Starbucks and other coffeehouses are trotting out their high-calorie winter beverage menu. 

A 12-oz. (Tall) Starbucks Peppermint Mocha made with soy milk has 250 calories, not counting whipped cream (add another 70 calories). A 12-oz. Gingerbread Latte, even with nonfat milk, has 150 calories—220 with whipped cream. You really don’t want to know the calorie count in the full-fat versions. Trust me. 

Save money and calories with today’s Pumpkin Latte, which has only 80 calories per serving. 

The key is smart substitutions, says Jenny Harper, senior culinary specialist for the Nestlé Test Kitchens. In today’s recipe, she blends low-fat dairy with a nutrient-dense ingredient like pumpkin

Best of all, the ingredients should be readily available at your local natural and organic food store. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Latte

Makes 2 servings (8 ounces each)

1 cup strong coffee
2/3 cup evaporated fat-free milk
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 to 2 teaspoons sugar (or other sweetener)
1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or ground cinnamon

  1. Combine coffee, evaporated milk, pumpkin, sugar and pumpkin pie spice in a 2-cup microwave-safe glass measure or small saucepan.
  2. Heat until very hot. (If using the stove, select medium-low heat and stir occasionally.)
  3. Carefully pour into mugs.

Want a Foamy Top? 

Prepare recipe as directed. Then, carefully transfer the hot mixture into a blender container. Cover with lid, and hold it down with a folded towel or potholder. Blend for 1 minute.

Nutrition Facts per Serving: 80 calories, 0 g total fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 90 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate,  1 g fiber,  12 g sugar,  5 g protein,  80% vitamin A, 20% calcium

Recipe and photo courtesy of Nestlé