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Healthy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte


The blogworld is abuzz with news that Starbucks is once again selling their seasonal Pumpkin Spice Lattes. If you haven’t seen the articles going around facebook yet, trust me… you do NOT want to know what is in a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte (besides all that sugar!). Make your own healthy pumpkin spice latte at home with just a few all-natural ingredients, nothing artificial and no high fructose corn syrup.

It is really easy and tastes delicious!!!

healthy pumpkin spice latte

It’s beginning to look like Fall.

On Tuesday, we experienced our first cold front of the season. Of course, in Texas that simply means the high is 85 degrees instead of 110. But still, when your body’s gotten used to 110, any cooler temperatures will make you reach for a sweater.

Or maybe a warm latte.

I’ve never tried one of these popular pumpkin spice lattes, but the idea of a pumpkin-coffee combination intrigued me. And so I went to my kitchen to play…

vegan pumpkin spice latte

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte

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  • 2 tbsp canned pumpkin or pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup milk of choice, or (for a richer taste) a combination of nondairy creamer and milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3-4 tbsp strong coffee
  • sugar or stevia to taste
Total Time: 5m
Yield: serves 1 person


Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe: Mix everything but the coffee with a fork or whisk. Then, for a hot latte, you can either microwave or heat on the stove. Add coffee and whisk again. If desired, top with Homemade Coconut Cool Whip.

Drink in front of the fireplace. Or, if you’re in Texas, in front of the pool. Don’t worry, fellow Texans: soon it will get cold. Remember the foot of snow we had last year? That was fun. Or not…

blueberry muffin for one

Especially good alongside a Single Serving Blueberry Muffin.

And you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own home. Those 80-degree temperatures are cold!

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. saskia says:

    Looks yummy, as always!:) never tried canned pumpkin, in fact..but what about pumkin flavoured fudge? Or muffins?:) muffins always work!:) xo

  2. Lauren B. says:

    I make pumpkin pie oatmeal a few times a week! Yum! Combine oats, lots of pumpkin, almond milk, pinches of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, salt, and some melted banana to sweeten! Just like fall in a bowl! Now, go put on a sweater! :)

  3. Pumpkin spiced lattes are one of my favorite treats in the world. I need to make them at home to save my pocketbook though!

  4. Such a simple recipe! I love pumpkin spice lattes, so I will be making this soon 😀

  5. This looks so good and fall-like! I love putting pumpkin in my oatmeal. I do the same thing, open a can of pumpkin for just a few tablespoons, then I don’t know what to do with the rest of it. So I just put a few tablespoons in my oats and it disappears quickly enough!

  6. Pumpkin brownies. Obviously. I have made non-vegan versions, but should bust out the flax to make a vegan version.

    1. SEO Garland says:

      Wow, pumpkin brownies. What an absolutely great idea! I would never have come up with that.

  7. Wow! These look good! How did you get the foam? (ref 1st pic):D MY favorite use for pumpkin is pumpkin filling and buns! :-)

    1. It’s just the cream swirled around ;).

  8. Haha! I know! I live in Austin and on the radio, they were talking about the nice cool temperatures. It was 93 degrees :) And yes, it does actually feel cooler.

    I like to make pumpkin whoopie pies. Mmmmm.

  9. Stephanie says:

    Soooo addicted to pumpkin! I make pumpkin scones, pumpkin bread, pumpkin molasses cookies, pumpkin chili, pumpkin shepherd’s pie, pumpkin smoothies, pumpkin cake, and of course pumpkin pie! Pumpkin is great for regulating and tummy troubles and soooo tasty, to boot! Not a coffee drinker, but I’m wondering about subbing in some chocolate instead of the coffee – nummy! Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Wow, pumpkin shepherd’s pie sounds like the best idea EVER!

  10. I love pumpkin muffins! Also, I am slowly becoming a fan of pumpkin ice cream!

  11. Lindsay says:

    That latte looks great! This morning I was craving the same thing (I live in Boston and it’s has been raining and COLD for 3 days!) but I was running late to work so I just added some Pumpkin Pie spice from Trader Joes to my coffee with some almond milk and it was just the right amount of pumpkin flavor. Tomorrow I’m thinking of adding the spice to the almond milk and making it into a frothy latte.

    Thanks for the all the great ideas!


  12. katie says:

    I LOVE YOU for THIS!

    How awesome! I am tweeting this right now! LOVE YOU!

  13. It’s like you went inside my mind today and pulled out EXACTLY what I was thinking about and then you made it! Looks SO GOOD!!!

  14. Layla says:

    I make almond meal/coconut/pumpkin pancakes almost daily!

    1. Lindsay says:

      Would you share this recipe? Your pancakes sound devine!! :)

  15. I am going to make this right now!! This looks so yummy!

  16. It is pumpkin time!!! ..I had pumpkin protien mix this morning for breakfast! Soooo good! ….I hear you, it has been 110* all summer and now that it is 80*, I am wearing a coat. No joke!

  17. Delicious! While I’m still planning on heading to Starbucks today for my first official pumpkin spice latte of the season, I know my wallet won’t allow me to do it all fall. This will be a perfect, at-home replacement! Thanks, Katie :)

  18. LOVE pumpkin!!! Just made a pumpkin pie smoothie the other day…

    My favorite recipes with pumpkin: Grain-Free Pumpkin Spice Bread, Bitter Chocolate cake for one, Grain-Free Brownies, Pumpkin Pie (duh!)

  19. Jennifer says:

    I put pumpkin in my oatmeal! In fact, I did it 3 times this week. 1/2 cup of almond milk, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup of pumpkin and whatever spices you’d like (cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie…) Delicious!

    1. Lisa C says:

      That sounds really good! Do you add any sweetener, or is it sweet enough without? I always find that I have to add sweetener to oatmeal, even if I put fruit in.

      1. Jennifer says:

        To be honest, I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, so I don’t add any sweetener to it. Really, though, I don’t see why you couldn’t!

  20. Ashley says:

    I absolutely adore pumpkin spice lattes! I did have one of the famous Starbucks ones, and honestly, I didn’t really like it! For some reason it tasted a bit burnt… I got it without whip, so maybe it was the cinnamon they put on top or the milk wasn’t steamed right. Either way, I’d like to try it again, but at a fraction of the cost this looks fantastic!!

