It seems like pumpkin spice is super popular this fall! Pumpkin spice donuts, Cheerios, Special K…a little overboard in my opinion! 😉 What started this pumpkin spice craze is most likely Starbucks’ iconic fall beverage: the pumpkin spice latte. It is so well loved that people tout it as addicting, and have even come up with a short form for its name. (If you happen to hear someone raving about the PSL they just got from Starbucks, that’s what they mean. 😊)
If you’re a PSL addict, you’ll be glad to know that there is a way to get the Starbucks taste at home for less money and time! This recipe tastes very similar to the Starbucks latte, so you can be confident on the flavor. Plus, homemade is healthier, without the artificial colors and flavors of store-bought drinks. This recipe is flavored with real pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, and vanilla extract, and contains whole milk and heavy whipping cream for luxurious creaminess. Even without espresso, this latte tastes amazing! My Mom, who doesn’t like coffee, really enjoyed this latte. Trust me, that’s a big thumbs up for this recipe!
Are you ready to try this at home? It’s super quick and easy, and is a delicious autumn treat for everyone, including non-coffee lovers.Print
Pumpkin spice latte is super easy to make at home, and tastes even better than the one from Starbucks.
For the Pumpkin Puree Concentrate
- 3 tablespoons pumpkin puree
- 3 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons lightly packed light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- Few cracks of black pepper
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the Foamed Milk
- ½ cup whole milk
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
For the Coffee
- 1 cup strong coffee or 1/2 cup espresso
For the Decoration (Optional)
- Unsweetened whipped cream
- Sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, stir together the pumpkin puree, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and black pepper. Stir continuously for about 2-3 minutes, until the puree is begins to sizzle and smells spicy.
- Spoon the puree into a small bowl and stir in the vanilla extract.
- Heat the whipping cream and milk together in the same saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Once it begins to steam, add the pumpkin puree concentrate and whisk continuously until the milk mixture begins to simmer.
- Pour the milk mixture into a blender and blend for 20-30 seconds on high speed.
- Pour 1/2 cup of strong coffee into two mugs and divide the milk mixture evenly between them. Stir to combine.
- Serve warm. If you would like, top each latte with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.
- If you prefer, this latte may be served chilled as well.
- It tastes great even without the garnish if you’re in a hurry.