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.

Pumpkin Spice Latte in orange mug

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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

Why?

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

Blend

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.

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

milk

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

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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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!

  7. Pumpkin Milk is literally GENIUS! I like iced coffees right now (Arizona never cools down) so last fall I was just mixing the milk and pumpkin puree directly into the iced coffee. The pumpkin milk is so incredibly simple and genius! What kind of shelf life would you give it, about 7-10 days right? Great idea I will definitely be doing this!

    1. 7 – 10 in the fridge, yes, as long as regular milk in your fridge lasts, this is about the same.

      And I’m in San Diego and the past few days have been HOT right at the beach. I can only imagine how bad it is out in AZ right now!

  8. Your blog is my absolute favourite! I was drawn to it by your coconut oil cookies, in fact i’m eating a freshly made fluffy pumpkin spice honey cookie (or two) for breakfast right this moment! As much as I love butter, coconut oil is wonderful in baking! I find myself coming back often and remarking on the amazing collection of recipes you have! I just want to make everything!! Thank you! Much appreciated :)

    1. Thanks for the compliments and for saying my blog is your favorite! Glad you keep coming back for the recipes, and tried those pumpkin cookies!

  9. So, I had to come back and comment again because I just had to share what just happened. My boyfriend brought me home a PSL from Starbucks and I hadn’t yet started making yours. Well, I went ahead and continued with yours and put the Starbucks in the fridge! Speaks to how much I love this!!
    I’m also making your candy corn soft batch cookies today. I have to get the remaining cc’s out of the house and my bf has been nonstop asking me to make your cookies!

    1. Well that’s an awesome story and thanks for LMK that you love my latte recipe and those candy corn cookies – love that dough base. I hope you love how soft they are just as much as I do :)

  10. My second Averie Cooks recipe in 12 hours… love it! So easy, less calories, and much cheaper than Starbucks. Thanks!!

    1. Oh that is so awesome! Both that you made two of my recipes in 12 hours and that you’re loving this and it’ll save you calories & money!

  11. I just made one of these using the exact recipe you put on here. It smells amazing and the aroma went throughout my entire house which I loved very much! It tastes great but I feel like next time I make it I will not be putting any cinnamon in at all. The drink tasted a lot like cinnamon which isn’t quite my favorite! All in all this is definitely a recipe I will be using every morning to save money by not going to Starbucks! Thank you soooo much for posting this I really enjoy the taste and staying in my budget! You’re the best!!!!!

    1. I love cinnamon but if you don’t, reduce/omit it next time. Glad you loved the drink overall and yes it sure does make your house smell great, doesn’t it!

  12. I just made one of these using the exact recipe you put on here. It smells amazing and the aroma went throughout my entire house which I loved very much! It tastes great but I feel like next time I make it I will not be putting any cinnamon in at all. The drink tasted a lot like cinnamon which isn’t quite my favorite! All in all this is definitely a recipe I will be using every morning to save money by not going to Starbucks! Thank you sooooo much for posting this I really enjoy the taste and staying in my budget! You’re the best!!!!!

  13. I’m trying this today, along with the pumpkin peanut butter bars. Just found your site today, and can’t wait to browse through all your recipes! I love all the tweak/subs others post, which helps with my dietary issues. I’m sorry about the negative posters tho… way too nit-picky. I guess some feel the need to complain…I just say thanks!!!

    1. Thanks for finding me and for the great comment and compliments! Some people are way too nitpikcy; agreed! It’s free. If they don’t like it, they can come up with their own recipes or move onto another blog…or start their own :) I always try to give subs/tweaks because so many people have issues and many of my recipes are very easily made GF or vegan (or already are) just by swapping out a bit of flour or using buttery spread rather than butter, etc.

  14. Yes! Can’t wait to try your recipe! I gave up Starbucks a while back. Too expensive, gave me a stomachache/headache, & as a Catholic, I can’t support their politics! So all around, I’m grateful to have found this little luxury of my favorite season! Bless you:)

  15. My hubby and I tried this tonight. We foun it wasn’t very flavourful. We even added extra pumpkin. I think we will give it another try but looking for opinions how to give it a more pumpkin spice flavour?

  16. I hate to be picky but you did mention numerous times how the syrups used in Starbucks were fake, however the Godiva Pumpkin Spice Coffee is artificially flavored too. I know you say several times in the recipe you can you use any coffee, but if you are going to make such a big deal of fake syrups then why use a coffee that has artificial favors?

  17. I just discovered this recipe and I’m so glad I did! I like the taste of Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes, but they tend to give me a stomachache (I think it’s the chemicals and fake flavors you mentioned). I can’t wait to make a natural version at home!

    1. Enjoy it! There’s something in their coffee, but it gives me a stomach ache too. Even just the drip coffee. I can drink coffee I make all day long but something in theirs…not sure why it does that. Anyway, enjoy the latte!

  18. My goodness, 3 pages of comments…a very popular post! You may not see this comment but just in case: could you give me an idea of spice amounts you’d use when you make up a mega batch of the pumpkin milk? I know for sure I loooove lots of spices, don’t mind the texture issue and want to be able to control my sugar source. What I made last year for a pumpkin latte base-syrup was pretty involved, if I remember correctly and yours sounds much simpler. I’d love to try it and know I’d want to make it in a big batch from the start.

    1. If you double the batch, use double the spices called for. If you quadruple it, use 4x the amount. Simple! :) Or, of course, add to taste!

