Make at Home : Pumpkin Spice Latte

This homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe is quick and easy to make, and affordable compared to the coffee shop version. Made with pumpkin puree and cozy fall spices.

drink in a cup, with pumpkin spice latte

While I am a summer girl through and through, there are some perks about the fall season. Baggy sweaters, crisp leaves, and pumpkin spice lattes.

Available at Starbucks for only a limited time each year, the world seems to go crazy over the popular fall flavor of a delicious pumpkin spice latte.

Yet, it’s also costly. And the lines are long, especially during starbucks’ most popular seasonal beverage.

Surely this starbucks pumpkin spice latte can be made at home, no?

So, I scoured the internet looking for a homemade version, and did find a many copycat recipes. I tried a few.

I decided that the best recipe must use real pumpkin puree and not just spice.

The best drink has that bold and natural pumpkin flavor. This here is the perfect recipe for a PSL recipe.

Plus, the milk had to ‘froth’ just like in store, and not just a blended drink. It’s part of the charm, right? I do suggest a Handheld Frother of some sort. It adds to the drink, just like whipped cream would.

My game changed when I got an espresso machine, yet for a long time I just used really strong coffee for this easy recipe.

drink in a cup, with pumpkin spice latte

Now I find more often than not, I’m making my own pumpkin spice lattes at home and not buying one from a local coffee shop.

They just taste better, are cheaper, and I can customize it to my own taste much easier.


Homemade PSL Ingredients

Here are some notes on the simple ingredients you’ll need. As always the printable recipe card is at the end of the post.

  • Milk: I use whole milk to get that full creamy taste, though you could use skim milk. Feel free to use your preferred kind of milk such as: almond milk, soy milk, cashew milk, coconut milk, or oat milk if desired.
  • Espresso or strong coffee: If using strong hot coffee, make sure it’s STRONG.
  • Pumpkin purée: or canned pumpkin. Just make sure it is not pumpkin pie filling, as that has different ingredients and spices to it.
  • Spices: I love to use a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger, and ground cloves. There is also a store bought pumpkin spice blend, which you can use if desired.
  • Vanilla extract: I just love the warm vanilla taste and natural flavors. I think this also brings out the pumpkin pie spices too.
  • Brown Sugar: you need some form of sweetener to the drink.This is my favourite choice for a natural sweetener. You can also use maple syrup.
  • Whipped Cream: For that final touch and creaminess.

How to Make a Pumpkin Spice Latte

  1. Place a small saucepan on the stove and turn onto medium heat. Add the milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, pumpkin, and brown sugar. Mix until steaming, yet not boiling.
  2. Remove pan from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  3. Pour the milk mixture into a large blender and blend milk until frothy. You can also use a Handheld Milk Frother.

    NOTE: Be very careful because hot liquids expand MUCH more than cool ones, so blend half of mixture at a time, if needed.
  4. Mix half coffee and half mixture into your favorite mug.
  5. Top your homemade lattes with whipped cream and a sprinkling of cinnamon or a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.

Recipe Variations

Tips to customize your delcious latte recipe.

  • Iced pumpkin spice latte: Pour all over a full cup of ice for a delicious cold brew.
  • Chai pumpkin spice latte: Steep 2 chai tea bags in a 1/2 cup of very hot water for a few minutes. Use this instead of the espresso or coffee, and you’ll have a wonderful chai pumpkin latte.
  • Mocha pumpkin spice latte: Add 3 teaspoons of cocoa powder.
  • Peppermint Mocha Latte: Add cocoa powder and a tsp of peppermint extract

More Pumpkin Recipes:

drink in a cup, with pumpkin spice latte

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe is quick and easy to make, and affordable compared to the coffee shop version. Made with pumpkin puree and cozy fall spices.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2.5 tablespoons canned pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1.5 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups strongly brewed hot coffee
  • Whipped cream

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan over medium-high heat, warm milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, pumpkin, and brown sugar until it's steaming {**do not boil!}.
  2. Remove pan from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  3. Pour milk mixture into a large blender and blend milk until frothy. ** PLEASE be very careful because hot liquids expand MUCH more than cool ones, so blend half of mixture at a time, if needed.
  4. Mix half coffee and half mixture into your favorite mug.
  5. Top with whipped cream {be generous!} and a sprinkling of cinnamon.
  6. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Try it with skim milk, oat milk or almond milk
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 239Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 113mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 1gSugar: 25gProtein: 8g

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45 Comments

  1. I loveeee Pumpkin spice Lattes, in fact I have on in hand from Dunkin Donuts now lol. I can not wait to try your recipe it sounds delicious!!!!
    Hugz
    Ashley

    1. Great timing!! I’ll be a lot less sad when they leave shops this year, Ha! Making my own now!
      πŸ™‚

  2. just added canned pumpkin to my shopping trip, love that I have all other ingredients on hand! Can’t wait to try this recipe, thanks!

    1. You are very welcome Monica! It’s a drink that perks me up, which I need often come the Winter months! πŸ˜‰

  3. This sounds like just what I need!! Yumm. Will have to try it on this gorgeous Autumn day.
    Thanks!

  4. Thanks for sharing! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Pumpkin Spice lattes from SB – but agree they are not easy on the wallet πŸ™‚

  5. This looks amazing. I have been totally cheating and just adding pumpkin pie spice and vanilla to my morning coffee. But I am definitely going to try the pumpkin puree.

    1. Cheat away my friend, anything to boost that coffee can make such a better day! Says the woman whos trying to invent the caffeine IV drip! lol

  6. I look forward to these at Starbucks each year. Now maybe I can make them at home and save a few $$ πŸ˜€

  7. Sounds great!!! But I’m not big on coffee…I think I’ll substitute hot water, or maybe even hot chocolate!!

  8. Have the ingredients around after Thanksgiving so will be making this this weekend. Thanks.

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  12. This recipe sounds so yummy and normally this wouldn’t be my thing but the ingredients got me

  13. It’s a little past that time of year for pumpkins but this recipe sounds good for any time to me. Sounds yummy !

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