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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

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This Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte is a delicious blend of pumpkin, spices, and cream for the perfect fall coffee.

It’s finally that time of year! The time when we can break out the sweaters and enjoy all things pumpkin. For me, this is one of the very best seasons to enjoy and why not start our fall mornings with something a little extra special? This Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte is certainly a seasonal treat and simple enough to make at home. Why bother with those long lines at the local coffee house? I say it’s not worth it. Not when you can make it at home and have complete control over the quality of ingredients.

But while we are on the subject of all things pumpkin. I thought I would share with you some of my favorite pumpkin recipes as long as we are on the subject.

Each of these recipes offers a way to savor that pumpkin taste we look forward to each year.

Why I Love This Recipe

The most obvious thing is the taste. Pumpkin spice lattes are a fun treat for the fall season that provides that comfort and flavor we want during the fall season. However, I find any time I can make something either just as good or even better than the popular version right at home.

Well, that’s a total win in my book. By choosing to make pumpkin spice lattes at home we have the ability to control the quality of ingredients. Speaking of which, there’s no extra charge to tailor it to our dietary needs or wants. You can make this homemade pumpkin spice latte dairy-free, vegan, and even lower fat if that is your thing. Below are tips for doing so.

What You Will Need To Make It

2 shots of espresso (or half cup of strong brewed coffee)

1 cup of whole milk

3 tablespoons pumpkin puree

1 tsp vanilla

2 tbsp brown sugar

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

whipped cream to top (optional)

To make homemade whipped cream. Whip 1 cup of heavy whipping cream and 2 tbsp of sugar together until peaks form.

Tools

Moka Pot

Sauce pot

Hand Blender or Milk Frother

Directions

Mix the pumpkin pie spice and brown sugar. Set aside. Make the coffee or espresso. In a saucepan, heat milk until hot but not boiling. Take a milk frother or a hand blender with a whisk attachment if you don’t have the milk frother or attachment.

frothy milk for a latte

Beat the milk for about 30 seconds or until frothy.

stirring coffee with pumpkin

Pour the coffee into a cup or mason jar. Add the coffee or espresso into a mason jar or large coffee cup. Add the pumpkin, vanilla, and sugar/spice mixture. Mix well.

pouring milk into a pumpkin coffee mix

Pour the frothed milk over.

I like adding whipped cream with a dash of nutmeg or cinnamon. If making a non-dairy version, just skip it. You can sprinkle the top of the frothed milk just the same.

pumpkin spice latte in a mason jar

Tips

  • This homemade pumpkin spice latte can easily be made into a nondairy, lactose-free, or vegan by swapping out whole milk for oat milk. I find oat milk froths pretty well as compared to other non-dairy milk.
  • If not using actual espresso, I recommend using a dark roast coffee like a French or Italian roast coffee so that the coffee flavor holds up in the blend.
  • You can easily make this a decaf version by switching the coffee to a decaffeinated coffee. I do this for my daughter or when I am having one later in the day. I find no difference in the taste.
  • If using milk, I find whole milk to be my very favorite to use. It offers a richness to the coffee and the fatty milk tends to froth easier for me.
  • Premix the sugar and spices so they are ready when you need them.
  • Mix pumpkin and spices with a whisk or fork to ensure they are blended in well.
pumpkin spice latte in a mason jar

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

Yield: 1 latte
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

a delicious fall coffee drink made with pumpkin, spices and cream

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 2 tbsp espresso (1/2 cup strong coffee)
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • whipped cream (optional)

Instructions

    1. Mix the pumpkin pie spice and brown sugar. Set aside.
    2. Make the coffee or espresso. In a saucepan, heat milk until hot but not boiling.
    3. Take a hand blender and use either a milk frother attachment or a whisk if you don't have the frother attachment. Beat the milk for about 30 seconds or until frothy.
    4. Add the coffee or espresso into a mason jar or large coffee cup.
    5. Add the pumpkin, vanilla, and sugar/spice mixture. Mix well.
    6. Pour the frothed milk over.
    7. I like adding whipped cream with a dash of nutmeg or cinnamon. If making a non-dairy version, just skip it. You can sprinkle the top of the frothed milk just the same.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 326Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 122mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 2gSugar: 47gProtein: 9g

Milk Frothing

There is much to know about milk frothing and has in itself become a bit of an art form on social media. Believe it or not, there is a science behind frothing milk. To keep it simple it’s really all about the milk. Since the milk contains both fat and protein. Which work together to create that all-important frothy foam we all love in our lattes.

The more fat means the thicker this foam will be. At the same time, the higher fat milk foam is more difficult to keep intact. Whole milk, which is what I prefer, provides a flavor that is much creamier and the foam tends to be thicker in consistency. Using lower fat milk will allow the milk froth to remain intact longer but the taste won’t be as creamy as using whole milk.

Other Ways To Froth

Now before I had my nifty hand blender. I learned another trick for adding frothy milk to my coffee. While it is no way the same level as one can get from an actual milk frother. It does however create a nice bit of foam you can add to your coffee. Giving it that fancy coffee house touch. Simply take a mason jar or jar with a lid. Add your milk and place the lid back on, then shake. You’ll need to shake for about 15 seconds or so to get those nice bubbles to form. Be sure not to use heavy cream for this otherwise, you will get whipped cream. Something I have learned the hard way.

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