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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. postedOct 10, 2011 3:46 AM
    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    I make pumpkin spice lattes at home, too. I came up with my own recipe a few weeks back and have been really enjoying it. I love coffee in all, cold, specialty drinks, in desserts, I’d love to win coffee.

    Beautiful pics, too, Lori!

  2. postedOct 10, 2011 4:21 AM

    Cool! I’m embarrassed to say I never expected real pumpkin in the recipe…how awesome! I can’t wait to try this.

    I take my daily coffee with one Splenda and skim milk. But what I love most is iced coffee made with milk and a bit of caramel…

  3. postedOct 10, 2011 4:24 AM

    Mmm a dream come true! Thanks!

  4. postedOct 10, 2011 4:54 AM

    I like my coffee with chocolate & peppermint creamer. I could drink it year round! This pumpkin spice latte looks yummy too!

  5. postedOct 10, 2011 5:20 AM
    Kimberly A.

    On a day-to-day basis, I like coffee with a little bit of half and half (so boring- I know). However, on the weekends (in the fall), I treat myself pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks. Once it is winter- I turn to gingerbread lattes. Glad I now know how to make my own pumpkin spice lattes! Thanks!

  6. postedOct 10, 2011 5:25 AM

    I LOVE Pumpkin lattes when the weather gets cooler! I usually get mine from Panera Bread, but now I will try my hand at making my own. Thanks for the recipe and giveaway!!

  7. postedOct 10, 2011 5:27 AM

    I love it with lots of caramel & whipped cream & a few pecans on top! But this I am going to try for sure!!!!

  8. postedOct 10, 2011 5:33 AM

    In the summertime I like caramel iced coffees and in the cooler/cold seasons I like to try all the different flavors of cream in my home brewed coffee.

  9. postedOct 10, 2011 5:35 AM

    Love this! I was thinking about making my own pumpkin spiced latte the other day too.

  10. postedOct 10, 2011 5:42 AM

    Great giveaway and fabulous recipe! I’m thinking that once I try it….this may become my favorite way to drink coffee. :). Thanks!

  11. postedOct 10, 2011 6:02 AM
    Sunny Stiles

    I like my coffee with sugar and gingerbread flavored creamer. But this pumpkin spiced latte would totally beat out my coffee!

  12. postedOct 10, 2011 6:07 AM

    Next to the White Chocolate Mocha, the Spiced Pumpkin Latte is my favorite Starbucks drink 🙂 I was so excited to see this post on FB this morning I nearly jumped out of my seat!!

  13. postedOct 10, 2011 6:12 AM

    I just love coffee. In any way shape and form. I’ll even reheat old coffee in the microwave if that’s my only option. But in the perfect world, I like my coffee with a hershey kiss in the bottom of the cup, hot coffee then fresh made whipped cream drizzled with butterscotch ice cream syrup. YUM!

    OOO, as a side note. If you love the creamy of half and half but not the fat (or all the extra junk in FF half and half) use FF evaporated milk. Divine!

  14. postedOct 10, 2011 6:26 AM
    Megan (Running Foodie)

    If it’s coffee, I’ll drink it 🙂

  15. postedOct 10, 2011 6:34 AM
    Robin Gossman

    Love this time of year, I’ve made pumpkin lattes in the past, but lost my recipe. Thanks!

  16. postedOct 10, 2011 6:50 AM

    Wow, love all the fab pictures! If I drank lattes, this would be the first one I went to! Lol 🙂

  17. postedOct 10, 2011 7:09 AM

    What a treat for fall!

  18. postedOct 10, 2011 7:17 AM

    Looks delicious…soo gooey. Great photos!

  19. postedOct 10, 2011 7:19 AM

    I love my coffee STRONG with peppermint creamer – I wasn’t able to find peppermint creamer last year so I settled for pumpkin creamer. Super excited to try this recipe, too!

  20. postedOct 10, 2011 7:22 AM

    This recipe for a pumpkin spice latte looks delish! I love my coffee with lots and lots of skim milk and just a hint of sugar. Sometimes a little sprinkle of cinnamon on top, too 🙂

  21. postedOct 10, 2011 7:23 AM
    Michelle Adams

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! I adore coffee in any and all forms. In the summer I start my day with an iced coffee and in the winter with a nice warm latte. Mid morning I’ll likely have regular coffee with cream only. On hot summer nights I love a coffee cooler and in the winter I have cafe mochas. I just love them all!

