Warm Up Your Day with a Pumpkin Pie Latte

Welcome coffee lovers! If you’re anything like me, there’s nothing better than a warm, cozy drink on a cool fall day. And what could be more autumnal than a pumpkin pie latte? I know the Starbucks version has earned its spot as a seasonal favorite, but trust me when I say that making it at home is just as delicious, if not more so.

Not only will you get the satisfaction of creating something from scratch, but you’ll also be able to customize it to your liking. Whether you prefer a little extra spice or a touch of sweetness, this recipe has got you covered. And with just a handful of ingredients, it’s easy to whip up whenever the craving strikes.

So put on your coziest sweater, grab your favorite mug, and let’s get started on mastering the art of the homemade pumpkin pie latte. Trust me, once you try it, you won’t want to go back to store-bought coffee.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Pumpkin Pie Latte
Pumpkin Pie Latte

Looking for something cozy to warm you up on a chilly fall morning? Look no further than this delicious, homemade Pumpkin Pie Latte recipe! Whether you are a coffee lover or just someone who enjoys the season’s classic pumpkin flavor, this latte is sure to hit the spot.

What sets this recipe apart from others out there is its use of real pumpkin puree and homemade pumpkin pie spice. Unlike popular coffee chains that use artificial flavors and syrups, this latte is made with natural ingredients that are easy to find at your local grocery store.

The combination of warm pumpkin puree and frothy milk, mixed with just the right amount of spice and sweetness, make for a perfect cozy treat any time of day. The addition of maple syrup adds an extra layer of depth and richness that will satisfy even the pickiest of taste buds.

What’s more, this recipe can easily be customized to fit dietary restrictions or preferences. For those looking for a dairy-free option, simply swap out the milk for almond or oat milk. Those following a keto or low-carb diet can easily modify the recipe by using sugar substitutes like monk fruit sweetener instead of sugar.

So why not skip the long lines and big bucks at your local coffee chain? Make your own Pumpkin Pie Latte at home and enjoy all the warmth and comfort that comes with it.

Ingredient List

 The perfect autumnal treat: Pumpkin Pie Latte.
The perfect autumnal treat: Pumpkin Pie Latte.

Here is a list of essential ingredients you’ll need to make the perfect Pumpkin Pie Latte Recipe:

Pumpkin Puree

The star of the show! Make sure to use real pumpkin puree – not pumpkin pie filling.

Pumpkin Pie Spice

This delicious blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice is what gives this latte its signature fall flavor.


I recommend whole milk or 2% for the creamiest results. For a dairy-free version, try almond milk.

Brewed Coffee

Make sure to brew a strong cup of coffee for this recipe. Starbucks uses brewed espresso in their iconic Pumpkin Spice Latte.


Use granulated sugar to sweeten your latte to taste.

Vanilla Extract

Just a splash of vanilla will enhance the flavor of the other ingredients.


You will need a small amount of water to mix with the pumpkin puree and spices.

Maple Syrup (Optional)

For a richer, indulgent flavor, consider adding some natural maple syrup to your latte.

Keep in mind that you can adjust the amount of each ingredient depending on your preferences.

The Recipe How-To

 Everyone loves a good pumpkin spice latte, but have you tried the pumpkin pie latte?
Everyone loves a good pumpkin spice latte, but have you tried the pumpkin pie latte?

Now, let’s get to the fun part – making our Pumpkin Pie Latte! Follow these simple steps and enjoy a cozy drink right in your own home.

Step 1: Gather Ingredients

First, gather all the ingredients you will need to make this delicious latte:

  • 2 cups of milk (whole or dairy-free)
  • 2 tablespoons of pumpkin puree
  • 4 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • ½ cup of brewed coffee or espresso

Step 2: Mix the Ingredients

In a saucepan, mix together the milk, pumpkin puree, sugar, and pumpkin pie spice. Cook over medium heat while whisking constantly until heated through. Do not bring to a boil.

Step 3: Add Vanilla Extract and Coffee

When the mixture is heated through, remove it from the heat and add in the vanilla extract and brewed coffee or espresso. Whisk until well combined.

Step 4: Serve and Enjoy

Pour your Pumpkin Pie Latte into a mug and top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice. Serve hot and enjoy!

That’s it – it’s that simple to make your own cozy fall drink at home! Now you can enjoy your homemade latte while curling up with a good book or enjoying a movie night with friends.

Note: If you want to make this recipe dairy-free, simply swap out the milk for almond milk or your preferred dairy-free option. Additionally, if you prefer an extra sweet latte, feel free to add more sugar to the mix.

