It’s no secret that I love coffee, and nothing says fall like a warm pumpkin spice latte! Seeing Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes on their signs every fall 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 $6+ per cup to consume said sugar! I wanted to find a way to get that pumpkin flavor without the barista. 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
I’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 for yourself or for a crowd with just a blender and a stovetop (or Crock-Pot).
This pumpkin spice latte tastes very similar to the coffee shop psl versions without artificial colors, flavors, and sweeteners. Oh, and it actually contains pumpkin puree… because it’s not a REAL pumpkin spice latte without it!
If you’re using store-bought canned pumpkin and won’t use the whole can, freeze the rest in ice cube trays and keep them in a bag for future batches. Or use it up in something like this warm pumpkin bread recipe. Check out the end of this post for more pumpkin recipe ideas.
Ingredients For a Real Food Pumpkin Spice Latte
I like using raw, grass-fed milk, but not everyone can have dairy. This coffee recipe is naturally gluten-free, but you can also make it dairy-free. Sub coconut milk, almond milk, oat milk, or macadamia milk. (Macadamia is my favorite!) These are easy to find in the store, but homemade nut milk is cheaper and less watered down.
I use a half-teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice, but you can use your own blend of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg if you don’t have pie spice on hand. It tastes similar to chai, but without the cardamom or black pepper. The pure vanilla extract rounds out the warming spices in this coffee drink.
Topping it Off
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 want to avoid sugar, then feel free to omit it. I use these pumpkin spice stevia drops, and don’t miss the sugar one bit!
Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe
- In a blender, combine all the ingredients except the whipped cream.
- Blend until smooth. Or, if you have an immersion blender, pour all ingredients into a medium saucepan and blend with an immersion blender.
- Pour the contents of the blender into a small saucepan.
- Heat the milk mixture over medium heat on the stove for about 5 minutes or until hot, stirring frequently.
- Top with whipped cream, garnish with a dash of cinnamon, and enjoy!
Tips and Variations
- Want More? – Double, triple, or quadruple the recipe to make for extra people. Serving for a party? Multiply the ingredients by 10 and keep warm on low in a slow cooker or in a carafe.
- Iced Version – You can also make an iced pumpkin spice latte version with a strong cold brew instead of hot coffee if you prefer. Or cool the coffee first and blend all ingredients in a blender with 1/2 cup of ice.
- Protein Boost – Sometimes I’ll also add a teaspoon of grass-fed collagen or a scoop of healthy protein powder for more protein.
More Pumpkin Recipes
I have quite a few pumpkin recipes on my site. Here are a few if you want to check them out. Some of them are a great way to use up the rest of your pumpkin puree after making your pumpkin spice latte.
- Pumpkin pie (family favorite)
- Pumpkin cheesecake
- Homemade pumpkin soup
- Pumpkin bread and muffins
- Pumpkin spice meltaways
Do you like pumpkin spice season? What’s your favorite fall drink? Share below!