Day 3 of Pumpkin Week is here, and it really is one that you will keep doing again and again. I haven’t made a cozy, hot drink for you guys in a long time (since my epic, healthier hot chocolate) so there’s a better time than bringing you the perfect one homemade pumpkin and spice latte?
That’s right, it’s time to skip the lines and drive through at Starbucks and try this naturally-sweetened, slightly dairy-free, vegan pumpkin spice latte recipe. Trust me when I say this PSL is anything but easy. We have real pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spices and a touch of maple syrup for the creamiest latte you will ever have.
Add a little whipped cream and extra seasoning if you feel like it, like me, and enjoy this leisurely drink for breakfast, an afternoon pick-me-up, or even a small after-dinner treat!
Your favorite PSL brightened to perfection
Did you know that a Starbucks Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte contains 50 grams of sugar? Uff! I mean, I want to indulge myself every now and then, but believe me when I say you can make an even more delicious pumpkin spice latte at home that is naturally sweetened and still filled with pumpkin flavor.
In this homemade pumpkin spice latte recipe, we’ve left out the sugary pumpkin-flavored syrup and used real pumpkin puree, spices, and a little pure maple syrup to sweeten it. It’s so easy and so good that you may never come back to the OG Latte again!
Ingredients for this homemade pumpkin and spice latte
You only need a handful of ingredients to make this super creamy, flavorful Pumpkin Spice Latte. It’s sweetened naturally and won’t leave you with that “blabla” feeling that many of the sugar-packed, store-bought ones do! Here’s what you need to do it:
- Espresso: I prefer espresso in a latte for that stronger coffee flavor.
- Milk: for that delicious, creamy element. Feel free to use any milk you like, preferably one that foams well. We love using oat milk and you can easily make it yourself with our tutorial here!
- Pumpkin flavor: We use real pumpkin puree and some pumpkin pie seasoning to get all that autumn flavor. It’s a great way to use up extra canned pumpkin or make your own.
- Sweetener: We only use 1-2 tablespoons of pure maple syrup to naturally sweeten the pumpkin spice latte. You should also add some vanilla extract to bring out the sweet flavors.
- Optional: Feel free to sprinkle some whipped cream on top for the perfect indulgence!
Simple ingredient swap
From a few ingredients? I can recommend the following as a replacement:
- For the espresso: You are welcome to use 1/2 cup of freshly brewed coffee. I recommend making it a little stronger than what you usually do.
- For the sweetener: I like to use a little pure maple syrup because it adds even more of that cozy fall flavor, but you can also use honey or even brown sugar.
- For the pumpkin pie spice: If you don’t have a premixed pumpkin pie seasoning, feel free to add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg, and 1/8 teaspoon of ginger, and 1/8 teaspoon of ground cloves or allspice.
The best pumpkin spice latte in 4 easy steps
That’s right, this simple homemade pumpkin and spice latte can be put together in just about 10 minutes and 4 simple steps:
- Heat milk. First, pour the milk of your choice into a small saucepan and heat it over medium-low heat until it is hot and almost simmering. Be careful not to boil the milk.
- Mix the ingredients. Make your espresso or coffee and pour it into a large mug or mason jar made of glass. Stir in pumpkin puree, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla until everything is well mixed.
- Froth milk. Use a milk frother to froth your milk for about 30 seconds or until it is frothy, then pour it into the cup over the pumpkin and espresso mixture. Reserve the extra foam and spoon over it.
- Top & enjoy. Feel free to top it off with whipped cream if you feel like a little bit. Sprinkle with a little extra pumpkin spice or cinnamon and enjoy!
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Hope you love this homemade pumpkin spice latte recipe! If you manage to do it, be sure to leave a comment and rating so I know how you liked it. Have fun xo!
Homemade pumpkin and spice latte
The best homemade pumpkin spice latte with real pumpkin puree and cozy pumpkin pie spice. You’re going to love this naturally sweetened, non-dairy pumpkin spice latte recipe for your morning coffee or a delicious afternoon pick-me-up!
Shots of espresso (or under 1/2 cup of hot freshly brewed coffee, but I prefer espresso)
Milk of your choice, preferably a frothy milk (we love oat milk)
Maple syrup, for sweetener
Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Whipped cream for topping (optional but recommended)
Pour milk into a small saucepan and heat over medium-low heat until it is hot and almost simmering, but do not bring the milk to the boil.
Make your espresso and pour it into a large mug or mason jar made of glass. Add the pumpkin puree, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla and stir well.
Use a milk frother to froth your milk for about 30 seconds or until it is frothy, then pour it into the cup over the pumpkin and espresso mixture. Reserve the extra foam and spoon over it.
Feel free to top it off with whipped cream if you feel like a little bit. Sprinkle with a little extra pumpkin spice or cinnamon.
For the pumpkin pie spice: If you don’t have a premixed pumpkin pie seasoning, feel free to add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg, and 1/8 teaspoon of ginger, and 1/8 teaspoon of ground cloves or allspice.
Servings: 1 serving
Serving size: 1 latte
Fat: 3.3 g
Saturated fatty acids: 0.2g
Fiber: 1.7 g
Sugar: 14.1 g
Protein: 2.1 g
Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious cuisine | Photography by: Eat Love Eats