I can’t believe were just weeks away from fall. Now that Labor Day has passed, the weather out here in Los Angeles has started to cool down, I’ve started roaming through my closets for sweaters, and people are rushing to Starbucks because the ever-so-popular Pumpkin Spice Latte is now back on the menu.
I used to order this drink a lot when I was younger and I still do occasionally when I bring my work to the shop. So I decided to try and make my own version in the kitchen. My homemade pumpkin spice latte recipe turned out better than expected and it only took me about 10 minutes to make. I like that I can control the calories by changing the milk substitutes and sweetness.
No more coffee shop lines, I can save a few bucks, and enjoy the aroma of warm spices wafting through my kitchen. Sounds like a win-win-win to me!
Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe
- 2 cups of milk
- 3 tbsp of pure pumpkin puree
- 2-3 tbsp of sugar (depending on how sweet you want it)
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice blend, plus more for garnish
- 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup of strong brewed coffee or hot espresso
- sweetened whip cream
- cinnamon sticks (for garnish)
- whole cloves (for garnish)
Step 1. Combine the milk, pumpkin puree, sugar, pumpkin pie spice (I get mine here) and vanilla extract in a saucepan.
Step 2. Place over medium heat until hot, but don’t boil.
Step 3. Whisk milk mixture vigorously until it’s foamy, about 30 seconds.
Step 4. Pour coffee or espresso into 2 large mugs.
Step 5. Divide the milk mixture and pour each half into the mugs.
Step 6. Top with whipped cream. Add a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice, cloves and cinnamon sticks for garnish.
…and that’s it! Easy peasy, right?
I like to make this drink using 1% or 2% milk but you can substitute with skim or even non-dairy milk like almond or soy milk for a healthier version. If you prefer a sugar substitute over table sugar, that’s also fine to use.
I hope you enjoy this homemade pumpkin spice latte recipe as much as my family does. Give it a try and let me know what you think by leaving a comment below!
If you liked this recipe, then check out my Perfect Pumpkin Pie!
Adapted from Food Network
Photography by Tatjana Zlatkovic