  19. Since the spices do not dissolve…if that bothers you…just add the spices to your coffee grounds before brewing and the coffee will then be infused with the taste of the spices! Enjoy! I usually always add cinnamon to my coffee grounds

    1. Great tip to just add the spices to your coffee grounds! What a great way to infuse them, without having to deal with the solubility issues. I personally just stop drinking the last inch or so of liquid in the mug, but this is a great solution and idea. Thanks for sharing!

  20. Do you think you could make this recipe using espresso instead of coffee? If you did this, do you think you would need to add water to the espresso to equal out the same amount of liquid as the 2 cups of coffee? I ask just because I would LOVE to try this with my espresso machine and make an ACTUAL latte with shots! :)

    1. I would just add a couple shots of espresso to the coffee, or play around with it til you get the flavor to be the intensity you like. Very forgiving recipe! And yes you could strain it, if you wish. Or just don’t drink the last couple sips <-- easier :)

  21. I went vegan in January, and I almost rethought my decision when I thought about all the pumpkin lattes I wouldn’t be drinking. You saved my life! This looks delicious! I can’t wait to make it, I’m pretty sure it will be memorized and used for the rest of my life. Thankyouthankyouthankyou!

  22. I linked to this recipe through Happy Healthy Mama’s blog…I am trying this today!! It’s chilly and rainy here in Germany, and I have cans of pumpkin and a vitamix ready to go :)

  23. Now that it’s Pumpkin Spice time again, I’m once again tempted to buy one just to see what the hype’s about. The problem: all those flavored drinks make me sick, so it’s a total waste to buy one, take one sip and dump the rest. Thank you for solving that problem! And I have a possible solution to the pumpkin solids at the bottom of the cup – just put the pumpkin milk through a cloth lined sieve first, you still get the flavor without the sludge. I’ll definitely be trying this soon.

    1. And the super simple solution that takes no time at all, is just don’t drink the last couple sips :) Enjoy the recipe!

    1. Gosh you poor thing. You had to scroll for an extra second or two to get to the recipe (for free) that I created. Darn, I hate when that happens!

      1. Just my two cents….love all the pics….and additional recipes/pics that you link to at the end as well.

  24. Thank you for posting this! My sister in law gave me a whole bunch of pumpkin purée from the pumpkins in her garden and I my waistline was tired of the baked goods! This is an amazing recipe! It’s totally delicious. And I made the pumpkin milk in my magic bullet and so i had a nice milk froth to put on top instead of whipped cream :) I give this recipe 3 thumbs up (2 thumbs just isn’t enough)

    1. Love love love this comment. 3 Thumbs up! :)

      And yes pumpkin baked goodies are so good but they’re…dessert and it’s easy to overdo, which is why I came up with this! More waistline friendly AND a money-saver! Thanks for trying the recipe!

  25. Just found this recipe and I have to say it is right on with the big chain one that I have been buying for years!! Thank you so much, I LOVE IT!!! And another thank you for helping me save my money!

  26. Girl, i need to get off your site! LOL i will be trying the latte next week! looks super easy and thats what i love!

  27. By definition, a latte is espresso mixed into steamed milk. Espresso is a completely different bean and richer taste from regular coffee. Therefore, it has to be uniquely brewed which is where the cost comes from. This recipe is just for a gourmet coffee creamer, so you might want to change the name.

    1. I made it with Bustelo espresso in my capp. machine and then with Folgers Black Silk in the Kourig and the difference in taste – none. I made the black silk strong as she suggested you make the coffee. The only true difference I found is that with the coffee I did not get as hyper as I do on expresso. Yes it is the incorrect name but mock or copycat latte just doesn’t excite me.

  28. Oh. My. Gosh!!!!! This is so freakin’ awesome! I just made this this morning and I am in love. Bye, Bye Star. . .whoever you are. Thanks so much for the recipe. There is now a double batch of this amazing stuff in my chill chest. Yay!!!!

    1. Thanks, Penelope, for trying the recipe and so glad you love it! Thanks for LMK and glad I can help save you some $$ :)

  29. I made this today but used pumpkin pie filling by accident (it was early) and it was still amazing. Thanks for the recipe :) I’ll definitely use plain pumpkin next time though haha

    1. So glad to hear you tried this before it’s technically ‘fall’. I love pumpkin year round too! The only ‘harm’ in using pumpkin pie filling rather than puree is that it’s going to be a little sweeter but I would never complain about that :)

  30. All I do during Autumn is drink pumpkin spice lattes so naturally when I stumbled upon this recipe it made my life. I made the latte today and my taste buds cannot thank you enough! It may possibly be the best recipe ever, even though it’s just a latte. Now I can have this all year around, thank you so much!

    1. I am so glad you like this recipe, Mariam! And that you’re making pumpkin recipes during the summer. Me too – I just don’t blog about them. Thanks for trying the latte and that you think it’s possibly the best recipe ever! That is music to my ears :)

  31. I love this recipe, perfect for a rainy day. Thanks for sharing! (Btw- that ribbed orange mug is gorgeous. Where did you get it?)

    1. Thanks for trying the recipe and glad you like it! Nice to see someone using pumpkin in June other than me :)

      The mug came from the store Z Gallerie (sort of like a trendier Pottery Barn) but I got it years ago. It was perfect for that drink I thought!

  32. I will definately be looking for them they are both my fav. I made some pb cookies once and my bf wouldnt stop eating them. Lol i will def. Try your recipes!

  33. Oh, I will definitely let you know how I like this. and I will always love anything fall. its my favorite time of the year and I’m always looking for more pumpkin recipes. I cant wait to try it and thanks for sharing it!

