Nothing screams fall like a Pumpkin Spice Latte! This one is better than Starbucks, and there’s absolutely no dairy required! Use espresso, strong coffee, or keep it caffeine free for kids.
Who doesn’t LOVE a Pumpkin Spice Latte (also known as a #PSL)?
I love them so much! But I don’t love the price tag or the amount of sugar that comes along with them, so I’ve reduced both without sacrificing any flavor. Honestly, this recipe is even better than Starbucks’ version (IMO!). I can’t wait for you to try this yummy, cozy, fall treat!
Ingredients In A Pumpkin Spice Latte
I use my homemade almond milk as the base and then flavor it up with some pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract and just a kiss of maple syrup. I used pumpkin puree from a can, but if you have time, you can make it yourself.
All real, wholesome ingredients without any of the additives or refined sugars. Take it from me, this creamy, homemade pumpkin spice latte is worth the 10 minutes it takes to make. So perfect for a cool and crisp fall morning or afternoon, and dare I say, you may never want the coffee shop version again!
How To Make A Pumpkin Spice Latte
Start this super easy recipe by combining almond milk, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla in a small saucepan over medium-low heat.
Whisk everything together and as soon as the milk begins to simmer, shut off the heat and transfer the milk mixture to a blender. Add a cup of strong brewed coffee or a shot or two of espresso to the blender and blend for 10 seconds or until light and frothy. Pour into your favorite mug. Top with fresh nutmeg and enjoy!
You can also add the coffee right to the pot and skip the blender, but the blender does add a wonderful bit of extra froth to the top.
I hope you LOVE this super simple, seriously delicious, fall-spiced treat as much as I do!!
Don’t miss the video in the recipe card, where I explain how to make these delicious pumpkin pie spice lattes in much greater detail. In the video, I also touch on sugar and some tips on how to reduce cravings for sugar.
Curbing Sugar Cravings
I think this is a really important topic and you should definitely watch the video to hear my point of view. But in the meantime, I wanted to share my tips for curbing sugar cravings, because I know this is a topic that a lot of us can struggle with and these are some of the things that have really helped me personally.
My Top 5 Tips for Curbing Sugar Cravings:
- Ditch the fake stuff. Artificial sweeteners can be 300x (if not more) sweetener than real sugar. And while they may be calorie free, they really can mess with your palette. They basically bombard our tastebuds with such an over the top sweetness, it can be very difficult to then appreciate the subtle, real flavors and sweetness in real, whole food. In the long run they have you wanting more and more sugar, and that my friends is counter productive. (Notice I didn’t even begin to touch on the fact they are full of chemicals and correlated with all types of crazy diseases).
- Rest. Here’s the deal. Our bodies are crazy smart. Like crazy-crazy. When the body is tired it looks for energy (it is trying to do us a favor) and it knows the the quickest way for energy to get into the body is via sugar. Ever notice that when you are tired you crave processed carbs and/or sweets? This is why. The next time you feel like you need to rest, do yourself a favor and rest.
- Add more sweet food. This one is especially true for my dieters and low carb peeps. When we have a diet very low in carbohydrates and sugar we tend to want sweets. By simply adding some nutritious sweet foods to your day you can cut that craving way back. Some great examples are sweet potatoes, squash, brown rice, oats, and carrots.
- Protein. Ok. Are you ready for this one? Both eating too little and too much protein are linked with sugar cravings (how annoying is that?!). So the key is to really become your own detective. If you find yourself craving sugar, just take note of how much protein you have been eating. If it seems high, try cutting back. However, if it seems low, experiment with adding some more in. I’m telling you, being interested in ourselves is one of the best ways to figure out what our bodies need.
- Add non-food sweetness. Often times we reach for sweets because we are looking for a little sweetness in the day. C’mon, fess up! How many of my moms out there love a little chocolate after the kids go to sleep? It’s an easy way to add a sweet moment to the day. But if you are fining that the food-sugar in your life is just too high, ask yourself, “how else can I bring sweetness to my day/life?”. It can be a simple as a phone call with a dear friend, a walk, a girls night out, a great book, etc. The options are endless, but the key component is that you remember to keep yourself on the top of your own list.
All of that and a pumpkin spice latte!
Be sure and check out the video below, and give the pumpkin spice latte a try, and then come back and let me know what you think! I love to hear your thoughts and comments, so I’ll be looking forward to hearing from you.
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Pumpkin Spice Latte
- 1 cup almond milk
- 2 tbsp. pumpkin puree canned or fresh
- 2 tsp. maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee or 2 shots of espresso
- Fresh grated nutmeg optional
- Combine almond milk, pumpkin, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla in a small saucepan over a medium low heat. Whisk everything together and as soon as the milk begins to simmer, shut off the heat and transfer the milk mixture to a blender.
- Add a cup of strong brewed coffee to the blender and blend for 10 seconds or until light and frothy.*
- Pour into your favorite mug. Top with fresh nutmeg and enjoy!
Can’t wait to do this in the morning!
Can’t wait to try! Awesome timing – – – it’s very chilly in the mornings here in New England, so this recipe is a really nice surprise! Thanks Dani 🙂
I can’t wait for you to try it either! Enjoy.
Yum! I love making my own flavored lattes at home. I’ll have to give yours a try this weekend! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
Yes you do! Can’t wait to hear what you think.
Perfect timing! I have some pumpkin puree I need to use up from making pumpkin spice granola. Can’t wait to try this!