  22. postedOct 10, 2011 7:24 AM
    Kim (@zurichnee)

    This looks positively delicious! After the pumpkin pie is in the oven I am making one of these! oh yeah….

  23. postedOct 10, 2011 7:24 AM

    My normal coffee is just plain old (strong) coffee with half and half. I get excited when the Pumpkin Spice Lattes come out, but only because that means that soon my favorite Eggnog Lattes will be hitting Starbucks! (I make ’em at home, too!)


  24. postedOct 10, 2011 7:25 AM

    Fantastic! and a great use for any extra pumpkin puree. I will definitely be trying this recipe.

  25. postedOct 10, 2011 7:26 AM

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I love Carmel macchiato but must try this one!

  26. postedOct 10, 2011 7:26 AM

    I love doing the same thing with chocolate – just melt a square of dark chocolate into the milk with a sprinkle of sugar. You get a rich cup of coffee without the sugar overload. Also great for hot chocolate!

  27. postedOct 10, 2011 7:26 AM
    Melissa C

    I love my coffee with 1 Splenda and a little milk. but for a special treat, I make pumpkin spice lattes in my crockpot (makes the house smell wonderful and is like a dessert).

  28. postedOct 10, 2011 7:29 AM

    I love coffee! If it’s the weekend, I use my espresso maker for a good latte. If it’s the weekday, I buy freshly roasted ground coffee from a coffee roaster nearby and use the regular drip coffee maker. We have kerig makers at work.

  29. postedOct 10, 2011 7:38 AM

    This pumpkin spice latte look absolutely amazing and delicious ! I love it!! thanks for sharing and Im following you! gloria

  30. postedOct 10, 2011 7:39 AM

    I love iced coffee more than hot coffee. I can drink ice coffee in the middle of the winter and i still love it. I can’t drink black. I like milk or half & half and A LOT of sugar. If BF grabs my drink by mistake he quickly knows since it’s more like chewing than drinking. ha

  31. postedOct 10, 2011 7:42 AM

    I love coffee with creamer and sugar — hazelnut creamer is my favorite. For a special treat I love Latte!

  32. postedOct 10, 2011 7:44 AM
    Shannon B

    In the morning, I just love a cup of dark coffee. As poor college kids, my room mates and I have taken to adding a few shakes of cinnamon into our grounds before brewing—–makes any cheap-o coffee tatse just that much better! But this pumpkin spice latte is going to get made this Satruday for sure!

  33. postedOct 10, 2011 7:44 AM
    Heidi Collins

    Yummy, pumpkin spice latte sounds very yummy – will have to try that.

  34. postedOct 10, 2011 7:45 AM

    Your latte looks great! I drink my coffee black every morning but I love to treat myself to a sweet drink (especially the seasonal ones) at Starbucks when I go.

  35. postedOct 10, 2011 7:45 AM
    karen s.

    Definitely the pumpkin spice latte!

  36. postedOct 10, 2011 7:45 AM
    Gina Benedetti

    I take my “get stuff done” coffee black, and my fancy coffee with chocolate and whipped cream!

  37. postedOct 10, 2011 7:48 AM

    I love my coffee any and every way!! Iced in the summer, hot in the winter. Flavored creamer?! Absolutely!! Mmm.

  38. postedOct 10, 2011 7:49 AM

    I’m going to try this right now! Even though it’s 80 here today!

  39. postedOct 10, 2011 7:49 AM
    Amy S.

    I make my own iced coffee at home. Whatever flavor I feel like. It’s usually a mocha though…

  40. postedOct 10, 2011 7:49 AM
    Katty C

    I love strong coffee with flavored real creamer or half & half. I can’t wait to make the pumpkin latte!!!

  41. postedOct 10, 2011 7:51 AM

    This recipe sounds great! Have to try it! Thanks!!

  42. postedOct 10, 2011 7:54 AM
    Joleen S.

    I drink my coffee black. But also really like lattes and sweet coffee drinks. I’ve been making my own pumpkin pie lattes here at home as well. Thanks for the chance of winning some great coffee! My husband and I go through lots and lots of it. We hardly know how to function without our coffee in the mornings. 🙂

  43. postedOct 10, 2011 7:56 AM

    french press, black coffee is my fav. + a little Bailey’s on weekend mornings!

