Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin spice lattes are a seasonally high-demand item at Starbucks, so today I thought I’d share a dairy-free recipe that’s naturally sweetened with a touch of pure maple syrup. It’s easy to make at home, and MUCH cheaper than buying it at a coffee shop.

healthy pumpkin spice latte in white mug with coconut whipped cream

If I’m being honest here, I’ve never been a fan of the famous pumpkin spice lattes. While I do love both coffee and pumpkin, these drinks are usually too sweet for my taste, not to mention that they are usually dairy-based and loaded with artificial flavoring.

This homemade Pumpkin Spice latte is a lighter alternative, combining a hint of real pumpkin puree (here’s how to make pumpkin puree), brewed coffee, homemade almond milk, Fall spices, and a splash pure maple syrup. It tastes like a decadent coffee drink, without the use of artificial syrups or preservatives.

brewed coffee pumpkin latte

I’m pretty sure that the “pumpkin spice”syrup found at popular coffee shops doesn’t use real pumpkin at all, so if you don’t have any on hand, this latte would probably still be delicious without it.

Adding pumpkin puree to coffee can give it a slightly grainy texture if you let the drink rest too long, so keep that in mind when making this! (You can always stir it again to re-incorporate.)

vegan pumpkin spice latte

I love it when “Pumpkin Spice” mix is available at the grocery store, as it makes this recipe as fast as possible, but if you can’t locate a pre-made jar, simply make your own by using a heaping 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, an 1/8 teaspoon of ground ginger, and a pinch of ground nutmeg to replace the 1/2 teaspoon called for in this recipe.

Also, if you don’t care for coffee, feel free to use extra almond milk instead, for a caffeine-free drink. (When I worked as a barista, we called that a “steamer.”)

Since you can taste this drink as you go, you can adjust the sweetness and spices however you like. I hope you’ll enjoy it!

dairy-free pumpkin spice latte

5 from 12 votes
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Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

This dairy-free pumpkin spice latte is naturally-sweetened and vegan, for a healthy alternative to Starbucks. It's ready in just minutes!

Course: Drinks
Servings: 2
Calories: 79 kcal
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a high-speed blender, and blend until smooth and creamy. (Or you can simply whisk the ingredients together in a pan over medium heat on the stove-- use a whisk to combine well!)
  2. Adjust flavor to taste, and serve warm. A high-speed blender should keep the contents hot enough to serve immediately, but if you're using a traditional blender, you may want to transfer the contents to a saucepan and warm over the stove top before serving.

Recipe Notes:

  • For an extra-decadent treat, top your latte with some homemade coconut whipped cream.
  • You can use any milk you like to make this recipe. I use almond milk most often, but homemade hemp milk is also delicious.
  • You can also use any sweetener you like, since you can taste this recipe as you go. If you use a granulated sweetener, like coconut sugar, you’ll just have to make sure the sugar crystals dissolve completely before serving.

Hope you enjoy it!

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Vicky (Sweet and Healthy Living)

Hi Megan,

I was wondering what your opinion is on the whole omega 3 to 6 ratio. I know that most paleo advocates recommend consuming more animal fats, avocado and coconut rather than nuts because nuts are higher in omega 6 fats, while grass fed animal products have a better omega ratio. According to some, high levels of omega 6 fats, which are inflammatory, are the culprit for heart disease rather than cholesterol or saturated fat. What do you think?

Cadie

Great idea! I, too, find traditional pumpkin spice lattes to be too sweet and artificial-tasting. I’ll have to try this! I wonder if regular unsweetened almond milk would work…I don’t have any homemade almond milk on hand.

Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness

This sounds amazing! I will definitely be trying this one out for sure!

the delicate place

yum! i make a pumpkin spice chai similar to this! when i go to a coffee shop i usually ask for decaf with a splash of soy or almond milk and 1 pump of the syrup. that ends up being PLENTY sweet for me!

jeanne

I’ve never heard of coffee with pumpkin but it sounds a bit strange…I’m french and we don’t really mess with our coffee 🙂 I may make this sans coffee though, that sounds delish!

Lauren

I’m not a coffee drinker, but my husband is a sucker for all those Starbuck’s drinks, so I think he’ll enjoy this one! I tried your vanilla-cado smoothie last night, and it was divine! I love that I didn’t have to add bananas to make it creamy…I think too many bananas bother me, so it’ll be a go-to recipe!

Christine

Wow!! I was just saying to my husband this morning how I love me a Pumpkin Spice Latte in the fall, but they are WAY too sweet and I try not to consume cow dairy, and then….I open my email and here you are saving the day!! 🙂 I am going to make this right now! I just love all your recipes – so simple and delish! I made the PB – chocolate blondies last night! Wonderful! Thanks for all you do!

maryrose

sounds good iwill try it

Laura

Hi Megan
Perhaps you could talk about food combining some day.
I have seen the board that you made, but i am more interested.
Love Laura

Ann-Kristin

Hi Megan, you really made my day with this recipe! I’ve been craving a chai tea all day!! 🙂 But I was wondering which pumpkin you’re using for the puree or whether you buy it somewhere? Thanks!

