Skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

Written by on September 13, 2012 in Recipes - 15 Comments

I went through the drive-thru at Starbucks on the first day of September this year, and half-jokingly asked if they had Pumpkin Spice Lattes yet. When my new best friend the lady in the order box replied in the affirmative, I literally screamed. She screamed back. It was a Pumpkin Spice Latte cheer session.

Hi, I’m Tricia, and I’m addicted to the crack that Starbucks puts in Pumpkin Spice Lattes.

And I know you all are, too, because when I Instagrammed it and sent it to facebook, it got about eleventy billion comments and “Likes.”

First Pumpkin Spice Latte of the year via

First Pumpkin Spice Latte of the year. Score!

As with most addictions, my Tall Nonfat No Whip Pumpkin Spice Latte fix gets pricey when I want one Every. Single. Day. It’s also five Weight Watchers Points.

So I set out to make my own at home. I’ll be honest. It doesn’t taste exactly like the Starbucks version, because I don’t know anyone who sells crack. (At least I don’t think I do.) But it is cheaper and easy enough, and has only four Weight Watchers Points; three if you skip the Cool Whip, but I suggest you don’t. The Season’s Delights Sweet Cinnamon Cool Whip is what pushes this homemade version of PSL to the yum factor.

Secret ingredient for Pumpkin Spice Lattes via

Don’t put your face in it. Or do.

Skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

Recipe Type: Coffee
Cuisine: Breakfast, Specialty Coffee Drink
Author: Tricia Oakes
Prep time:
Cook time:
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Serves: 1
A homemade Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte copycat. 4 Weight Watchers points.
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp sugar (brown is preferable)
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice (more to taste if desired)
  • 2 tbsp Season’s Delight Sweet Cinnamon Cool Whip
  • 1 cup strong coffee or espresso
  1. In a small pot, mix milk, vanilla extract, pumpkin spice and sugar. Whisk constantly and bring to a boil. If you don’t mix regularly, a skin will form on top.
  2. Prepare coffee/espresso.
  3. Pour milk mixture into mug, then pour coffee/espresso into mug.
  4. Top with Cool Whip and a dash of pumpkin spice.
  5. Enjoy!

4 WW points or 3 without the Cool Whip. Cool Whip makes it extra good. Totally worth the extra point.

Skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte via 4 WW points

Pumpkin Spice Latte, I love you so much I want to get you pregnant.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I just really love some Cool Whip.


15 Comments on "Skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe"

  1. kippy p. September 13, 2012 at 2:00 pm · Reply

    I am just toooo lazy to not Starbucks. But like I told you earlier today, Pumpkin Spice and I broke up.
    Crack is not good for you. LOL.
    Love this post.


    • Tricia September 13, 2012 at 2:03 pm · Reply

      I know. But for the days when I can make it at home, I should. It seriously took five minutes. Takes longer to sit through the Starbucks drive-thru line.

  2. Theresa Andersen September 13, 2012 at 2:18 pm · Reply

    Sound yummy! My version is Pumpkin flavored coffee from the Fresh Market, Splenda & frothed skim milk. Not quite as decadent but it does keep me from feeling deprived. :-)

    • Tricia September 13, 2012 at 3:15 pm · Reply

      I probably need to find some pumpkin flavored coffee to add to the mix. I tried using a few tablespoons of pumpkin and fat free half and half in my first version, but it was not very good.

  3. Christin September 13, 2012 at 2:43 pm · Reply

    I could use one of those right about now!

    • Tricia September 13, 2012 at 3:15 pm · Reply


  4. Karen September 13, 2012 at 4:19 pm · Reply

    You order it the same way I do. Maybe you could just pick up an extra one for me when you place your order? Mmmkaythanx.

    And I basically squeeled when I ordered my first one last week, first thing after touching back down on American soil and making my way through customs. I think Marc was embarassed, but the guy behind the counter was totally feeling it.

    • Tricia September 14, 2012 at 8:54 pm · Reply

      Though traveling is wonderful, sometimes getting home to the a PSL makes the day better. And those baristas know that PSLs are the bomb dot com.

  5. Andrea September 14, 2012 at 5:32 pm · Reply

    What the WHAT? This looks so good. I have to pin it – okay? :) Yummmmmm. I have tried a kind I found on Pinterest before and it had canned pumpkin in it and it so defeated the purpose. This recipe I am all over. Yum! :)

    • Tricia September 14, 2012 at 8:52 pm · Reply

      Pin away! The first version I made had canned pumpkin in it. Not good. At all. Then it dawned on me that it is the pumpkin spice that gives it the flavor that is so noms.

  6. Holly (Woman Tribune) October 22, 2012 at 7:03 pm · Reply

    Thanks for this awesome recipe! I wanted to let you know that I included a link to this post in our most recent Sundays are for Sharing feature on Woman Tribune. You can check out the post here, if you’re interested:

    • Tricia October 23, 2012 at 9:40 am · Reply

      Holly, thank you so much for sharing the recipe. I’m so flattered. Love your site!

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