How to Make a Delicious Pumpkin Spice Latte

Are you in the mood for a warm and flavorful drink that perfectly captures the essence of fall? Then I have just the recipe for you. Introducing my homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte. This latte is the perfect blend of spice and sweetness that will leave your taste buds feeling satisfied and your heart feeling cozy.

I was inspired to create this recipe after trying the popular Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, but was disappointed by the amount of added sugar and artificial ingredients. That’s why I set out to make a healthier version that still maintains all of the delicious flavors that make this classic drink so beloved.

In this recipe, I use real pumpkin puree and a blend of warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger to give it that classic fall flavor. And don’t worry if you’re trying to cut back on sugar, I’ve included instructions on how to make it without any added sugar at all or with a Splenda sugar substitute, so you can enjoy it guilt-free.

So whether you’re sipping it by the fire or bringing it to go during your morning commute, my homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte is sure to satisfy all of your fall cravings. So let’s get started and learn how to make this delicious latte!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Latte
Pumpkin Spice Latte

Imagine sipping on a warm, cozy drink that tastes like a perfect blend of fall and happiness. That’s precisely what you’ll get with this delicious Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe. Trust me; you’ll be hooked from the very first sip.

First and foremost, this recipe is incredibly easy to make. With the right ingredients in hand, you can have a fresh Pumpkin Spice Latte whipped up in just a few minutes. Plus, making it at home ensures that you know exactly what’s in it – no added preservatives or artificial flavors.

If you’re one of those people who dread walking into Starbucks and seeing the never-ending line for a pumpkin spice latte, then you’ll appreciate that making your PSL can save you both time and money. While a regular pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks can set you back at least $4, this homemade version can cost less than half that amount.

Now let’s talk about taste because, after all, it’s ultimately why we drink coffee. The Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe has an irresistible blend of real pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and brewed espresso. With its unique balance of sweet and spicy flavor notes, each sip is bound to bring warmth and comfort with every mouthful.

For those who prefer healthier options, this recipe can easily be modified with sugar substitutes or dairy-free milk substitutes to make it more keto-friendly or vegan. No need to worry about any unwanted calories or excessive sugar content!

In conclusion, the Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe is perfect for anyone who loves experiencing the quintessential autumn taste bud fantasies minus the long lines and high prices. It’s simple to make yet rich and tasty, providing optimum comfort on any chilly day. Don’t wait any longer to try out this excellent homemade PSL recipe!

Ingredient List

 Fall in love with the flavors of autumn!
Fall in love with the flavors of autumn!

For the Pumpkin Sauce

| Ingredient | Quantity |
|Canned pumpkin purée | 1/2 cup |
|Sugar substitute (Splenda) |1/4 cup |
|Maple syrup | 3 tablespoons |
|Pumpkin pie spice plus extra for garnish | 1 tablespoon|
|Vanilla extract | 1 teaspoon |

For the Espresso Shots

| Ingredient | Quantity |
|Extra strong coffee or brewed espresso shots | 2|

For the Milk Mixture

| Ingredient | Quantity |
|Milk (2% low-fat milk or whole milk or milk alternative) | 2 cups

To Serve

| Ingredient | Quantity |
|Milk of your choice, steamed or heated through | 1/2 cup |
|Whipped cream or dairy-free whipped topping, optional | for serving |


  • Canned pumpkin may also be labeled as “pumpkin puree”
  • Sugar substitute can be substituted with regular sugar in equal parts
  • Pumpkin pie spice is a mix of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice
  • To make it dairy-free, use your preferred milk alternative such as coconut milk, almond milk, soy milk
  • For a keto-friendly option, use sugar-free syrup and a non-sugar sweetener. Also, omit the canned pumpkin and maple syrup to reduce the carb content.

The Recipe How-To

 This latte is like a warm hug on a chilly day.
This latte is like a warm hug on a chilly day.

Now, let’s move on to the much-awaited part of this article – The Recipe How-To. Gather all the Ingredients needed for our Pumpkin Spice Latte and follow these easy steps:

  1. Combine ½ cup pumpkin purée, 2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice, 3 tablespoons maple syrup, a teaspoon of vanilla extract in a saucepan over medium heat.

  2. Whisk in 1 cup of milk and heat until steaming.

  3. Brew 2 shots of espresso, or prepare a strong coffee using our extra strong coffee recommendation.

  4. Pour milk mixture into brewed coffee while using a spice latte or spoon to hold back the foam.

  5. Top with whipped cream and enjoy your homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte with some extra sprinkle of pumpkin pie!

Pro tip: For a dairy-free option, use almond milk or coconut milk instead of 2% low-fat milk.