    I love pumpkin muffins. Pumpkin pancakes. But I’ve never been a fan of pumpkin pie– so I’m going to try making it for the holidays, but as miniature pies!

  21. What a fabulous idea… LOVE pumpkin anything and everything! This looks great!

  22. Tina says:

    Oh my gosh this is amazing!!! Just yesterday I saw these lattes and I wanted one soo bad. However, I can have neither milk nor dairy and this is just fantastic!!!!

    1. Tina says:

      OOOps! I meant neither sugar nor dairy. I am aware that milk and dairy are the same thing lol 😀 haha

  23. I used to love the Starbucks PSLs but they’re a) not vegan, b) super high cal and c) way too expensive. I always use open cans of pumpkin in my oats. Thinking about cracking one open tonight for that purpose! Or in pancakes…

  24. I feel like I’m about the break the blog if I tell you that I’ve never had pumpkin, and that I don’t think I’d actually like it if I did! I may have to try one can this season, just to be able to say I’ve had it, but I’m a bigger fan of other fall flavors!

    1. This is the blog to admit that on… because I think every other blogger likes canned pumpkin more than I do! So I can’t judge ;).

  25. A pumpkin spice latte for one made with things I already have on hand. I love you. My fall mornings are going to be lovely.

  26. Genevieve says:

    mmm I love all pumpkin flavoured baked goods, especially scones. Last year I made a pumpkin cream cheese dip that I ate with apples. This year I’d like to try some new things like homemade pumpkin hummus, pumpkin granola, and pumpkin butter. I would also love if you posted recipes for pumpkin versions of your easy vegan ice cream and bean-based treats!

    1. Why on earth haven’t I done pumpkin blondies yet?!

      1. Shelley says:

        Pumpkin blondies are my favorite! Especially with butterscotch chips (though I don’t know enough about those to know if they are vegan…)

        My friend was doing Weight Watchers, and in one of her meetings someone suggested pumpkin “mousse” (as a “healthier” snack/dessert) which was essentially canned pumpkin mixed with fat free cool whip. I tried it, and it was pretty tasty. And later down the road I read the ingredients list for cool whip, and I’ve never touched it since. I’m sure you could figure out a much healthier pumpkin mousse, if you ever feel so inclined :)

      2. I have heard of vegan butterscotch chips… sadly I’ve never seen them! Someday, I will probably break down and buy them online. But for now, I am being good and saving on shipping. I try not to buy things online because it’s SO easy to go overboard ;).

  27. Yes! I was just commenting on my blog yesterday about how Starbucks has Pumpkin Spice lattes back but how I detest the ingredients and price. I want to make my own.


  28. I love mixing pumpkin with yogurt, flax, and roasted figs or plums if I have them—with spices of course, and a little maple syrup.

  29. Alison says:

    You must have read my mind you know…the other day I was thinking of pumpkiny things, and how you could pull off making something great haha. And here you go and make the one thing I have been craving more than anything lately (pumpkin is not a seasonal thing here which makes me sad). You rock! I literally yelled out “um, HECK YEA” when I saw this haha. Cannot wait to try it out! Thank youuuuuuu! Ps hope you were spoiled on Tuesday;)

  30. Lenna says:

    I often make pumpkin pudding by mixing pumpkin, cornstarch and spices, sometimes I add coffee too. I have never tried the Strabucks latte (or anything at Starbucks), to me it just doesn´t seem worth the money :)

  31. I hate the unused pumpkin and coconut milk – they always sit in the fridge and go bad! Oatmeal is good, but you could maybe do pumpkin pie dip or blondies?

    1. You are so right! I need to do pumpkin blondies!!

      And I’m with you on the coconut milk too :(.

  32. Can not wait to try this! :) I need to wait until the temperature cools off a bit here though too (San Diego is HOT right now). :) I love using pumpkin to make muffins. I always have the same problem though. I open a can for just a little bit and then don’t know what to do with the rest. Maybe 3-4 pumpkin lattes a day would fix that. ha!

  33. Eve B says:

    I oven-roast the pumpkin seeds and cut & freeze the pumpkin itself, to be eaten in curries all year long :) Or in pumpkin pies, but I have yet to find a recipe I like. I also need to try it in quick bread too.

  34. Christelle says:

    This might be a stupid question, but I’ve never made lattes at home before, and this looks too delicious to pass up! Do you put 4T of coffee grinds? Or do you brew it first, then add the 4T of brewed coffee? Thanks :)

    1. Not a stupid q at all! I get confused by coffee recipes, too! For this recipe, I mean to make the coffee up first with water. Then put 3-4 tablespoons of that in the latte :).

  35. caroline says:

    Ohh i have a good suggestion, how about healthy pumpkin (gluten free) bars with cream cheese frosting???? I need some suggestions to make my little brother for school lunches because he is in 6th grade and growing, but he cant eat gluten. He needs yummy healthy food !!….and he loves your past recipes already!!

    1. Ooh that sounds really good! I will put it on my list!

  36. Aisatsana says:

    I love that picture of the blueberry muffin!!! (and the ones of the pumpkin latte, but the muffin especially caught my eye). Beautiful job!
    I love pumpkin-just-about-everything, and can’t wait to try your latte idea. My favorite way to eat pumpkin is spiced and slightly sweetened, but with no other ingredients. Then the taste and texture of the pumpkin really comes through!

  37. caroline says:

    Ohh i have a good suggestion, how about healthy pumpkin (gluten free) bars with cream cheese frosting???? I need some suggestions to make my little brother for school lunches because he is in 6th grade and growing, but he cant eat gluten. He needs yummy healthy food !!….and he loves your past recipes already!! you are such a huge contributor to his lunch boxes without eve knowing it!!

  38. Katherine says:

    If yogurt is my favorite food and peanut butter is my second, then pumpkin is definitely my third. I can and will eat pumpkin in anything, and I’m so happy it’s squash season again because that means roasted acorn and kabocha will start making an appearance on my plate again. Though these look super yummy, I’m gonna let you in on a little secret: pumpkin spiced chai is better. 😉

  39. Gen says:

    yum! can’t wait to try your latte recipe out!

