pumpkin spice latte

by Amy on 19 October 2010

when fall rolls around, it seems like everyone is running out to grab one of starbucks’ delicious + addictive pumpkin spice lattes. while they are undoubtedly good, spending $5 on one drink feels a little ridiculous, especially if you’re picking up a few every week. dropping $50 at starbucks each fall? no thank you. especially now that we can recreate the pumpkin spice latte at home.

surprisingly, these are not difficult at all to make + are, i think, even more delectable than starbucks’ version. how fantastic are these? they’re so delicious that i carried mine around like a precious gem, cooing at it. they’re so delicious that my non-coffee-drinking honey even tried it, proclaiming, ‘wow, this is really good … for a coffee drink’ (that might not seem like much, but trust me, it is). absolutely give these a try – i promise, you will not be disappointed.

this insanely yummy wonderdrink is also amazing when chilled. i made enough for two large lattes, so i drank one on the spot, then chilled the other. i’m drinking my iced pumpkin spice latte as i type + it is heaven in a glass.

note: for the health-conscious, try using skim milk instead of whole, a sugar substitute in lieu of sugar, + omit the whipped cream – that will greatly reduce the fat / sugar in this drink.

pumpkin spice latte

makes two lattes, adapted from the kitchn


2 cups whole milk
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons sugar or sugar subtitute
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 shots espresso (about 1/4 cup) or substitute 1/2 cup of strong brewed coffee


in a saucepan combine milk, pumpkin + sugar, + cook on medium heat, stirring, until steaming. remove from heat, stir in vanilla + spice. transfer to a blender + process for 15 seconds until foamy. if you don’t have a blender, whisk the mixture well with a wire whisk.

pour into two mugs. add the espresso on top. optional: top with whipped cream + sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, or cinnamon.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Erin @ One Particular Kitchen October 19, 2010 at 10:19 am

Oh this looks so good!! Gorgeous pictures. :)

2 amy October 19, 2010 at 6:37 pm

thanks, erin! i’m still trying to get the hang of this camera/lighting thing. learning, definitely slowly, but learning!

3 julia October 30, 2010 at 9:52 am

I have been making TONS of these this season…SO much better then Starbucks. I use skim milk and agave…well and then I add whip cream, but whatever 😉

4 amy November 1, 2010 at 12:38 pm

i agree – i like these better than the starbucks version. good choice on the skim milk + agave to add a bit of healthiness to it! they balance out the whipped cream! =)

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