There’s a Pumpkin Spice Latte-Flavored Monkey on My Back

Oh, Pumpkin Spice Latte. I’m gonna drink you so hard.

When I find something I like, I want it all the time. Tell me that it’s only available for a limited time? You can pretty much double that desire. Which might explain why I’m struggling with PSLA, also known as Pumpkin Spice Latte Addiction.

Here in Florida, the weather is juuuust beginning to cool down (meaning our highs only get into the mid 80s during the day, and it’s cool enough at night to wear jeans without sweating half to death), and, of course, that makes me start craving all the yummy fall treats like apple cider donuts (which I steadfastly avoid because one always leads to another) and butternut squash casseroles (which I haven’t bothered to make) and, obviously, that damn Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks.

The way I order it (grande, nonfat, no whip and half the pumps), it’s more than 200 calories. And while I’m not indulging in my pumpkin-y bliss every day, well, it’s not because I don’t want to.

So, how do I beat this? Cutting the number of pumps was my first step, and I think next, I need to downgrade to a tall. And perhaps I can start satisfying my pumpkin cravings with some healthier recipes at home. I did make some pumpkin enchiladas last year that were pretty killer …

Do you have a weakness for any seasonal treats? What do you do about it? Do you have any other suggestions for getting this PSL monkey off my back? —Kristen

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  1. Kellie says:

    I had one the other day with half the syrup. It’s so high cal that I will keep this treat to once a month. I know you can purchase pumpkin spice coffee syrup at places like Archer Farms at Target, and this doesn’t have as much cals. So perhaps making them at home now and again is a good alternative. They have a sugar free one, too, but I don’t go for sugar free. 🙂

  2. sara says:

    I fell in love with the Pumpkin Lattes at The Coffee Bean before I moved away from SoCal. So last fall, I came up with my own recipe! It may not save many calories, but it definitely saves dollars 🙂


  3. Allie says:

    I hear it’s pretty easy to make your own–coffee, your choice of milk, a T or two of pumpkin puree, and then your choice of sweetener. So much healthier (And probably cheaper, too…)

  4. J says:

    Try Gracious Pantry’s recipe — I tweaked it for my taste, but it is pretty good!


    All her recipes are for a clean-eating lifestyle. Love them! I tried this one today and my husband thinks I’m a genius for making a homemade latte that rivals Starbucks.

  5. TXTrainer says:

    When training and eating right, I have a weakness for everything. Especially when the kids are eating whatever they want. Luckily I get all the support I need at http://www.facebook.com/TXTrainer, a great place and a great support group.

  6. Douglas says:

    I am a HUGE fan of all things “pumpkiny”

    If you’re into DIY lattes, check out this paleo recipe for Pumpkin Spice Latte – http://fastpaleo.com/pumpkin-spice-latte-2/

  7. high_notes says:

    PSLA? Yep. Fortunately for my waistline, I actually prefer them with skim & 1/2 the pumpkin spice syrup. Waaaay too sweet the regular way. BUT… My weakness: WHIP, PLEASE! I’ve allowed myself a Grande for the last two Saturdays, but that’s it.

    Here’s a little for-instance of how my mind works: I have a late evening at work tomorrow, so I’ve already decided I’ll swing by and pick one up after my workout break in the afternoon, but I’m NOT allowing myself whip. I figure I’ll cut 200 calories out somewhere. They’re just TOO good.

    Thanks to those of you who posted alt recipes above. I’m looking forward to trying some of these.

  8. Annie B. says:

    I have been drinking pumpkin coffee. Dunkin Donuts has pumpkin k-cups for the Keurig and they are wonderful way to satisfy my pumpkin coffee needs.

  9. Isabella says:

    I actually work at Starbucks, and when I need some pumpkin spice, I have a tall with one pump and three shots of espresso. I did go through something similar to this though when I was losing weight. I used to drink coffee with evaporated milk and 4 packets of splenda. I switched to regular sugar and milk and then slowly started to decrease the amount of each, until I could drink it black. It took a few months, but I’ve been drinking black coffee for a few years now.