  40. I am sooooo happy that it is pumpkin season again!!!! I love to use it when baking and love making pumpkin pie, breads, cookies, muffins, pancakes, oatmeal and just about anything else that I might think of!

  41. Emily says:

    Yummers! I like pumpkin in oatmeal, yogurt, and a new discovery: add it to pasta sause!!!

  42. You are such a genious, seriuosly! What a smart option for those who want to opt out of paying $4 for a tall at starbucks!

    My favorite use for pumpkin is in my mom’s famous pumpkin chocolate chip cookies! Hmm maybe I’ll post that recipe soon, and maybe I’ll even attempt to make it vegan so you can enjoy it too :)

  43. sara says:

    how would I make this with pero (a coffee substitute). . . I can’t have coffee but i love the taste of pumpkin lattes and am always so jealous of everyone during the fall!!

    1. Sorry, I’ve never heard of pero, so I would have no idea how to use it :(
      I’m sure there’s a way, though! Experiment :).

  44. Molly says:

    pumpkin in my oats & breads are the best!

  45. Crafty lil vegan says:

    I vote pumpkin pie blondies! No idea if that would work but it sounds like it would! =]

  46. Jennifer JCD says:

    I’ll tuck away your recipe until it gets ‘cold’ in Canada. Haha. Oddly enough, we are in the hottest week of the year up here. That’s really odd for us, as the September long weekend has been known to bring snow on occasion. The forecast says 32C/90F today and 31C/88F tomorrow! (That’s extremely hot for us, even in the summer.) Perhaps Texans need to take autumn holidays in Alberta!

    As for pumpkin, I prefer it roasted with a little salt and pepper. Mmmm…. or with a drizzle of maple syrup. Any pumpkin will do. (Except spaghetti squash – still can’t make myself like that one.)

    Keep warm, Katie. (Even though 85F is still super hot on my scale. It’s relative.)

    1. Wow, it was cooler here! I was running in 60 today; so nice! :)

  47. The pumpkin doesn’t get chunky? Sounds delish!

  48. Yum! Your first pic of pillowy whip looks amazing! I am all about pumpkin.. In sweets, smoothies, breakfast and pumpkin curries for dinner! In coffee… Yes please :)

  49. Hannah says:

    As if it were possible, I think I love you even more. I agree with caroline above! GF Pumpkin bars!

  50. Sarah says:

    Katie, Why aren’t the Starbucks versions vegan even if they are made with soy milk? Is it the spice mix they use?

    1. Lisa C says:

      Answering for Katie :). Yes, the spice mix has dairy in it. So some of the other flavors ARE vegan (like their frappuccinos), but not the pumpkin spice one. Yet. Maybe some day!

    2. Adam says:

      yeah.. the pumpkin spice sauce contains condensed milk, that’s why it’s a sauce as opposed to their regular flavored sugar syrups.. same with the mocha toffee sauce they had last year, but their regular chocolate mocha sauce is vegan, the white isn’t

  51. Moni'sMeals says:

    Looks divine to me! I am such a sucker for all the holiday drinks this time of year and this I will have to try out and match it with one of you lil goodies…


  52. Lilly says:

    Oh fall :) Have you done a pumpkin muffin for one? or pumpkin chocolate chip is always a good combo. I had some vegan pumpkin chocolate chip scones that were to die for, scones always seem to be forgotten about. And I for sure see pumpkin chickpea blondies in the future 😀 and maybe pumpkin fudge. My madre loves pumpkin pecan pancakes, so much fun with that orange stuff!

    1. Yes! I did a pumpkin chocolate chip muffin for one :).

  53. Maddie says:

    Pumpkin popovers are THE BOMB! especially with a little (vegan) butter and maple syrup. 😉 Yum!
    I’ve found that I absolutely hate raw canned pumpkin which is so sad because of how healthy and low calorie it is. :( Do you have any cooked pumpkin recipes? I do love pumpkin, just not when it’s raw!

    1. Barb says:

      You can totally use cooked pumpkin for anything that calls for canned! Cut the pumpkin in half and take the seeds out, then roast in a baking dish at 400F until soft (45 mins?) Remove the pumpkin skin and mash! I agree, totally taste better than canned! Also, you can freeze it for later use. It stays good for up to 6 months or so.

    2. I have the pumpkin boatmeal! And a pumpkin muffin for one. I’m working on a pumpkin-chocolate brownie :).

  54. yayyy pumpkin season makes me so happy! This looks fantastic. How come the lattes are not vegan? Is there something in the pumpkin syrup?
    I love stirring pumpkin into plain yogurt, or making pumpkin chili!

    1. Lisa C says:

      It’s the spice mix they use. It has dairy :(.

  55. I’ve never had canned pumpkin – it’s not really a staple here in Ireland! I’d love to try this :)

  56. Pumpkin in oatmeal for sure!!! I love this recipe! You rock gurly :)

  57. Alyssa says:

    Yay, more Starbucks-inspired yumminess! I love pumpkin spice lattes, but they’re expensive and, as you say, not dairy-free.
    (BTW, have you tried coconut milk coffee creamer? It’s delish!)

    1. I actually didn’t like it! I didn’t think it was creamy enough. Crazy, since it’s coconut… you’d think I would’ve loved it! But for some reason, I like the Silk one better.

  58. This looks great Katie — I used to love those types of coffee drinks but honestly the amount of sugar in there makes my stomach hurt. Maybe I should try making them at home instead!

  59. Becky says:

    Oh, pumpkin, thank you for reminding me that autumn is almost here – my favorite season! Time for sweaters, cool nights, and sprinkling cinnamon on any and everything! Now if the weather would just cooperate. What’s all this 50 at night and 90 in the day? Texas never wants summer to end, I just know it!

    1. It’s better than the winter, when it’s 30 at night and then 80 in the day. Texas winters are just crazy!

  60. Barb says:

    I loveeee pumpkin bread and pumpkin muffins! Also, one of my favorite things to do with pumpkin is make pumpkin butter! So easy: 1 can pumpkin, 2 tsp vanilla, 3/4 apple cider, optional brown sugar, cinnamon and your favorite pumpkin pie spices, combined in a saucepan, brought to a boil, then simmered for about 30 minutes. Tastes great on toast or muffins!