  34. Hey I was wondering if maybe straining it before I served it would help relieve some of the settleing at the bottom?

    1. Yes it will help with the settling issue.

      And it’s fun to see a comment come in on this post in May :) Normally this is a Sept-December recipe. Glad you love your pumpkin as much as I do! LMK if you try the recipe!

  35. The latte was delicious!!! I just had a starbucks one yesterday and then remembered I had pinned this recipe, and I have to agree, yours is better!! thanks for sharing!

    1. I am so glad to hear you put it up against the Starbucks version one day apart and that you like the homemade better :) Thanks for trying it and for the feedback!

  36. Lovely recipe! Thanks! I just spent $4.02 yesterday at Starbucks and I thought how ridiculous! This will help. I used cinnamon extract rather than cinnamon to help reduce any “grittiness”

    1. Cinnamon extract sounds like a great solution for any grittiness. Good thinking! And glad you liked the recipe (and yes, I’d go broke if I had to pay their prices for every latte I want!) :)

    1. There are a variety of sweeteners listed (all optional) to choose from and depending on one’s dietary path and preferences, some may be more fitting for others. Obviously honey is not vegan but some people may make this recipe who aren’t vegan and may wish to use it.

  37. I made Chai tea from scratch and the recipe had me put the spices in a blender to blend them together before putting in a jar and giving as a gift. I wonder if that would work here with the spices before adding them to the pumpkin and the milk? Either way, I will be making this and I will be drinking it constantly :)

    1. I’m sure you could put the spices together and then add them to the pumpkin and milk. Fun idea for a gift! And glad you will be drinking this constantly – thanks for the feedback! :)

  38. Whew! That cinnamon is STRONG. I enjoyed this but I’ll be leaving that out entirely and putting in more pumpkin. I actually do not like coffee unless it has yummy sweet stuff in it so I needed an easy recipe to make my coffee taste better. :)

    1. I have never canned anything with milk like this in it, either dairy or nut-based milk and am not really an expert on canning. My gut answer would be no, not a safe idea but it’s out of my domain. I’d google canning + milk and see what you can find. Good luck!

  39. Wow, I have to try this. It looks delicious. LOVE the fact that it is only 80 calories!! Thank you for the recipe :)

    1. Yes that stat is floating around courtesy of Pinterest. I have no idea the caloric count, I don’t keep track…but people on Pinterest have written that so I’ll go with it :)

  40. Made this tonight and it was glorious! I am impressed too, by the low calorie count. I used almond milk which is Only 40 calories per one cup and the pumpkin was only 20 calories per 1/4 cup. Pretty sure the remaining ingredients have no calories. Well, i used zero sweetener. thank you so so much!! Can’t wait to have my morning coffee!

  41. I think 1/4 cup of pumpkin is too much. It all settled on the bottom of the mug and was a weird texture. I wouldn’t make it again, sorry.

    1. Yes, I know, when making a latte with real pumpkin in order to get that robust pumpkin flavor without using fake syrups or chemical, there is no way around it other than to have some settling. Real pumpkin has texture and it will settle. The alternative is the fake syrups or going overboard with pumpkin pie spice and even then, there will be some settling with that. It’s a ‘natural’ version of a pumpkin latte compared to the ‘synthetic’ version. Thanks for trying it though.

      1. Could you maybe run it through a filter (or cheesecloth) of some sort to get out a little bit of the pumpkin “pulp” or would this take out all the flavor?

  42. Oooooh thank you thank you so much! I am sharing with all my vegan/vegetarian friends. I love when someone else tries the recipe first before I have to!

    1. Glad you’re liking it and sharing it – beats spending all that money on fake syrups from coffee shops, right!

  43. AWESOME! I just tried this, and it was delicious. I think I might try adding some cinnamon or a cinnamon stick next time. But this is perfectly delish, cheap, and I love knowing what’s in it! Nice job :)

    1. So glad it was a hit! Thanks for the feedback and yes, lots CHEAPER than ordering them from a coffee shop and you get to control the ingredients, too!

  44. This was so incredibly tasty! I am so thankful that I discovered it! I do have one question; I see that you pumpkin milk is white, and although mine taste amazing, I was wondering why mine turned out brown? I follow the recipe exactly…

    1. well mine has a thick layer of whipped topping on it, maybe that’s what you’re seeing? My pumpkin milk before I added the coffee was tan-ish beige – it could be the lighting in the pics, too. I’m sure you did it just right if it tasted just right!

  45. Although i’m more of a black coffee guy,

    but this recipe would prove very useful to my wife and kids,
    as they’re more of a sweet tooth,

    now i can share the love of coffee with this~

    Thanks Averie

  46. This is amazing! I always get into the fall spirit a bit too early, meaning Starbucks doesn’t even have their Pumpkin Spice Latte out yet, so this is great! I just made a bunch of this, saving the extra in mason jars for the rest of the week! I used raw sugar and made mine on the stovetop, so it would heat as I was mixing everything, then I used the aerolatte milk frother, making it even more like a latte! Thank you so much for helping me curb my pumpkin craving!!

  47. Great pictures and dangerously delicious sounding recipe. Going to have to try this… maybe with a bit of kahlua :)

  48. I just found you a few days ago and love the Starbucks tips. I read this post and saved it because I knew I would try this. Today was one of those days where I needed something different in my coffee and I sort of had of all these ingredients. The reason I say sort of, I didn’t know my milk was past due and it smelled like it, so I used half of fat free vanilla international house creamer and half of my Nestle Coffee Mate Hazelnut creamer. This is soooooo goood! I did like you suggested and went a little “extra” on the pumpkin and it smells wonderful. The pumpkin flavor just pops out of this. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.
    I bought apple juice yesterday because I’m going to give your caramel apple spice drink a try very soon. I really appreciate you sharing this recipe.

