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This homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe is so easy! Make your own Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte at home! It’s SO delicious, and the best part is this DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte does have any artificial flavors or colors.

Looking for more Starbucks copycat recipes? Try my Starbucks Cinnamon Latte or this delicious Starbucks Eggnog Latte.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte


Hello, friends! Hello, Fall! Hello, pumpkin!

Raise your hand if you’ve visited Starbucks thrice this week JUST to get your hands around a warm cup of their Pumpkin Spice Latte. I’m raising both hands… NOT!

I have yet to make it to Starbucks this season for their Fall celebrated latte. You might ask yourself why, why, oh why hasn’t she been to Starbucks yet?! Allow me to answer that question. I haven’t bought a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks since the very first sip I took back in 2011.

Making Pumpkin Spice Latte


Pumpkin Spice Latte is a coffee drink made with a mix of steamed milk, espresso, pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin puree, sugar, and a topping of whipped cream.

Which brings me to my next point. Do you know how many Pumpkin Spice Lattes I can make for the price of one Starbucks Latte!? I don’t know. If you have the answer, please let me know.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

All I know is that making this at home saves me time, money, and gas for my car. That’s important. Another good thing is that I can control the amount of coffee, the type of coffee, and the spices that end up in my cup.

The last time that I did go to Starbucks for this latte, I was pregnant and, among other things, I could not stand the smell of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.

Glad that’s over because my Pumpkin Spice Latte back then was just a Pumpkin Latte. No spice. Decaf. Skinny. 🙄 

With all the requests I had for those baristas, the side of the Starbucks cup looked like my Christmas Wish List. 😀 

Pumpkin Spice Latte topped with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice.


You can either use your microwave to make this happen, or your stovetop. I go the stovetop route because I am quicker at removing the saucepan before the milk boils over. In the microwave I try to watch it closely, but it takes a millisecond for it to boil over and I end up crying over spilled milk. Literally.

Also, for those days when you feel like you had one too many beef tacos the night before, you can go ahead and lighten this up with skim milk. I sure do. Sometimes I even reach for the Almond or Coconut Milk thingamajig.

But then there are those days when I feel like, Daaaay-um I look good! And on those days I go all out; whole milk, heavy cream, whipped cream…

pumpkin spice latte in a mug with whipped cream on top.


  • One other thing; these measurements are just something to start with. You can add more or less of the spice, vanilla, sugar… You can also substitute the pumpkin-pie spice with equal amounts of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger.

Pumpkin Spice Latte - Make Your Own Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte at home! SO easy, SO delicious homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte without all the artificial flavors and colors.



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4 from 3 votes
Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte
Pumpkin Spice Latte
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
3 mins
Total Time
5 mins

This pumpkin recipe is perfect for Fall coffee breaks! Homemade Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte without the artificial flavors and colors. SO easy & SO tasty!

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Calories: 180 kcal
  • 2 cups milk, whole, 2%, or skim
  • 3 tablespoons pumpkin puree, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice
  • 1/2 cup hot brewed strong coffee (I use brewed instant espresso)
  • sugar, to taste
  • whipped cream
  • nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, or cinnamon, for garnish
  1. In a saucepan whisk together milk, pumpkin puree, and light brown sugar.
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until hot and steamy. DO NOT BOIL.

  3. Remove from heat, whisk in the pumpkin-pie spice and the vanilla.
  4. Whisk in the coffee and continue to whisk until frothy.

  5. Divide between two coffee mugs.

  6. Taste and adjust sweetness to taste.

  7. Garnish with whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg.
If using Microwave
  1. Pour the milk, pumpkin puree, brown sugar, pumpkin-pie spice, and vanilla into a microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Cook for 1 minute to 1 minute 30, or until milk starts to rise up and is frothy.

  3. Pour into mug, add the coffee, garnish with whipped cream and nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, or cinnamon.

  4. Serve hot.

Recipe Notes
  • Pumpkin Spice Latte tastes best with Whole Milk, but you can use whatever you prefer. 
  • Add sugar to taste; if you like a sweeter coffee, stir in more sugar after you've heated up the milk mixture. 
  • If you want a stronger pumpkin flavor, add more pumpkin puree.
Nutrition Facts
Pumpkin Spice Latte
Amount Per Serving
Calories 180 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 24mg8%
Sodium 112mg5%
Potassium 485mg14%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 3897IU78%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 282mg28%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This is an older recipe from the Diethood Archives, now updated with fresh content and photos. Original post/recipe published on September 21, 2012.

23 Responses
  1. Scarlet

    I just love making my own fancy coffee drinks. This pumpkin spice latte sounds fun to try and it looks so pretty in the glass cup too!

  2. June

    Why do people insist on putting actual pumpkin in a pumpkin spice latte? It’s ‘pumpkin spice’, as in the spice you use with pumpkin, not ‘pumpkin, spice’. Starbucks just uses a pumpkin spice flavored syrup.

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      I use the pumpkin puree for a more intense pumpkin flavor and to avoid making the syrup because of all the extra sugar.

  3. lital

    live in israel and when i was abroad fell in love with pumpkin spice latte from starbucks. loved to try it at home but dont know where to find pumpkin pie spice 🙁

  4. Kristi Rimkus

    What a terrific fall coffe drink. I haven’t gotten this at Starbucks before because they had too many calories. I like your version much better.

  5. Jean (Lemons & Anchovies)

    I have never had a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks but it looks like I never have to! This pumpkin lover would love to try your version instead. Would be perfect right about now. 🙂

  6. Kristy

    Did you hear me complaining about the prices of pumpkin lattes this week? And they are my seasonal downfall. I actually paid over $5 for one the other day. Craziness. This will be the perfect recipe for me. Thank you! Thank you!

  7. EA-The Spicy RD

    Just saw this on Instagram-delicious! It’s still not pumpkin latte weather yet in San Diego, but I’m definitely saving this recipe for cooler days!

  8. Sandra's Easy Cooking

    I am behind everybody and never tried Starbucks pumpkin latte:))
    Yours look amazing, Kate! Love the recipe and pictures are so delicious looking…got to make this soon!!!!Have a lovely weekend!

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