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How to Make a Pumpkin Spice Latte

I’m excited about my recipes this week.  That doesn’t really tell you all that much since I’m  excited about new recipes every week… but this week I’m particularly excited.  Why is that, you ask? Well,  I loved this week’s recipes.  My husband loved this week’s recipes.  My son loved this week’s recipes.  I hope you love them too.  Today I’m going to show you  How to Make Your Very Own Pumpkin Spice Latte, in the comfort of your own home… without waiting in long lines or shelling out a gazillion pennies.   We’re going to make a “tall” latte, as they say in the coffee world.  You’ll be able to get two regular coffee-cup sized lattes out of this method if you’re willing to share the goods with someone else.

I love Instagram.  I shared this photo the other day on Instagram after making this latte and messing with my Camera + App.  You can do the coolest things with photos on your iPhone.

Anyway, here’s how you make this…

Brew your favorite cup of coffee in your cutest coffee cup.  Strong, if you want a strong coffee flavor in your latte.  We use a single brewer Keurig since we don’t go through pots of coffee at our house.  I just found out recently that you can get one of those K-Cup things if you like to brew with your favorite grounds.

Add pumpkin puree to a half cup of milk.  I used whole milk since I love that rich flavor.  If I were on a diet, like I should be, I’d use nonfat milk.

Add brown sugar…

…and vanilla extract…

…and pumpkin pie spice.  Did you know you can make your own pumpkin pie spice?  See the tips in my recipe below…

Whisk all that good stuff together.

And then put it in the microwave.

One or two minutes later, and your pumpkin milk mixture is hot and frothy and ready for latte – ing.

Pour all of that pumpkin milk into a tallish mug or glass.

Pour your hot cup of coffee in next.

Add a little half & half.

Add a teaspoon of sugar…

…and stir and taste.  Add more sugar if you’d like it sweeter.

Add a little bit of whipped cream (optional, but not really).

Okay, add a lot of whipped cream (it’s better that way).

Sprinkle nutmeg on top.

How to Make a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Home

And there you go!  No lines, no weird syrups, and perfectly delicious for a chilly fall morning.  See why I was so excited?  Love.

Yield: 1 drink

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 4 min

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Do It Yourself version of Starbuck's delicious Pumpkin Spice Latte...


1/2 cup whole milk

1 tablespoon unsweetened canned pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon packed light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup hot brewed, strong coffee
2 tablespoons half & half cream
1 teaspoon granulated white sugar, or more to taste
whipped cream, optional
ground nutmeg


1. In a glass measuring cup or microwave-safe bowl, whisk together milk, pumpkin, brown sugar, spice and vanilla. Microwave for 1 to 2 minutes- watch closely and remove it from the microwave when the milk is hot and frothy.

2. Pour the pumpkin milk into a tall mug or glass. Add hot coffee. Pour in the cream. Add a teaspoon of sugar. Stir, and taste. Add more sugar, if desired.

3. Optional, but oh so good... add whipped cream on top and a sprinkle of nutmeg. Serve immediately!


*Feel free to lighten up the recipe by using nonfat milk and fat-free half & half. It won't be as rich, but it will still give you that yummy pumpkin latte flavor.

*If you don't have pumpkin pie spice in your collection of spices, make your own! Mix equal parts of cinnamon, ginger, allspice and nutmeg- and measure from there.



  1. postedSep 24, 2015 7:03 AM
    Katherine Hazeltine

    I finally got this where I like it. I do raw organic honey from Costco instead of brown sugar and regular sugar. Also I use Espresso instead of coffee and cut the vanilla to 1/2 tsp. I know everyone’s taste is different but for me this is perfection! Thanks for the recipe! 

  2. postedSep 1, 2014 7:50 AM

    wow! I just tried it and it is VERY good! I like it better than Starbucks. Thanks so much for the great recipe. It will get its worth this fall!!!!!

  3. postedDec 9, 2013 6:02 AM

    Thanks for your wonderful site, I’ve gotten so many recipes that I’ll be making as holiday gifts. Thanks for all of the hard work you put into making everything look so good also. The latte recipe will surely be made.

  4. postedOct 20, 2013 10:19 AM

    you have the cutest cutlery EVER! thanks for the recipe hun x

  5. postedOct 11, 2013 4:22 AM

    How do you make apple pie spice ?

    • postedOct 17, 2013 1:25 PM

      I’m not sure!

  6. postedOct 9, 2013 3:07 PM
    Heather c

    Love this and as a healthy eater I love how much less sugar these have than the Starbucks ones that are loaded with sugar and calories! Thanks so much!

  7. postedOct 6, 2013 11:43 AM

    So I tried this recipe, and it didn’t seem too pumpkiney – there was definite pumpkin flavor, but not enough for me. What do you recommend for making it more pumpkiney?

    • postedOct 8, 2013 8:05 PM

      Not sure! You’ll have to mess around w/ the ingredients until it tastes like what you’re looking for.

  8. postedSep 26, 2013 9:27 AM

    I tried this and it was like pumpkin pie in your mouth!!!

  9. postedSep 25, 2013 6:57 AM

    Love this!
    I’m sending this over to a friend who cannot have the sbux PSLs because the syrup has dairy in it, and she’s dairy-free. However, this recipe can easily be made by switching out coconut cream with the milk products. Plus, pumpkin and coconut can be good friends in a coffee mug =0)
    Thanks for the awesome recipe!

    • postedSep 26, 2013 8:15 AM

      Glad I can help!

  10. postedSep 24, 2013 2:15 PM

    Awesome! I hate the syrup stuff so this recipe is perfect. I cannot wait to try. I know it won’t be too long before I do.

  11. postedSep 15, 2013 11:34 AM
    Cheryl Lewis

    I just tried this, so excited to make it. No flavor what so ever, very disappointed, kept adding more spices etc. Still nothing. Won’t make again.

  12. postedSep 14, 2013 2:08 PM

    I made a few pumpkin spiced latte drinks, but this is by far the best one. I do all of mine over the stove, and this turned out lovely! I didn’t have half & half, but it was still great. Thank you much! This is my go to recipe from now on!

  13. postedSep 1, 2013 6:42 PM

    Yummo!! I can’t wait to have this tomorrow morning & perhaps forever thereafter!! Who knew you could make frothy lovely warm milk at home!!! Brilliant!!

  14. postedSep 1, 2013 3:42 PM
    Pati L

    Yummm!! The real deal, no syrups!! I need to try this, thanks for sharing! 🙂

  15. postedSep 1, 2013 8:16 AM

    i notice that you mentioned you should use non-fat milk and something about a diet. so i assume the diet is to loose weight. have you not heard (on the dr. oz show at the very least) that the kind of fat in the cream (dr. oz calls it c.l.a. or congugated linoleic acid) that help significantly with weight loss. in addition wikepedia says “few anticarcinogens, and certainly no other known fatty acids, are as effective as CLA in inhibiting carcinogenesis in these models. Although CLA is known for its anticancer properties, researchers have also found that another form of CLA can reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease and help fight inflammation.” i read another study that showed people who consume full fat milk have less breast or prostate cancer than those who consume non fat. don’t overdo it, but be sure you get some of that CLA, now. go full fat on the dairy. (As long as it is Organic so you don’t get that old growth hormone that causes cancer. AND if you can, get the cream top, or non homogenized so you keep your arteries healthier. and even better, if you trust nature, get it raw.

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