With fall approaching, the Pumpkins are all around us, yesterday I ended up buying muffins, cheerios, Belvita breakfast cookies, all with pumpkin flavors and not to forget – pumpkin spice latte of course. That got me thinking, does pumpkin spice latte have caffeine in them? I have always craved for the Starbucks pumpkin spice coffee and have enjoyed the seasonal drink, but now lets see if we can find out about their caffeine content.
What is PSL – Now dont go about thinking mathematics and linear equations, this is All About Coffee blog and PSL stands for Pumpkin Spice Latte and is popularized by Starbucks during Fall time for their seasonal drink.
Addicted fans of PSL are already looking forward and celebrating over the return of their favorite coffee drink, but if you are wondering “does pumpkin spice latte have caffeine?” the quick answer is a big “YES”. As per Starbucks, their PSL has 150mg of caffeine in it, but if you want to enjoy the drink without the buzz, you can get your sweet seasonal fix decaffeinated.
Breaking down the Pumpkin Spice Latte
The PSL is made from real pumpkin, steamed milk, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove (all the fall spices) and of course not to forget 2 shots of espresso. Now the espresso adds 75mg of caffeine per shot to the Pumpkin Spice Latte.
A Tall PSL with the whole setup of two percent milk and whipped cream has 39 grams of sugar to be exact!! And the calories resting at a comfortable 300. If you are looking to turn towards a more healthier version of the same, we got you covered. Keep reading.
I love the shot of energy in PSL because of the good espresso that they alone can make. For those who find this too much of an energy boost, Starbucks also sells decaf espresso – including the PSL – without the caffeine.
Starbucks usually starts selling the Pumpkin Spice Latte from September and a Tall (12oz) will be priced usually between $4.25 and $4.75.
Other Fall drinks that are returning to the favorite Starbucks near you are Salted Caramel Mocha which has 175mg of caffeine and not to forget the infamous Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew boasting of 185mg of caffeine!! Just note that the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew is not (yet) available in a decaf version.
Maggie Michalczyk, a food blogger and a registered dietitian has created a healthier alternative to the PSL that you can make right at home. It has only four components to it and is pretty easy.
Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte vs Pumpkin Spice Oat Milk Latte – nutritional aspects
We have seen and uncovered what the Starbucks PSL contains above in this article. In Maggie’s Pumpkin Spice Oat Milk Latte we have
- 34 calories
- 1.4 grams of fat
- 5 grams of carbs
- 1 gram of sugar per mug
Now who wouldn’t want this alternative with all the benefits and I would actually drink this all year long in the comfort of my home!!
Pumpkin Spice Oat Milk Latte
- 8 oz Nespresso Black Coffee
- 3 tbsp Unsweetened Oat Milk
- 2 tsp Pumpkin Puree
- Sprinkle Pumpkin Pie Spice Sprinkle on top
- Blend the Nespresso Coffee,
- Use a milk frother to mix the oat milk, pumpkin puree and the pumpkin pie spice until frothed
- Pour the coffee into your favorite fall mug, top it with a sprinkle of a little extra pumpkin spice!!
Image Source: Maggie Michalczyk / Once Upon a Pumpkin