Fall has officially begun when pumpkin spice lattes start to appear at cafes and coffee shops!

This homemade PSL is rich and creamy, with the perfect blend of pumpkin and warm fall spices. Best of all, it’s easy and no special equipment is needed!

Skip the lines and make this copycat recipe before heading out to the pumpkin patch!

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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

One of my favorite things about fall is sipping on a hot homemade latte. So cozy!

  • If you have pumpkin puree, you likely have everything you need to make a pumpkin spice latte at home!
  • No special equipment or espresso machine is needed.
  • Pumpkin spice lattes can be served iced or hot!
  • Everyone from Starbucks to Dunkin Donuts and even McDonald’s has their own version but this recipe not only tastes amazing, but it also comes without the hefty price tag
  • Upcoming holiday party? Scale up the recipe and keep prepared PSL warm in a crock pot. Offer shots of Baileys, brandy, or hazelnut liquor for guests to ‘warm’ up their drinks! And the aroma is ah-mazing!

Ingredients for a Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

Coffee/Espresso – Use everyday coffee that’s been brewed just a bit stronger or a few shots of espresso. I use a french roast k-cup with the smallest coffee size setting.

Pumpkin – You’ll want to use real pumpkin puree (we use canned) for great flavor.

Sweetener – We add a bit of sugar but brown sugar works too!

Dairy – Light cream or half and half make give this drink its rich and creamy texture, but any non-dairy alternative will do. Oat milk, almond milk, or even coconut milk all work.

Toppings – Top it with some homemade whipped cream, caramel sauce, and of course a little sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice. Try a sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg, or your spice blends like apple pie spice.


  • Whisk in a little bit of vanilla extract.
  • Swap out white sugar for maple syrup or even a touch of honey if you’d like.
  • While heating the milk mixture, add a few cloves or a slice or two of fresh ginger. Discard before serving.
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How to Make a Pumpkin Spice Latte

This homemade pumpkin spice latte recipe is a warm and cozy way to welcome fall.

  1. Brew some strong coffee or make a couple of shots of espresso if you have an espresso machine.
  2. Place all ingredients except for coffee/espresso/spirits in a small saucepan (per the recipe below) and cook until hot (do not boil).
  3. Pour the milk mixture into mugs, and add the coffee or hot espresso.
  4. Top it with homemade whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice or nutmeg.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin puree, coffee, and hot milk are combined to make the perfect PSL.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 lattes
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  • 1 cup milk any kind
  • cup light cream such as half and half
  • 1 ½ tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup strong brewed coffee or 4 ounces espresso
  • 2 ounces baileys or hazelnut liquor optional
  • whipped cream & caramel sauce for topping


  • Brew 1 cup of strong coffee (I use a dark roast k-cup and use the smallest cup size of my machine, I brew two batches to make 1 cup).
  • Combine milk, cream, sugar, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie spice in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat until hot but not boiling. Once small bubbles form along the edges, remove from the heat.
  • Divide the milk mixture between 2 mugs (add liquor if using).
  • Add coffee (or shots of espresso, see note) to the milk mixture.
  • Top with whipped cream, additional pumpkin pie spice, and a drizzle of caramel sauce if you'd like.


Note: If using espresso, increase milk to 1 1/2 cups and eliminate cream.
This latte can be served warm or over iced. To serve iced, heat milk as directed and cool. Prepare coffee and serve over ice.
This latte is lightly sweetened. You can add additional sugar or use a sugar-free sweetener if desired. 
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Nutrition Information

Serving: 1latte | Calories: 246 | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 89mg | Potassium: 304mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 3937IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 173mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Beverage
Cuisine American

Adapted from Food Network

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  1. I’m about 4 years late on this recipe but I’m making it for a fun fall day for my daughter and her friends! You mention a crockpot….can I mix it ALL together (coffee too) and just warm in the crockpot?

  2. Can’t believe how easy it was to make at home, and definitely tasted so much better than Starbucks. Never mind so much easier on the pocket book!5 stars

  3. I can’t wait to make this. It’s the only thing I get at Starbucks but not often cause it’s to expensive. Going to make it this week. Thank you!!!! Now I can have it year round.5 stars