  49. I absolutely love Coffee, and cannot imagine life without Coffee, and Averie, I love your site – you’ve really done a fantastic job of it. I particularly like the photos they are simply mouthwatering… mmmm.
    Thanks for your recipe as well I wonder if it’s ok with you if I add it on my site? I’d love to use some of your pics if that’s not too much to ask, Please let me know.
    Thanks a lot
    Michelle

  50. That’s such a wonderful recipe! and it looks truly amazing in those pictures… I’ve never been too fond of coffee but I might give this one a try! By the way I spotted that one of our users added a picture of yours to his Pinspire collection and I just wanted to verify that this is okay with you. Don’t hesitate to get in touch for the link: masterpinspire@gmail.com Best!

  51. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. My sister-in-law and I really enjoyed this drink and its definitely a keeper; what a great Halloween treat.

  52. I found your site from Family Fresh Cooking (Facebook) and am enjoying the no bake pumpkin doughnuts, rolled in cocoa powder and my first cup of pumpkin spice latte!! What a wonderful start to my Saturday, thank you.

    1. Marla of Family Fresh Cooking is one of my best friends…I love her! Glad that you found me through her and are enjoying a no bake pumpkin donut (rolled in cocoa powder, nice touch) and a pumpkin spice latte. Thanks for writing to let me know :)

  53. I am working on this treat right now. I am afraid I did not make my coffee strong enough. So while the coffee is brewing I just wanted to take a sec and ask you what the HFCS stands for…maybe high fructose sugar? Just curious. Also, to add how lucky you are to have that pumpkin coffee. I can’t imagine finding that here in Canada but sure must be tasty! At least something different. Thanks for posting your latte.
    ~Becki

  54. Love your pictures. Yum. Fancy coffee drinks are how I survive the day with my kids at home :) It is great to see good vegan recipes as well. I have been cooking more and more vegan for a few year and really believe it is best all around.

  55. I just made my own and it’s delicious! I also made the pumpkin peanut butter oat bars. SO good! Starbucks lattes doesn’t sit well with me either. It’s those syrups. I’ve been drinking plain lattes for years because the syrups. The syrups burn my mouth for some reason. It has some kind of additive that I’m allergic to. Strange! So I’m used to ‘bitter’ lattes. I am incredibly lucky that a coffee shop opened two years ago in my area of town that makes syrups from scratch. Good for me but bad for my wallet. ;)

  56. I really liked this concept. There’s just a bit too much cinnamon for me, but otherwise it’s good. I used Vanilla Syrup for my sweetener and it was perfect.

    thanks for the idea.

    1. glad you liked it and as I said in the recipe, all spices are to taste (mine) and so feel free to adjust (to yours)

      :)

  57. Hi, I’m a new reader..Just had to say I.Love.You! I just made your recipe for Pumpkin Spice Latte and it’s to die for! So much better than Starbucks and I get to use my favorite almond milk and REAL pumpkin. Thank you!
    BTW, Skylar is adorable! I have a son named Skyler :)

    1. Thanks for LMK you made this and loved it and for reading!

      And say hi to your Skyler from my Skylar :)

  58. averie, i had to come tell you that i made this just now and it is delicious!! :) i used sweetened vanilla almond milk, so i didn’t add any sweetener, and it is perfectly sweetened. great recipe!

  59. I couldn’t be more excited about the prospect of trying this. Pumpkin and spice has to be one of my favorite things in the whole world. I bet the pumpkin mix would also taste great mixed with Greek yogurt or oatmeal!

  60. I made this coffee this morning and it was WAY too chalky. I am not sure if maybe the combination of spices mixed with regular soy milk was the problem or what. What kind of milk did you use?? I am huge fan of pumpkin spice anything but the combo of pumpkin spice AND so much cinnamon left spice floating at the top of my blender bc there was too much to make a nice balance.

    1. If you reread the recipe, I stated that I used almond milk in it and there are also some notes about the seasonings, i.e. they will not dissolve entirely and this is normal, and to adjust everything to taste.

      Good luck with your experimentation on finding something you feel is perfect for you.

      1. Oh, yes. I see now where it says almond milk that you SO MUCH for pointing that out. I suppose it will make all the difference and can not WAIT to try it that way.

  61. I halved the amount of cinnamon, and it was still way too “spicy” for me :( thanks for giving me a starting point, but I think i’m going to have to adjust it quite a bit to get what I’m looking for. :(

  62. Actually, in the end I decided I didn’t like it. I’m sad, because I really REALLY want to like it. I thought that the spices would dissolve, but they never did, no matter what I did. Is there a solution to that? Either way – Thanks for giving me the idea in my head, because now I want to play with all these ingredients [& more] to see if I can find one that will work for me. Minus the inch of spices coating the bottom of the mug when I’m done.

    1. Same issue here- even when I warmed up the milk, the spices never mixed into the milk and every time I took a sip, it was super gritty. OP, how did you avoid this?

