Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

It’s National Coffee Day! I love my coffee. It makes my mornings soooo happy.

As much as I love my morning coffee and getting an occasional latte from Starbucks, I’ve had to come up with my own Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe. I used to have an obsession with pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks. I could not wait for pumpkin spice latte season. I eagerly anticipated it’s arrival much as a three year old anticipates a visit from Santa.

But last year, my love affair with Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes ended.

It’s not that I don’t enjoy the flavors, I just have reduced my sugar consumption by so much, that the Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Lattes were too sweet. Sickeningly so. I tried asking for a half syrup. Not good. Not good at all. Then I asked myself “exactly what is it that they are pumping?” Chemicals, that’s what. I had no choice. I had to come up with a recipe that gave me all the delicious goodness of a Pumpkin Spice Latte but with a level of sugar I enjoyed and using real food ingredients I’m dedicated to enjoying.

I’ve played with several recipes, and this one is my favorite. I love the rich, pumpkin flavors. I love that it has real pumpkin. I’ve even convinced myself that it can be considered getting my vitamin A because of the real pumpkin. Take that Starbucks, my latte has vitamins! Give this recipe a go and see if you don’t like the homemade version better than a purchased one!

Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe


  • 2 cups organic milk
  • 3 tablespoons organic canned pumpkin
  • 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 shots espresso or 1/2 cup brewed coffee


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the milk with the sugar and pumpkin and warm over medium heat. Stir in pumpkin pie spice.
  2. Pour one shot of espresso into two mugs. OR, add 1/4 cup coffee to 2 mugs. Add 1/2 of the milk mixture to each mug.
  3. If using frother, froth the milk.
  4. Top with an extra sprinkling of pumpkin pie spice

Try a healthy food ingredient Pumpkin Spice Latte & let me know what you think!

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  1. I love you! Can’t WAiT to try this!

  2. I just started baking some pumpkin muffins this morning and had just the right amount left over to make myself a pumpkin spice latte! Perfect timing, thanks! It was delicious.

  3. Yum, this sounds amazing. I think the PS lattes are too sweet too, but they’re just so… fall-ish that I get them sometimes anyway. I wonder if the Peet’s gingerbread lattes are just as bad for you… if so, I’m going to have to change my ways!

  4. Beth ~ Thanks for the love! πŸ™‚ I hope you like the lattes – let me know what you think, Andrea

  5. Alyscia, Yay! Pumpkin muffins and pumpkin spice lattes! Could the day be any better? πŸ™‚ Andrea

  6. Angela, My true weakness is Gingerbread lattes. I haven’t started working on a recipe for those – but I will! No way I could go a whole December without my favorite indulgence! Thanks for commenting, Andrea

  7. Can you recommend an organic, fair trade decaf coffee? I love the smell and taste of coffee, but I can’t handle the caffeine!

  8. Hi Nicole, Hmmm. I don’t think any of the brands you can get off the shelf in an organic fair trade coffee also come in decaf. They all seem to be fully loaded! BUT, I do love the coffee from Equal Exchange. In addition to decaf coffee, they have decaf espresso if you want a more coffee shop type flavor. Hope that helps! Andrea

  9. I found this recipe through Kitchen Stewardship’s link. We made it this week and it’s delicious, and so easy to make! Thanks for a great, healthy, yet delicious recipe!

  10. Michelle, I’m so glad you liked it! Thanks for letting me know. That just made my whole day! Andrea

  11. What is turbinado sugar? Where can I find it? Can you use regular granulated sugar? I hope that regular coffee will do the trick for this recipe I have been dying to find a way to make my own here at home without spending the big bucks at Starbucks or dunkin doughnuts daily.

  12. Hi Misty, Turbinado sugar is just unprocessed sugar. Regular granulated sugar will work just fine! And I make mine with regular brew coffee, so no need to spend any extra $. I hope you like the pumpkin spice latte recipe! Andrea

  13. Thank you for a such a quick reply….I ended up googling it AFTER I wrote the comments instead of before like can idiot. I had just never heard that term before. Anyway I am actually about to make myself a nice big cup of this now that I got my sick twins in bed and curl up on the couch and loose myself in a good book πŸ™‚ thank you

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