    1. Lisa C says:

      That sounds delicious!

  61. Amber K says:

    Pumpkin makes me crave pie, cupcakes or pancakes. Yum!

  62. Natalie says:

    I just stopped by your site to beg you to do a pumpkin pie milkshake in honor of the season, but I see you’re already way ahead of me! :)

    1. Ooh that sounds good! I’ll definitely put a milkshake on my list! :)

      1. Alanna says:

        Oh my… I just tried doing this, and it is seriously like drinking pumpkin pie. Divine. I essentially used the Vanilla Chai-Nana shake recipe and replaced some of the milk with about 1/4 cup frozen (partially thawed) canned pumpkin. I used Blue Diamond Almond Breeze coconut/almond milk blend, and started with about 3/4 cup but added a bit more at the end since it was really thick. I think it’d probably work if the canned pumpkin wasn’t frozen, but mine was already in the freezer so I did it that way. It’s not even the right season for this flavor, but I’m loving it.

  63. Jenna says:

    Oh wow that looks so good, Katie!! I wonder if it would be good with tea? I might have to try that since my body doesn’t do well with coffee. I’ll make my hubby the coffee version :).
    Pumpkin things? Mmmmmm!!! I love: Pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pancakes(!), pumpkin butter, pumpkin “cheesecake”, pumpkin loaf… Oh man now I can’t wait till that cool Texas weather finally kicks in! :)
    Thank you for another great recipe!!

    1. Hmmm… that does sound good. If you try it let me know what you think, because I’d like to try it too!

  64. Robin says:

    We don’t really have a “pumpkin culture” where I live.So all I do when I see pumpkin recipes around the blog-o-sphere is stare at in awe. The only way I have ever had pumpkin is roasted, or in a soup. I do love it though, and am wishing from the bottom of my heard that maybe this year my local health food store will decide to sell canned pumpkin, so that I can finally start recreating pumkin recipes to my hearts content.

  65. Sarah says:

    This morning i made a pumpkin parfait and i rarely use pumpkin. So now i have an open can to deal with. I am REALLY bad at dealing with open cans of things i normally use much less something i NEVER use. You saved my day. Also i partially saved it by reading this. Like i always say (starting today), give credit where credit is due:) Sometimes though i make this reeeeeeeeaaallly awesome pumpkin bread that i found on Allrecipes. Its actually more of a cake. But it rocks. Otherwise why else would i have wasted my time putting in that many vowels in “really”?

    1. Lisa C says:

      Oh wow, now I am craving pumpkin bread!

      1. Sarah says:

        here is the link to the recipe
        Hope you enjoy them:)

  66. I love, love, LOVE pumpkin bread and muffins…especially with chocolate chips. It’s great in pretty much everything though, let’s be real. Oatmeal, smoothies, etc. I just thought of an idea…pumpkin peanut butter? or pumpkin almond butter? What do you think? Hmm…

    1. Oh wow, do it!!!!! That sounds awesome!

  67. I’ve been dying to make pumpkin oats! It just hasn’t been quite cold enough yet! Mama Pea has a pumpkin latte recipe that I’ve been wanting to try, but I’m definitely going to make yours because it’s much simpler!!! Hers was very intimidating… lol

  68. Willow says:

    Pumpkin Boatmeal, of course!

    1. Lisa C says:

      Seconded ;).

  69. Brenda says:

    omg i got so excited when i saw you talking about the tx coldfront. other people probably think its super hot but when you have felt you skin is going to melt off from the heat 85 is heaven sent.

  70. Sheila says:

    Hi Katie!
    My name is Sheila – I’m kind of new to the blogging world, but just wanted to say I love your site, and I read your posts all the time. Thank you for creating so many unique recipes that are in fact healthy! (but you would never know from the taste) 😉
    Reading your blog contributed to me finally starting one of my own! So thank you, again for all that you do!

    1. Awww wow, thank you for such a sweet comment!!! And good luck in your new blog adventure… you are going to have so much fun!!

  71. the pumpkin spice latte is my faveee at sbux.

  72. I love pumpkin everything! I just did a pumpkin (and apple) recipe roundup too :

    Can’t wait to try your latte! Yum!

  73. Jenna says:

    Use pumpkin instead of applesauce in baked goods, or make a pumpkin cheesecake or milkshake, or make a pumpkin sauce for pasta!

  74. Ohh this looks great! I’ve never actually tried the famous Pumpkin Spice latte but I might make your version so I can do it will almond milk! It would also be fun to make these for everyone on Thanksgiving morning!! :)

  75. Oh wow, I had no idea that Starbuck’s pumpkin spice latte isn’t vegan or dairy free! Regardless, you’ve just made my day. It’s barely september and i’m already obsessed with pumpkin!

  76. Elise says:

    I read about pumpkin lattes of Mrs Peas blog yesterday, I must admit I’ve never heard of them!! I don’t think even starbucks makes them in the UK. Probably because canned pumpkin is sooo expensive here, the only place I’ve found it its £4.50 for a 500g jar. Is it me or is that really expensive??

    1. Jenny$1983 says:

      Hi Elise, have you tried I get mine from there, it’s Libby’s 100% Pumpkin Puree, it’s imported from America. It’s £1.99 for a 425g can at the minute, plus £1.55 p&p. I think I used to get a better deal but I haven’t bought any for a few months and that’s all I can find on Amazon now.

  77. Amber says:

    I love pumpkin and you have no idea how happy I am that you made a healthy pumpkin spice latte!!!! I love pumpkin in oatmeal, brownies, shakes, and especially pie. I challenge you to make a delicious super healthy pumpkin pie! If you did, my life would be complete. Also my life would be complete if you made a healthy mocha coconut frap!

    1. Mmmm oh goodness, I think I need to! Good idea!!

  78. Yummy!!! I used to LOVE those Starbucks Pumpkin Spice lattes until I learned I couldn’t have them anymore. Boo! But this sounds great!

  79. It’s gorgeous! Love the first couple pics…nicely done! Not easy photographing liquids or something with that big beautiful blob of whipped cream on top b/c it can sink to the bottom, quickly. Must snap the pics quickly. See I think of the photography challenges in ADDITION to coming up with a great recipe.

