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Best Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

by on November 17, 2011 · 58 comments

The moment Fall hits, we (like many) have rushed to our local coffee house, gotten in line and ordered a Pumpkin  Latte. Since we love it so much, we took it upon ourselves to try making it at home. That’s how we come to this easy latte recipe. We’re sure you have almost, if not everything, you need at home right now. It really doesn’t take much.

Best Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

Watch Our Video for How to Make Our Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

For some extra fun, take a peek at maché magazine‘s pumpkin latte template download and decorate your drink using an adorable pumpkin cut out. Don’t stop at the drink, you could even use this to decorate a cake. Gain access to the free download by clicking here: Pumpkin Template To see the whole Fall issue from the magazine, click here.
Best Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

We created this recipe for Betty Crocker, but couldn’t wait to share with you!

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Best Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe
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Pumpkin spice mix can be bought at the store, however, you most likely have all you need to make it at home. For 2 tablespoons of pumpkin spice mix, combine 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 2 teaspoons ground ginger and 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg.
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  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons canned pumpkin puree
  • 1-3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice mix (see headnotes)
  • 1/2 cup strong hot coffee
  • whipped cream
  1. Add milk, canned pumpkin and sugar to a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until hot, but do not boil.
  2. Remove from heat and add vanilla extract, pumpkin spice mix and coffee.
  3. Pour into two large mugs then garnish, if desired, with whipped cream and an extra pinch of pumpkin spice mix.

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I'm Joanne Gallagher and alongside my husband, Adam, I develop, test and share favorite recipes from our kitchen. I'm completely in love with food and you'll most likely find me covered in flour, chocolate or both.

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1 Jessica November 17, 2011 at 2:52 pm

I love coffee art! I had no idea there were templets out there to make me look way fancier than I am ;-)


2 Keisha Douglas November 17, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Yay, I found another homemade Starbucks coffee drink recipe! I must make this! Thanks for sharing :D


3 Jenn@eatcakefordinner November 20, 2011 at 5:30 pm

This sounds so good right now! I love your photos.


4 Paige at The Spice House January 5, 2012 at 2:26 pm

I love that you use actual pumpkin instead of just spices – it always bothers me when “Pumpkin Spiced” drinks are pumpkin-free. Just because a certain combination of spices goes well with pumpkin doesn’t mean it tastes anything like pumpkin!


5 Linda September 9, 2012 at 12:29 pm

I wonder if this would be good in hot chocolate? I don’t like coffee.


6 RosemaryGW September 10, 2012 at 10:19 am

maybe chai tea?


7 Joanne September 10, 2012 at 11:32 am

That would be lovely – I bet hot chocolate would be a nice touch, too!


8 Megan September 24, 2012 at 1:25 am

I don’t drink coffee either (or caffeinated teas). Do you think this would be good without the coffee, just with the milk, pumpkin and spices, or would it need something else?


9 Joanne September 24, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Hi Megan — Hmm, not sure. It really might be a it weak? Would love to hear if you try it , though! The pumpkin flavor is really wonderful.

10 Linda November 5, 2013 at 3:58 pm

I don’t like coffee, either. I made this with Tim Horton’s brand on the Keurig & I couldn’t even taste the coffee; just the sweet, warm & creamy taste of pumpkin spice!


11 Sophia November 21, 2013 at 9:02 pm

Hi Linda! I actually didn’t have any coffee, so I tested some substitutes. I found that the best for this is (for 1/2 CUP of coffee) use 1/2 of a 1/2 cup [vanilla] almond milk, and fill the other half with chocolate milk [I use Horizon].

I also tested with coffee, both taste exactly the same!


12 Alina October 11, 2012 at 3:24 pm

This is the best recipe for pumpkin spice latte tastes better than the one famous cafe, recipe tried it is sensational, natural ingredients, perfect for cool days and a number of spectacular. I recommend!


13 Pumpkin October 13, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Love latte. Will try when I return home from Az as it is much cooler there. Can not wait.


14 Phyllis Kovalcik October 18, 2012 at 7:36 pm

I did not see the headnotes for the pumpkin spice mix! Did I miss something??


15 Adam October 18, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Good catch. We updated the recipe and the headnote was stripped. Just fixed it!


