Pumpkin Spice Lattes are one of my favorite fall treats. However, I don’t buy them often because they are just that, a treat (and my wallet and waistline don’t approve of having them more often). Last year I started making a super simple copy cat version of my favorite treat, but it left a bit to be desired.
Fast forward to this past August when my Aunt shared with me some sample packets of the MonaVie RVL Protein Shake Mix. Since I am working to maintain my figure and I’m *gasp* not a breakfast fan, a protein shake sounded pretty good to me. A filling breakfast I could drink? Win.
But, while the RVL mix greatly outshines other protein shakes in the taste department, there is still a slight residual “protein taste” (to me – I’ve talked to others who don’t taste it at all). So then it became a simple matter of combining a few of my favorite things into a delicious guilt free (200 calorie) breakfast. By adding the instant coffee, the protein taste is instantly masked and the teaspoon of pumpkin spice syrup adds the hint of sweetness and that little kick of spices to make this an everyday treat instead of a sometimes treat!
*If you have an aversion to instant coffee, simply add a couple shots of espresso or strongly brewed coffee in its place.
*Feel free to use any other protein mix you happen to have on hand, though I do highly recommend MonaVie RVL
*This is not a sponsored post – I just really like MonaVie!
Pumpkin Spice Latte Protein Shake
8 oz (1 cup) skim milk
½ - 1 tbsp instant coffee
3 tbsp MonaVie RVL, chocolate berry flavor
1-3 tsp pumpkin spice syrup
Cinnamon to garnish (optional)
Whipped cream (optional)
Heat the milk in the microwave until hot and slightly frothy. Whisk in the instant coffee and MonaVie, whisking until the powders are completely dissolved. Add in the pumpkin spice syrup. Stir until combined. Top with a sprinkling of cinnamon and whipped cream if desired.
Makes 1 drink