    I have made pumpkin spice lattes like this at home, too. Using 2 tbsp of pumpkin. Then I wonder what I am going to do with the other 95% that remains in the can :)

  80. Kim says:

    Mmmm, that looks delicious! I love pumpkin, especially pumpkin pie. My fav recipe is a pumpkin-tofu pie that is less powerfully pumpkin-y and has a lighter flavour than “normal” pumpkin pie, probably thanks to the tofu. It’s a great recipe that makes 2 pies which is just as well because everybody I’ve served it to loves it!

    P.S. I finally made that chocolate pie this morning! I ate the filling that was left in the blender jar and it was so chocolatey that I couldn’t bring myself to have a slice of the pie. I was chocolated out! I guess this makes me persona non grata around here 😛

  81. I haven’t tried it either, but I have seen a ton of tweets about it not being vegan. Your recipe looks delish, although I’m not a coffee drinker. Maybe I’ll try it with some kind of cinnamon tea or chai.

    Love pumpkin in oatmeal, vegan baked goods, puddings and sometimes just as it is. It’s one of the best parts of fall. You could use it to make some pumpkin donut pops (like cake pops) with a glaze on them.

  82. Heather says:

    Pumpkin pancakes! A friend of mine shared a recipe with me that uses rice flour. My boyfriend says they taste just like Treacle Pudding when you add maple syrup.

  83. Jenny$1983 says:

    Intriguing … I go to Caffe Nero because I like their coffee best; according to our Italian friend and her family who visit England occasionally they have the most authentic Italian coffee. They’re also slightly cheaper than Starbucks! 😀 I don’t even know if UK Starbucks offers the Pumpkin Pie Latte…

    I’ll be trying this the next time I open a can of pumpkin! I’ll be opening it when a craving for pumpkin pie overnight oats hits: Oh She Glows has the most beautiful recipe for Pumpkin Pie Delight Overnight Oats Banana Soft Serve Parfait, and just pumpkin pie overnight oats with blackstrap molasses (which I love). I love pumpkin puree in smoothies too, namely Green Monsters! I’ve also used it to make Pumpkin Banana Wheatgerm Oatmeal Muffins, Pumpkin Pie Banana Chunk Oatmeal Cookies (hm, I need to make those again soon), and I used it blended into your Five Minute Chocolate Mousse recipe along with half a banana to make an oatmeal parfait (bottom layer: plain oatmeal, middle layer: oatmeal blended with half of the mousse, top layer: mousse, with fresh mixed berries between layers and topped with coconut, cacao nibs and buckwheat groats) … it was eyes-rolling-back-in-head delicious 😀

    PS Have you tried searching your blog for ‘pumpkin? There are a lot of entries! :)

    1. LOL! I should do that! Normally, though, I use kabocha in my pumpkin recipes… I think it’s sweeter and more buttery. I wish they sold canned kabocha!

  84. Megan says:

    Yummy! I was trying to think of what Starbucks drink you would remake and this was my guess! Your drink looks prettier though. I love pumpkin and have used it for pumpkin pancakes, oatmeal, muffins, bread, cupcakes, and have seen it used in a pasta sauce once. Pumpkin donuts always intrigued me. Oh, and your mug in the picture is so cute!

  85. Dolce says:

    I don’t really drink coffee, but this looks delish! I love everything and anything pumpkin:) Especially my friend’s mother’s recipe for southern spiced pumpkin bread…my mouth is watering as we speak. I also made this super delicious pumpkin pie last year for thanksgiving that was quite yummy.

  86. Perhaps a pumpkin butter to spread on pancakes?

    I know SB is popular for this latte, but my heart always holds a place for the DD one. (Can you tell I spend my time in New England? )

    1. Hahaha DD will always be synonymous with Boston to me… they have one on every corner! Sometimes two! In Dallas, we have ONE. I guess people in Dallas don’t like doughnuts? Weird!

  87. omg yay! i really wanted to try pumpkin coffee, and since i can’t hav starbucks version im so glad you made a vegan one! :)

  88. Kendra says:

    Hi Katie, this is one of my favorite uses for pumpkin; they are AMAZING!!!

  89. Kathy says:

    I have no idea what to do with a 29 oz can of pumpkin either after I open it and use a little for a recipe!
    The latte looks delicious, which reminds me…I gotta try making my own pumpkin pie one day and bring it to my aunt’s annual Thanksgiving party so we can stop buying those ones at Safeway. I need a can of pumpkin now~
    By the way, the coldest it’s ever been at where I am is about 14 or 0 degrees F. Around there.

  90. Anonymous says:

    ive heard that canned pumpkin is a good cheat for the already cheating. hehe i mean taking a box of (vegan) cake mix and a can of pumpkin, mixing together and baking and voila! a dense, moist, no effort cake! pretty good with spice-cake mix…ooo-oo-oo!!! make pumpkin-gingerbread!! that could be sooo good!

    1. I’ve heard you can do it with brownie mix too… I never thought to try it with spice cake. That sounds delicous!

  91. Maddy says:

    A pumpkin chocolate chip cake…I would elaborate…but I think the fact that chocolate is mentioned is enough in itself.

  92. Anna says:

    Since there are no Starbucks close to me, this will be perfect for when I need/want a pumpkin coffee fix 😀 My favorite ways to use pumpkin have been in oatmeal and pumpkin pie smoothies. I have also made a pumpkin lasagna that was delicious!

  93. April says:

    My husband is Chilean, and his mom makes pumpkin sopaipillas in the winter. They’re delicious, and so easy: pumpkin (canned or fresh), self-rising flour, and a little butter or oil mixed together very well. Roll out the dough about 1/4 inch thick and use a small glass or cookie cutters to cut them in circles. My mother in law fries them in oil, but I’m sure they could be baked. Just pierce them with a fork first! You can sprinkle them with powdered sugar so they taste like a funnel cake, or we also eat them dipped in mustard or with what you Texans call “pico de gallo” for something more salty.

    1. Oh my goodness, that sounds so good!

  94. Albizia says:

    Mmmm… You make me crave things I would never combine but it just looks sooooooo good. Will it work with blended frozen pumpkin?