      1. You know I really didn’t have this issue and what little bit of “grit” I had was not a big deal for me. I’d either suggest reducing the amt of seasoning, or omitting it entirely and just using the pumpkin puree if it truly bothers you…or you can pay $4 a pop at Starbucks as a last resort :)

  63. I just made this, & at first I didn’t think I liked it. But I’m sitting here drinking more & more & it’s growing on me more & more! I think at first I was disappointed because it didn’t taste like what I originally had hoped for my tastebuds – but I’m beginning to love it. I also like my coffee really sweet, & this recipe doesn’t make it very sweet. So I think when I pull the milk out of the fridge next, I’ll add a little more brown sugar, & it will work out. Thanks for making me step outside my coffee-comfort zone, & bring a little Fall to my apartment. :]

  64. So i was super excited to see this and gave it a try today. I’ll say for the most part, it’s pretty darn good! But like one of the previous posters, i think I could’ve done with a little less spice. While I was adding the ingredients I got to the cinnamon and said to myself….but isn’t there cinnamon already in pumpkin pie spice? But I went ahead and followed your recipe. But I do think (for my taste anyway), it’s too much cinnamon. Every time I took a sip I felt like I had a slight coating on the roof of my mouth. And I blended it well! But still, great recipe! And I love that you use actual pumpkin puree rather than just a flavoring. :)

    1. Everyone has different tastes and preferences and scaling back the cinnamon for your own palate is a very easy fix next time, I’d say. Glad you enjoyed it!

  65. Oh my, I am REALLY looking forward to trying this. I don’t much care for coffee, but I’ve discovered that the pumpkin spice from Starbucks when mixed with a chai latte with soy milk is fantastic. Seriously, it’s like drinking a pumpkin pie.

    However, all other recipes make a sweet, thin runny pumpkin syrup, this one looks promising. and the pumpkin milk looks tasty as is. Thank you so much, I can’t wait to make pumpkin spiced chai! :)

  66. Thanks for the idea! I could not find plain Pumpkin Puree anywhere so I bought Pumpkin Pie Mix in the can. I used 1/2 heaping cup of the pie mix, 2 cups of 2% milk, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract mixed well for my pumpkin mix. Made 2 cups of strong decaf coffee in large mugs. Warmed 1 cup of the milk mixture in the micro for 1 1/2 minutes stirring a couple times. Poured 1/2 cup mixture per cup of coffee added 2 teaspoons Splenda and we really enjoyed it!! I called it Nat’s Pumpkin Pie Latte!!

    1. Pumpkin Pie Mix is really just plain Pumpkin Puree + added sugar (maybe some cream/milk in tiny amts too, I dont have a label to read on hand…) but skipping/reducing the sweetener is really the only difference needed. Sound like you doubled my recipe and it came out great. Glad you like it!

  67. I am drinking one of these right now and it is EXACTLY what I have been looking for! I tried another recipe earlier this week and was not pleased, but this one ROCKS! Thanks!

  68. The pumpkin spiced lattes at Starbucks are waaaaaaaaaaay too sweet for my liking. This sounds incredible and easy! I just bought a load of canned pumpkin and will be trying this asap :)

  69. Wow – very cool! I can’t wait to try this!

    There used to be a lot of restaurant items that I thought I wouldn’t be capable of making at home, but I’m learning that’s not the case. However, sometimes there are things that I simply WON’T make at home because it just be too unhealthy. Restaurants, for me, are for splurging :P

  70. I love all things pumpkin, and your latte looks MUCH better than the ones at Starbucks! I can’t wait to try making this!!!!

  71. The recipe looks good and I will definitely try it, but I think you have far too many filler pics of the same drink. Really, 17 pictures of the same latte? I almost gave up scrolling down before I even got to the recipe! Your page would be much more effective if it was streamlined a bit.

  72. I tried this recipe today and it’s DEVINE tasting (I’m a coffee lover, but actually prefer the pumpkin milk before the coffee is added!), except for the fact that the spices are giving it a not so good texture and I get a mouth full every once in awhile that makes it taste not too good LOL (overwhelming I guess)…I did blend it in the blender and tried heating it make them dissolve a bit, but neither one seemed to help. Thanks so much for the recipe and I hope there is just something I’m not doing right with the spices LMAO bc I’d LOVE to make this recipe for family and friends!

    1. Yes you just need to keep blending. If you already know you didn’t blend it and suspect that’s the problem, then try blending it and you should be all set.

      I love the pumpkin milk part too!

  73. My only comment would be that a traditional latte (that they make at Starbucks) is with espresso instead of coffee. Your version is more of a “misto” which is fine (I actually prefer it), but just saying for PC’s sake. :) Sounds great!

  74. OMGOSH – I’m so excited to share this with my GF!! She just moved to Chicago and is drinking flavored pumpkin pie coffee but I think this will give an extra kick!! Thanks for the recipe :)

  75. Thanks for the latte recipe! My dad loooves Pumpkin spice lattes, but will rarely indulge in spending the money on himself–I’m excited to try the recipe for him at home!

  76. Tried this today and it wasn’t good at all, IMO but it might have just been because almond milk never goes well with almond milk. Tastes too pumpkin-y – like that I’d eat on a plate. Glad it worked so well for you though! Think I’ll still have to stick to the Starbucks gospel – all the recipes on the Internet are just icky looking ‘cept this one…

    1. You could always reduce the amount of pumpkin puree used in the recipe or change the type of milk you’re using.

      Not sure I understand your sentence “because almond milk never goes well with almond milk.”

  77. LOVE this! I’ve sworn off Starbucks – better for my health and my wallet – so this will come greatly in handy! :)

  78. I have pulled up this post three times today! I’m still at work, but I can’t wait to get home and try it out. THANK YOU!

  79. This looks wonderful, awesome job! It’s been ages since I’ve been to Starbucks because it’s way too pricey. So true about the blogospere being obsessed with pumpkin, hope I get time to work with the fresh ones from my garden.

