Tis the season — for the Pumpkin Spice Latte to overtake your news feed and all participating Starbucks Locations once more. Whether you’re a huge fan of the craze, or would rather burrow away under a rock until autumn has concluded, Pumpkin Spice Mania is about to sweep the nation again.
Starbucks first launched their notorious PSL at stores in 2003, and have announced that they plan to release a bottled drink of the customer-favorite PSL, which will be distributed exclusively to grocery locations. The suggested retail price for the ready-to-drink beverage is $2.79 for a 14-fluid-ounce bottle, but it does include milk, and is therefore not suitable for those who follow a plant-based diet.
While we understand the draw of the PSL — it’s warm, sweet, cozy, and includes many of our favorite autumn time flavors, such as vanilla, pumpkin, and nutmeg — we also believe that there are plenty of ways you can concoct not only your own portable, non-dairy version of a PSL right from the comfort of your home but also a variety of fun, plant-based PSL-inspired snacks to go with your drink.
Let’s begin by crafting your beverage. We think this recipe by Linda Wagner yields a healthier, but just as tasty, version of Starbucks’s PSL.
This is The Easiest Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte on the Planet! It also won’t send you through the roof on a sugar high! You could be extra decadent and top off your homemade PSL with a dollop of Spiced Whipped Coconut Cream, or just enjoy it plain.
And if you want to add some pumpkin spice flare to all of your caffeinated beverages, we love this Pumpkin Spice Syrup For Lattes recipe by Larice Feuerstein.
This is the vegan pumpkin spice syrup recipe to give any and all of your Autumn drinks that delicious spicy-sweet pumpkin flavor. Now, you can save money and time and make your own cozy pumpkin beverages right from home. Yum!
Now it’s time to get classic: pair your coffee with doughnuts! These Pumpkin Spice Doughnut Holes by Lee Khatchadourian-Reese are portable and snackable.
Spices reminiscent of pumpkin pie but wrapped into a little dough ball? What is not to like?
Although we wouldn’t say no to just going for gold with one of these full-sized Baked Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts With Chocolate Cinnamon Icing by Alex and Linda Meyer.
First, the doughnut: it’s exactly what a doughnut should be – firm, a little spongy, cake-like, and moist. With the pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves all combined … cue the trumpets and angels singing. And if the pumpkin spice flavors aren’t enough to make you swoon, there’s the dark chocolate and cinnamon icing that covers the top and drips down the sides. Pure pumpkin chocolate heaven!
Finally, wrap up your day with this Pumpkin Spice Latte Ice Cream by Gabrielle St. Claire.
It’s still warm enough outside to justify eating lots of delicious, cold ice cream, so don’t miss out on your chance to enjoy this one before it’s snowing outside.
Are you ready for the Pumpkin Spice craze to descend, and looking for even more vegan pumpkin spice recipes to have up your sleeve? Then we highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day. Check it out!
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