Are you the person who waits for autumn with baited breath in front of your local Starbucks? Does ‘PSL’ mean anything to you? Yes, I’m talking about pumpkin spice lattes and I’m looking for any excuse to work them back into my late winter menu at home. This Recipe Redux was my excuse. The February challenge ingredient was chocolate. That’s right. The dietitians are working with chocolate and we LIKE it. So with chocolate in hand, I plotted to combine it with a healthier pumpkin-spice-latte like beverage.

A Healthier Pumpkin Spice Beverage

  • Using unsweetened almond milk as a base, we’re starting off at 30-40 calories per cup.
  • Now for what you’ve actually been waiting for…the benefits of chocolate. Dark chocolate contains antioxidants and has been shown in studies to lower blood pressure. I’m not saying go crazy here, but it does have some health benefits.
  • By using spices and alternative flavors like pumpkin, cinnamon sticks, and nutmeg, you won’t be missing the major sugar jolt that is normally used for flavorings.

Pumpkin Spice Dark Hot Chocolate

Makes 4 one cup servings


  • 4 Cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 6 oz dark chocolate chunks (chop up that left over Valentine’s Day candy!)
  • 3 T canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 t pumpkin pie spice
  • cinnamon sticks & fresh nutmeg

Optional: sugar per taste preference, whipped topping, coffee

Directions: In a large pot, heat milk until steaming (not boiling…no bueno). Add chunks or chips of dark chocolate to the same pot, stirring constantly. Add pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice to the milk mixture and stir to combine. Pour into four glasses and serve. If you need to be caffeinated, add coffee, or instant powdered coffee.

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