  44. postedOct 10, 2011 7:56 AM

    Pumpkin latte is my favorite until winter. Then, it’s peppermint mocha!

  45. postedOct 10, 2011 7:57 AM

    in the fall i love pumpkin spice lattes, in the winter i love raspberry lattes, in the summer i love iced carmel lattes MMMM COFFEEEE

  46. postedOct 10, 2011 7:59 AM

    I like my coffee plain black, but if I get it at a crappy diner at 3AM I will add cream and sugar, because it’s never as good as the kind I brew at home. I cannot wait to make this pumpkin latte, every year I get it at starbucks, but I think I’ll be able to save myself the trip now! Thanks~

  47. postedOct 10, 2011 8:01 AM
    Kimberly A.

    My husband and I are HUGE Coffee drinkers, we’ll have about 2-3 Venti sized cups a day. We drink it in a variety of ways, usually we’ll go to Starbucks and get a black Iced Coffee, with 3 pumps of White Mocha, and Non-fat milk, and the sugar/salt mixture they have sprinkled on the top. We love it, and it’s super cheap compared to most drinks there. Then we’ll bring the cups home, and recycle them, we make a pot of Coffee, let it cool, and make Iced Coffee of our own. Black Coffee, Ice Cubes, and Creamer (usually sugar free vanilla, but right now it’s Pumpkin Pecan).

    I love the Pumpkin Latte’s from Starbucks, I wish they kept them all year…but now with this recipe I’ll stock up on canned Pumpkin, and I can have it all year! Thank you!

  48. postedOct 10, 2011 8:03 AM

    I just love reading your posts! 🙂 You always know just what I need! 🙂 My favorite thing to order from Starbucks is a Granda, nonfat, no whip pumpkin spice latte. 🙂 That’s a mouthful…but it’s delicious!!! Thanks for a cheaper way to do it. I have tried other recipes and it’s just not the same, so I am looking forward to this one!

    At home I just put cinnamon plus blend in my coffee grounds for a zing! 🙂

  49. postedOct 10, 2011 8:07 AM
    Emily B.

    I made this and I added some brown sugar and maple creamer at the end. It’s my new favorite creamer and this pumpkin latte is amazing!!!

  50. postedOct 10, 2011 8:08 AM
    Nicole Hammers

    THANK YOU FOR THIS! I’m kind of a pumpkin addict! I’m obsessed with pumpkin flavored coffee and pumpkin lattes. I’m always so sad when Fall is over 🙁

  51. postedOct 10, 2011 8:08 AM

    I take my regular morning coffee with half and half and sugar – very simple girl I am. But my favorite splurge is a caramel macchiato from Starbucks. My cousin lives in NYC and it’s always on the agenda to get one when I visit him, so when I have one here in CT it makes me think of him. 🙂

  52. postedOct 10, 2011 8:10 AM

    looking forward to a few more Pumpkin Spice Lattes this fall since they are now doable at home! One of my favorite chilly weather drinks! Thanks for the recipe and step by step instructions!

  53. postedOct 10, 2011 8:13 AM

    creamy and hot coffee. Love this recipe can’t wait to try it.

  54. postedOct 10, 2011 8:15 AM

    I like mine nonfat and sugar free.

  55. postedOct 10, 2011 8:17 AM

    LOVE Starbucks French Roast! It’s the best coffee I’ve ever had. I can’t wait to try it with a Pumpkin Latte. I’ve been purchasing these Lattes from Whole Foods once a week. Now I can have it at home with my awesome Starbucks coffee!

  56. postedOct 10, 2011 8:20 AM
    Lynn Graham

    I love this time of year with the Pumkin Spice Coffees. Hot or cold. Thank you for the recipe. I am going to make some up today. Here in Minnesota we have been blessed with great weather and beautiful colors. Taking a break and grabbing my cup of hot Pumkin Spice Coffee and heading outside to enjoy the colors. Blessings!

  57. postedOct 10, 2011 8:20 AM

    I like my coffee with Fat Free French Vanilla but Pumpkin Spice is a fall favorite! I’m already having a hard time finding canned pumpkin though! My local Safeway says it’s going to be hard to get this year! I am now on a mission because I can’t wait to try this recipe!!!