Substitutions and Variations

 Indulge in the cozy flavors of pumpkin pie with every sip of this latte.
Indulge in the cozy flavors of pumpkin pie with every sip of this latte.

One of the benefits of making your own pumpkin pie latte is that you can customize it to your liking. Here are some substitution and variation ideas to help make this recipe your own:

– Alternative milk: If you’re lactose intolerant, vegan, or simply prefer non-dairy milk, you can use almond milk, oat milk, soy milk, or any other milk substitute in place of whole milk.

– Sugar-free: To make a low-carb or keto-friendly version of this recipe, substitute granulated sugar with your preferred sugar-free sweetener like monk fruit extract, stevia, or erythritol.

– Spice level: For those who don’t like a lot of spice in their latte, reduce the amount of pumpkin pie spice to 1 tsp or add more if you want a spicier flavor.

– Brewed espresso: Instead of brewed coffee, use two shots of brewed espresso for an extra shot of caffeine and bolder coffee flavor.

– Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice: If you don’t have any pumpkin pie spice on hand or prefer to make your own blend, mix up some ground cinnamon (1 tsp), ground ginger (1/2 tsp), ground nutmeg (1/4 tsp), and allspice (1/4 tsp).

– Vanilla extract: Feel free to play around with different types of vanilla extract such as bourbon vanilla extract, Tahitian vanilla extract, or Mexican vanilla extract for a unique twist on this classic recipe.

– Maple Syrup: Swap out the granulated sugar for pure maple syrup with a 1:1 ratio to give your latte a sweeter flavor with a hint of maple.

With these substitutions and variations in mind, be creative and experiment with the ingredients in the latte recipe. You might just create a new version that will become your new favorite fall drink.

Serving and Pairing

 Forget the pie, this latte is the ultimate pumpkin dessert alternative.
Forget the pie, this latte is the ultimate pumpkin dessert alternative.

The Pumpkin Pie Latte Recipe is perfect for those who love indulging in the flavors of the season. This comforting and festive drink is best served hot, so you can wrap your hands around the warm mug and savor all the delicious flavors.

You can enjoy this latte by itself or pair it with your favorite seasonal treat. Some options include a slice of homemade pumpkin pie, a warm cinnamon roll, or a buttery croissant. This pumpkin spice latte also goes great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top to make an indulgent dessert.

For those who want to try something different, it can be enjoyed as a cold drink by simply pouring it over ice. You could also make an iced pumpkin coffee by adding brewed coffee and some ice cubes to the mix.

For those with dietary restrictions, this recipe can easily be adapted to fit your needs. For example, if you’re looking for a dairy-free option, you could use almond milk or soy milk instead of whole milk. If you’re looking for a low-carb or keto option, you could use keto-friendly sweeteners instead of sugar.

No matter how you decide to serve it or pair it, this pumpkin pie latte will surely provide you with all the warmth and comfort that you need during the autumn season.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 This latte packs the perfect amount of sweetness and spice.
This latte packs the perfect amount of sweetness and spice.

One of the great things about this pumpkin pie latte recipe is that it can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. This is perfect if you’re planning on entertaining guests or if you simply want to enjoy a homemade pumpkin spice latte throughout the week.

To make ahead, simply follow the instructions for the recipe, then transfer the latte to an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator until ready to use. When you’re ready to enjoy your latte, simply reheat it using your preferred method (microwave or stovetop) until it’s warm.

This latte also holds up well when stored in large batches in the refrigerator or freezer. You can make a big batch of pumpkin spice latte syrup and keep it in the fridge for up to a month. To reheat, simply pour some of the syrup into a mug with hot coffee, add some milk and stir.

And if you want to get fancy with your reheating method, froth some additional milk on your stovetop or with an electric frother before adding it to your reheated latte. This will give your drink an extra decadent touch!

Overall, this pumpkin pie latte recipe is perfect for making ahead, storing and reheating whenever you’re craving a delicious fall-inspired drink. So go ahead and make a big batch – your taste buds will thank you!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Savor the warmth and coziness of fall with this soothing and flavorful latte.
Savor the warmth and coziness of fall with this soothing and flavorful latte.

To make the perfect pumpkin pie latte, it’s important to follow the recipe carefully and pay attention to a few key details. Here are some tips that will help you achieve pumpkin spice latte greatness:

Firstly, make sure your milk is heated properly. Overheating the milk can cause it to scald and create an unpleasant taste. Start with cold milk and heat it slowly over low heat, stirring frequently until it reaches the desired temperature.