Did you know that you can also make your own homemade pumpkin spice? Mix together cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and allspice to create your own special blend perfect for your Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe.

There you have it! With this easy-to-follow recipe, you’re sure to become your own barista at home and make the best homemade Pumpkin Spice Lattes all year round!

Substitutions and Variations

 PSLs aren't just for basic people anymore - make your own!
PSLs aren’t just for basic people anymore – make your own!

If you’re looking to switch things up or make some tweaks to this pumpkin spice latte recipe, here are a few substitutions and variations you can try:

– Milk: While 2% low-fat milk is recommended for this recipe, you can use any type of milk you prefer. Whole milk will make the latte richer and creamier, while almond milk or coconut milk will make it dairy-free.

– Sugar Substitute: If you’re looking to cut down on added sugar, you can swap out the Splenda sugar substitute for a natural sweetener like honey or maple syrup. Coconut sugar or stevia are also great options for those following a keto diet.

– Pumpkin Puree: While canned pumpkin is convenient to use, you can also make your own homemade pumpkin puree by roasting and pureeing fresh pumpkin. This will give your latte a rich and authentic flavor.

– Spice Syrup: Instead of using pre-made pumpkin pie spice, you can make your own spice syrup by combining cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice with some water and sugar or sugar substitute. This will give your latte a more pronounced and customizable spice flavor.

– Whipped Cream: For an extra indulgent treat, top your latte with a dollop of whipped cream. You can use traditional whipped cream or experiment with flavors like cinnamon or vanilla.

Whether you’re looking to make this recipe healthier, more indulgent, or just different from the original, these substitutions and variations are sure to provide endless possibilities for your perfect pumpkin spice latte.

Serving and Pairing

 Indulge in the taste of pumpkin and spice all year round with this recipe.
Indulge in the taste of pumpkin and spice all year round with this recipe.

The delightful aroma and rich flavors of a homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte make it a perfect drink for chilly mornings and evenings. Serve it with whipped cream and pumpkin spice garnish to take its presentation up a notch.

The combination of the latte’s smooth texture and the warm spices in the pumpkin pie spice make it a welcome partner for cakes, muffins or scones. The latte pairs perfectly with cinnamon rolls, pumpkin bread, or even pumpkin pies. Its comforting flavor also goes well with light snacks such as granola bars or yogurt.

If you love your Pumpkin Spice Latte cold, refrigerate it for a while after preparation, add some ice cubes, and enjoy it at any time of the day. For an even more refreshing drink, try blending your cold latte with some ice to make a delicious frappuccino.

This drink is versatile enough to pair with sweet or savory dishes alike. The creamy and slightly sweet notes of the latte complement the salty taste of pretzels and pastries well. It’s a great drink to offer guests during brunch, an afternoon tea party, or on Halloween night.

In addition, if you’re watching calories, consider pairing your Pumpkin Spice Latte with fruit salad or vegetable sticks for a healthier option. This way, you can still enjoy the flavors without compromising your healthy eating habits.

Overall, serving and pairing this Pumpkin Spice Latte is super easy and requires minimal effort. With just a few simple adjustments and creativity, you are sure to find the perfect accompaniment for your homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Step up your latte game with this cozy and comforting drink.
Step up your latte game with this cozy and comforting drink.

There’s nothing more convenient than prepping in advance and being able to enjoy your Pumpkin Spice Latte whenever you want. Fortunately, this homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for later use.

To make it ahead of time, simply prepare the recipe as instructed, let it cool down and store it in an airtight container. This will keep for up to 1 week in the refrigerator, making it perfect for quick and easy breakfasts or afternoon treats.

When reheating the Pumpkin Spice Latte, you can do it on the stovetop, microwave or even a slow cooker. For the stovetop method, pour your desired amount of latte into a small saucepan and heat gently over medium heat until hot, stirring occasionally. If you choose to use a microwave, heat your latte in a microwave-safe mug for about 30 seconds or until heated through.

If you want to jazz up your Pumpkin Spice Latte even further, add extra whipped cream or sprinkle some pumpkin spice garnish on top before serving. You can even experiment with adding other festive toppings like chocolate chips or caramel drizzle.

Overall, by making the Pumpkin Spice Latte ahead of time, you save time and have guaranteed tasty caffeine fix always at hand!

Tips for Perfect Results

 This latte is the perfect way to start any autumn morning.
This latte is the perfect way to start any autumn morning.

If you want to create the best homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte, these tips will help.

First, It is essential to choose quality ingredients to get maximum flavor in your latte. Freshly brewed coffee can be substituted for espresso if it’s not available. The purity of pumpkin purée and spice mixes matter a lot, which means reading the labels carefully before buying them.

