DIY Hot Starbucks Drinks

As much as I love a visit to a coffee shop, I don’t always love the price tags that come along with them.  Plus I often find, specialty coffee house drinks are too sweet for me, so recreating them home becomes a #winwin  (saves money + puts me in charge of all the ingredients).

Here are simple remakes of 4 delicious hot Starbucks drinks; Pumpkin Spice Latte, Chai Tea Latte, Salted Caramel Latte, + Mocha Latte.

pumpkin spice latte

A personal favorite of mine, is the famous #PSL, also known as a Pumpkin Spice Latte.

This DIY version is so easy to make and can easily be scaled up if you are sharing with some friends or family.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Yield: 1 serving

Prep Time: 1 minute

Cook Time: 4 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (or any milk you prefer)
  • 2 tablespoon pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 6 ounces strong brewed coffee (or two shots expresso)

Directions:

  1. Place all of the ingredients into a small pot and gently heat over a medium-low heat until you have a gentle simmer.
  2. Transfer into your favorite mug and enjoy!
*Optional (and delicious) top with some fresh whipped cream and cinnamon.

NUTRIENTS PER SERVING: Calories 85 | Total Fat 1.4g | Saturated Fat 0g | Cholesterol 0mg | Sodium 83mg | Carbohydrate 16.9g | Dietary Fiber 1.3g | Sugars 13.2g | Protein 0.8g

Chai Tea Latte

I kept things super simple with this Chai Spiced Latte and used a couple of chai tea bags to infuse all of the exotic chai flavors.

Quick to make and super comforting, this will be a go-to of mine through the colder months.

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Chai Tea Latte

Yield: 1 serving

Prep Time: 1 minutes

Cook Time: 4 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or any milk you like)
  • 2 chai tea bags
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

Directions:

  1. Add milk to a small pot, along with tea bags and maple syrup.
  2. Gently heat over a medium low heat until you have a light simmer and milk is heated through.
  3. Remove tea bags and enjoy.

*Optional (and delicious!) top with fresh whipped cream and extra cinnamon.

NUTRIENTS PER SERVING: Calories 82 | Total Fat 2.5g | Saturated Fat 0g | Cholesterol 0mg | Sodium 152mg | Carbohydrate 14.4g | Dietary Fiber 1g | Sugars 11.9g | Protein 1g


Salted Caramel Latte

This Salted Caramel Latte definitely feels decadent and delicious, especially with a bit of whipped cream and extra caramel over the top.

If you are looking for a super easy, clean recipe for caramel (that happens to be vegan) this is the recipe to use.  I used it to make my latte and can not believe how simple it was.

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Salted Caramel Latte

Yield: Makes 1 serving

Prep Time: 1 minute

Cook Time: 4 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (or any milk you like)
  • 1 tablespoon caramel sauce (I used this easy recipe)
  • 2 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 ounces strong brewed coffee (or two shots of espresso)

Directions:

  1. Place all of the ingredients into a small pot and gently heat over a medium-low heat until you have a gentle simmer.
  2. Transfer into your favorite mug and enjoy!

*Optional (and delicious) top with some fresh whipped cream and an extra drizzle of caramel sauce.

Mocha Latte

How could we possibly wrap this up without some chocolate?  I truly don’t know and lucky for us we don’t need to know because this my friends, is the simplified C+D recipe for a Mocha Latte.

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Mocha Latte

Yield: 1 serving

Prep Time: 1 minute

Cook Time: 4 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (or any milk you like)
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 ounces strong brewed coffee (or two shots of espresso)

Directions:

  1. Place all of the ingredients into a small pot and gently heat over a medium-low heat until you have a gentle simmer.
  2. Transfer into your favorite mug and enjoy!

*Optional (and delicious) top with some fresh whipped cream and extra cocoa powder.

NUTRIENTS PER SERVING: Calories 79 | Total Fat 2g | Saturated Fat 0.4g | Cholesterol 0mg | Sodium 78mg | Carbohydrate 16.8g | Dietary Fiber 2.3g | Sugars 12g | Protein 1.6g