How to Make an Amazing Pumpkin Spice Latte (at Home)

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It’s no secret that I love coffee, and nothing says Fall like a warm Pumpkin Spice Latte! Seeing them on every Starbucks sign makes my mouth water, but I can’t justify consuming that much sugar (50 grams in a grande size), plus all the junky additives.

Not to mention it costs about $5 a cup to consume said sugar!

With my love for pumpkin coffee I knew I had to find a way to make it at home for less.

A Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe, with Real Pumpkin

starbucks spiced pumpkin latte recipe crock potI’ve fine-tuned this easy pumpkin spice latte recipe over the years and now I can’t drink anything else! It’s easy to make just for yourself or for a crowd with just a blender and a stovetop (or crockpot).

This Pumpkin Spice Latte tastes very similar to the coffeeshop versions without the artificial colors, flavors, and sweeteners. Oh, and it actually contains pumpkin … because it’s not a REAL pumpkin spice latte without it!

To make it dairy-free, sub coconut, almond, or macadamia milk. (Macadamia is my favorite!) These are easy to find in the store but cheaper (and less watered down) made at home.

A dollop of whipped heavy cream or coconut cream finishes off this recipe and makes it extra decadent. Try a whipped cream dispenser for homemade (and low sugar) whipped cream on demand.

If you’re on a therapeutic diet or want to avoid any sugar at all, feel free to omit it. In fact I use these pumpkin spice stevia drops and don’t miss the sugar one bit!

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Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

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A spicy and delicious pumpkin latte made with real food, dairy optional ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of milk (or coconut milk, almond milk, or my favorite, macadamia milk)
  • 1 TBSP pure canned or fresh pumpkin puree
  • 2 tsp natural vanilla extract (here's how to make your own)
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice ( or 1/2 tsp cinnamon and a sprinkle of cloves and nutmeg)
  • 1/4 cup of strong coffee or espresso
  • 1 tsp honey or maple syrup (or more to taste)
  • Heavy cream, whipped (or whipped coconut cream, or a spoonful of the cream that accumulates at the top of a can of coconut milk)

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients: Blend all ingredients except for heavy cream or coconut cream in a blender until smooth and incorporated. Or, if you have an immersion blender, pour all ingredients into a medium saucepan and blend with an immersion blender.
  2. Heat and Simmer: Heat the mixture by simmering for about 5 minutes until hot. Stir often.
  3. Garnish and Enjoy: Top with whipped heavy cream (or coconut cream) and a dash of cinnamon, and enjoy! By making your PSL at home you just saved yourself $4 bucks, 10 grams of sugar and 10 grams of fat!

Notes

Tips:

  • If you are using canned pumpkin and won't use the whole can, freeze the rest in ice cube trays and keep in a bag for future batches.
  • Making for more than one person? Easily double, triple, or quadruple the recipe to make for extra people. Serving for a party? Multiply by 10 and keep warm on low in a slow cooker or in a carafe.
  • Make it cold: Can also be served chilled by cooling the coffee first and blending all ingredients in a blender with 1/2 cup of ice. Add a tsp of grass-fed gelatin or a scoop of healthy protein powder if desired.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 1/2 cups (1 person)

Amount Per Serving

Calories 138

% Daily Value

Total Fat 3 g

5%

Sodium 13 mg

1%

Total Carbohydrates 6 g

2%

Sugars 7 g

Protein 1 g

2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Other Homemade (and Healthier) Seasonal Drinks

If you enjoy this recipe, try these other healthier versions of Starbucks favorites:

  • The Way I Do Coffee – I’ve been avoiding sugar pretty strictly lately, so this is my go-to way to drink coffee. But that doesn’t mean others can’t enjoy the following healthier versions of favorite drinks for the season!
  • Salted Caramel Latte Recipe (with Mocha Variation) – No refined sugar or artificial flavors here! Plus get the benefit of healthy brain-boosting fats while sipping your latte.
  • Superfood Hot Chocolate Recipe – We don’t have this often, but it’s a rule in our house: when it snows, there will be hot chocolate! Get all the goodness of gelatin and healthy fats plus pinch of turmeric. Kids will never know it’s in there! Best of all, it’s lower on sugar and can be made dairy-free.
  • Hazelnut Hot Chocolate Recipe – A variation on our go-to hot chocolate with a warming hint of hazelnut.
  • Crockpot Chai Tea Latte – Non-coffee drinkers, you won’t be left out in the cold! Nothing beats a sweet and spicy chai, and this recipe uses all real food ingredients with no additives and less sugar than coffeehouse versions.
  • 5-Minute Turmeric Tea (or Golden Milk) – I’m not sure if Starbucks has this one, but it’s one of the most popular recipes among my kids and Wellness Mama readers. Perfect for an evening treat to wind down and warm up on a chilly day. More on some surprising benefits of turmeric, ginger, and other ancient spices here.

How about you, are you pumpkin spice obsessed? Leave a comment below and let me know!

P.S. Apparently, it is more than an obsession for some people and now there is even a clothing line to sing its praises! Though some people aren’t so enthused … see below for laugh!

Where do you fall on the pumpkin spice debate? What’s your favorite fall drink? Share below!

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