Pumpkin Spice Latte

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Craft the ultimate Pumpkin Spice Latte in your own kitchen using pumpkin puree, coffee, milk, and Fall spices. It’s SO delicious, and the best part is that this DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte has no artificial flavors or colors.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte


Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Copycat Recipe

Ah, the Pumpkin Spice Latte – a quintessential flavor that heralds the arrival of fall. 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. 🙌 Every fall, countless of us coffee lovers eagerly anticipate the return of the iconic Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks because it’s just so darn good. And it smells amazing! Amiright? BUT! What if you could replicate that beloved flavor from the comfort of your own kitchen? Look no further! With this recipe, you can make the best Pumpkin Spice Latte, harnessing the rich tastes of pumpkin, coffee, creamy milk, and a combo of warm spices. Not only is it satisfying to make, but I believe it’s even better than the store-bought version.

Why You’ll Love This Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

  • Fresh Ingredients: Making it at home ensures you use fresh and wholesome ingredients without any preservatives or additives commonly found in store-bought versions.
  • Budget-Friendly: Save money by making this classic beverage at home instead of splurging at coffee shops every time the craving hits.
  • Customizable: Adjust the sweetness, spice intensity, and milk preference to your liking. Want it dairy-free? No problem. Need extra cinnamon? Go for it!
  • Convenience: No more waiting in long lines or facing the disappointment of your local coffee shop running out of the seasonal treat. Whip it up any time you desire,
Making Pumpkin Spice Latte

How To Make Pumpkin Spice Latte

Below, I will guide you step-by-step on how to conjure up this heartwarming drink, ensuring every sip is as delicious as the one before! See the complete recipe with measurements and thorough instructions in the recipe card below.

Ingredients for Pumpkin Spice Latte

  • Milk: Opt for traditional dairy or a non-dairy alternative. My personal favorites for this drink are whole milk or oat milk.
  • Pumpkin Puree: Go for store-bought canned puree or create your own by following my easy slow cooker pumpkin puree recipe.
  • Light Brown Sugar: You can also use regular granulated sugar, brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, or even your favorite sweetener.
  • Pure Vanilla Extract can elevate the overall taste and smell of any dish or drink. It brings a warm, sweet, and slightly floral flavor that complements the pumpkin.
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice is a blend of warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves (sometimes allspice too). These spices complement the mild sweetness of pumpkin, enhancing the overall flavor of the latte.
  • Espresso: Coffee shop lattes include espresso, producing a more robust coffee flavor. When making lattes at home, if you don’t have an espresso machine, brew your own coffee, but make it stronger. Alternatively, for an iced version, you can use chilled coffee.
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. 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.

Stovetop Method

  1. Combine milk, pumpkin puree, and light brown sugar in a saucepan, and heat over medium heat, stirring often, until the mixture is hot but not boiling.
  2. Once off the heat, whisk in the pumpkin pie spice and vanilla. Add the coffee, whisking it in until the mixture turns frothy.
  3. Pour the pumpkin mixture into two coffee cups. Taste and adjust the sweetness according to preference.
  4. Top with whipped cream and a dash of nutmeg for garnish.
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.

Microwave Method

  1. Whisk together milk, pumpkin puree, brown sugar, pumpkin-pie spice, and vanilla in a microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Heat for about 1 to 1.5 minutes, or until the milk froths and begins to rise. Transfer the mixture to a mug and stir in the coffee. Garnish and serve.
Pumpkin Spice Latte topped with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice.

Tips And Variations For Pumpkin Spice Latte

  1. Quality Ingredients: The taste of your PSL can be influenced by the quality of your ingredients. Opt for fresh pumpkin puree, pure vanilla extract, and good espresso.
  2. Adjust to Taste: Always taste and adjust the sweetness or spice level of your PSL according to your personal preference. The measurements I suggest are just something to start with. You can add more or less of the spice, vanilla, sugar, etc. You can also substitute the pumpkin pie spice with equal amounts of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and ginger.
  3. Use Real Espresso: If you have an espresso machine, consider using real espresso instead of regular coffee for an authentic coffeehouse experience. Ensure your coffee is freshly brewed. Stale or lukewarm coffee can detract from the overall taste of the PSL.
  4. Spice Toppings: Apart from the classic nutmeg sprinkle, consider using cinnamon or even a light dusting of cocoa powder for a twist on the traditional garnish.
  5. Dairy & Non-Dairy Options: While dairy milk is common, non-dairy alternatives like almond, oat, or coconut milk can offer a unique flavor profile and are great for those with dietary restrictions.
  6. Avoid Overheating: Do not boil the milk mixture. Overheated milk can develop a scorched taste, which can overshadow the flavors of the pumpkin and spices.
pumpkin spice latte in a mug with whipped cream on top.


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Pumpkin Spice Latte

This pumpkin recipe is perfect for Fall coffee breaks! Homemade Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte without artificial flavors and colors is so easy and so tasty!
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2



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Stovetop Method

  • In a saucepan, whisk together the milk, pumpkin puree, and light brown sugar. Cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring frequently, until hot and steamy. Do not boil.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and whisk in the pumpkin pie spice and the vanilla. Whisk in the coffee and continue to whisk until frothy.
  • Divide the mixture between two coffee mugs. Taste and adjust to your taste.
  • Garnish with whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg and serve.

Microwave Method

  • Pour the milk, pumpkin puree, brown sugar, pumpkin-pie spice, and vanilla into a microwave-safe bowl.
  • Cook for 1 minute to 1 minute 30, or until the milk starts to rise up and is frothy. Remove it from the microwave.
  • Divide the mixture between two coffee mugs, and stir in the brewed espresso or coffee. Taste and adjust to taste.
  • Garnish with whipped cream and serve it hot.


  • Ingredients: Use fresh pumpkin puree, pure vanilla extract, and freshly made coffee for the best flavor.
  • Adjust to Taste: Everyone’s palate is different. Always taste and adjust the sweetness or spice level of your PSL.
  • Use Espresso: If possible, use espresso for an authentic coffeehouse flavor.
  • Dairy Options: While dairy milk is standard, you can use non-dairy alternatives like almond, oat, or coconut milk.
  • Avoid Overheating: Do not boil the milk mixture. Overheated milk can develop a scorched taste. 
  • Pumpkin Flavor: If you want a more robust pumpkin flavor, add more pumpkin puree or cook down the pumpkin puree on its own before adding it to the rest of the ingredients.
  • Experiment: Feel free to experiment once you’re comfortable with the base recipe. Add a drizzle of caramel or chocolate for a different flavor profile.


Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 112mg | Potassium: 485mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 3897IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 282mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

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  1. Zaynah says:

    Absolutely love this Recipe! Saved me from those constant Starbucks trips! I was actually wondering where you have gotten your mug from!

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      Hi 👋
      I got them on Amazon 😊 Here’s my affiliate link to the exact mugs 👉 https://amzn.to/3ktNlCK

  2. Lex says:

    Excellent for a low calorie pumpkin spice latte!

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      I hope you enjoy it! Thank YOU! 🙂

  3. Merilyn says:

    I have never tried Starbucks pumpkin spice latte but it sounds delicious and I’m gonna make some this weekend

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      I hope you enjoy it! Thank YOU! 🙂