    I answer this question on half of the blogs I visit but I don’t mind doing it again. I am in love with kabocha and yogurt. I also recently discovered pumpkin tempura which is so much better than I thought. Now I am craving pumpkin with walnuts and honey. Almost everything with pumpkin is welcome :) .

  95. Rubi says:

    When I add the coffee does it have to be prepared already or do I use instant coffee?

    1. I’m sure you can use instant coffee… maybe a teaspoon? Oh, but then the liquid ratio would be off. So if you can, I’d dissolve the instant coffee first in water, then use 3-4 T of that.

  96. BroccoliHut says:

    I’m looking forward to fall so I can enjoy pumpkin oat bran and pumpkin tofu soup!

  97. Cindy K says:

    love pumpkin muffins, pancakes, whipped cream, and my fav is a chocolate pumpkin cake! :)

  98. I’m laughing because I read this as I was sipping a pumpkin spiced iced coffee I had JUST picked up.

    1. Wow, great minds think alike! I really wish I could’ve tried that latte before I went vegan… I have no idea how my homemade version compares!

  99. Nikki says:

    My mom makes the best pumpkin gobs (which I have learned that most people refer to them as whoopie pies) in the world! They are DELICIOUS!!!!!

  100. Tara says:

    I love the combination of pumpkin and chocolate chips. Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin chocolate chip muffins… pancakes… blondies… the options are endless! I also really like the combination of pumpkin and strawberries but that’s not nearly as popular. Pumpkin oats with strawberry jam is my favorite!

  101. I NEED THAT NOW!! Especially with my new found coffee love!

  102. Stephanie says:

    Oh my goodness this looks amazing! Thank you for the recipe Katie! 😀 Pumpkin Spice Lattes are my favorite but I stopped ordering them from coffee shops because of all the added sugar or sugar-free syrup. And I didn’t know they weren’t vegan even with soy milk (I knew that about the smoothies though). Thanks for the tip. I need to get myself a can of pumpkin so I can give this a try! I love putting pumpkin in my oatmeal. 😛

  103. Jeanna says:

    Mmmm looks good!!! Love to make pumkin walnut muffins. So yummy on a snowy day!!!

  104. Cupcake Kat says:

    Yum I love starbucks and their pumpkin latte but why isn’t it vegan?

  105. Ashley says:

    I never knew even made with soymilk the latte wasnt vegan!! I personally am not vegan, but that goes to show how much I know about it. I do however spend wayyy too much at starbucks so I love your recipe makeovers to help save me some money. I love pumpkin heated up with cinnamon and yogurt!!

  106. Libby says:

    Pumpkin and White Chocolate Muffins!!
    We don’t really have tinned pumpkin in NZ so you have to make it yourself. At least I know exactly what is in it

    1. Andy says:

      Hi Libby – I’m also from NZ and have always been intrigued by what ingredients are in canned pumpkin puree?! Are you able to share so I can attempt to make it! thanks

      1. Libby says:

        Its you just cook up pumpkin, remove the skin and then pop it in a blender or food processor until its very smooth.

      2. Andy says:

        sounds super easy, I always thought it would have other ingredients added. thanks, will give it a go!

  107. Emily says:

    I love to make a particular chocolate pumpkin cake every fall. It’s so good! I make the cake, the icing, and the glaze from scratch. It’s not vegan, but I bet you could make something similar to it that was vegan :)

  108. Aja says:

    Horray! It’s finally pumpkin time! This is my favorite time of year. I hope it cools off in Texas soon for you.

  109. Just passing by! (again) says:

    I can’t too much coffee and it has to be a light roast! :( So I mix pumpkin with non-dairy milk, spices, and heat it up. I know that sounds boring but I really like it lol.

    I also love pumpkin pancakes and pumpkin cookies.

    I have to go to a different store (Waitrose) here in England to get pumpkin in a can but it’s not expensive (like £1.00??) and it’s Libby’s!!! But I can’t find regular pumpkins here so easily.

  110. Michaela says:

    I bet this is so yummy!
    I adore pumpkin. Of course I put it into my oatmeal, I make currys with it, blend it up as a sauce (for pasta or a curry), I even use it for baking to replace some applesauce. (canned pumpkin is perfect for this)
    Now I really am in pumpkin mood and so looking forward to roast up some butternut squash asap! Will head to the kitchen now :)

  111. Lindsay says:

    I eat pumpkin on a daily basis. I buy it online in the summer when I can’t find it in the stores. I usually put it in oatmeal or combine it with plain Greek yogurt and berries or even with cottage cheese, walnuts, and cinnamon. Yum!

  112. Rebecca says:

    I just tried a pumpkin latte yesterday and I’m in love. So expensive though and this recipe is quick and easy (especially since its time to start cracking open the cans of pumpkin!) Amazing how much it jumps when you switch to soy.

  113. Shane Deal says:

    This is fantastic! I’ve been really into Pumpkin Spice flavors at the moment. And coffee. :-)

  114. Liz says:

    Katie… I love you. I just… I have no words right now. The only other recipe I’ve ever found for a Pumpkin Spice Latte involved some strange and expensive looking contraption, but yours just requires a microwave! I cannot tell you enough how much I love your recipes, pretty lady!

    And you, of course. <3

    1. Liz says:

      PS: You need share buttons (if you want them :D). Download WordPress’s Jetpack — you can do it manually here or go to Plugins > Add New in your Dashboard, and search for “jetpack” — and once you activate it, go to the settings in your Dashboard under Jetpack, and click on “Configure” under Sharedaddy. Then you can drag and drop the sharing methods — Twitter, Facebook, etc — you want to put on your site. Voila!

      Jetpack also has a ton of other cool things. I love it. WordPress makes the best things.

      1. I’ve shied away from any new plugins in the past, because I’ve had so many problems with my blog loading slowly! When I asked my host they said I was running a lot of CPU (I hope I used that term correctly). They said it might be too many comments, or too much traffic, or too many plugins… really, they were not very helpful LOL! But I’m going to check out your link anyway, because I think you are right! I need at least some stumble and twitter buttons!

  115. Marianne says:

    I am so not a pumpkin spice person. Yes, I like pumpkin pie around the holidays, and I’ll use a few cans in oatmeal or smoothies or yogurt over the course of the year, but that’s about it. I think the whole thing is overrated to be honest. I’ll probably be shunned for saying this now haha!