Sarah

Megan, I’ve written before saying how amazingly delicious *ALL* your recipes are. I wanted to write this time to let you know that I just returned home from another stay in the hospital for my Crohn’s disease; but it honestly cheered me up so much to look at your blog often, and know that I will get better and that as I heal I have so many many *YUMMY* and truly *HEALTHY* recipes I get to look forward to enjoying! And all of which will only continue to help me to feel well and maintain my health, while feeling like I’m indulging! So thank you very much for giving me lots to look forward to.

Lori

Thanks for the recipe! This is delicious!!! Sometimes it’s nice to liven things up, especially with my beverages.

Sue

Made the pumpkin spice latte for myself, husband and daughter and it was a bit hit! We added one more tablespoon of maple syrup because we liked it just a little sweeter.

Sherry Guajardo

Since Starbucks just recently changed their pricing on their drinks and my Venti Iced soy latte with a pump of Chai or a pump of pumpkin is now almost $6.00, I had to find other alternatives. So I went and bought a coffee maker and tried this drink. Poured it over ice in my Starbucks cup, ( because I have a ton of them ) and it was DELICIOUS!!!! I blended it in the blender a minute or 2 and it tastes just like my Starbucks latte. Thanks so much for saving me almost $40.00 a week.

Ester

Megan, this pumpkin spice latte is amazing. I have been making it over and over again, thanks!

Rebekah

This was really good; however, the spices came out strong and a bit bitter. Any suggestions?

    Megan

    Maybe just try using a little less next time, and adjust to your taste?

Alex

So yummy! I used coconut milk because I am still waiting for my nut milk bag to arrive in the mail. I will be making this all season. Thank you!

Barbara Sanders

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    Megan

    I wish I could help, but I don’t have any control over feed burner– it’s a service run by Google.

annie

YOU ARE A GENIUS. I just made it without the coffee and mixed it cold (almond milk, 1 tbsp pumpkin puree, a little vanilla and the spices) and I microwaved it for two minutes (I’m lazy) … It’s amazing! Way better than the store bought kind. Thank you! Your recipes are changing my life. 🙂

Raquel

I am not a coffee drinker any more, now i drink Yerba Matte instead! This makes an excellent Matte Latte!!! Thank you so much for all of your fun and wonderful recipes! You have made staying healthy so much more exciting and my husband loves them too, that’s saying alot lol!

Jessi

Oh my goodness, this sounds delicious!! I never thought to whip it into a latte using just the blender. Definitely going to give this a try – I am a huge fan of pumpkin spiced coffee, but not the super sweet pumpkin lattes. This sounds like the perfect place to start 🙂

Christi

I’m so excited to have a healthy alternative to the Pumpkin Spice Latte! This will be my afternoon treat today. 🙂

Kim

Thank you for this great recipe!! I love it!!

Lois

Allergic to almonds. Any other suggestions? Sounds yummy!

Caroline

This was AMAZING! thank you so much for this recipe!!!!

Rita

Wow, drinking this now and i feel like i found the secret to life, its that good.

Jennifer

I love pumpkin everything so I hopped right up to make this – yum! I will be saving a ton of money this fall – thank you!

Colette

These are so addictive! Thank you so much, Megan, for a delicious, healthy and cheaper alternative!

Jess @ Crunchy Hot Mama

Another winner! I had 6 (non-paleo) girlfriends over for a PSL party and served them your recipe…everyone loved it! I used coconut milk and 3 dates in mine while on the Whole30, so I can’t wait to try it as written. I also love how quick and easy this recipe is. I’ve tried 2 or 3 other paleo versions that were labor intensive, and ain’t nobody got time for that 😉

Thanks, Megan! Any cookbook update??

Amy @ Life to the Full

YUM! I’m trying this today 🙂 Thanks for sharing! I love pumpkin spice lattes!

Sev

The drink was amazing! I used honey instead of maple syrup and it was delicious, thanks for the recipe!

Alnessa Rhea

Hello Megan,

I hope you are having a wonderful day. I am assisting Chelsea Cohen of LifestyleDynamics.com and she wanted me to shoot you a quick email to let you know that she just loves your recipe and has shared it in her weekly recipe round-up here: http://lifestyledynamics.com/30-healthy-pumpkin-spice-recipes/

Feel free to share it with your audience on your social media sites as you like.

Have a great day!

Best,
Alnessa Repollo

Anita

This is great! I actually doubled the pumpkin (because I lOVE it!) and instead of sweetener, I used a scoop of vanilla protein power. Yum!

    Kimee

    That’s a deliciously smart idea! Post-workout decadence!

Susan

Eating pumpkin out of the can is risky. Know of a botulism case from eating pumpkin out a can. It’s a no for me.

Carly

Another delicious recipe, thank you! The only substitutes I made was I added only 1/2 cup of milk and only 1 tbsp of maple syrup.

Shelley

I just made this. Wow! So tasty!

Krystal // The Krystal Diaries

I absolutely love pumpkin spice lattes! I make them myself at home mostly because I like being able to control what does in it and I don’t like when it’s overly sugary or sweet.

Pep's Free From Kitchen

This was really delicious, so thick and creamy.

Karen

I LOVED i! I had some leftover pumpkin left in a can from when I made pumpkin loaf. I loved how it made it creamy when I threw in old coffee and everything in my vitamix. My other drink that I make that is similar is hot chocolate. But when I add sweet potatoe purée to it, it becomes really rich and creamy. I hadn’t thought of pumpkin tho!

Felisha

Used coconut milk instead… Absolutely delicious and very addictive! 🙂

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