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It's officially October, which means temperatures are falling and everyone's tried-and-true hot drinks are filling coffee shop menus across the country. Let's be honest, though-however complete you might feel with that PSL nestled in your hand, your waistline (not to mention your wallet) is screaming at each and every grande you order.
We agree that some things just aren't worth giving up no matter what, which is why we've made the decision between feeding your body and feeding your soul virtually nonexistent with DIY copycat recipes of your sweet and syrupy fall favorites!
The king of the fall beverages need not be ignored in favor of preserving finances and figure. This low-calorie homemade alternative foregoes regular sugar for more natural sweeteners and can made into multiple servings for cost efficiency. Twice as many PSLs for a portion of the calorie cost? Starbucks, who?
This lesser known but equally seasonal coffee house feature uses actual sweet potatoes, so while you're secretly feeding your cold weather fix, you can outwardly brag about how good it is for you.
Although sipping on a caramel apple spice cider from your friendly neighborhood Starbucks may feel like tasting gold for the first time, one grande sized cup packs a whopping 360 calories-yikes! Stick with this simple and perfectly spiced copycat recipe to quench that craving.
No one can deny the soothing quality of a cinnamon latte on a crisp, autumn morning, so why not make it from the comfort of your own home? With homemade cinnamon dolce syrup swirling to perfection, you won't be able to shelf this recipe for long.
With only four ingredients, this seasonal caramel brulee latte recipe is not only easy and cheap to make, it's also successfully not filling your body with unhealthy junk while you enjoy!
The salted caramel mocha is a sweet and salty dream in a cup, and the turbinado sugar and sea salt in this copycat recipe join forces to create something truly decadent and guilt-free.
Take it from an ex-Starbucks barista, this vegan-inspired take on the classic white chocolate mocha latte is to die for. Add a drizzle of raspberry to the top to really enhance those strong autumn flavors!
A little homestyle sweetness with a kick, this subtly spicy coffee creation will make you forget all those vanilla bean drinks you ordered and instantly regretted from certain coffee house mega-chains.
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