I couldn’t wait!-just whipped up a cup and it’s delish!!! Thank you for this idea! I don’t have homemade almond milk at this time but I do agree it is WAY better than store bought.
Awesome! I love that you made it already!
I love your suggestions about sugar cravings. So grounded and wise. I just wanted to add that besides naturally sweet foods, like squash, there are many naturally sweet flavors that can be added. Your latte is a great example. Cinnamon and vanilla just make things taste sweeter. If you make an apple dessert, for example, with a whole lot of cinnamon, you will find that you need less sugar for it to taste sweet enough. Other warming spices like coriander, and cardamon add a rich flavor that needs less sweetening.
Yes! Thats a great point… thanks for sharing:)
I made a very similar drink this morning with homemade almond milk. I add 2 farm fresh egg yolks and call it breakfast.
sounds delicious – almost like eggnog…
Looks amazing!!! Still hot here in AZ, but I am ready for fall yummies!!! Thank you Dani for this awesome recipe.
You are very welcome! Can’t wait to hear what you think:)
Wow!! This latte is SO good. I used coconut milk instead of almond milk & it still turned out great. I was afraid the coconut would overpower the pumpkin, but it didn’t at all. Thank you!!! I just love your recipes!
Ooh… I love coconut milk too…. I’ll have to try that!
Paola Bonilla says
I tried this with fat free milk because thats all i had. It was really good!!! I live in Korea and Starbucks here doesn’t have a pumpkin spice latte for the holidays. =( SO sad. They do have a Marron latte which i think is a sweet potato latte (those are super popular here). I will give it a try next time and see.
The only thing i might have messed up on was the maple syrup. I thought 2 was too much so i did 1. still good but should of done the 2 instead. lol heh but less sugar is good and your tips are great!
I figured the artificial sugar thing myself. I hate anything diet it always tastes super sweet and disgusting to me. Thats when i thought well lets do less processed sugar (raw sugar) and less of it. Thats helped me a lot in losing weight. So girls really do cut sugar it helps.
Paola, I used to use an artificial sweetener in my lattes and iced tea that I got when out. I have really cut this to a minimum and find that my taste buds have adjusted and really don’t like them anymore. Natural or raw sugars and sweeteners in smaller quantities are much better tasting and better for you. I agree, cutting sugar makes a big difference, not just in weight, but for me in lowering triglycerides in my cholesterol profile. This tastes better too!
Hi Dani, It’s 17:19 here in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and I’m having a lovely cup of pumpkin spice latte. Thanks for the recipe, I used your recipe for the pumpkin purree as well! Kind regards, Nancy de Jong
Thanks for this Dani! Will be trying tomorrow and can’t wait 🙂 Have a lovely weekend!
Could you substitute the almond milk for another kind of milk?
Renee White says
This sounds delish and I can’t wait to try it. What are your thoughts on Agave nectar? I can’t seem to make myself like the taste of maple syrup.
Renee, although I like maple syrup, you can’t really taste maple in this recipe. It just sweetens it slightly. I bet agave would work too.
Just tried this latte as I have fresh pumpkin puree from a Halloween pumpkin. I have a latte every evening to help me sleep. This will be my new latte flavour for a while. Loved it!! Thank you so much for the recipe.
I am sipping on this lovely latte at this moment…..delicious
I just made this and I love it. The blender trick for the foam topping is great and it held up the whole time I was drinking the latte. I have a pumpkin syrup recipe that I make and add to coffee but I liked this because it uses less coffee (I used 2/3 instead of 1/3 c.) and less sugar than using my syrup. I also used organic unsweetened soymilk instead of almond milk. I like almond milk but prefer soy in hot beverages. Thanks for the recipe!!
Melissa – You are very welcome! Loved hearing all of your feedback.
AD Lister says
I am allergic to nuts could regular milk be used in place of the almond milk & still get a good result?
instead of the maple syrup, could a person use stevia, or maybe agave syrup?
Stacy G says
This is delicious! Made some this (rainy) afternoon! I even made your homemade almond milk. Thanks for these recipes!!!
Anytime!! So glad you enjoyed it.
I’ve been coming back to this pumpkin spice latte recipe EVERY fall for years. I’ve tried many other homemade pumpkin lattes, but they don’t seem to compare to your recipe. Thank you for creating such yummy fall goodness!
Nancy M. says
I know this review is year’s later but I just found this recipe so it’s a new recipe to me, lol.
I just made this and Oh My Goodness it was amazing!! I did add one more tbs of pumpkin puree because I like pumpkin :). I didn’t have any vanilla but I used a strong brew of Teeccino instead of coffee because I’m breastfeeding so because that’s sweeter I don’t think it needed the vanilla anyway.
I didn’t use the blender because I have a nutribullet and I didn’t want to take the risk of a blender explosion, so I poured the milk mixture in my mug and used a frother to get the foam then poured my Teeccino brew in the mug.
Terri Willoughby says
OH. MY. GOSH! This Pumpkin Spice Latte blows Starbucks away…I’ve always “loved” their drink, but HATE the ingredients and 5 pounds of sugar! I am so excited to have found a delicious, clean version that I don’t feel guilty about drinking! YAY for FALL & PUMPKIN!!!!
Joan Sea says
Thanks for thinking of our health. Honestly, with a few diagnosed conditions myself. I’m glad I stumbled onto your recipe. Not only can I use my little cans of pumpkin puree, from my pantry. I can also save money while I’m at it.
It’s my pleasure!! I hope you enjoy the recipe. This is one of my autumn favorites.