Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

23 Nov

Yummy pumpkin spice latte perfect for Thanksgiving week

I happen to be one of those gals who loves fancy coffee drinks.  What I don’t love is their price tag.  If you haven’t visited a coffee shop lately you might be shocked to learn that most drinks cost around $4.  One of my favorite drinks in the fall happens to be a Pumpkin Spice Latte.  I do visit coffee shops on occasion but they are a rare treat for me.  Instead I am often coming up with my own version at home.  It’s fairly simple but I’ll warn you.  Once you make one and see how easy it is it will be hard for you to plop down $4 at Starbucks. 🙂  


  • 2 c. milk-any will do but skim milk actually gets the most frothy
  • 2 T. pumpkin puree (canned or homemade)
  • 2 T. sugar I used sucanat
  • 1 T. vanilla-yes a whole tablespoon!
  • 1 t. pumpkin pie spice.  If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice then I would substitute: 1/4 t. nutmeg, 3/4 t. cinnamon, 1/4 t. ginger.
  • 1/2 c. hot strong coffee-you could also use 1/4 c. espresso but I don’t have an espresso machine. 

Heat milk on medium heat. Skim milk works really well as it gets nice and frothy.

Add pumpkin puree and sugar (I used sucanat which is why it is a brown color)

When it is steaming remove from heat and stir in pumpkin pie spice (or the substitution) and vanilla.

Pour in strong coffee or espresso and enjoy!

It is best topped with whipped cream and enjoyed with a friend.


2 Responses to “Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte”

  1. Laura Metcalf January 3, 2011 at 5:36 am #

    Amanda, I love the step-by-step pictures! 🙂 And I am glad I get FREE Starbucks pumpkin spice latte any time I want it (pretty much! :)) But glad that you have found a cheap alternative! 🙂 Maybe we should catch up over a pumpkin spice latte at my bucks! 🙂 Love you!

    • emersonfamily January 4, 2011 at 3:31 am #

      That sounds wonderful! We have so much catching up to do. I want to hear all about the honeymoon, look at a bunch of pictures, hear all about Phil, the baby, you, etc.! Let’s plan to get together soon!

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