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13 Best Recipes Pumpkin Spice for Latte

Updated: Dec 10, 2023

It is always the perfect time of year for pumpkin recipes! Read on for recipes to make homemade pumpkin spice, pumpkin spice syrup, traditional latte recipes and pumpkin latte recipes with a twist.


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Beyond Lattes Pumpkins Spice Recipes (protein shakes, milkshake, cold foam and more)


Be sure to read about ingredient swaps for sugar, syrup, dairy, pumpkin puree, hot espresso, etc.

Plenty of options for most dietary restrictions.


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Recipe 1 - Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

Did you know you can make a pumpkin spice at home? Homemade pumpkin spice is the base for latte drinks, pies, and fall desserts.

Ingredients:

  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.

  2. Store the spice blend in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months.

Recipe 2 - Pumpkin Spice Syrup (for DIY Lattes)

You can purchase pumpkin syrup or try out this delicious homemade version.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 cup water

  • 4 cinnamon sticks

  • 4 cloves

  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin pie filling or pumpkin puree

Instructions:

  1. Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan and place over medium heat. Stir until sugar dissolves.

  2. Add cinnamon sticks, cloves, nutmeg, and pumpkin puree to the saucepan.

  3. Bring the mixture to a low boil and stir occasionally.

  4. Reduce heat and let it simmer for 10 minutes.

  5. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.

  6. Allow the syrup to cool remove the cinnamon sticks and cloves (using a strainer is easiest).

  7. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.


Recipe 3 - Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Syrup - Keto Friendly Version

Perfect for adding a touch of fall flavor to your homemade keto drinks.

Ingredients:

  • Sweetener equivalent to of 1 cup granulated Sugar

    • erythritol, monk fruit sweetener (or a blend of the two), splenda, swerve granulated, swerve brown sugar to name a few; be sure to read sweetener instructions to get the correct ratio of sweetener sugar substitute to traditional granulated sugar.

  • 1 cup water

  • 4 cinnamon sticks

  • 4 cloves

  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree (ensure it's unsweetened)

Instructions:

  1. Combine sweetener and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sweetener dissolves.

  2. Add cinnamon sticks, cloves, nutmeg, and pumpkin puree to the saucepan.

  3. Bring the mixture to a low boil, stirring occasionally.

  4. Reduce heat and let it simmer for 10 minutes.

  5. Remove from heat and stir in the pure vanilla extract.

  6. Allow the syrup to cool.

  7. Once cooled, remove the cinnamon sticks and cloves with a strainer.

  8. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

 

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Traditional Homemade Pumpkin Spice Recipes:


Pumpkin spice lattes can be expensive, especially if you are a frequent flyer!


Making homemade pumpkin spice lattes can save quite a lot of money this time of year, so we hope these recipes help you make your own homemade pumpkin spice latte here at home with simple ingredients that are easy to find.


Recipe 4 - Classic Pumpkin Spice Latte

The homemade pumpkin spice latte recipe that started it all!

Ingredients:

  • 2 shots espresso or 1 cup strong brewed coffee

  • 1 cup milk

  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin spice latte syrup

  • Optional toppings:

    • Whipped cream

    • Dash of pumpkin pie spice

Instructions:

  1. If you have an espresso machine, brewed espresso is delicious in lattes. If you don't have an espresso machine, no worries, just brew a super strong cup of coffee.

  2. Warm the milk

  3. Add the pumpkin spice syrup to the milk and stir.

  4. Pour the brewed coffee or espresso into a mug with the milk mixture.

  5. Top with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice.

Recipe 5 - Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte

An iced version that will turn your kitchen into one of the top coffee shops!

Ingredients:

  • 2 shots espresso or 1 cup strong brewed coffee, cooled

  • 1 cup milk

  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin spice latte syrup

  • Ice cubes

Instructions:

  1. Fill a glass with ice cubes.

  2. Pour the cooled espresso or coffee over the ice.

  3. In a separate container, mix the milk with the pumpkin spice latte syrup.

  4. Pour the milk mixture into the glass.

  5. Top your iced spice latte with whipped cream and pumpkin spice seasoning

Recipe 6 - Cold Brew Pumpkin Spice Latte

A smoother coffee flavor with a pumpkin twist.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cold brew coffee

  • 1 cup milk (whole or 2%)

  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin spice syrup (from Recipe 1)

  • Ice cubes

Instructions:

  1. Fill a glass with ice cubes.

  2. Pour the cold brew coffee over the ice.

  3. In a separate container, mix the milk with the pumpkin spice syrup.

  4. Pour the milk mixture into the glass.

  5. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.

Recipe 7 - Chai Pumpkin Spice Latte

A spicy mix of chai and pumpkin flavors.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brewed chai tea

  • 1 cup milk

  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin spice syrup

Instructions:

  1. Brew your chai tea.

  2. Warm and froth the milk.

  3. Add the pumpkin spice syrup to the hot milk and stir.

  4. Pour the brewed chai into a mug and add the milk mixture.

  5. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon.

Recipe 8 - Almond Milk Pumpkin Spice Latte

A dairy-free delight with a hint of nuttiness.

