What’s best than a warm cup of Pumpkin Spice Latte on these chilly autumn days? Even better if you are making it yourself, using my healthy and delicious Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup, inspired by the original Starbucks recipe.
If you’re then lucky enough to have a fireplace, as well as these delicious Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies, the atmosphere will be perfect! Add to it the fact that everything in this drink is also healthy for you!
Most pumpkin spice syrups used in Starbucks and Panera drinks are packed full of sugar and additives. On the contrary, this latte has no refined sugar, is caffeine-free, gluten-free, and vegan if you replace the whipped cream and creamer with a dairy-free alternative.
You might now wonder what the magical ingredients contained in it are. Well, just date syrup (a natural and thick sweetener, full of precious antioxidants and vitamins), pumpkin puree (rich in fiber and vitamin A), and lots of Autumnal spiced (such as cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves). This homemade pumpkin spice syrup is a true healthy alternative!
|In summary, this homemade pumpkin spice syrup is my healthier adaptation of Starbucks and Panera seasonal flavored drinks, but without the sugary syrups and for a cheaper price tag!|
Other flavored syrup recipes are linked below:
- Starbucks Cinnamon Crunch Latte Syrup [Healthy Copycat]
- Starbucks Apple Crisp Macchiato Syrup [Healthy Copycat]
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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup : Ingredient Selection Tips
Date Syrup, the base of this Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup
Pumpkin Puree, the creamy part of the syrup
It is very easy to make pumpkin puree at home, but if you don’t have time to do it, you can always find it canned in food stores.
Pumpkin Pie Spice, the heart of this homemade pumpkin spice syrup
This is usually a mix of Cinnamon, Ginger, Lemon peel, Nutmeg, Cloves, and Cardamom. First of all, always try to find fresh spices from verified suppliers.
Second, fresh spices should be aromatic, with a strong smell, and vibrant color. Lastly, don’t forget to check also the expiry date on the bottom or side of the bottle.
Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup: Ingredients & Health Benefits
Dates are the fruits of the palm tree, and they are grown mostly in the Middle East. They are very sweet, but also very nutritious. Indeed, they are packed full of vitamins and minerals such as iron, magnesium, calcium, zinc, potassium, copper, B vitamins, and manganese.
In addition, they are rich in fiber and antioxidants, both of which are great to boost our gut health and slow down cellular aging.
Here are some of the health benefits of eating dates:
- They can prevent constipation.
- Dates can help prevent high blood sugar.
- They may help prevent the development of certain chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes.
- Dates may help improve brain function.
- They are an excellent substitute for white sugar.
- Dates may help ease natural labor.
Dates are high in sugar, one date contains around 6gr, and they are also high in calories, so don’t overeat!
- When made into a syrup, some of the fiber and nutrients contained in dates are stripped away. However, some types of dates (such as the ones I used in this recipe) still retain some fiber, which helps in turn to prevent blood sugar spikes.
- Another great alternative with even less sugar is Monk fruit sweetener. However, it’s more processed and I can’t guarantee it will reduce blood sugar like date syrup. If you try that, let us know in the comments!
- Date sugar has a caramel-like taste and is half the sugar equivalent of one Starbucks syrup pump!
You can buy shop-bought pumpkin puree but check the ingredients as sometimes manufacturers add sneaky ingredients such as additives or refined sugar.
We probably all know how pumpkin is good for our health. It is packed with nutrients and low in calories, as 94% of it is water.
Here are some benefits of consuming pumpkin regularly, according to Healthline:
- Pumpkin puree can protect your cells against damage by free radicals, as it is full of antioxidants.
- It may boost your immunity as it contains vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, iron, and folate.
- It may protect your eyes.
- This puree may promote weight loss.
- It may lower the risk of cancer.
- It can benefit your heart health.
- The nutrients in pumpkin are great for your skin.
Want to know more about the amazing benefits of pumpkins? Here is an article for you!
Diet Preference Tweaks
Vegan / Fully Plant-Based
For a fully vegan version, use a non-dairy whipped cream/coconut cream topping.
For a paleo option, buy pure pumpkin puree or make a homemade version to avoid the extra additives and refined sugar.
Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte SyrupYum
- Put the date syrup into the small saucepan.
- Add pumpkin puree.
- Add water.
- Add the vanilla extract and pumpkin pie spice.
- Bring it to a simmer.
- Stir occasionaly.
- It is done when it becomes to look like a butter.
- Place it to a mason jar.
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