    • postedOct 10, 2011 8:46 AM

      Order it on Amazon! I did that last year…

  58. postedOct 10, 2011 8:23 AM

    I like my coffee sweet and creamy. I am going to try your pumpkin spice recipe. It’s right up my alley!

  59. postedOct 10, 2011 8:27 AM
    Stacey Kuszak

    I love a pumpkin spice latte! But mostly I just drink my coffee straight up, dark, and by the gallon.

  60. postedOct 10, 2011 8:27 AM
    Constance Terry

    Wow, does that ever look scrumptious! Thanks for sharing this. 😉

  61. postedOct 10, 2011 8:36 AM

    I just made this but I added white chocolate creamer instead of 1/2 & 1/2 at the end and Oh My Goodness it’s amazing!!!!

  62. postedOct 10, 2011 8:37 AM
    Jenny Ulland

    I LOVE pumpkin spice latte! I am definitely going to try your recipe at home!

  63. postedOct 10, 2011 8:42 AM

    I love love love this recipe. Pumpkin Spiced Lattes are like the holidays in a glass for me:) Thanks for this recipe. I am going to try it.

  64. postedOct 10, 2011 8:46 AM

    I have a Dolce Gusto machine and like the dark blends and the caramel lattes. It is next to impossible to find the pods though so I have to order them online. Keurig pods are everywhere. I like the cinnamon dolce flavor at Starbucks too.

  65. postedOct 10, 2011 8:57 AM

    That looks so delicious!! I love a beautiful cup of coffee every morning. I use a simple French press and generally don’t buy flavored coffees, but have been craving some seasonal coffee lately. Thanks for the recipe and I’d love to win the coffee….thanks Starbucks!

  66. postedOct 10, 2011 9:06 AM

    This looks like the perfect way to get any day started! So delicious and certainly beats waiting on a long line.

  67. postedOct 10, 2011 9:06 AM
    Shannon Wells

    I use to drink my coffee with cream and sugar. Now I drink it with a sugar substitute and sugar free syrups. My favorite drink at Starbucks is the Caramel Macchiato…mmmmm

  68. postedOct 10, 2011 9:25 AM
    Danelle Manship

    I love using my Kuerig coffee maker to make iced coffee.

  69. postedOct 10, 2011 9:29 AM
    Kim (@zurichnee)

    I knew I wouldn’t have any pumpkin left over but I did have pumpkin pie filling left over – so I used a couple tablespoons of it and continued on as your recipe said. It did the trick in a pinch! Enjoyed every sip!

  70. postedOct 10, 2011 9:30 AM

    i like my coffee semi-strong and i like pumpkin spice lattes!

  71. postedOct 10, 2011 9:43 AM

    I like a tall Starbucks Americana with nonfat steamed milk and two splendas!

  72. postedOct 10, 2011 9:52 AM

    I’m enjoying my recently-gifted Keurig! I LOVE the pumpkin spice coffee, but my fall favorite has to be a dirty chai – one chai latte, one dark magic. Yummy! I’m excited to try this latte with the pumpkin spice; there’s no such thing as TOO much pumpkin for me. :]

  73. postedOct 10, 2011 9:56 AM

    I can honestly say I have never tried coffee in forever. What a great way to try it! I would love some pick-me-up in the mornings.

  74. postedOct 10, 2011 10:05 AM


  75. postedOct 10, 2011 10:11 AM

    I love all kinds of coffee, especially seasonal themed coffees.

  76. postedOct 10, 2011 10:18 AM

    I am not a coffee drinker but I love lattes, iced coffee lattes, cappuccino etc. And I like them strong…. weird I know, since I really don’t like coffee by itself. 🙂

  77. postedOct 10, 2011 10:26 AM

    caramel macchiatto!

  78. postedOct 10, 2011 10:52 AM
    Erin in IA

    Hazelnut coffee with a little creamer! Yumm..

  79. postedOct 10, 2011 10:53 AM

    I love pumpkin, it’s the coffee I’m not as in love with. Your latte sounds great, looks great…I may just have to make to give it a try myself! My hubby though is a huge coffee drinker and he’d love this great set of grinds 🙂

  80. postedOct 10, 2011 11:15 AM

    i am totally craving this now…fall in a cup!

  81. postedOct 10, 2011 11:23 AM
    Linda K

    My everyday coffee is black but I love flavored coffee once in a while. In the fall it is pumpkin and in the winter it is peppermint.

