• Krista Smith, FNTP

Protein Spiced Latte

Ahhh, fall and all its pumpkin-y goodness.

This year I’ve noticed that healthier pumpkin spice latte recipes abound. A few short years ago Starbucks was the “only” PSL out there. As much as everyone adores the coffeehouse lattes you can’t argue that they contain some pretty questionable ingredients. Nowadays, you can find almost any nutritionist touting a newer, more nutritious (or at least less sugary) version.

So here I am to join in on the fun.

I experimented with a few recipes, made some tweaks and decided on two different versions. Both healthy, but one is simpler and lower carb whereas the other takes a few more ingredients.

Did I mention I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin?

This recipe contains no pumpkin but gives the idea of it using the spices. Collagen peptides are included to give some added protein, making it an ideal breakfast drink.

You want to blend well to avoid chunks of protein powder. Using an immersion blender makes this easy, but you could also opt to pour the milks into a glass blender container or use a whisk.

In this one I used Nut Pods non dairy creamer (yes, they have a pumpkin spice version right now if you can find it!) because it is just the right amount of creaminess. They balanced the coconut and almond which gives it a tasty flavor and makes this drink special. See recipe for additional options if you don’t have Nut Pods on hand.

Protein Spiced Latte

By Krista Smith, NTP

Serves 1


8 oz freshly brewed coffee or espresso

¼ tsp pumpkin pie spice (I like Trader Joe’s)

¼ C Vanilla NutPods non dairy creamer (or: ¼ C unsweetened almond milk; ¼ C heavy cream; ¼ C coconut milk)

¼ C Full-fat coconut milk

10 drops stevia

1-2 scoops Vital Proteins collagen peptides

Cinnamon (to sprinkle on top, if desired)


Brew coffee.

In a small saucepan, warm the creamer and milk until just boiling. Remove from heat.

Add pumpkin pie spice, collagen and stevia. Blend well using an immersion blender, regular blender or whisk. Pour coffee into a mug and add the milk/protein mixture.


Palmdale, CA



Krista Smith
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