for posting. I fell off the blogging train awhile ago, and haven't even read any blogs for so long, but yours was the first one I went back to today. Thanks for the great recipe - recipes - lots of wonderful things for me to try now.

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  32. These look so good and definitely must be shared! I would just be so thrilled if you would share them at our recipe link up at katie's language cafe! ~~katie http://www.katieslanguagecafe.com/2012/10/french-cuisine-friday-recipe-link-up-2.html

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  33. I'm officially so thirsty!! Looks sooooooo good.

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  34. Marina, I am so glad you use Truwhip in this! I love it too, since it contains no partially hydgrogenated oil (trans fat!). In the south, in GA, it can be purchased at The Fresh Market if anyone is looking for it. I can't wait to make this. The photos are so pretty! :)

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  35. yum! The perfect way to ring in the fall weather!

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  36. This looks amazing!! I need to make this ASAP! Pinning so I do not forget. Great recipe

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  37. found this post through The Cottage Market- thank you for this great idea.

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  38. This looks fab! I'm going to try it- Thanks Marina!!

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  39. This looks absolutely delicious! I'm following you here on your blog now! I follow you on instagram which is fun because I love your photos! XO

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  40. I am SO excited to make this!!! Thank you for sharing =)

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