This pumpkin spice latte recipe is easy to make at home, and MUCH cheaper than buying it at a coffee shop. I love how you can use home-brewed coffee to make it, so you don’t need a fancy coffee machine or any specialty syrups. You can make it on the stove top, or try my easy blender version (both below!), inspired by my popular Instant Vegan Latte.
What is in a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte?
Starbucks has made this drink wildly popular, and their version is made with milk, espresso, and a pumpkin spice syrup, which contains sugar, milk, natural flavors, and more. (You can see their nutrition info disclosed here.)
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, any type of milk you like (I use almond milk), pumpkin pie spice, and a splash pure maple syrup. It tastes like a decadent coffee drink, without using refined sugar or preservatives.
What is Pumpkin Pie Spice made of?
Pumpkin pie spice is a blend of spices that you can buy as a premade mix for convenience. I’m currently using a mix from Trader Joe’s, but many brands sell this Fall-inspired combination. You can also make your own mix!
To make your own pumpkin spice mix, combine:
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
- pinch of ground nutmeg
- pinch of ground cloves or allspice
This should replace the 1/2 teaspoon called for in the stove-top recipe below. You can always make more and store the leftovers for easy use later.
What Does a Pumpkin Spice Latte taste like?
The latte from Starbucks is very sweet, but it doesn’t have a prominent pumpkin flavor. (In fact, in previous years they didn’t even include real pumpkin in the syrup! Now they do.)
This homemade latte is less-sweet if you make it as written, but you can always add more sweetener to make it taste how you want it to. That’s the perk of making it at home; you’re in total control of the final outcome. You can use honey or maple syrup, which both easily dissolve into the drink.
Keep in mind that 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! Just stir it again to re-incorporate.
Pumpkin Spice Latte without the Coffee
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.”) You could also use your favorite tea to replace the coffee, similar to a London Fog drink.)
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!
How to Make a Pumpkin Spice Latte in a Blender
Inspired by my Instant Vegan Latte, I also want to show you how to make a quick pumpkin spice “latte” in a blender. This version gets its creaminess from almond butter instead of milk, which gives it a more concentrated coffee flavor, more similar to a version made with espresso.
In a blender, combine:
- 1 cup brewed coffee
- 1 teaspoon almond butter (or cashew butter)
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup (or honey)
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
- 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
All you have to do is blend it together until it’s smooth and creamy. I think you’ll be amazed at how authentic this tastes!
Pumpkin Spice Latte
Stove Top Latte (with milk):
Stove Top Latte:
- Combine the ingredients in a small saucepan, and use a whisk to incorporate everything smoothly. As soon as the mixture is warm, it's ready to serve. Be sure to taste it and adjust any seasonings, if needed.
- Combine the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed, then pour into a mug and serve right away.
Pumpkin Spice Latte Nutrition: Calories: 79, Fat: 1g, Carbohydrates: 15g, Fiber: 0g, Protein: 1g
- 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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