pumpkin spice latte copycat recipe


Shhh… don’t tell starbucks.

Starting Nov. 1, DanO and I declared zero prepared food purchases (restaurant, fast food, coffee shop, etc.) which means it has been a long couple of weeks without a frothy seasonal latte {can I get an amen?}. Peppermint, chai spice, egg nog, gingerbread, you name it, I love it. But I’ve quit them cold turkey this month for budget reasons.

Before the withdrawal set in and I started to go cross-eyed, I looked up copycat starbucks recipes on el interwebo. The one that called my name was pumpkin spice latte, so I read a few people’s recipes, got some general ideas and then went for it.

Well, I mean, I actually got out all of the ingredients I wanted to use, placed them in an aesthetically pleasing grouping near a source of natural light, took a picture of them, then went for it.



Here’s what I used:

STRONG french press coffee (most recipes I saw call for espresso, but I don’t have espresso beans so I upped the bean to water ratio)

1.5 cups milk

1/4 cup canned pumpkin

1 Tbl Vanilla extract

1-2 Tbl Sugar

pinches (to taste) of: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg – I did about 1/4 tsp of each, a little more cinnamon

(I used these spices because they are what my favorite pumpkin pie recipe calls for. Another good spice would be cloves, and I also saw recipes online that had “pumpkin pie spice” in them, which would work great, too.)

First you heat the pumpkin, milk, sugar and vanilla together in a sauce pan over low heat until the sugar and pumpkin are dissolved.


Once the first 4 ingredients are blended, add the spices. They do cool things on the top of the milk – let your toddler watch from a safe distance.


Then blend until the milk starts to steam and a little foam forms around the outside of the pan (you can’t see it in the next picture, but the foam was there, swearsies).


Put the milk mixture into a mug and pour the coffee/espresso over it. Add coffee to taste.

I might have spilled a little bit at first, but I’ll never tell. I may have underestimated how hard it is to pour coffee into a mug with one eye closed and the other one looking through a camera. Also, I’d always been told that if you close one eye you have no depth perception, but now I totally believe it.


This whole recipe was a bit of an experiment, but I happily stumbled on something that I loved the first time. I’d encourage you to tweak ingredients, tasting as you go.

This recipe makes about 20oz – a Starbucks venti – because mama likes her lattes venti.

This took a little more time than my usual coffee or chai routine, so it wouldn’t be an everyday thing for me (unless! ::lightbulb moment:: unless I could make a double or triple batch  of the milk mixture and store it in the fridge for a few days? I think I’ll try this next week.)

Pumpkin Spice Latte Copycat Recipe

1.5 cups milk

1/4 cup canned pumpkin

1 Tbl Vanilla extract

1-2 Tbl Sugar

Approx 1/4 tsp cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg – to taste

Strong coffee or espresso to taste (1-2 shots)

In a small sauce pan over low heat, blend milk, pumpkin, sugar, and vanilla extract together until homogenous. Add spices to taste, likely more cinnamon than the others. Mix well, raise heat to medium and stir frequently until the milk mixture begins to steam and a foam begins to form around the outside of the surface. Pour into large mug. Pour coffee or espresso over. Enjoy!

16 Responses to “pumpkin spice latte copycat recipe”

  1. Erika

    I’m going to have to try this! Pumpkin Spice Lattes, once or twice a week, are what I’m really struggling to drop! But I definitely need to….

  2. Lara

    I don’t know if you have a Costco nearby or if they carry the Starbucks chai tea mix at the Costco’s in the United States, but in Canada they sell three boxes in a package of Starbucks chai tea mix (liquid). You just need to add milk to make a chai tea. I use a coffee press to froth my milk. A box will make quite a few drinks depending on how strong you like it. If I remember correctly the three boxes cost around $10 and usually it is cheaper in the States than Canada.

    • Ariella

      I’ve purchased the liquid Tazo chai tea concentrate from Target. It is the exact same box as Starbucks uses in the store. –Sometimes the box is even the same but it has tape covering the Tazo name– I think it was about $4 per box by me. Definately worth trying if your makeing your own homemade version

  3. Nikki

    Oh wow. I live in South East Asia and Starbucks doesn’t even believe in gingerbread lattes here. I’m going to try this out this weekend for sure! Thanks for sharing

  4. Kate

    Did you ever try making a double/triple batch ahead of time and putting it in the fridge for a few days? Did it work alright? I’d love to try this, it looks soo good, and would def help with my budget as a poor college student.


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