    1. Yes, but I need to make my own since I’m too cheap for Starbucks.
    2. Not really at the moment.

  80. Seriously, this latte is soooo much better than anything we could get at Starbucks. Thanks for adding it to my happy post :)
    Awesome seeing you yesterday. At Starbucks ;)

  81. OMG~! Thank you for the pumpkin latte recipe Averie!!! (my wallet thanks you too!) I have some pumpkin puree in the freezer that I can use to make some pumpkin milk tonight. Looks like i’ll be having a homemade pumpkin spice latte tomorrow for breakfast =) I’m looking forward to more of your latte recipes.

  82. I think your version sounds WAY better than Starbucks. I really don’t like theirs because it just tastes SO fake!

  83. I love everything about this! Including your gorgeous photos! It’s still so warm here on the east coast, so I’m easing into the fall season…somehow I can have my pumpkin spice coffee (I make my own syrup!) unless its 70 degrees or below!

  84. OMG this looks awesome. A short decaf soy PSL has become my Starbucks daily treat so I will have to try this! I was so excited when I was in Monterey and they sold them a week early, before Labor Day. I am def going to make this! And I have been meaning to tell you that when I made your raw choc chip cookie dough balls for my brother and his wife they ate up a triple batch. They are now hooked on them as well as the Trader Joe’s choc chips too.

  85. This looks GREAT Averie! I am a freak for pumpkin spiced lattes, and this is a great alternative to the pricey Starbuck’s version.

  86. Hopefully when christmas comes around you will be able to remake my favorite starbucks drink. Gingerbread lattes! This drink is going to make all my coworkers so jealous : ]

  87. This looks so good Averie! I usually kind of just dump it all in the mug without really measuring or pre-mixing, but I’m definitely going to give this a try!

  88. Love the idea of making a couple cups worth of pumpkin milk and just storing it in the fridge to use as needed. Make some on a Monday and have pumpkin spice lattes all week!

    1. yes make ahead = time saver
      dirty dishes once, planned leftovers, use all week
      That’s what I do with most everything!! :)

  89. I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin, even in pie form it’s just not my favorite flavor. And you can keep all of the coffee for yourself, because I’m not drinking any, lol!

    There are some things that simply taste better when other people make them. I don’t know why, but I just can’t replicate them myself to my satisfaction. Enchiladas is one of those things. Other can make them and they taste great, but I fail every time. Now smoothies, I can make some awesome ones at home. Doesn’t mean I’ll never get them when I’m out, but I feel so much better making them at home because I know exactly what’s in them and they are much cheaper!

  90. If I were a coffee drinker, I would certainly have been convinced by your post to latte myself at home! I love your mug in those gorgeous photos! I am for sure the kind of person who tries to make everything at home. I once tried for over a year to re-create a ginger cream sandwich cookie that I loved so much from a little coffee shop that closed down. I was also trying to make it vegan, which the original version was absolutely not!

  91. This is a really popular recipe idea lately. I love the photos in yours. Gorgeous. The color of the mug is perfect.

    BTW, your little girl is definitely becoming quite the young lady :-)

  92. I think I’m one of the very few people who can’t stand the Pumpkin Spice latte at Starbucks! It tastes especially artificial to me, despite the fact that I’m fine with some of their other sugary drinks.

    BUT– I think I’d love your version!! Heck, I’ll just take that pumpkin milk, please. :D

    And your pictures are beautiful!!!

  93. OMG THIS IS AMAZING. I am craving all things pumpkin right now. And I always hate shelling out major $$$ at Starbucks….I much prefer going the homemade route :) As always, your pictures are stellar.

  94. This sounds so yummy Averie! I am a fan of pumpkin spiced latte’s and honestly don’t really mind not knowing what’s in the pumpkin syrup. …but what I don’t love is the nearly 5 dollar price tag. Def going to have to pick up a can of pumpkin and do a little experimenting at home :)

  95. Pumpkin spice flavoured food items are right up there with mint-chocolate for me – love them both and get way too excited when I see anything in the store that is either of these two flavours. I live almost 2 hours from the closest Starbucks so I always make a stop there when I am in the city (usually once every 1-2 months). I’ll definitely be trying this recipe!

  96. Thank you thank you thank you for this! I am always creating make-at-home versions of my favourite Starbucks drinks because I love them but can’t handle the sugar and if there is a sugar-free version that they offer I try to avoid consuming too many artificial sweeteners. Plus I don’t like shelling out $5 for every drink that I buy! So usually I’m the one doing all the experimenting at home so I greatly appreciate that you did it for me hehe! Maybe once Christmas gets closer I can persuade you to do an at-home gingerbread latte too…then I would really be able to sit back and relax (haha!) x

  97. It’s for things like these that I wish I had a blender bigger than my magic bullet. Regardless, I plan to go make the biggest serving of pumpkin milk I can, with what I have :-)
    Also, I love love love the photography on this post. So simple, but so elegant.

  98. Oh man, I cannot wait to try this! Going to pick up pumpkin stuff this weekend, for sure.

    Also, I was reading your blog post about your new running shoes and it seems like Nike is jerking you around. I mean, of course the sales woman is biased if she works for that store lol I’m no expert but I know 6 months is short for wear time. Generally, the amount of wear goes by how many miles you run not by time. Some last only 300 miles while others will last 600 miles. So I guess if you don’t mind replacing them every 6 months, then that’s fine. I like barefoot shoes because they last longer since there isn’t much in them that will break down but some experts say they aren’t supportive enough for pavement running (but fine for trail, treadmill etc). Have you tried going to a store that carries various brands and seeing what they think? :)

    1. Yes, I’ve tried other shoes, other brands, and they just don’t fit me well. I do run a fair amount, not “high” mileage but a fair amount and I just know that I have to replace them…one of those things I just cannot skimp$ on but thanks for the thoughts.

