'Tis the time of the year for yummy, holiday drinks! Every year from October to December, I would make frequent trips to Starbucks and get their yummy and festive, but sugary and high calorie filled drinks. October is my favorite time of the year for pumpkin. It doesn't feel like fall without curling up with a hot cup of pumpkin spiced something.
Did you know a pumpkin latte contains 380 calories and 50 grams of sugar. A chai tea drink at Starbucks isn't much better. Still a whooping 250 calories and 41 grams of sugar. So I started looking into making these drinks at home. While there are lots of healthier recipes online without the syrups, high fructose corn syrup and sodium, they still are not simply "drinks", they are meals. They each still contain anywhere from 250 calories to 450 calories. While homemade holiday drinks contain whole, real ingredients, it is not worth it to skip a nutritious meal for a sugary drink.
A little experimenting and I came up with a perfect pumpkin drink for just 50 calories and 0 grams of sugar. :)
Brew a cup of Chai Spice tea for however strong you like it. For me, this was for 5 minutes. In a blender, blend 1/2 cup of pumpkin. Add a couple dashes of allspice and nutmeg, a few dashes of cinnamon, and 5-7 drops of stevia (not pictured). Stir everything together and enjoy!!!!