Second, making pumps of pumpkin sauce or pumpkin syrup ahead of time would make it more convenient when it’s time to make your latte. This is helpful, especially if you make lattes frequently.

Third, 2% low-fat milk works best for this recipe because it is relatively thick and creamy compared to other types of milk. If you’re looking for a dairy-free alternative, coconut milk can be used instead.

Fourth, Never let the milk boil while steaming it for your latte. Staying around 150°F will do the job. Boiling or overheating the milk results in unpleasant flavors that ruin your latte.

Fifth, Making coffee using an extra-strong mixture could improve your Pumpkin Spice Latte experience – by upping the intensity of flavor without compromising on creaminess.

Sixth, additions such as whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon powder on top add an extra touch of excitement to your pumpkin spice latte.

Lastly, For anybody who likes their coffee less sweet than usual, sugar substitutes such as Splenda can replace ordinary sugar in this recipe.


As promised, in this section, I will be answering some of the most frequently asked questions about this pumpkin spice latte recipe. This section aims to help you understand the recipe better and clarify any concerns you may have. So, without further ado, let us dive into the FAQs.

How do they make pumpkin spice lattes?

To whip up a delicious fall-inspired beverage, start off by brewing up a fresh batch of espresso or coffee. Pour it into a spacious mug or a glass mason jar. In a separate bowl, blend in pumpkin puree, a drizzle of maple syrup, a dash of pumpkin pie spice and some vanilla extract. Mix them together until it turns into a smooth concoction. Froth up your milk. Employ a milk frother to whip your milk for about half a minute or until it develops a foamy texture. Finally, splash it into your mug with the pumpkin espresso mixture, and enjoy the taste of fall.

What is really in a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte?

One of the most popular drinks at Starbucks is the flavorful Pumpkin Spice Latte, which involves mixing together some milk, pumpkin spice sauce, espresso, and topping it off with whipped cream and a delightful blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves.

How many pumps of pumpkin spice in a latte?

When making a grande pumpkin spice latte, it is important to use two shots of espresso, four pumps of pumpkin spice sauce, 2% milk, and top it off with whipped cream. This is how Starbucks does it when making this popular seasonal drink.

Why does Pumpkin Spice Latte have so much sugar?

When crafting a Pumpkin Spice Latte or a Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew, you may want to keep in mind the amount of sugar that goes into these drinks. While some sugar comes from the milk used in the latte, there’s also a significant amount of added sugar from the sweet pumpkin sauce and whipped cream. In fact, a PSL contains roughly 7 1/2 teaspoons or 32 grams of added sugar, which accounts for more than half of the recommended Daily Value for added sugar. The Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew isn’t much better in terms of sugar content.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the pumpkin spice latte recipe is an autumn favorite that can be made easily at home. This recipe offers a healthier, homemade version of a Starbucks favorite, with options for substitutions and variations to suit different tastes and dietary needs. By using real pumpkin puree and natural sweeteners such as maple syrup or Splenda sugar substitute, you can enjoy the delicious flavors of fall without the added sugar and artificial ingredients that are often found in store-bought versions.

Whether you’re treating yourself to an indulgent morning coffee, hosting a fall brunch or party, or looking for a cozy, comforting drink on a chilly day, the pumpkin spice latte recipe is sure to please. With simple how-to instructions and tips for perfect results, you can feel confident in making your own delicious pumpkin spice latte at home.

So why not skip the long lines at Starbucks, save money, and customize your latte to your liking by making it yourself? Try this recipe today and experience the best homemade pumpkin spice latte around!

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

One for your holiday (or anytime) fix. You can freeze the leftover canned pumpkin in ice cube trays. Dump frozen cubes into a ziplock freezer bag for future use.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine American
Calories 165.6 kcal


  • 3 tablespoons canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 cup 2% low-fat milk
  • 1 tablespoon Splenda sugar substitute (can use granulated sugar) or 1 tablespoon other sugar substitute (can use granulated sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (or vanilla syrup and skip the Splenda)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon cloves 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, tiny pinch of ginger)
  • 1/2 cup hot extra strong coffee (double strength)


  • In a small saucepan, whisk pumpkin into milk. Add sugar substitute, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice. Heat gently, stirring occasionally, just until steaming and foam begins to appear. Pour mixture into a tall mug; add coffee.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 416gCalories: 165.6kcalCarbohydrates: 19.8gProtein: 8.7gFat: 5.1gSaturated Fat: 3.2gCholesterol: 19.5mgSodium: 226.4mgFiber: 1.4gSugar: 17.3g
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