  99. Love coffee and love pumpkin, but I’ve never ever had a pumpkin latte, just sounds kind of weird to me! Who knows…maybe I’ll be wild and impetuous and try it later on today.

    Is the pumpkin shortage still going on? I could swear I’ve seen it lately at TJs and FoodMaxx. (I’m still using last year’s stash from when I found it on sale.)

    1. shortage…had not heard of it.

      pumpkin puree usually hits most groc stores by about Oct 1. Mine carries it year round though. But they only have the BIG cans, the $4.49 per can rather than the smaller ones, which I guess are like 2 bucks. Sorry, I am bad with “ounces in a can” from memory.

      And TJ’s does NOT have it in yet. I specifically asked them on Monday.

  100. Oh these are SO delicious! My friend informed me of their return and I said, “God’s in His heaven; All’s right with the world.”
    BUT I’m very excited to see a recipe. I agree on the money issue, and having a less “guilt-ridden” version would be good too. Thank you for this!

  101. Pumpkin milk? Wow that is genius! I have to say that I have enjoyed a few starbucks drinks in my life, but recently read the ingredients of the skinny vanilla latte & was disappointed. I had thought maybe they were using stevia instead of splenda. Ah well, I usually make my own blend of teeccino & cocoa, but the pumpkin milk sounds so yummy that I will have to check it out this weekend – it will hit the spot after my long run! I’ll bet you could just put the ingredients in a jar & shake it really good too. This is why I read you blog – to get great ideas like this one. Thanks again & hope you have having a good week.

  102. Yum! Pumpkin Spice Lattes are my favorite!! I haven’t had one yet but now that SD is getting some cooler weather, I’m all about it :)

  103. I’ve never had one of these lattes, but EVERYONE is talking about them this year, which makes me curious…I may have to try yours! It looks better than SB’s anyway ;)

  104. this looks fabulous im a huge pumpkin spice latte lover although I treat myself once and awhile im definitely a fan of the homemade versions!

  105. Ahh i’m such a fan of making these types of things at home. Chai tea lattes being one of my more successful attempts! Dying to try a pumpkin latte but can’t find any pumpkin puree anywhere. Hopefully a whole pumpkin will cross my path soon! It is nearly Halloween after all! :)

    1. pumpkin puree usually hits most groc stores by about Oct 1. Mine carries it year round though. Guess I’m lucky :)

  106. Love a Pumpkin latte, but I like you, don’t want to shell out the clams. Definitely going to try your recipe. Will also try adding it to Teeccino. I’ve tried those chicory based drinks and was disappointed, but Teeccino is truly amazing–lots of flavors. Have you tried it? I like having something comforting in the afternoon and with fall nearly here, I can see pumpking lattes becoming a habit….:D One thing off the top of my head that I cannot make is Simma’s Cheesecake. Decadent! http://www.simmasbakery.com/ I used to live across the street, be still my heart!
    Love your photography, make me want to go head first into the latte!

  107. I love pumpkin spice lattes (and anything pumpkin flavored)! There are so many recipes floating around the blog world, I’ll just have to try them all. I used to love Sbux, but theirs isn’t vegan, of course. Your photos are gorgeous!

  108. oh yum averie! That looks amazing! So warm and inviting especially since it is so cold in the mornings now!
    I haven’t ever been a go-er of starbucks, but when I do go It’s usually when they have their seasonal drinks, because they are my fav.
    I like to make certain foods at home, but there are those few places, that they just taste better made at the actual restaurant! ;-)

  109. can you believe I can’t find canned pumpkin for the life of me? I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to get through fall without it. Le sighhhh.

    I totally forgot that I have that coffee waiting for me at home! yayayyyy. Gotta love foodbuzz, right?

    1. enjoy those coffee samples and pumpkin usually hits most groc stores by about Oct 1. Mine carries it year round though. Guess I’m lucky :)

  110. With the way I’ve been craving PSL’s from Starbuck’s, I really need to try this out…for my wallet’s sake :-)

  111. I don’t think I need to say it…bookmarked! Whoop whoop! Looks amazing Averie. And since I have to go dairy free now, the vegan part sounds pretty fantastic as well. mm mm mm. I got those coffees to sample too!

  112. I’ve never ordered a single thing from Starbucks (gasp). So never tried the pumpkin latte everyone is raving about. Is it really that good or is it that it’s just seasonal? I but the mix would make a great dessert protein shake ;-)

    1. A little of both…they are good and they’re seasonal and the blogosphere has an un-natural obsession with all things pumpkin!

      I cannot believe you’ve NEVER had one item, ever!! from Starbucks!

  113. I have never had a pumpkin latte as they don’t seem to sell them here…. I am very tempted to try this version though! Dessert in a mug sounds good to me. Thank you so much for sharing!

  114. That pumpkin milk mix would be great to toss into an ice cream maker. Actually, I have done that with those exact ingredients. The pumpkin makes it thick, and the spices….such a good ice cream recipe.

    1. I was going to freeze some pumpkin milk and make smoothies/ice cream, etc…that recipe may or may not already be on deck :)

  115. First of all, the pictures are simple and stunning. Some of your best in my opinion. And this recipe is also super simple looking and I have all the ingredients already, love that! Does the pumpkin get at all chunky in the coffee? I feel like it might separate a little, unless you mix it super well with a vita… I guess I’ll just have to find out!