  82. postedOct 10, 2011 11:48 AM
    Cathy T

    I love my coffee with just a hint of light cream. I am looking forward to trying out this recipe, though. I love all things pumpkin.

  83. postedOct 10, 2011 11:52 AM
    Joanie from CLBB

    Yum, another good way to use some of my hoarded pumpkin, thanks, Lori. I love my (usually) 1-cup-a-day mild roasted Tar Heel Blend coffee (yep, that’s really the name ;-)) with a Tbs of sugar and a Tbs of Organic Valley 1/2 n 1/2. Before I retired and my office could still afford renting a Keurig machine, we had gotten some pumpkin coffee k-cups, very tasty!

  84. postedOct 10, 2011 11:56 AM

    i love my coffee with lots of frothy milk and sugar. i am a newbie to coffee so black is NOT an option for me LOL. and if starbucks’ brewed coffee gets me one step closer to the stuff they make in their cafe, then i am SO in!! 🙂

  85. postedOct 10, 2011 11:56 AM
    Heather Wolford

    Ooh…free coffee…here’s my “how I like my coffee haiku:”

    Bottomless latte
    Warming me throughout the day
    Yum, yum, in my tum.

  86. postedOct 10, 2011 11:59 AM

    my favorite coffee is a cafe’ au lait … but i’ll take coffee just about any way i can get it!

    this recipe looks amazing … so excited to try it!

  87. postedOct 10, 2011 12:14 PM

    This looks great Lori! I was going to also try my own made-up version of this popular drink! Yours looks heavenly! How do I like my coffee? It depends what time of day it is. In the morning I like it black and Folgers will do just fine. In the afternoon, I like a half a cup of something a little stronger with a tiny bit of sweetness to it.
    I also do very much enjoy the Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks but only for a rare treat. Little bit too sweet for my taste. 🙂

  88. postedOct 10, 2011 12:19 PM

    This time of year I like pumpkin coffee in the afternoon to warm up so this latte looks fabulous. Other than that just a little sprinkling of cinnamon on my coffee puts it over the edge.

  89. postedOct 10, 2011 12:22 PM

    I love mine with lots and LOTS of caramel!! 😉 Can’t wait to try this version at home!

  90. postedOct 10, 2011 12:24 PM

    I LOVE coffee. Especially – mocha and carmel flavored coffee. Those are absolutely delicious!

  91. postedOct 10, 2011 12:34 PM

    I love coffee. I’ll splurge on a latte once a week or so but everyday it’s dark roast with cream.

  92. postedOct 10, 2011 2:05 PM

    This sounds absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing! I love the idea of making this without flavored syrups and whatever other “junk” the coffee shops put in them. Can’t wait to make this…

  93. postedOct 10, 2011 2:07 PM

    I get so excited every year when Starbucks brings out their holiday drink specials and the holiday red cups! My favorite is definitely their Gingerbread Latte!

  94. postedOct 10, 2011 2:25 PM

    Yummo, thank you for the recipe. I am excited to try it out!

  95. postedOct 10, 2011 2:36 PM

    I’m a lazy girl, and make my pumpkin lattes by heating and frothing 1 tablespoon of Coffeemate Pumpkin Spice Creamer in my coffee cup, then topping it off with regular coffee. Cheap and delicious!

  96. postedOct 10, 2011 2:36 PM

    I drink my coffee with a little cream and splenda. I do love a mocha frapp on special occasions!~

  97. postedOct 10, 2011 3:04 PM
    Sue Blake

    I love some French vanilla creamer in a large mug.

  98. postedOct 10, 2011 3:15 PM

    This sounds absolutley wonderful!! I WILL be making this tomorrow morning YUM. I love my coffee with french vanilla creamer. walmart has this cinnamon creamer though it’s amazing too! I would LOVE to win the coffee so sign me up! thanks 😀

  99. postedOct 10, 2011 3:55 PM

    This time of year, I love getting pumpkin spice lattes! But in general, I love my coffee with lots of milk (and a generous helping of sugar-free pie syrup)

  100. postedOct 10, 2011 4:06 PM

    How do I NOT love coffee?! LOL, Okay, I don’t do the low fat milk thing ever, but other than that, I drink about 4-5 cups a day and love it black with raw sugar. When I need a treat, I stir VIA into hot milk. SOooo good!

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