The Best Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

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

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.

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How to Make the Best Pumpkin Spice Latte at Home

This recipe comes together in under 10 minutes.

Best Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe in 10 Minutes!

Start by heating milk, pumpkin puree, and sugar on the stove. You can use whole, 2 %, skim, or dairy-free milk. Coconut or almond milk would be delicious.

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Then we add vanilla, pumpkin pie spices, and strong coffee. The mixture gets 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.

Use this homemade pumpkin puree for things like our Easy Pumpkin Mac and CheeseHomemade Pumpkin Pancakes, Seriously Good Pumpkin Cupcakes and Pumpkin Pie.

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 Recipe

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Make the popular coffee house pumpkin latte at home. Canned or homemade pumpkin puree both work well in this recipe.

Makes 2 Drinks

You Will Need

2 cups milk (dairy or non-dairy)

2 tablespoons pumpkin puree, 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.
  • Nutrition Facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator 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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  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.


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