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
  • Cindy Lynn October 29, 2017, 9:13 am

    This is good! The pumpkin flavor could be just a little stronger. I will make again. Thanks for the recipe.

  • Liz gray October 11, 2017, 2:35 pm

    Amazing.Hubby had this without coffee and loved it

  • Holly October 8, 2017, 6:03 am

    Really really good! I’m not a coffee person, so I switched the coffee out for tea, and I was golden. Only problem was the pumpkin flavor was very limited. Might add an extra tablespoon next time.

  • cirella September 30, 2017, 2:23 pm

    SUPER EASY! Tastes amazing, fun to add to the recipe with more pumpkin puree, about 3 table spoons. Awesome Recipe! Thanks!

  • Benton Boychuk-Chorney September 13, 2017, 1:46 pm

    Could I make this in a large batch for the fridge and reheat it?

    • Joanne October 30, 2017, 2:19 pm

      Yes, that’s a great idea.

  • Michelle September 9, 2017, 10:51 am

    This is seriously so much better than Starbucks- and completely guilt-free! I used 3 tsp of truvia sweetener in place of the sugar and that was perfect for me. Thanks for sharing this gem!

  • CToth September 7, 2017, 4:53 pm

    Excellent!!! Thank you so much for a delicious recipe. Knowing what is in my latte makes me happy. I used all organic ingredients. I will make these often and feel good about drinking them. Such a warm and cozy drink.

  • ann saylor August 30, 2017, 2:22 pm

    does it work to mix the non-coffee ingredients together and store it in the frig? then add to coffee as needed?

    • Joanne October 30, 2017, 2:19 pm

      Hi Ann, that is a great idea!

  • Darcy November 6, 2016, 9:42 am

    Delicious!! Will make again. We used truvia instead of sugar and added whipped cream to the shopping list ; )

  • Alyssa October 13, 2016, 5:54 pm

    I just made a single-serving dairy free version of this and used vanilla almond milk plus a splash of vanilla, a shot of espresso instead of coffee, and a bit of honey in place of the sugar. It was already amazing but then i remembered I had some vanilla toffuti ice cream in the freezer and put in a couple spoonfuls of that in place of the whipped cream and oh god…I wish this stuff could flow through my veins. Happy fall and thank you very much for the recipe!

  • Nenia Ryan October 8, 2016, 11:31 am

    Just finished making this, Delicious! Made it with vanilla almond milk and it turned out awesome. Will be making it again! 🙂

  • Christina October 2, 2016, 5:04 pm

    Made this only substituting the vanilla extract for maple syrup (simply because I just ran out of vanilla). Delicious!! Quick and easy to make! Thank you for sharing this with us pumpkin lovers!

  • Keziah September 25, 2016, 1:06 pm

    The flavour isn’t quite as strong as Starbucks(maybe use more strong coffee?) but other than that it’s very good!

  • Aline November 5, 2015, 1:17 pm

    OH SOOOO GOOD!!!! I halved the recipe and made just one serving for myself. and instead of heating up the whole cup of milk in the pan, i heated up 1/2,and frothed the other half so I’d save some calories on the whipped cream. It was so perfect!

  • nicole October 23, 2015, 10:54 am

    You know what makes this super easy?? Using pumpkin butter bc it already has the spices in it!

    • Loretta October 27, 2017, 12:01 pm

      W O W…Made this using Pumpkin Butter from Trader Joe’s. This was excellent…just stirred into my already strong, hot coffee with cream, and topped with whipped cream. Thanks, Nicole!


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