    1. I’m glad I’m not the only one! I like pumpkin, but I’m not in love with it as many others seem to be… perhaps I just love chocolate so much that there is no more room in my heart for poor pumpkin? 😉

  116. Hi Katie! Yum, I love pumpkin in many forms. Funnily enough though, my fave way to have “pumpkin” is in a Pumpkin Pie chai smoothie recipe that doesn’t actually contain pumpkin! It’s to die for. Check it out if you like :)

  117. Liz says:

    You know what would be cool? Pumpkin peanut butter. You know, like your banana butter but with pumpkin? Now I want to make some too :).

  118. Kate says:

    YUM! I loved the snow last year (:

  119. Alycia says:

    You should make pumpkin pasties! If you like harry potter (or not), they are such a treat! Not sure how to make vegan pastry dough but I’m sure you have a recipe up your sleeve :)

    1. Haha who could not like HP?! (Yes, I know there are people out there who don’t… :()
      I didn’t actually know pumpkin pasties were a real thing! I thought they were a made-up movie thing, like Bertie Botts lol. I’ll have to google them!

      1. Alycia says:

        I’ve made them once before and they are delicious! They looked like half moon shaped pastries filled with spiced pumpkin goodness! I got the recipe from the unofficial harry potter cookbook (I had oodles of fun making food from that recipe book) so I am sure you can find another inspiration recipe on the internet somewhere if you would like to try and make them.

        They also had a recipe for pumpkin juice (a HP staple I have ALWAYS wanted to drink) but it involved cooking an entire pumpkin which sounded like a bit too much effort for me, haha!

  120. C says:

    Hi Katie,
    I was just wondering, did you see this:
    It looks very similar to your recipe, suspiciously similar, even.

    1. Oh wow, I just looked at the recipe you linked. I SWEAR to you I did not see that recipe before posting mine. I just googled “starbucks pumpkin spice latte ingredients” and ended up on some link that said the ingredients were pumpkin pie spice, milk, sugar, pumpkin syrup, and espresso… and then I went from there, using pumpkin for the syrup and adding vanilla because I always add vanilla to my coffee recipes (such as in my frappuccino fudgsicles). I’m amazed at how similar my recipe is to the allrecipes one (not that they’re identical. Mine is a *little* different).

      But I obviously didn’t know… because I’d have to be really stupid to knowingly copy an easily-searchable recipe (such as the one you linked) and post it on my blog. People could easily find out that I’d copied it! Now I’m just feeling embarrassed that other people might feel like you! 😕

      I know you might not believe me, but that’s the truth.

      1. Megan says:

        The thing is, if you google “starbucks pumpkin spice latte ingredients,” the very first result is…another well-established recipe that’s virtually identical to the AllRecipes one.

      2. Yes, well it doesn’t mean I click on every single link that comes up in a google search!

        I’ve already stated the truth, but you are welcome to believe what you want. I can’t change your opinion. (I’ll leave your comments up to prove that I believe you are entitled to your opinion. But you’ve had your say, so all further false accusations will be deleted.)

      3. Rose says:

        Megan, whether or not she copied it, does it matter that much? Firstly, the only way that I personally was able to get to the recipe you are indicating was through your link. When I tried searching, I kept coming to a different recipe on Allrecipes, and I had to actually put Allrecipes into my search or I got a million other pumpkin spice latte recipes on vegan blogs. There really is only so many ways to make the same drink so it’s not surprising that there would be similar, or even same, recipes somewhere out there. It kinda seems like you are just trying to be argumentive or mean. For all you know, people have copied her recipes too. But if you really think she just copies all her recipes and steals them from other people- Well, don’t read her webpage anymore. It’s really that simple. That said, time to move on.

  121. Sandi says:

    I don’t drink Starbucks, or know about their syrup, but the Torani Pumpkin Pie Syrup IS free of Dairy:

  122. Lisbeth says:

    These pictures are just gorgeous! Just found your blog from foodgawker, and I’m already obsessed. Uh oh, this could be a dangerous thing ;).

    Trying this for sure. And now off to explore some more :).

  123. Emma says:

    I just made this as a nice warm after school snack. It was delicious! Dare I say it, better than Starbucks???? I think it was!

    Never mind that it’s 90 degrees outside. I’m having another one tomorrow!

  124. marla says:

    Love this Katie!! Will be linking to this post tomorrow :)

  125. I just discovered a way to make easy Pumpkin Spice Latte as well. All I do is add a teaspoon of organic canned pumpkin and a few dashes of pumpkin pie spice to the espresso, add milk and top with fat-free whipped cream…Ta-da! Additional sweetener is optional. But your version sounds great, I’ll have to try it out.

  126. Brittany P.S says:

    I am a pumpkin pancake die hard. words cannot describe. Also, I wish I liked coffee for the SOLE purpose of consuming pumpkin spice lattes. And because I would feel cooler and more grown up and junk.

    1. Can you believe I don’t think I’ve EVER had pumpkin pancakes?!? I need to fix this!!

      1. Brittany P.S says:

        ASAP. I’ve blogged some with local/organic eggs, but no vegan version. I say jump ON it.

  127. oooohhhh. love this latteee!!.. hmmmm.. pumpkin whoopie pies! and pumkin pie spice in pretty much every quick bread!:)

  128. Anonymous says:

    I’ve been trying to think of a way to make guilt free pumpkin whoopie pies!!! :) That would use up the left over pumpkin

  129. abeer eltemtamy says:

    hey!!! just wanted to say that Lauren Conrad posted this on her blog!!!!

  130. Elsie says:

    Oh wow! I love your fall recipes! Pumpkin spice latte is my favourite! Thanks for the great post!

  131. Rose says:

    I thought that Starbucks had changed their drink base so that it was non-dairy? But perhaps this only applied to their frapps, and not the hot drinks as well? If so, that would be totally disappointing. I can’t seem to find any information about it either. Either way, I’ve been wanting to start trying to make my own speciality drinks at home, and a pumpkin spice latte would be an awesome place to start. Thank you for the recipe :)

    1. Apparently there’s whey in the actual pumpkin spice seasoning mix they use. I think all the other hot drinks are safe :).

