I love Starbucks, but I do not like paying $8 for a pumpkin spice latte. So, I decided to make a healthier and more affordable one at home. If you want to do it, too, you’ll love this recipe for Homemade Pumpkin Spice Lattes!
September is here and you know what that means. Fall is on its way and you bet I am getting out there to enjoy my pumpkin spice lattes. (Don’t come for me. We only get one life and I am living mine!) What I do not enjoy is waiting on the drive-thru line at Starbucks, the $8 price, and all the sugar (5o grams!!!) in their pumpkin spice latte. Does this mean I will never get on the line, order one, and enjoy it? Of course not. It just means that it was time I came up with a cheaper and healthier option to enjoy at home!
These Homemade Pumpkin Spice Lattes are so easy to make and will save you $8+ on one coffee. The ingredients cost that much and you can use them to make a latte every day of the week! This is balance, my friend. Did I mention my homemade latte is only 67 calories as opposed to Starbucks’ 380?
All you need to make this drink is a Keurig and something to froth your milk. If you don’t have a Keurig, no problem. You can use your regular coffee maker as well.
I used coffee and no espresso in this Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte because espresso tends to give me the jitters and spikes my anxiety. If you want to add some, do your thing. Just note that this recipe does not contain espresso.
Now, the details 🙂
Ingredients for Pumpkin Spice Lattes
Half and half – I love how smooth and frothy this gets. Really gives you that coffee shop latte feels at home. And no, the fat content is nothing to be afraid of! It adds so much rich flavor and texture to this drink. We’ll use 3 tablespoons.
Almond milk – I used 3 tablespoons of unsweetened almond milk. Don’t use vanilla or any flavored milk because it will change the taste of your drink. If you do not have almond milk you can use regular milk, or any other dairy-free beverage.
French Vanilla Sugar Free Torani syrup – I found this at Walmart and it is so good! Another way to get that fresh from the coffee shop feel and taste at home. The French vanilla flavor is so delicious and adds the perfect amount of sweetness. Feel free to use another similar syrup if you have a different brand at home. We’ll use 1 tablespoon.
Pumpkin pie spice – If you don’t have this at home, you can make your own. You’ll need some cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves. I like to buy this from the store in the fall because I know I’ll be using it a ton! We’ll need 1/2 a teaspoon to add these delicious fall flavors to the latte.
Vanilla extract – DO NOT skip this! Vanilla extract helps balance sweet flavors and lattes are no exception. Super important and it will make a difference in how good this latte tastes. We’ll use 1/2 a teaspoon.
Pumpkin puree – This is NOT the same as pumpkin pie filling. Pumpkin puree is pure pumpkin with no additional spices added. This is what we want. Pumpkin pie filling is already flavored and will make your latte taste different. We’ll use 1 teaspoon.
Pumpkin spice K Cup – I used a Starbucks pumpkin spice K cup.
This is not essential, but I love to use tiny ice cubes in my coffee. I love these molds if you are interested!
How to make Pumpkin Spice Lattes
Note that this recipe makes 1 pumpkin spice latte. However, it’s quick and easy to make each morning if you’d like to enjoy one each day and any leftover coffee can be stored for a short period of time.
- Brew 12 ounces of pumpkin spice coffee in your Keurig and place in the refrigerator to chill. The longer the better, here! You can even do this the night before.
- If you have a latte maker, add the half and half, almond milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, Torani syrup, and vanilla extract into the milk frother. If you are using a hand-held frother, add them into a tall cup or jar.
- Froth on ‘cold, latte,’ or if you have a hand-held frother, do your thing.
- Pour the iced coffee over ice. Top with the milk mixture and some more pumpkin pie spice.
Storing your drink
I stored this latte in a mason jar in the fridge with no issues. Just be sure to stir it. It should stay good 1-2 days as long as it is sealed tightly. This is not something I would prep for multiple days ahead. Over time, the ingredients will separate and will not taste fresh.
Thankfully this Pumpkin Spice Latte is easy to adjust to meet your dietary needs or preferences. Just note that switching out ingredients will change the nutrition info recorded below. Here are some of my suggestions:
Dairy free? Use lite coconut cream instead of half and half.
Cashew milk or skim milk can be used in place of almond milk.
If you do not have sugar free Torani syrup, you can use another zero calorie option like sugar free maple syrup or Swerve brown sugar. Regular maple syrup will also work if you don’t have those.
The vanilla flavored Torani syrup will also taste delicious. However, I can’t promise that the coconut syrup will go well with this latte. I have never tried it.
Here is the nutritional information for these Homemade Pumpkin Spice Lattes as written. Please note that any modifications made to the original recipe will change the numbers below.
67 calories, 5.6 fat, 3 carbs, 1.6 protein
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More pumpkin recipes to help you kickstart the fall
- Mini Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake
- Oreo Stuffed Pumpkin Snickerdoodles
- Easy Pumpkin Munchkins
- Best Pumpkin Coffee Cake Recipe
- 3 tbsp half and half
- 3 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tbsp French Vanilla Sugar-Free Torani syrup (I found this at Walmart)
- ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp pumpkin puree (not the pumpkin pie filling)
- 1 pumpkin spice K cup, I used Starbucks
- Brew 12 ounces of pumpkin spice coffee in your Keurig, place in the fridge and allow to chill, the longer the better, you can even do this the night before
- If you have a latte maker add all of the following ingredients into the milk frother, if you are using a hand-held frother then just add them into a tall cup or jar
- Combine the half and half, almond milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, Torani syrup, and vanilla extract in the frother
- Froth on ‘cold, latte’ or if you have a hand-held frother do your thing
- Pour the iced coffee over ice, top with the milk mixture, and some more pumpkin pie spice
Serving Size1 latte
Amount Per Serving Calories 67Total Fat 5.6gCarbohydrates 3gProtein 1.6g