Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

First off, technically this isn’t a latte, as I made it with coffee, not espresso. But it’s an (improved) imitation of a certain coffee giant’s pumpkin spice latte, so let’s just overlook the details.

That particular coffee monopoly also uses (tons of) flavored syrup to make their pumpkin drinks. While you can make your own syrup fairly easily (here is one recipe), I choose to go a less sugary, more natural route and combined canned pumpkin puree, milk and spices. Mix that with coffee and the result is a creamy, comforting and lightly sweetened coffee drink full of autumn flavors.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

  • 1/2 C coffee
  • 1/2 C milk
  • 2 T pumpkin puree
  • 1 t pumpkin pie spice*
  • 2 t sugar*
  • Whipped cream (optional)

Prepare coffee as directed and pour into your favorite mug. Combine milk, pumpkin, spice, and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk together and heat until warm. Add to coffee and gently whisk together. Add whipped cream if desired.

* Add more or less sugar and spices to taste. I also used some freshly ground nutmeg and an extra dash of cinnamon (I couldn’t resist).

17 Comments on Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

  1. Andrea
    October 19, 2010 at 11:17 am (12 years ago)

    I’m glad you made this attempt! How would you compare it to that particular coffee monopoly? If I wasn’t on this gluten-free-dairy-free-coffee-free diet, I would try it!

    • Stephanie
      October 19, 2010 at 1:42 pm (12 years ago)

      I think it tasted much better. Theirs are way too sweet for me, and this had a very pumpkin and fall flavor to me.

  2. Dani
    October 19, 2010 at 11:24 am (12 years ago)

    Yum! That sounds way better than an artificially-flavored syrup like they use, and even better than pumpkin sugar water.

  3. pachecopatty
    October 19, 2010 at 6:40 pm (12 years ago)

    This is so pretty in the red cup, says fall and comfort of home to me;) Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a sweet comment. I will have to try your pumpkin spice latté.

    • Stephanie
      October 19, 2010 at 6:57 pm (12 years ago)

      Thanks Patty!

  4. Amy
    October 19, 2010 at 7:48 pm (12 years ago)

    I bet this is 100x better than Starbucks! I think I shall try this tomorrow :)! Great recipe!

  5. @lickmyspoon
    October 19, 2010 at 8:37 pm (12 years ago)

    This sounds like a great way to start the day, much better than the calorie-riddled concoctions at Starbucks!

    Lick My Spoon

  6. Baking Serendipity
    October 19, 2010 at 9:19 pm (12 years ago)

    Thank you, thank you for this recipe! I always feel guilty indulging in this drink at Starbucks because of the calories and the cost, but I can’t help but love it. I’m definitely going to give your version a try 🙂 Bookmarked!

  7. Elin
    October 19, 2010 at 10:48 pm (12 years ago)

    this is so healthy..thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. Marisa
    October 20, 2010 at 11:34 am (12 years ago)

    Can you believe that I don’t think I’ve ever had a pumpkin spice latte from Stabucks before? Everyone always raves about them and I still haven’t tasted one! I know that while they probably taste great, they put a lot of not-so-good-for-you stuff in there. I like the way this homemade version sounds a lot. And since I don’t have a espresso machine, it’s even better!

  9. torviewtoronto
    October 20, 2010 at 9:10 pm (12 years ago)

    never had this looks flavourful

  10. Ali
    November 20, 2012 at 10:17 am (10 years ago)

    I just made this and it is DELICIOUS, but a little bitter. I was heavy handed with the spices…could that be the culprit?

    • Stephanie Nuccitelli
      November 22, 2012 at 1:16 pm (10 years ago)

      Ali, it could be that. You can also add more sugar until it’s sweet enough for your taste buds.

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