Pumpkin Chai Tea Latte

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Nothing screams “FALL IS HERE” like the reintroduction of pumpkin flavored hot beverages at your favorite coffee shop. In fact, we are convinced (whether people want to admit it or not) that we look forward to the end of summer because it means pumpkin spice lattes and chai teas are on the menu.

Unfortunately, all we see when these seasonally appropriate beverages creep back onto menus is sugar, sugar, SUGAR. It’s true, specialty drinks such as these a known for being calorie bank busters. Take for example, several pumpkin-themed drinks from top coffee chains (we won’t name names)…

  • Pumpkin Ginger Latte (12oz, non-fat milk): 280 calories | 1.5g fat | 56g carbs | 51g sugar
  • Pumpkin Spice Latte (8oz, non-fat milk): 130 calories | 0g fat | 25g carbs | 24g sugar
  • Pumpkin Chai Latte (12oz, non-fat milk): 145 calories | 0g fat | 30g carbs | 29g sugar

*note differences in serving sizes

You see our point?

High sugar and sometimes high calories. And that’s with non-fat milk. Plus we looked at some of the ingredients and they didn’t even include real PUMPKIN!

You can do so much better. Making your own can be simple (and in this case better-for-you).

Pumpkin Chai Tea Latte

Ingredients

3

teabags chai tea

3/4

cup hot water

1/4

cup pumpkin puree

2

cups milk of your choice

1

t vanilla extract

1

t honey

sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg

Steps

  1. Steep tea bags in hot water for 6 minutes. Squeeze tea bags upon removal to get full flavor.
  2. Whisk tea concentrate with pumpkin puree using a wire whisk. Divide into two cups.
  3. In a small saucepan, heat milk of choice, vanilla extract, and honey until almost boiling. Pour evenly between existing cups.
  4. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg to taste.

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