    1. thanks for the pic compliments. things were just flowing and I had sooooo many good shots to choose from.
      some days, i have NOTHING good and actually have had to re-shoot pics before, i.e. the golden grahams smores bars.
      i wish i knew why some days it flows and other days…it doesnt.

      chunky…no, not at all. But whisk WELL or else blend in a bullet, vita, blender, etc for 20 secs…worth it IMO to get it reallllllly smooth

  116. YUM!!! This look amazing! I have never actually tried a starbucks one because of all the sugar and dairy, but I’m going to try this one.

  117. Averie…I go CRAZY over the Pumpkin Spice Latte. A friend worked at starbucks and snuck me a tall cup filled with the syrup and Paul and I gobbled it down faster than you would believe and then there was no more. I am so excited to try this, and just in time for this beautiful fall weather. Thanks
    Laura @ A Healthy Jalapeño

  118. These pictures are so pretty Averie! I had my first pumpkin spice latte the other day and I forgot how SWEET they are! Next time I need to ask for half the pumps of the syrup… Obviously, it would have been way better had it been served with a side of girl talk with you!

    1. I was JUST at Starbucks Tuesday meeting a friend. And thought of you the whole time! Wow, we were probably in Starbucks at the same exact time. And yes, I know you love your pumpkin foods xoxo

  119. That Godiva coffee looks so good. I’m usually not a fan of flavored coffee, but those flavors sound too delicious!

    Like I said yesterday (?) the syrups from Starbucks just don’t sit well with me, so this is definitely more up my alley. I promise it has nothing to do with it being healthier, haha, although that helps a bit!

    I’m still not ready to totally get into pumpkin though. But one day soon I’ll prob change my mind!

    1. I know you’re a big pumpkin fan. Only a matter of time before you’re on board again.

      And yes, you and me both with the tummy stuff. I wrote that part in my questions/#1 with the tummy stuff and was thinking about our interchange on that one, too!

  120. i’m going to HAVE to make this!! one of my favorite things ever used to be the pumpkin spice lattes! ooo the smell and everything!

  121. My pumpkin cravings are hitting HARD lately!!! And I just received those coffees yesterday – I just brewed up some of the caramel pecan bark! It smells divine!

  122. That looks lovely. I would love to try it but I’ve never seen any canned pumpkins over here in Germany. Are they just like normal cooked pumpkins?

    I do like some drinks in Starbucks but as you say they are really expensive so it’s nothing I would buy on a regular basis but only when I’m traveling (i.e. at the airport) and don’t have a chance to make my own coffee. Here in Europe prices are even higher at about the equivalent of $6 for the small size. I tried to recreate their caramel macchiato and some of their iced coffees at home and enjoyed the taste just as much as I would have enjoyed the starbucks one.

  123. I love how you broke this down into two parts – the coffee and the pumpkin milk. Every other recipe I’ve seen, that wasn’t clicking and it just seemed like a lot of work for one drink…but when you put it like this?! I could just make a whole bunch of pumpkin milk at once! I bet it’d be super yummy in other things, too.

    I try to make everything I can at home, too. Buying out is just so overpriced. I cringe when I think of how many coffees I used to purchase. At least $2.50/day adds up pretty quick!

    1. yes I try to break things down the way MY MIND works…b/c sometimes I see recipes that are really easy but the way they are written or the ordering of the steps…it scares me off! So I try to present things as logically and simply as possible. Glad i succeeded with this one :)

  124. maybe a pumpkin spice latte would bring back my coffee love?!! i’ve never had one of these specialty drinks, but know that EVERYONE RAVES about the starbucks version!
    i love the pumpkin coloured mug that you used for this photo series!
    i would love to try some of mama pea’s (sarah’s) recipes starbucks treats that she has created so you can make a homemade version. just haven’t gotten around to it!
    i’m not that big a pumpkin fan…but nothing wrong with trying a latte!

  125. I’m really excited to try this recipe because (as you were talking about liking the taste of your latte more), ever since I went (primarily) vegan about a year ago, I’ve noticed, when I order out, my taste buds are quick to pick out artificial flavoring – that stinging, something’s-not-quite-right-with-this flavor. Starbucks is sometimes an offender of that taste…
    So, thank you for the homemade version; I cannot wait to make this! :)

  126. I don’t really drink coffee (plus I’m not sure I’ve ever seen the pumpkin spice latte in the UK although I may be wrong) but I spend a fortune on Starbucks flavoured hot chocolate during the winter. I try to look at it as a weekly treat though rather than getting into a regular habit for both my waistline and my wallet!

  127. I really must make on of those pumpkin spice lattes!
    Well, there are hardly many things I rather buy than make myself, but there are two things I love eating outside my home: sushi and stuffed wine leaves.

  128. I love pumpkin spice ANYTHING! It is one of my favorite things EVER. But I can’t find pumpkin puree here. We haven’t been able to find any in over 2 years. It is RIDICULOUS and it puts a huge cramp on my baking. I love the stuff so much and still dream about my pumpkin chocolate chip muffins….sigh.

    Averie, your pictures are lovely! And so are youuuuuu! xoxox

    1. Thanks for the picture compliments…and YOU are lovely too :)
      xoxo

      Sorry about the lack of pumpkin puree. I know when I am out of the USA, there is no telling when ANYTHING will show back up in the grocery stores, i.e. in Aruba, if you see it and like it, better buy 19 of them b/c lord knows you may NEVER see it again!

    2. You could use (orange) sweet potato instead of pumpkin. Dice it into largish pieces, steam it 10 minutes or until soft, remove skin and mash with a little liquid. It’s very like pumpkin puree.