Ingredients:

  • 2 shots espresso or 1 cup strong brewed coffee

  • 1 cup almond milk

  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin spice latte syrup

Instructions:

  1. Brew your espresso or coffee.

  2. Heat the almond milk without boiling.

  3. Add the pumpkin spice latte syrup to the hot almond milk and stir.

  4. Pour the brewed coffee or espresso and milk into your mug.

  5. Add whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice.

 

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Recipe 9 - Best Pumpkin Spice Latte Smoothie

A creamy blend perfect for breakfast or a snack.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup brewed coffee, cooled

  • 1/2 cup fresh or canned pumpkin puree

  • 1 cup almond milk or yogurt

  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin spice latte syrup

  • 1 frozen banana

  • Ice cubes

Instructions:

  1. In a blender, combine all the ingredients until smooth.

  2. Pour into a glass and top with your favorite toppings.

Recipe 10 - Pumpkin Spice Latte Protein Shake

Fuel your workout with the flavors of fall.

Ingredients:

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder

  • 1 cup almond milk

  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin spice latte syrup

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice

  • Ice cubes

Instructions:

  1. Blend all the ingredients together in a blender until smooth.

Recipe 11 - Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Latte

Perfect for gatherings or a lazy weekend.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups strong brewed coffee

  • 3 cups milk

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin spice latte syrup

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients into a slow cooker or crock pot.

  2. Cook on low for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally, and it is ready to serve!

Recipe 12 - Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Milkshake

A frosty treat with the flavors of the season.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream

  • 1 cup brewed coffee, cooled

  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree

  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin spice latte syrup

Instructions:

  1. In a blender, blend ice cream, coffee, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin spice syrup until smooth.

  2. Pour into glasses, top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Recipe 13 - Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Cold Foam Coffee

A Starbucks-inspired delight.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cold brew coffee

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin spice latte syrup

  • Ice cubes

  • Pumpkin spice cold foam (milk frothed with pumpkin spice syrup)

Instructions:

  1. Fill a glass with ice cubes and pour in the cold brew coffee.

  2. Separately, mix milk and pumpkin spice latte syrup and froth until it becomes a thick foam.

  3. Spoon the foam on top of the cold brew.

 

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Alternative Ingredients for Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipes


When making your own pumpkin spice latte at home, these items can be swapped to meet your dietary needs


Sugar

Equivalent non-sugar sweeteners such as Swerve, Splenda, etc., can be used in place of traditional granulated sugar. Each sweetener typically has instructions for the correct ratio to traditional granulated sugar on its packaging.


Brown sugar can also be used in place of white granulated sugar if you prefer more caramel or buttery flavor. Typically use a 1:1 ratio of packed brown sugar to granulated sugar, but of course sweeten to your taste.


Pumpkin spice latte syrup

When syrup is called for in the recipes above, store-bought syrup can be used, or the homemade recipes above with traditional sugar or the sugar-free recipe can be used.


Dairy

Anytime milk, cream or whipped cream is called for in a recipe, you can swap it with coconut milk base, almond milk, oat milk, coconut cream, coconut whipped cream, etc., typically in a 1:1 ratio, but always measure to taste.


There are many non-dairy milk, cream and whipped cream options on the market today to choose from.


Warmed milk

When warmed milk is called for, the milk can be warmed easily in an electric milk frother (so easy and it creates a creamy texture), microwave, or on the stovetop in a small saucepan. Whichever way you warm the milk, always warm it to your desired temperature, but ensure you don't boil the milk.


Frothed milk

The easiest way to froth milk like a coffee shop is with an electric milk frother as pictured below. You can also froth milk with a battery-operated hand frother, which you can typically pick up for under $10. Last, simply whisk the milk to get a frothier substance.


Pumpkin Purée

Pumpkin purée can be purchased as traditional, organic, vegan, sugar-free, dairy-free, etc., be sure to read the ingredients on the packaging.


You can also use fresh or homemade pumpkin puree from a pumpkin.


Butternut squash puree can be used in place of pumpkin as well, but may have a less than naturally sweetened taste.


Pumpkin puree can also be replaced with pumpkin pie filling, but you will want to read the ingredients, as pumpkin pie filling typically has sweetener added.


Espresso

If you do not have an espresso machine, simply replace with strongly brewed coffee. A dark roast also makes a bolder flavor for mixing with syrups and flavors. Typically 1/2 cup of strong coffee is equivalent to 1 shot of espresso in terms of flavor.


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FAQ


Ingredients and Composition:


What is pumpkin latte made of?

A pumpkin latte usually includes espresso, milk, pumpkin spice, pumpkin puree, sugar and whipped cream.


Is Pumpkin Spice Latte made from coffee?

Yes, the Pumpkin Spice Latte contains espresso or concentrated coffee.


What is the Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks?

Starbucks' pumpkin spice blend probably includes cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves, but the exact psl recipe is proprietary.

 

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Health and Nutrition:


Is Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte healthy? It contains sugar and calories, so as far as being "healthy", that depends on your dietary needs.


Why are pumpkin spice lattes so high in calories? Lattes contains sugar, milk, and whipped cream.


Why is PSL so many calories? Lattes contains sugar, milk, and whipped cream.


Are pumpkin spice lattes healthy? It contains sugar and calories, so as far as being "healthy", that depends on your dietary needs.


Taste and Experience:


What makes Pumpkin Spice Latte so good? The combination of warm spices, creamy texture, coffee flavor, and pumpkin flavor make it a favorite for pumpkin lovers.


What does spice latte taste like? It has the flavor of pumpkin pie with espresso and creamy milk.


What's so great about Pumpkin Spice Latte? The combination of warm spices, creamy texture, coffee flavor, and pumpkin flavor make it a favorite for pumpkin lovers.


Availability:


Are pumpkin lattes at Starbucks? Yes, Pumpkin Spice Lattes are available at Starbucks when in season.


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