Pumpkin Spice Latte


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No need to pay for pricey coffee-shop pumpkin spice lattes with this easy, homemade version that uses real pumpkin puree (no fake, sugary syrups) and can be made quickly and inexpensively at home. And now you can enjoy pumpkin spice lattes year-round from home.

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Every year around this time the world seems to go crazy for Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes

The Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes are lovely…

But you can make them at home

Pumpkin Spice Lattes

And I’d like to think my make-at-home version wins

Pumpkin Spice Lattes


Because you can make them vegan at home, if you so choose.

Pumpkin Spice Lattes

And the ones you purchase are generally made with fake, sugary, pumpkin-flavored syrups, not real pumpkin puree.

It should be noted that this is a natural latte, made with real pumpkin puree and real pumpkin pie spice. It does not all fully dissolve and there will be some settling at the bottom of the mug. If you don’t want settling, the way to avoid that is to use synthetic syrups made from chemicals rather than real pumpkin and real spices. Your choice.

Since some people enjoy a daily dose of HFCS, you make lattes at home and can control what goes into your latte.

Pumpkin Spice Lattes

Another reason the at-home version wins is because you could go into the poorhouse if you like your coffee as much as I like mine buying these specialty drinks.

Pumpkin Spice Lattes

I bet the cost per cup of the homemade latte is less than a quarter and probably even less.

Far less than the $4 coffee shop lattes and the cheapskate in me wants to make things at home whenever possible.

Pumpkin Spice Lattes

And I actually prefer the taste of my version to the Starbucks version but I could be biased.

For the recipe, there are many ways to make these and many recipes I’ve seen on the internet, but here’s what I do because I like these ratios the best.

And oh yes, it’s easy.

Pumpkin Spice Lattes


A Visual Guide

Brew your coffee

I was lucky enough to receive this Godiva Pumpkin Coffee from Godiva in conjunction with being a FoodBuzz Featured Publisher

Godiva Pumpkin Coffee

The coffee is delicious and being that it’s pumpkin-flavored it just enhances the recipe but it’s not required to use pumpkin coffee

Godiva Pumpkin Coffee

Any ole coffee will do if you don’t have any of these just laying around your cupboards

Godiva Pumpkin Coffee

After you’ve made your coffee, make the pumpkin milk

Ingredients for Pumpkin Spice Latte

Everything in

Ingredients for Pumpkin Spice Latte


Ingredients for Pumpkin Spice Latte

This stuff is so good!

You don’t even need to pour it into coffee.  You can just drink this as is.  Mmmm, good.  Just ask Skylar.



And when you’re chugging this straight taste-testing this before you pour it into the brewed coffee just remember the old saying: “Pumpkin Milk: It does a body good!”

I recommend heating the pumpkin milk mixture up in the micro (or stovetop) before you add it to the brewed coffee (or Vita users, just let ‘er rip and let the machine do the work for you)

But I truly despise lukewarm coffee drinks so I always heat it up as to not cool off my coffee too much


Pour the coffee into your mug, top with half the pumpkin milk mixture

Garnish and Drink Up

Pumpkin Spice Latte

And be glad you don’t have to rely on buying pumpkin spice lattes anymore!

Pumpkin Spice Latte

As I said in the recipe section, you know you will want a refill

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Every bit as good as Starbucks Star Who?


And easy and cheap!

Pumpkin Spice Latte

And for the rest of the can of pumpkin puree you have on your hands, I have a great recipe coming up for how to use it…

Tip: I actually mix up about 2 cups+ worth of pumpkin milk at a time and store that in the fridge and heat it up as needed and then add that to coffee as I see fit over the next couple days

Pumpkin Spice LatteI figure as long as I am dirtying dishes and have everything out, I always make a little extra for refills or future use

Or, you can also freeze the extra pumpkin puree in a small container and make something else that tickles your pumpkin fancy because you never know when a pumpkin craving is going to hit.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

No need to pay for pricey coffee-shop pumpkin spice lattes with this easy, homemade version that uses real pumpkin puree (no fake, sugary syrups) and can be made quickly and inexpensively at home. And now you can enjoy pumpkin spice lattes year-round from home.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin Spice Latte

No need to pay for pricey coffee-shop pumpkin spice lattes with this easy, homemade version that uses real pumpkin puree (no fake, sugary syrups) and can be made quickly and inexpensively at home. And now you can enjoy pumpkin spice lattes year-round from home.

Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • At least 2 cups coffee, strong and freshly brewed
  • 1 cup milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk but use any kind you wish from whole to soy to rice milk)
  • 1/4 heaping cup pumpkin puree (more if you really love pumpkin)
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice blend, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoons cinnamon, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • sweetener of choice, to taste (I suggest 2 tablespoons agave or 2 tablespoons brown sugar, or a pinch of stevia to taste; or try honey, maple syrup, etc. to taste)
  • Optional: pinch of ground nutmeg, ginger, garam masala, cardamom, or other warming spices to taste


  1. Make coffee (a pot, single-serving cup, in whatever fashion and however you prefer making your coffee.  The stronger the better)
  2. Make Pumpkin Milk by combining all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk well by hand or blend using a Vita-MIx or blender Optional: Warm the finished pumpkin milk mixture in the microwave or on the stovetop (I do a quick nuke of about 1 minute)
  3. Pour 1 cup of brewed coffee into a mug and pour half the pumpkin milk mixture over the top of the coffee and enjoy. (The other half of the pumpkin milk mixture is for the refill you know you will want.  If you truly don’t want a refill, refrigerate it for up to a few days and use for your next latte, in a smoothie, or drink it as is.  As long as you’re dirtying dishes, I always make a little extra for refills or for later)
  4. Optional: Finish by garnishing with real whipped cream/whipped topping such and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice/cinnamon on top
  5. Notes: The spices will not “blend” or entirely dissolve.  This is to be expected and normal.  If this bothers you, this may not the recipe for you and you may want to experiment with other recipes or techniques.All spices and seasonings are to taste; in this case, mine.  If you want to reduce the spices (or increase them), obviously adjust everything according to your own taste preferences.  Some people may find the amounts I used a bit strong, but I like robust flavors.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 213Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 147mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 7gSugar: 4gProtein: 11g
Need other Pumpkin Recipes?

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Here’s a Roundup of my Favorite Pumpkin Recipes

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Do you like Pumpkin Spice Lattes? Are you one of those people who has been over-paying for your seasonal pumpkin spice lattes (or come Christmastime the gingerbread lattes)?

Maybe you’ll make these at home because as I said here, if I relied on Starbucks for my coffee or specialty drink fix, I’d be broke!

Plus I truly prefer the taste of the make-at-home.



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  1. This was good! I made a half batch because I can’t drink much coffee at a time. A bit too much cinnamon for my taste. Will probably cut that next time, and add a bit more of some other spices to round it out. Thanks. :)

  2. I used this recipe and hate the texture and pieces in it, but it worked out great because I have a strainer. I was able to enjoy the taste and texture this way. Maybe you should suggest to others to strain it instead of telling them its not the recipe for them and making those kind of comments.  

  3. Update! Made this and absolutely love it. I free-handed the spices and did a third of a cup of pumpkin instead of a forth, used two tablespoons of sugar, and omitted the vanilla extract because I didn’t have any. :( I had to add a little more sugar once I made the drink itself, but that’s because I like my coffee pretty sweet. This is a fantastic recipe though and super easy to make! As a note for people who don’t have pumpkin pie spiced on hand, you can substitute it for more cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg since that’s basically what pre-made pumpkin spice mix is made of.

    Thanks again for this recipe! I love it. :)

  4. I’m going to have to try this! I’m allergic to dairy and gluten so I’ve never had pumpkin spice lattes at all (though I love pumpkin stuff in general) and this way I’ll be able to understand the hype without the price and fake stuff. Thank you! :)

  5. A total summer pick me up! That pumpkin milk is the best thing ever. I’m going to use that in a smoothie sometime, I may even wait until Fall – you never know. Thanks!

  6. Hi Averie! Thank you for the recipe! I just made it, tasted it, and I LOVE it!

    My pumpkin puree didn’t do any settling business, so I’m glad mine worked out wonderfully. Hehe, I used a heaping 1/3 cup. Also, the spices and everything about this drink hits the spot.
    I used less pumpkin spice because I only had a teaspoon and a pinch, but I’ll add more next time. I’ll make sure to buy some. :)
    Oh! And I love how dark and flavorful it is~without major sweetness and the overpowering milk/mylk (I like my coffee taste in lattes). Hint: I taste the latter in Starbucks lattes.
    Just a note: my blend turned out darker than yours, but I bet it tastes just like yours. :) Ha, now that I think of it the pumpkin puree probably added that darkness.

    Soooo thank you Averie for this wonderful, amazing recipe!

    1. Glad you loved this and even at the bottom of your cup, despite a little settling, you were more than okay with things and that you loved my recipe!