  132. Can’t get enough of your blog today!! I just found it through a friend!! Oh my goodness- this blog makes me smile…I want to cook ALL DAY LONG today!!!!

    1. Awwwww! Your comment just made ME smile :)

  133. Karen says:

    I finally did this! So good. (I use pumpkin year-round.) I mixed up all ingredients except the coffee, heated them, then used my Aerolatte to whip it up nice & foamy. That is my favorite kitchen gadget these days.

    I love your pool comment. I grew up in Dallas, so I know you can wear a swimsuit one day and snowsuit the next!

    Thanks for all you do!

    1. Haha yes… today it’s 73. Two days ago was 27 degrees. Crazy Dallas weather ;).

  134. That pumpkin latte looks so good!! I just finished making pumpkin mini-muffins for my son…now I know what to do with the leftover canned pumpkin! 😉

  135. Lindsay says:

    I make this recipe all the time…regardless of weather. It is that good. Plus I always have leftover canned pumpkin in my fridge. I usually take my coffee black, so i do put a lot more coffee in than the recipe calls for, but this turns my morning joe into a delicious dessert.
    Thank you, Katie, for another great recipe staple!

  136. Hard to believe that in just a few more months that people will be clamouring for a Pumpkin Spice Latte. Thanks for sharing; I’ve linked to your post on my page.

  137. Ashley Y says:

    Is the coffee brewed before it’s put in the mix?

  138. Angela E says:

    How long does the vegan cool whip last in the fridge? I’m afraid I’ll either waste it by nt using fast enough or WORSE, eat it all within a day!! Lol

    1. Angela E says:

      Also think the same thing about the canned pumpkin. Can I freeze it?

      1. Alanna says:

        You can definitely freeze the canned pumpkin!

  139. Natalie says:

    I too fell in love with Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. I even found a Starbucks that would sell me 2 of the coveted sauce/syrup jugs. Then, I got home (250 air only miles from the nearest Starbucks in Alaska) and found that the ingredients list had not one drop of pumpkin and was simply a long list of chemicals. Your recipe for the real thing is greatly appreciated. Can’t wait to try it!

  140. Kaity says:

    Starbucks pumpkin spice latte is my favorite! I cannot wait to try this, thank you soo soo much!

  141. Kelsey says:

    Hi! I just wanted to tell you that I love your blog and I’m so impressed by all your copycat recipes! This one is awesome and SOOO much cheaper to make :) I actually put your blog/the recipe on my own blog to share it with everyone! I decreased the milk just a bit to make it have a stronger coffee taste. Thanks for all the awesome recipes, keep them coming!! :)

  142. Anonymous says:

    I’m finding this a year later and realizing sadly that your prediction of it getting cold here in Texas never really happened. That memory of snow seems like a dream now. Looks like mid-80s for the rest of this week here so that’s my cue to start making anything with pumpkin! Fingers crossed for colder weather this year!

  143. Monica says:

    Dear Katie,
    I can’t wait to try this! But I have a question (and I’m sorry if it has already been asked, but I just don’t have time to read all these tons of comments!) I don’t have pumkin pie spice, and I actually don’t even know what it is! But is it possible that I can sub with other spices? Thanks a bunch! Keep up the good work! I LOVE your blog!!!!!!!!!!!

  144. Yenette says:

    Love your recipes!! Thanks so much. I am on a diet and like the nutrition facts and love your sight because you add them. I didn’t see the nutrition facts for your Latte’s. Especially the Gingerbread and Pumpkin Spice. I ordered me a cream whipper today! Can’t wait!! Thanks for all your terrific recipes!!

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  146. Mary Marshall says:

    YUM! I’ve been wanting a hot pumpkin drink since Starbucks can’t seem to provide a vegan version of the Pumpkin Spice Latte.

    I was hesitant about canned pumpkin in my drink…I figured it would be grainy or chunky. It wasn’t! I used some Silk vanilla creamer with the milk, and omitted coffee (not really a coffee drinker) and it was delicious!

    Thanks Katie for another fabulous recipe :)

  147. Ashley says:

    I’m excited to try this. Thank you!

    Also, I wanted to throw in my two cents about the PSL… High fructose corn syrup!!! Can you believe it? So disappointing!

  148. Sarah says:

    Could you make a healthy Pad Thai recipe? Or just more lunch/dinner related food recipes because my family and I love your cooked kale recipe and I’d love to try more of your recipes out!

    1. Can definitely put it on my list of things to try :)

  149. Lexi says:

    I lost 3 hours last night saving recipes in my favorites from your website! I’ve been trying to eat more clean/less processed (I’m not a vegetarian) but have a huge sweet tooth so your recipes are a godsend :-) I just stocked up on tofu and made a big batch of coconut butter!
    I was happy to come across this recipe, as that time of year is coming around soon. You won’t believe the crap Starbucks puts in that drink!!

  150. Hannah says:

    I’m in a similar situation here in LA, where any time it dips below 75 degrees I pretend it’s “chilly”. Haha! We’re having a freak heat wave right now too, so I’m saving this one for when we finally get a cool day. I’m very much looking forward to it! :)

  151. Tabitha says:

    I tried this recipe with 3-4 tbsp of tea (I used Bigelow’s Pumpkin Spice) since I’m not a coffee drinker. It still turned out pretty good.

  152. Kelly says:

    For those of us who do not like coffee, do you have a pumpkin latte recipe sans the coffee?

    1. Unofficial CCK Helper says:

      Make the same recipe. Just omit the coffee and use milk of choice instead.

  153. Krista says:

    This was so good!! Best recipe I’ve had for pumpkin spice lattes ever and I’ve tried a few!! Pumpkin pie in a cup. Fall in a cup. Whatever you call it, it’s the best!

  154. Am says:

    I set up a hot drink station for my family yesterday, and included this recipe as an option. It was the first one picked. They loved it!! Definitely going to be a go-to recipe! Thank you!

  155. Becky Walker says:

    What healthy non-dairy creamer do you use? I don’t know of any that aren’t soy or don’t have unhealthy sugars.

    1. There are a lot of different options at Whole Foods. Or if you want something completely sugar-free and natural, you can use either coconut cream (such as Trader Joes brand) or homemade cashew cream:

  156. Christine says:

    Just made. Yummy! Thank you