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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110 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Megan September 27, 2020, 3:08 pm

    Wonderful recipe!! I also tried it using an extra tablespoon of pumpkin puree; it is great either way. Today I used pumpkin flavored coffee, again, just an option.

  • Laura September 18, 2020, 5:02 pm

    This is the best Pumpkin Spice Latte I have ever tried, and let me tell you, I’ve tried a lot!

  • Lillian September 16, 2020, 7:06 am

    this recipe is fantastic and saves me from spending $7 every morning on Starbucks!!! thank you for sharing:)

  • Maria Diaz September 11, 2020, 11:15 am

    Bomb!! Everything my soul needed this fall. Thank you

  • Twinkie Thiara August 28, 2020, 3:04 pm

    Love. Love. Love! Not too sweet, just perfect.I love pumpkin spice lattes and this recipe is perfect, thanks again!

  • Chelsea August 28, 2020, 9:51 am

    Super yummy! I added a dollop of butter and Cardamom (Ayurvedic style) and threw it all in the blender to froth it up before adding the whipped cream. Save yourself the $10 at Starbucks and just make this at home! Thanks for posting this tasty treat 🙂

  • Annika October 25, 2019, 3:56 am

    I doubled the pumpkin, did 1/3 the sugar and a bit more coffee. I also used soya milk and it was perfect!

    • Raquel January 30, 2020, 8:42 am

      I also did that but with brown sugar instead. Just perfect!

  • Colette October 19, 2019, 11:43 am

    I used this recipe today. Turned out good. For those of you that don’t want extra calories of the whipped cream put the mixture in your blender for a few seconds. It is nice and frothy.

  • Emily October 2, 2019, 8:57 am

    Very good, we did want more pumpkin flavor so I did 4 tablespoons of pumpkin purée and added 2 more oz of coffee. We enjoyed and will make again! Thanks

  • Honey Bee September 27, 2019, 6:00 pm

    This is a great recipe! I have tried so many TERRIBLE Pumpkin Spice Latte recipes. THIS ONE IS A KEEPER! I even went to Starbucks today to have one, and this one was, dare I say, BETTER? It was! Going into the keep forever recipe list.

  • Conni September 25, 2019, 9:38 pm

    Fantastic recipe and so much healthier & cheaper than going to the coffee shop. Use maple syrup instead of sugar if you have it. Even better.

  • Deni Pontious September 22, 2019, 2:02 pm

    This recipe beats all coffee houses! I can make it at home and drink it wearing my PJ’s. I’m hooked!

  • Adrianna September 22, 2019, 7:55 am

    This is THE BEST homemade pumpkin spice I’ve ever had. Actually, I prefer it over Starbucks which was always my most anticipated drink of the year. I use 2% milk, and I make espresso for it. MMMMM

  • Mary Beth September 14, 2019, 2:45 pm

    Wow, I’m in love with this recipe, so easy to make and tweak to the drinker’s preference! Thank you!!

  • Tanja Hare September 8, 2019, 4:20 am

    Tried this recipe and it’s quite delish. I will be making many more in the future. Tastes better then the gross syrup ones at the coffee shops and cheaper.


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