Skip the Starbucks drive through and make your own cozy homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte in 5 minutes at home with a delicious homemade pumpkin spice syrup. Lower in calories, rich in pumpkin spices and real pumpkin, this is one magical pumpkin spice coffee recipe.
The best homemade pumpkin spice latte made with real pumpkin puree, cozy pumpkin pie spice and an easy homemade pumpkin spice syrup. I've been drinking these all week now that it is September. It's still hot in DC even in the early fall, so sometimes I switch to iced pumpkin spice latte, a Starbucks caramel frappuccino, or just a easy iced coffee in general, but if you want a cozy hot fall coffee, I think you'll love this pumpkin spice latte.
The reason my PSL is so easy to make is I mix up a quick flavorful homemade pumpkin spice syrup made of brown sugar and vanilla instead of a processed syrup. The sweet brown sugar and vanilla dissolves nicely and mimics the syrup Starbucks uses without the unhealthy additives.
This dairy free pumpkin spice latte recipe has half the calories of the Starbuck's counterpart and is a delicious replacement for your morning coffee or a delicious afternoon pick-me-up! Enjoy it with my other recipes made with pumpkin puree, including my 15-minute pumpkin sugar cookies, baked pumpkin donuts, my pumpkin oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, my healthy pumpkin bread, my pumpkin muffins, and also consider this latte with a slice of my end-of-summer chocolate zucchini bread.
Why You'll Love This
Do you have 5 minutes? That's all you need to mix up this pumpkin spice latte recipe in your mug of hot coffee.
Half the calories. My pumpkin spice latte has only 140 calories, half the calories of the tall Starbucks version which has 300! And my pumpkin spice latte syrup ingredients are basically brown sugar and vanilla, and amount to 14 grams of sugar, compared to the 38 grams the Starbucks processed syrup pumps into its PSL.
Perfect for all diets. This drink is suitable for any and all diets. To keep it dairy free and vegan, keep your milk and whipped cream dairy free and vegan. All the other ingredients are naturally gluten free and can be adjusted to suit your needs.
Strong coffee. Brew up your favorite flavor coffee in a coffee maker, a pod maker, a French press - you decide! Or use instant coffee or even decaffeinated. You'll only need ½ cup.
Milk. You'll want one that froths well. Higher fat milk such as coconut, and almond, and cashew milks tend to froth well.
Pumpkin puree. Canned is best, with only pumpkin in the ingredients. Don't use pumpkin pie filling, it has additional ingredients.
Ingredients for the homemade pumpkin spice syrup
Brown sugar. To keep it refined sugar free use coconut sugar. Or you can use maple syrup.
Pumpkin pie spice. Make your own pumpkin pie spice or use a store bought bottle.
Vanilla + salt. The hefty dose of vanilla mimics coffee shop syrups, and the salt brings out all the flavors.
See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.
With the pumpkin puree. You can use sweet potato puree instead. It will add the creamy texture, and the pumpkin pie spice will carry the pumpkin spicy flavor.
Brown sugar. Regular brown sugar works and adds a caramel flavor, but coconut sugar also works and keeps the drink refined sugar free. Maple syrup also works.
Step by Step Instructions
For more detail, visit the complete recipe at the bottom of this post, but here are general steps.
Step 1: Make coffee. Brew your coffee and put it into the mug you want to serve your PSL in. Set aside.
Step 2: Make a homemade pumpkin spice syrup. In a blender jar, make the syrup by blending brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and salt. Then spoon in the pumpkin puree, add the milk and blend again.
Step 3: Froth pumpkin milk sweetened with the homemade pumpkin spice syrup. Froth the milk, then warm it in the microwave for 30 seconds before adding it hot coffee.
Step 4: Pour the sweetened pumpkin milk mixture into the coffee, stir, then top with whipped cream and dust with cinnamon.
Make In Bulk & Storage
Make in Bulk. You can make multiple batches of this pumpkin spice latte recipe and keep it warm in a slow cooker or a pot on the stove, heated occasionally and stirred.
Storage. You can store your pumpkin latte in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, and warm it in the microwave for up to 1 minute, and 10 second intervals after that. Don't store with whipped cream topping, it will just melt into your coffee. Top freshly with each serving.
Sweet or not. Please feel free to reduce the sugar or add more to the syrup.
Microwave coffee & milk together. I blend up the pumpkin spice syrup a nd milk separately and then add it to a hot cup of coffee. However, you can also make the syrup in the blender, and then add the milk, pumpkin and the coffee and blend the coffee in there with it all. Just be sure the coffee is not too hot or the blender could explode.
Alternative stove technique. I blend up the pumpkin spice syrup, and warm it later after it is added to the milk. However, you can simple combine the brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and salt in a sauce pan, add a teaspoon or more of water and stir until the mixture into a slurry. Don't burn. Then add this to the blender with milk and pumpkin, to blend into a pumpkin milk mixture to be added to the coffee.
This homemade pumpkin spice latte is a coffee drink made with milk, sugar, pumpkin puree and a collection of pumpkin pie spices. The ingredients are different in the commercial Starbucks version and in fact until 2015 their version didn't even include pumpkin.
Yes, it can contain at least half coffee.
You can by slightly increasing the pumpkin pie spice, however the drink will be richer with the creamy veggie.
Yes, this homemade pumpkin spice latte has 140 calories and 14 grams of sugar, compared to the 300 calories and 38 grams of sugar in the tall version of a Starbucks pumpkin spice latte.
My PSL tastes like a slice of warm and spicy pumpkin pie with the subtle sweetness from caramel brown sugar, flavorful hot coffee, and a sweet fluffy whipped cream.
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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte
for pumpkin spice latte
- ½ cup strong coffee
- ¾ cup milk
- 3 tablespoon pumpkin puree. Canned.
for homemade pumpkin spice syrup
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar optional
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 2 teaspoon vanilla
- pinch salt
- Make coffee. Brew your coffee and put it into the mug you want to serve your PSL in.
- Make a homemade pumpkin spice syrup. In a blender jar, make the syrup by blending brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and salt.1 teaspoon brown sugar, 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, 2 teaspoon vanilla, pinch salt
- Make pumpkin milk. Then spoon into the blender jar the pumpkin puree, the milk and blend again.¾ cup milk, 3 tablespoon pumpkin puree. Canned.
- Froth the pumpkin milk. Froth the pumpkin milk mixture and warm in the microwave for 1 minute.
- Add pumpkin mixture to coffee. Pour into the hot cup of coffee. Froth again or stir.½ cup strong coffee
- Top with cream. Spoon some cream on top and sprinkle with spices.