How to Order the PSL | Vegan, Paleo Diet, Keto Diet
Are you vegan or do you follow strict diets like the paleo or keto diet? Do you love the pumpkin spice latte? Here is what you need to know.
How to Order the Pumpkin Spice Latte, No Matter Your Diet
We'll be the first to admit that fall drinks are our weakness. And that certainly includes the Starbucks pumpkin spice latte. Call us basic, we don't care. The sweet taste is so worth it, but are the calories? What happens if it's PSL season and you're on a diet?
Diets can be hard, especially around this time when everything is so inviting. However, Starbucks makes it easier by allowing their customers to customize their drinks. And the same concept applies to the one and only PSL.
Ready to customize your Starbucks order? Here's how to order the PSL, according to your diet.
How to Order PSL on the Keto Diet
While we have a more in-depth article on ordering a keto-version of the pumpkin spice latte, here are the quick facts.
You can't order a keto pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks. With the keto diet, you can't drink sugar. And that's almost impossible when it comes to Starbucks' pumpkin spice sauce. However, you can try to be keto friendly and healthier when you order, thanks to customization.
Here's what you can order:
Tall pumpkin spice latte
Substitute milk with a healthier alternative (2% milk, nonfat milk, soy milk, coconut milk, almond milk)
Ask for less syrup
Ask for sugar-free syrup like vanilla, cinnamon dolce, or skinny mocha sauce
Ask for no whip
How to Order PSL if You're Vegan
If you are vegan and love the PSL, then we have some very VERY bad news for you.
Even if you replace your milk with a non-dairy alternative and you say no to whipped cream, you will still be consuming milk. Starbucks' pumpkin spice sauce contains condensed skim milk as its second ingredient.
So, there's no way of really getting around this one.
However, there are plenty of options if you want to make your own vegan pumpkin spice latte at home. We love this recipe from Abbey's Kitchen. You can also check out the video below for another delicious vegan alternative.
How to Order PSL on the Paleo Diet
Similar to how we cannot purchase a vegan pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks because there is condensed milk in the pumpkin spice sauce, we cannot get a purely paleo friendly option.
However, like the vegan alternatives, it looks like the internet also has healthier versions of the pumpkin spice latte for those following the paleo diet.
You can try out this recipe from Against All Grain. And if you're more of a visual learner, then you can also check out the same recipe in video.