Pumpkin Spice Latte

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This Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe is easy to make at home, using only 5 simple ingredients. You can use home-brewed coffee to make it, so you don’t need an espresso machine or any specialty syrups. It’s naturally sweet, and much more affordable than going to a coffee shop!

pumpkin spice latte in glass with whipped cream on top

You can make this recipe on the stove top, or in a blender, in just 5 minutes. The blender version is inspired by my popular Instant Vegan Latte, for a stronger coffee flavor below.

What is in a 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.)

pumpkin, coffee, almond milk, maple syrup, and spice on a white surface

This healthy Pumpkin Spice latte is a lighter alternative, using 5 easy ingredients.

  • Pumpkin puree
  • Brewed coffee
  • Milk of choice
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Maple syrup

It tastes like a decadent coffee drink, without using refined sugar or preservatives. You can use 2% milk, skim, or your favorite non-dairy milk to make it at home!

Tip: Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice

Pumpkin pie spice is a blend of spices that you can buy as a pre-made mix for convenience, but you can also make your own.

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

You’ll only need a 1/4 teaspoon of this mix for the recipe below, but if you make two servings, you can use all of it! Or, follow my pumpkin pie spice recipe to make a larger batch that you can store for later.

pumpkin spiced lattes overhead on a cutting board

How to Make a Pumpkin Spice Latte

1. Stir together the ingredients. Add the coffee, milk, pumpkin, maple syrup, and spice to a small saucepan and whisk them together to make sure the pumpkin is incorporated smoothly.

pumpkin spice latte ingredients in saucepan

In my experience, a whisk works better for stirring than a spoon does, but you could also use a fork.

2. Warm it up. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer, over medium-high heat. As soon as it starts to simmer, you can test the temperature by scooping up a spoonful, and when it’s as hot as you’d like it, you can pour it into a mug.

latte poured from saucepan into glass and topped with whipped cream

3. Enjoy! Garnish your latte with whipped cream and extra pumpkin pie spice on top, for a coffee drink that looks like it came from a coffee shop. Use coconut whipped cream to keep it dairy-free.

I typically make this recipe with almond milk, but you can use any milk you love. For a nut-free, non-dairy drink, you can also make this using hemp milk.

Tip: I only recommend using homemade oat milk for cold lattes, because it will thicken when heated, which isn’t always pleasant. Store-bought oat milks should heat up just fine, though, thanks to their added ingredients.

pumpkin spice latte in 2 glasses with black background

Helpful Tips

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. I think 1 1/2 tablespoons of maple syrup makes it taste like a coffee shop version. The perk of making it at home is that you’re in total control of the final outcome. You can use honey or maple syrup, which both easily dissolve into the drink.

How does pumpkin affect the texture? 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, if needed.

Can you make it without 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 it a “steamer.”) You could also use your favorite tea to replace the coffee, similar to a London Fog drink.

Can you make it iced? Yes, of course! Simply whisk the ingredients together and serve it over ice.

pumpkin spice latte with foam on top at an angle

How to Make a Pumpkin Spice Latte in a Blender

This blended pumpkin spice latte gets its creaminess from almond butter instead of milk, which gives it a more concentrated coffee flavor. I think this version tastes even more similar to a version made with espresso.

This version even gets a nice foam on top, like a real latte, even though it’s made without milk.

In a blender, combine:

  • 1 cup hot brewed coffee
  • 1 teaspoon almond butter (or cashew butter)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (or honey, if not vegan)
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

pumpkin spice latte in blender

1. Blend. Add the 5 ingredients together in a blender, and blend until the mixture looks smooth and creamy.

blended latte poured into glass

2. Enjoy! Pour the latte into a glass and serve warm right away. This version even develops a foam on top, like a real latte. Feel free to double the batch, if you need more than one serving, too.

I can’t wait to hear which version you try. I hope you’ll love it as much as I do!

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Pumpkin Spice Latte

This Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe calls for just 5 simple ingredients, using home-brewed coffee. It's naturally sweet and more affordable than a store-bought latte!
Course Drinks
Cuisine healthy
Keyword pumpkin spice latte
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 79kcal



  • In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the ingredients and use a whisk to stir, incorporating everything smoothly.
    pumpkin spice latte ingredients in saucepan
  • As soon as the mixture starts to simmer, stir well to make sure it's evenly warmed up, then pour into a mug and serve right away. You can adjust the flavoring to taste, adding more maple syrup (I like an extra 1/2 tablespoon), or more spice, depending on your preference. You can also add more coffee for a stronger coffee flavor. This recipe is best served warm right away, as the pumpkin will start to separate as it sits, but you can simply give it a stir to reincorporate everything again.
    latte poured from saucepan into glass and topped with whipped cream



Nutrition information is for the whole batch, using almond milk. This information is automatically calculated, and is just an estimate, not a guarantee.
Prefer a stronger coffee flavor? You can make a blender version instead by combining 1 cup of brewed coffee, 1 teaspoon almond butter, 1 tablespoon pumpkin puree, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, and 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice. Blend until smooth and creamy, and serve right away for a more concentrated coffee flavor that tastes like it was made with espresso.
See the full post for more tips & tricks!


