Just checked the calendar and GUESS WHAT? Starbucks has announced the release date of their pumpkin spice latte, yum! (the in-store release date is 8/27/19.) Want to make a Pumpkin Spice Latte at home? Learn how to whip up a batch of these delicious fall-inspired lattes with the Best Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe. Made with milk, pumpkin, sugar and spices and tastes as good as any store-bought version.
How to Make a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Home
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Seattle’s Best Coffee. All opinions are 100% mine.
Yea, we did it – made it through the first week of school!
It wasn’t easy; especially since we went cold turkey on our back to school bedtime/wake up routine. (Took a last-minute camping trip to our favorite campground – and “partied” up ’til the last day, lol!)
For the 1st few days, our pre-6am wake-up time went pretty well, but by Friday I’ll admit to hitting that snooze button at least twice. As for the 1st day itself, my missy told me her day was the “bomb dot com.” (Later, when I told her it was bedtime, she said she was “gonna go put on her P to the J’s.” Evidently, there’s a new language at school.) No homework for the middle schoolers yet, so the 1st week went great for my 7th grader too, although I’m a little concerned about how next week’s going to go!
Now, If you are anything like me and are excited about the arrival of fall and more specifically pumpkin spice lattes, you’re going to LOVE this Easy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe I’m sharing today.
There is just something about the velvety rich, sweet pumpkiny flavors that to me, is the perfect combination for my coffee fix. And I don’t mind admitting, that when I hit up Starbucks in the fall and winter, a Pumpkin Spice Latte is pretty much the only drink I order.
Since I work from home, I just don’t get out to Starbucks as much anymore. But that’s ok because I have what I think is the best recipe for a Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte. So not only am I saving a few bucks by making it myself, I can have it whenever I want!
The good news is this recipe only takes a few minutes to put together, is great for doubling and you can store the pumpkin cream mixture in its own container to add to your coffee anytime you get a Pumpkin Spice Latte craving.
What Are the Ingredients in a Pumpkin Spice Latte?
Heading to the store and want to give this recipe a shot? These are the ingredients to add to your list for the pumpkin spice latte:
- Canned Pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
- Pumpkin pie spice
- optional: caramel syrup, cinnamon, whipped cream for garnish – highly recommended if you want your drink to taste like a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte
This pumpkin spice latte recipe is amazing both hot and cold, so if it’s still too warm for hot coffee, you can enjoy it over ice too. Use whatever type of milk you prefer (the higher the fat, the richer and more delicious it will be.) This recipe is actually on the less sweet side so you can adjust your latte to your preferred sweetness level.
When I get a pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks I usually order a tall, made with half and half (breve) and one less pump of the pumpkin syrup, just because I don’t like mine as sweet.
You can use milk alternatives in this recipe. It won’t taste exactly like a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks, but it will be yummy. Also, keep in mind if you use a milk with less fat content, you may need to add more of the pumpkin cream to your coffee to get the desired latte consistency.
How to Make a Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte
The recipe below is more of a Pumpkin Creamer recipe. I like to make the homemade pumpkin spice creamer and store it separately from the coffee. This way I can add as much as I want whenever I want.
To make the Pumpkin Creamer, whisk together the milk, pumpkin, sugar, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice in a heavy saucepan over med-high heat. Keep whisking until the milk starts to bubble. You’ll then remove the pan from the heat.
Just add the pumpkin cream to your coffee. Serve with optional whipped cream, a sprinkle of cinnamon and a drizzle of caramel on top.
How to Store the Pumpkin Spice Creamer
The recipe makes enough for 2 large servings, but it is perfect for doubling and tripling too. Just store it in an airtight container in the fridge and it will be good for a couple of days. (You may need to give it a shake as the pumpkin will settle towards the bottom once cooled.)
Is Pumpkin Spice Latte Low Carb
If you replace the sugar with a low carb sugar alternative (make sure you use one that is “cup for cup”) and use a lower carb milk, (half n half or cream) you can definitely have this pumpkin spice late on the keto diet or low carb eating plan.
Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe Tips:
The recipe is perfect to double or triple.
Use whatever milk you prefer.
Want to make this low carb? It works great with heavy cream or half n half and your favorite sugar substitute. (I tried it )
This recipe is on the less sweet side – this way you can adjust to taste before you drink it and it’s absolutely perfect if you top it with sweetened whipped cream and caramel sauce!
To cool the Pumpkin Spice mixture quickly, (for iced lattes) place saucepan in an ice bath and whisk till cool. (This will only take a short time.)
Using a K-cup? Brew it extra strong by using less water than normal.
Now that you have opened that 1st can of pumpkin, here are a few more pumpkin recipes you might like:
- Pumpkin Pie Cake Bars
- Whipped Pumpkin Cream Cheese Recipe
- Low Carb Pumpkin Pie Granola Recipe
- Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal
- Pumpkin Pie Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce
- No-Bake Pumpkin Pie
Now it’s your turn! Has your family gone back to school yet? Any stories or tips to share? (We almost always have some sort of oopsie, but this year, I’m happy to report the entire morning went great!)
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This Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe is amazing! Made with milk, pumpkin, sugar and spices. Tastes as good as any store-bought version!
- 2 cups milk
- ¼ cup pure pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 cup Coffee (brewed extra strong)
- optional: caramel syrup, cinnamon, whipped cream for garnish
- In a saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the milk, pumpkin and sugar, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice.
- Keep whisking and heat until the milk starts to bubble.
- Remove from heat.
- Divide coffee into two cups, add Pumpkin Spice mixture to coffee.
- Serve with optional whipped cream, a sprinkle of cinnamon and a drizzle of caramel on top.
- The recipe is perfect to double or triple.
- Use whatever milk you prefer.
- Want to make this low carb? It works great with heavy cream or half n half and your favorite sugar substitute. (I tried it )
- This recipe is on the less sweet side – this way you can adjust to taste before you drink it and it’s absolutely perfect if you top it with sweetened whipped cream and caramel sauce!
- To cool the Pumpkin Spice mixture quickly, (for iced lattes) place saucepan in an ice bath and whisk till cool. (This will only take a short time.)
- Using a K-cup? Brew it extra strong by using less water than normal.