The Best Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

How to make the best pumpkin spice latte at home with pumpkin puree, coffee, milk, and fall spices. Better than store-bought! Jump to the Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe or watch our quick video showing you how to make it.

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How to Make the Best Pumpkin Spice Latte at Home

The moment Fall hits, we rush to our local coffee shop and order a pumpkin spice latte. We love them so much, we took it upon ourselves to try making it at home.

This recipe is easy and I bet you have most, if not everything, you need to make it at home right now. It also comes together in under 10 minutes!

Best Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe in 10 Minutes!

Start by heating milk, pumpkin puree (here’s our homemade pumpkin puree), sugar, pumpkin pie spices, and vanilla extract on the stove. You can use whole, 2%, skim, or dairy-free milk. Coconut or almond milk would be delicious.

Then we combine the pumpkin spice milk with strong coffee. The mixture is divided between two mugs and it’s time for whipped cream. Simple, quick, and no coffee shop lines.

How to make a pumpkin latte that's better than Starbucks PSL at home.

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Recipe updated, originally posted November 2011. Since posting this in 2011, we have added a recipe video and tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

The Best Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

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Make the popular coffee house pumpkin spice latte at home. Canned or homemade pumpkin puree both work well in this recipe. Here’s our recipe for making pumpkin puree from scratch.

Makes 2 Drinks

You Will Need

2 cups milk (dairy or non-dairy)

2 tablespoons pumpkin puree, or more to taste, see our homemade pumpkin puree recipe

1 to 3 tablespoons sugar, depending on how sweet you like it

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, plus more for serving

1/2 cup strong hot 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.

    Divide the mixture between two mugs. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • 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.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

Nutrition Per Serving: Serving Size 1 drink / Calories 171 / Protein 9 g / Carbohydrate 21 g / Dietary Fiber 1 g / Total Sugars 20 g / Total Fat 6 g / Saturated Fat 4 g / Cholesterol 24 mg
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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105 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Anita August 21, 2013, 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.

    • Joanne August 23, 2013, 10:18 am

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

  • Jen McE August 21, 2013, 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!

    • Joanne August 23, 2013, 10:49 am

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

    • Heather Jackson September 26, 2018, 1:29 pm

      Yummmmmmmmm!I would love to try making the Egg Nog Latte!!!

  • Lisa August 1, 2013, 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.

    • Joanne August 8, 2013, 1:07 pm

      Good point, Lisa. Especially during the fall months!

  • Tiffany November 9, 2012, 9:00 pm

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

    • Adam November 10, 2012, 12:00 pm


  • Arianna November 9, 2012, 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 :/

    • Joanne November 9, 2012, 10:47 am

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

  • Dorothy Boucher November 8, 2012, 1:55 pm

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

    • Joanne November 9, 2012, 10:50 am


  • Teresa November 8, 2012, 1:30 pm

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

    • Joanne November 9, 2012, 10:50 am

      Yay! SO happy you loved it!

  • Phyllis Kovalcik October 18, 2012, 7:36 pm

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

    • Adam October 18, 2012, 8:31 pm

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

  • Pumpkin October 13, 2012, 6:18 pm

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

  • Alina October 11, 2012, 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!

  • Linda September 9, 2012, 12:29 pm

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

    • RosemaryGW September 10, 2012, 10:19 am

      maybe chai tea?

      • Joanne September 10, 2012, 11:32 am

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

        • Megan September 24, 2012, 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?

          • Joanne September 24, 2012, 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.

    • Linda November 5, 2013, 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!

    • Sophia November 21, 2013, 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!

  • Paige at The Spice House January 5, 2012, 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!

  • Jenn@eatcakefordinner November 20, 2011, 5:30 pm

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

  • Keisha Douglas November 17, 2011, 6:10 pm

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

  • Jessica November 17, 2011, 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 😉


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