Calories: 79kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 168mg | Potassium: 137mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 2336IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 181mg | Iron: 1mg

If you try this Pumpkin Spice Latte, please leave a comment below letting me know how you like it!

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Jesse Riley

What is the nutrition value/calories for this?


Have you tried this with brewed tea instead of coffee? Just curious because I don’t drink coffee but this looks amazing. Thinking it could be really good with either black English breakfast or chai?

    Megan Gilmore

    Yes, it’s great with tea, too. I like to brew the tea extra-strong by using an extra tea bag for more flavor.

Laura Thomas

This beverage is incredible!

My blender cups are plastic so I’d rather not poor hot coffee into them. Any suggestions for a blender/personal blender with glass or stainless steel cups? They seem hard to come by. Thanks!

    Megan Gilmore

    The Instant Pot Ace blender has a glass pitcher and blends very well. It’s not perfect (the delay from pushing the button to the blender actually blending is about 10 seconds; and the pitcher isn’t dishwasher safe) but it’s a great price point if you want something that’s glass.

STephanie L.

I tried the stovetop version, and it is great. I like that it is so simple to make, and I love the flavor of the maple.


Just made this Latte!! It was delicious and I did not even use the maple syrup because of my blood sugar! I also ordered your 5 day detox. You give out so much free content I think everyone should purchase it for $9.99. Thank you!


I just made your pumpkin curry tonight and added tofu. Perfect timing to use some leftover pumpkin purée! It’s 90 degrees here in FL but ready for pumpkin spice season now! Love all your recipes and insta❤️


This is perfect – a little sweet for my preference, but that’s an easy fix! I’ve been craving pumpkin spice, since before Starbucks announced it was time. Despite traveling for the weekend, I just couldn’t bring mhself to get it – between the $$, sugar, calories, and the artifical ingredients – so my craving intensified and I woke up this a.m. determined to have it. I was thinking it had to be some similar combo, but I also knew you had a recipe. I subbed oat for almond milk ’cause it’s what I have and made an iced latte – it’s still way too hot here for any warm drinks. As always, thank you for what you do. I appreciate you saving me the trial and error know I can come to you for a healthier, delicious recipe when I can’t put in the time.


I just made the blender version of this and it was so much better than buying it from Starbucks! I will definitely be making this again and again!


I was amazed how good this was! Usually when I try to recreate a coffee drink at home, it is never as good! This was in my opinion better than what you get from a coffee shop.


I used organic Assam black tea instead of coffee and added vanilla, collagen powder and nut butter and put it all in the Vitamix and topped it off with coconut cream. ITS DELICIOUS 😋

Janelle DeRobertis

I LOVE Starbucks PS Cold Brew. I have never made my own PSL but the nutrition facts of the Starbucks version made me want to try my own. I tried this and it was SO easy and it tastes amazing. Not too sweet. Perfect! Thank you! I have found what I will be drinking all of fall!


I made this latte this morning and it’s DELICIOUS. It tastes better than the more expensive store-bought kind. Thank you! My husband and I love your recipes – we made the Instant Pot Easy Taco Casserole for dinner last night from your Instant Pot cookbook and it was a big hit (no surprise there!). Thank you for all of your hard work in putting together easy to make healthy recipes that two working people who are trying to lose weight and eat healthy can whip up without defaulting to ordering takeout.


I made this one today for the first day of fall. It’s absolutely delicious and I don’t feel guilty about any toxic ingredients like a store bought one. Thank you! I will also be making your vegan pumpkin muffins today with my boys. Thank you for such healthy yet tasty recipes always!


Yummy mummy! Perfect for a chilly morning. I did add a touch of vanilla too.

Megan Igo

My favorite fall drink! I used to own a coffee shop and would keep pumpkin spice on the menu all year long because I loved it so much!

This recipe is fantastic and absolutely my favorite drink. 🥰


yummmmmmy!!! i usually never follow any recipe to a T but I did with this one and it was so good – thank you !

Lisa Be

4 thumbs up from our household. This is fall!


The flavor in this drink was amazing! Love that you don’t need any fancy machines to achieve that yummy pumpkin spice latte flavor. Hooray for fall!


This is the first pumpkin spice latte that I have enjoyed. Usually I hate them. Thanks. Seriously Megan you are a genius or Im your biggest fan!

L. Johnston

I have made the pumpkin spice latte several times now. Sometimes I make it in my Blendtec and other times I do the recipe where I heat it on the stove. Since no one is here in the mornings needing dairy-free, I use a mix of half and half and whipping cream. I also top it with homemade whipped cream. Awesome “dessert” drink to make every once in a while 🙂

Sam B

Thanks for sharing! I loved your pumpkin spice latte recipe! I’m happy I made a double to enjoy on this cool fall day.


This is delicious! I’m not even tempted to order one out at a coffee shop anymore. I made the blender recipe and it was quick.

Gail Sawicki

Delicious! Rich & creamy. I made the blender version and hands down its one of the best pumpkin spiced latte recipes I’ve tried. Thanks Megan!!

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