Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice Latte

Last fall I got addicted to all things pumpkin spice, particularly Pumpkin Spice Lattes. I don’t have to tell you that these tasty drinks can eat quite a whole in your purse if you head out and order them at your local coffee place.

Add to that the fact that I’m eating clean and try to stay away from refined sugar and dairy. But with chatter all around about these tasty coffee concoctions, I wanted my PSL fix.

Let’s start with a basic recipe that creates a very tasty latte. Of course I’m using my own pumpkin spice mix that I shared with you a few days ago. Below the recipe I give you variations that include a sugar-free and dairy-free options.

What I love best about this recipe is the fact that it includes actual pumpkin. You can use either canned or freshly cooked pumpkin puree. You can also roast a whole pumpkin, process the flesh into puree and then freeze it in ice cube trays. When you’re ready for a Pumpkin Spice Latte or a pumpkin flavored hot chocolate, just thaw a cube and use. Yum!

Note – Since I’m the only PSL enthusiast in my house, the recipe is for 1 latte. You can easily double, triple or quadruple the recipe if you need to make more than one 🙂

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte
  • 1 large tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin spice mix
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp sugar*
  • 1 cup milk *
  • 1 small cup of strong coffee (or a shot of espresso)
  • whipped cream (optional)
  • cinnamon or pumpkin spice mix or cocoa powder for dusting on top
  1. Combine the first 5 ingredients in a small saucepan and whisk together. Heat until the mixture is hot and bubbly.
  2. Pour the hot coffee or espresso into a large mug. Add the pumpkin milk mixture. Top with either the foamy part of the milk or some whipped cream.
  3. Finish with a dusting of spice or cocoa and enjoy.


Cup of Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

* Variations

As promised, I have some variations for you. Feel free to mix and match depending on your own preference and dietary restrictions.

Sugar Free Version

Replace the sugar with a sweetener of your choice. For a natural sugar substitute use honey, maple syrup or stevia. Stevia is my preferred low calorie sweetener, but this will also work with splenda and the likes.  When using honey or maple syrup add 1 tbsp to replace the sugar. With low calorie sweeteners, leave out the sugar and add the sweetener to the finished latte to taste.

Dairy Free Version

Replace the milk with an equal amount of coconut milk, almond milk, soy milk or rice milk. My personal favorite is coconut milk. It makes for a nice thick latte.

Paleo Version

Use honey or maple syrup as your sweetener instead of sugar. Replace the milk with coconut or almond milk.

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