The Best Pumpkin Spice Latte
No need to pay for pricey coffee-shop pumpkin spice lattes with this easy, homemade version that uses real pumpkin puree (no fake, sugary syrups) and can be made quickly and inexpensively at home. And now you can enjoy pumpkin spice lattes year-round from home.
- 2 cups milk (dairy or non-dairy)
- 2 tbsp tablespoons pumpkin puree or more to taste
- 1 to 3 tbsp sugar depending on how sweet you like it
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice plus more for serving
- 1/2 cup strong coffee
- whipped cream for serving
Add milk, pumpkin puree, and sugar to a saucepan over medium heat.
Heat until hot, but do not boil.
Remove the saucepan from the heat and whisk in the vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and the coffee.
- Milk: This tastes best with 2% or whole milk, but you can substitute with skim milk. Non-dairy milk like soy, almond, or coconut milk will also work.
- Sugar: This recipe calls for 1 to 3 tablespoons of sugar. How much you use is up to you. We tend to prefer less sugar in our drinks. You can also use a sugar substitute. Add this to taste.
- Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend: Find pumpkin pie spice at the store or make it at home. You likely have everything you need to make it already. Mix the following spices in a spice jar: 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon + 2 teaspoons ground ginger + 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg + a pinch of ground cloves.
- More Pumpkin Flavor: Since posting this recipe, some readers have noted that they would prefer a stronger pumpkin flavor. You can achieve this two ways: increase the puree by 1 to 2 tablespoons or cook a large batch of puree down in a saucepan over medium heat until reduced and concentrated in flavor, and then use in the latte.
- Nutrition Facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values. We assumed 2% milk and 1 tablespoon of sugar.