16 Teresa November 8, 2012 at 1:30 pm

I made this yesterday for my afternoon snack, what a great drink. Easy to make and tastes wonderful.


17 Joanne November 9, 2012 at 10:50 am

Yay! SO happy you loved it!


18 Dorothy Boucher November 8, 2012 at 1:55 pm

that coffee looks so good, need a few ingredients but am looking forward to trying this ; )


19 Joanne November 9, 2012 at 10:50 am



20 Arianna November 9, 2012 at 3:37 am

I wonder if Pumpkin Pie Spieces would work. It’s a little jar I just bought. Ill try it tomorrow but can’t compare it to the real recipe :/


21 Joanne November 9, 2012 at 10:47 am

Hi there! Pumpkin Pie Spices will work — they are similar (if not the same) to pumpkin spice blend.


22 Tiffany November 9, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Could I use 1/2 cup espresso in place of coffee?


23 Adam November 10, 2012 at 12:00 pm



24 Lisa August 1, 2013 at 8:02 am

Love that this has real pumpkin in the drink! I tend to have some pumpkin always in the freezer from various recipes that do not call for the whole can so this will be a perfect way to use that up.


25 Joanne August 8, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Good point, Lisa. Especially during the fall months!


26 Jen McE August 21, 2013 at 9:10 pm

This is great!!
…Now I need you to tell me how to make a truly delicious EGG NOG latte! I can’t seem to perfect it on my own!


27 Joanne August 23, 2013 at 10:49 am

Thanks! Hmm — might have to try that this Fall.


28 Anita August 21, 2013 at 9:14 pm

Do you think Splenda would work in place of the sugar? I absolutely LOVE pumpkin spice lattes but they can be so calorie heavy.


29 Joanne August 23, 2013 at 10:18 am

Yep — just add slowly and taste. I think Splenda is a little sweeter than regular sugar.


30 allie September 17, 2013 at 1:25 am

I love my PSL, too, but I now live overseas where exists no pumpkin! :) I could do the spices, etc….does anyone have any ideas how to make a nice latte out of this without the pumpkin?


31 Joanne September 17, 2013 at 11:02 am

Hi there, you could turn it into a spiced latte (without pumpkin) and just use the spices listed. Or, make it a spices mocha. Enjoy!


32 Jessica H October 21, 2013 at 8:56 pm

This is delicious! At 9 months pregnant, I’ve been craving pumpkin and was so grateful to be able to make this in the comfort of my own home. (I used the headnote “pumpkin spice” recipe as well). And I used decaf coffee instead. Yummers!


33 Joanne October 22, 2013 at 3:15 pm

So glad you enjoyed it! Congratulations and good luck with your baby :)


34 shellylikes2cook October 31, 2013 at 3:41 pm

All I have to say is “No more Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte” this is good!


35 Linda November 5, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Made this last night, just as the recipe said, and it was DELICIOUS! Quick & easy, too!


36 Gabrielle November 11, 2013 at 9:48 am

I have been searching the Internet for over a month now looking for the perfect pumpkin spice latte recipe. I was looking on youtube yesterday and found my our video. I am currently drinking one of the lattes and may I say it is delicious! Many of the recipes i found were either disgusting or lacked pumpkin. This is perfectly balanced latte and I will continue to make it and enjoy it. Thank you so much for this delicious recipe

~Gabrielle :)


37 Joanne November 11, 2013 at 10:55 am

Wonderful! So glad you found us :)


38 Kathie November 16, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Yes, I must say, this is quite delicious.


39 Emilee November 17, 2013 at 3:07 pm

I have made this recipe way too much in the last week, but it certainly is good! If you get the combination of ingredients right, it does taste exactly like a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks. My husband is addicted to it. Certainly it will become a fall tradition in our family!


40 Joanne November 18, 2013 at 11:09 am

Nice! So glad everyone loves it.


41 Sophia November 21, 2013 at 9:03 pm

So creamy and rich….I love it! Especially when I’m sipping it out of my Christmas Mug. :)


42 Karen December 22, 2013 at 2:45 pm

I got so hooked on the Pumpkin Spice Latte’s from mcdonalds and they have been gone for about 3 weeks or so and I am really excited to make this and try it.


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