pumpkin spice latte

Happy October! Guilt-free PSL

TheSubtleStatement.com Guilt Free Pumpkin Spice Latte

Fall is my favorite season, crisp weather, pretty foliage, pumpkin everything and I feel like it’s the time I can get most creative with fashion. Last year I posted a guilt-free PSL (& some yummy 3 ingredient pumpkin cookies), but this year the modified version is even easier to get you right out the door. By the way, how cute is this planner?

TheSubtleStatement.com Guilt Free Pumpkin Spice Latte

Guilt-Free & Fast Pumpkin Spice Latte

  • 8 oz Vanilla Almond Milk (sweetened or unsweetened, I like Silk Brand)
  • 10 oz Coffee
  • 3 T Pumpkin Puree
  • 3 Shakes Cinnamon
  • 2 Shakes Nutmeg
  • 2 Shakes Allspice
  • 2 Drops of Vanilla Creme Stevia or 1 Packet Stevia (optional)
  1. In a Vitamix or high-speed blender add almond milk, pumpkin puree, spices & stevia (optional)
  2. Pour blended ingredients over your coffee and stir well (cute straw optional)

NYC Fave Vegan & Gluten Free Spots

One major benefit of traveling to NYC and LA is the abundance of veg and gluten free options and restaurants. I always take advantage of my fave spots and this time added some new ones to the list!

I stopped into Peacefood Cafe one morning for a Pumpkin Spice Latte and delicious GF Pumpkin Loaf. The tofu scramble is yummy, also!

Dinner at Cafe Blossom in the West Village was amazing. We shared a variety of dishes to try a little bit of everything, and it was all delicious! We tasted the Chickpea Fritters, Caesar Salad, Sunflower Burger, Berry BBQ Tempeh, Quinoa Spaghetti (which was tdf!).

I ventured to Pure Food & Wine for a prix fixe brunch, where I ordered the Caesar Salad, Tortilla Wraps and Raw Lemon Bar. The salad was great, and the lemon bar had the perfect subtle taste.

Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit Co is the ultimate guilt-free treat. The Banana soft serve is so delicious! Topped with fresh fruit, coconut, carob chips and a gluten free waffle, it was perfection. 😉

Fresh & Co was conveniently located across from my hotel. Hot quinoa bowls and create your own salads, make for the perfect quick dinner! I tried the warm Kimchee Quinoa Stir-fry Bowl, it was yummy.

Le Pain Quotidien is one of my favorites! I adore their Quinoa Taboule Salad, but this time I opted for the Turmeric Chai Latte and Kale Caesar Salad. It was a nice change for the new season.

When craving a quick slice, Cafe Viva, offers both vegan and gluten free pizza, although Pala takes the spot as my fave.

For quick lunch takeout that’s totally green and healthy, Green Symphony has an abundance of options. I opted for the kale salad.

While in the West Village, we had dinner at S’Nice. I ordered the quinoa salad, it was full of flavor.

If you crave froyo, Tutti Frutti offers a variety of soy frozen yogurt and fresh fruit and carob toppings and it’s delicious!

A few others that I usually visit while in the city…

Babycakes NYC is the ultimate vegan, gluten free bakery. Everything is scrumptious from their doughnuts, to cupcakes, to cinnamon toasties. My birthday cake is even shipped from there every year.

Terri NYC is great for wraps, salads, fresh juices or a quick snack. Their smoothies are really yummy too, and are open early for breakfast.

Burrito Box is the ultimate Mexican fix. Their vegan options go above and beyond, and never disappoint. Great for delivery or takeout.

Blossom Du Jour is great for a quick lunch and fresh pressed juices on hand.

Two Boots is perfect when craving a big NY slice of pizza, and is conveniently located around the city.

Guilt-free Pumpkin Spice Latte & 3+ Ingredient Pumpkin Protein Cookies

Guilt-Free Pumpkin Spice Latte & Protein Pumpkin Cookies | TheSubtleStatement.com

It may not be Fall just yet, but the sweet aroma of caramel and pumpkin are on display when you walk into any candle store, as well as easily be swapped for your regular latte at your local coffee spot. I love the Autumn inspired taste of a fab pumpkin latte, but sans the added sugar and calories. I made this Tone It Up inspired Pumpkin Spice Latte, along with my favorite 3-Ingredient Protein Cookies (which I’ve featured, previously) but with my own Fall inspired spin. Enjoy!

Guilt-Free Pumpkin Spice Latte

  • 8oz Water
  • Handful of Raw Almonds
  • 2-3 T Pumpkin Puree
  • 3 shakes Cinnamon
  • 2 shakes Nutmeg
  • 2 shakes Allspice
  • 2 drops of Vanilla Creme Stevia or 1 Packet of Stevia
  • 8-10oz Coffee
  1. In a Vitamix or high-speed blender add water and almonds and blend until reached an almond milk consistency.
  2. Add pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and Stevia.
  3. Blend ingredients together.
  4. Pour coffee into a glass or mug, and pour almond milk/pumpkin puree mixture on top. Mix well.

Iced Coffee Version – add coffee to blender, pour into glass filled with ice cubes

“Frappucino” Version – add coffee to blender, and continue to blend ice cubes until desired consistency is reached.

Add a scoop of Protein Powder, and ice cubes making it a yummy pre/post-workout treat

Guilt-Free Pumpkin Spice Latte & Protein Pumpkin Cookies | TheSubtleStatement.com

3+ Ingredient Pumpkin Protein Cookies (Yields 12)

  • 1 Banana, mashed
  • 1/2 C Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 C Oats
  • 1 Scoop/Packet Protein Powder
  • 2 T Almond Milk or Water
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Allspice
  • Sliced Almonds (optional)
  • Walnuts (optional)
  • Cacao Nibs (optional)
  1. Preheat oven 350° F.
  2. Mix together banana and pumpkin.
  3. Add protein powder and mix well. Add almond milk/water if needed.
  4. Add oats, and once incorporated add spices, nuts, and cacao nibs.
  5. Drop onto cookies sheet, using spoon and flatten.
  6. Bake 15 – 20 minutes until cooked.

Enjoy warm with your Guilt-Free Pumpkin Spice Latte!

The Subtle Statement | Guilt Free Pumpkin Spice Latte & 3+ Ingredient Pumpkin Protein Cookies