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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99 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Grace October 21, 2015, 10:11 pm

    The first latte I ever had was a pumpkin spice latte.It was so good!But to expensive at the cafe I got it.So I started to look around for a latte that meet my standards.I had no luck till I stumbled upon this recipe. In 2 words, SO GOOD!!!!?

  • Janet September 14, 2015, 6:17 pm

    This is soooo yummy and so much better than Starbucks version. Love the fact that it actually has pumpkin in it. My go to recipe for now on every Fall and beyond because well, it’s so good.

  • Cindy August 30, 2015, 9:15 pm

    Have you ever made a large quantity in a crockpot?

    • Joanne October 16, 2015, 12:59 pm

      No, but it sounds like a great idea!

  • Andy Davis August 18, 2015, 4:27 pm

    To keep from wasting a can of pumpkin, I cook the pumpkin briefly in a pan to kill the tinny can flavor. I let it cool and put the unused portion in an ice cube tray. When it is frozen, I place the cubes and a freezer bag or container and I have individual cubes to use as needed. No waste!

    • Kristin Stanley September 17, 2017, 9:14 am

      Genius! This is why I love reading comments on recipes ☺️

  • Dawni October 24, 2014, 1:20 pm

    Deeelish! Sooo much better than the syrupy-sugary Starbucks and Dunkin version. Thank you for sharing.

  • Ryan October 17, 2014, 10:59 am

    This really looks delicious! I could certainly go for one of these on a beautiful, sunny crisp day like today!

  • Karen December 22, 2013, 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.

  • Sophia November 21, 2013, 9:03 pm

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

  • Emilee November 17, 2013, 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!

    • Joanne November 18, 2013, 11:09 am

      Nice! So glad everyone loves it.

  • Kathie November 16, 2013, 12:14 pm

    Yes, I must say, this is quite delicious.

  • Gabrielle November 11, 2013, 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 🙂

    • Joanne November 11, 2013, 10:55 am

      Wonderful! So glad you found us 🙂

  • Linda November 5, 2013, 3:56 pm

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

  • shellylikes2cook October 31, 2013, 3:41 pm

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

  • Jessica H October 21, 2013, 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!

    • Joanne October 22, 2013, 3:15 pm

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

  • allie September 17, 2013, 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?

    • Joanne September 17, 2013, 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!


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