Secondly, use real pumpkin puree instead of artificial flavoring for a more authentic taste. Make sure to blend the pumpkin mixture well before adding it to the latte ingredients to ensure a smooth and consistent texture.

Next, use freshly brewed coffee or espresso for the best flavor. Store-bought or pre-packaged coffee may contain preservatives or artificial flavors that can alter the taste of your pumpkin spice latte.

In addition, adjust the sweetness, spice level, and milk frothiness to your personal preference. Add more or less sugar, spice, or frothed milk based on how sweet or spicy you like your beverage.

Furthermore, use high-quality spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. Freshly grated spices release more oils and fragrances than pre-ground ones for more robust flavors.

Lastly, don’t forget to add a garnish like whipped cream, cinnamon powder or sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice for an aesthetically pleasing presentation. These simple touches can make all the difference in turning a good pumpkin spice latte into a great one.

By following these tips and paying close attention to every step in the recipe process from start to finish – you can enjoy a delicious homemade Pumpkin Pie Latte with perfect results every time.


Now, let’s address some common questions in this FAQ section to ensure that you have all the necessary information to make this delicious pumpkin pie latte recipe with ease.

What is pumpkin latte made of?

To make a luscious cup of Pumpkin Spice Latte, start by pouring the Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup into a mug. Next, add hot espresso and give it a good stir. Then, heat up some milk and froth it until it’s nice and foamy. Pour the frothed milk into the mug until it’s about ¾ full. Finally, it’s time for the pièce de résistance – add a generous dollop of whipped cream on top and sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice. Voila!

What does Starbucks use in their pumpkin spice latte?

To make a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks, you will need to combine their signature pumpkin spice sauce with milk and brewed espresso. Top it off with a sweet whipped cream and a sprinkle of a delicious pumpkin spice topping made with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves.

How do they make pumpkin spice lattes?

To whip up a delectable pumpkin spice latte, begin by brewing a fresh shot of espresso or coffee, and transferring it to a roomy cup or a glass mason jar. Add in pumpkin puree, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla extract, and stir vigorously until it’s mixed thoroughly. Next, proceed to prepare the frothed milk. Utilize a milk frother to froth the milk for roughly 30 seconds or until it forms a creamy foam, and finally, pour it onto the pumpkin espresso concoction.

Does Starbucks use real pumpkin in their pumpkin spice latte?

Starbucks updated their pumpkin flavor in 2015 by adding real pumpkin and removing artificial coloring. However, according to a statement by a food scientist in an IFT publication, the alteration had no significant impact on the taste and was mainly made to address consumer demands for actual pumpkin in the ingredients list.

What is the pumpkin sauce that Starbucks uses?

The well-known autumnal beverage, the Pumpkin Spice Latte, features a special component known as the “pumpkin” sauce. This sauce comprises mainly of condensed milk, sugar, and pureed pumpkin. Incorporating pumpkin puree was Starbucks’ solution to customer complaints that their PSL did not contain any actual pumpkin.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this pumpkin pie latte recipe is the perfect addition to your fall mornings, afternoons, and evenings. With a creamy and spicy blend of real pumpkin puree, vanilla extract, and the perfect combination of pumpkin pie spice, you can indulge in the deliciousness of Starbucks’ classic pumpkin spice latte right from the comfort of your own home.

As a barista, I can tell you that this recipe is not only easy to follow but also customizable to fit your taste preferences. Whether you prefer your latte vegan or dairy-free, with extra spice or less sweetener, this recipe can be adapted to cater to your needs.

So next time you’re craving a warm and cozy beverage that screams fall, ditch the long lines at Starbucks and whip up this delectable homemade pumpkin pie latte instead. With its irresistible aroma and smooth texture, this latte will surely make any day feel like a treat.

Pumpkin Pie Latte

Pumpkin Pie Latte Recipe

Found this recipe in Family Circle magazine. This would be great for the Holiday's.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine American
Calories 263.2 kcal


  • 2 cups milk
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 teaspoons espresso powder
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • In a small saucepan, whisk together all ingredients and simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes.
  • Serve immediately.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 370gCalories: 263.2kcalCarbohydrates: 36.9gProtein: 8.5gFat: 9.2gSaturated Fat: 5.7gCholesterol: 34.2mgSodium: 124.2mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 22.7g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beverages, Easy, Low Cholesterol, Low Protein
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