Trouble-free Pumpkin Spice Latte: Simple Coffee Recipe

Being able to replicate your favorite coffee drink at home and, most importantly, taking a sip of it is always very satisfying.

Those who love Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte will appreciate the Woke Lark’s easy copycat recipe.

This cozy latte’s flavor reminds most of us of fall, but since it’s quite delicious, I like having it every once in a while no matter the season. I guess it’s not only me since in 2019 Starbucks released their pumpkin spice flavored coffee beverages a month before the beginning of fall. I guess some impatient Pumpkin latte lovers had made Starbucks bring back their signature autumn drinks earlier.

In terms of calories, the DIY latte contains around 300 calories if you add whipped cream on top. Without the toppings, the warm Pumpkin Spice caffeinated drink will contain around 250 kcal.

In the ingredient section, I will give you tips on how to cut the calorie count and still enjoy your latte.

Since we’ve cleared this out, let’s move on to the essential part.


Photo of pumpkin spice latte ingredients.
Here are the homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe ingredients:

  • Pumpkin Puree: 2 tablespoons (around 1 ounce or 30 grams).

    It’s important to note that you can make a delicious Pumpkin spice latte at home without using pumpkin puree. It does add richness and a more pronounced pumpkin flavor to the drink. But the essential component in such a latte is actually the Pumpkin Pie Spice, not the puree. Even if you do have a pumpkin puree at home, you can try making your drink without it just for the sake of the experiment. You’ll see that the absence of this ingredient won’t be so noticeable. But if you take away the Pumpkin Spice, you’ll definitely notice that something’s quite a bit off.

    That being said, adding 2 tablespoons of pumpkin puree will make your homemade latte richer and more authentic.
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice: 1 teaspoon.

    As I mentioned, the pumpkin spice latte’s heart lays in this recipe component. A teaspoon is the amount that you have to add to the milk in the process of making your cozy DIY drink.

    I make my own pumpkin pie spice by mixing 2 parts cinnamon, and 1 part of cloves, ground ginger, allspice, and ground nutmeg. On the photo below you can see an illustration of the pumpkin pie spice ingredients.
    How to make pumpkin pie spice - illustrated ingredients.

    After your coffee’s done, you might want to sprinkle a bit of the spice on top of the latte too, as this gives it a smooth finish.
  • Espresso Shot.

    I like adding a double espresso shot to my lattes and mocha coffee drinks because I prefer a better-pronounced coffee flavor. Nevertheless, feel free to use a regular or a double ristretto shot instead.

    If you don’t have an espresso machine, you can use 2 ounces (60 ml) of coffee brewed in a Moka pot. If that’s not an option for you – improvise with what you have available. You can make your pumpkin spice latte with French press coffee, or even instant coffee by dissolving a teaspoon of powder in 30 milliliters of hot water. The latter alternative is definitely the worst one out there, but a friend of mine says it works well for her.
  • Whole Milk: 2 fluid ounces or 60 milliliters.

  • Sweetened Condensed Milk: 2 fluid ounces or 60 milliliters.

    The Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Sauce contains sugar and condensed skim milk. In my copycat recipe, I add equal parts of sweetened condensed milk and whole milk that have been warmed up in advance (usually on the stove on low heat). This brings my copycat drink closer to the original while giving it a smooth and sweet taste.

    In case you want to cut down the number of calories your drink contains, add 1 fl. oz. or 30 ml (2 tablespoons) of the sweetened condensed milk and 3 fl. oz. or 90 milliliters of whole or nonfat milk instead. This way your drink will still be nice and sweet but will contain no more than 230 kcal even if you add the whipped cream on top.
  • Whipped Cream: optional, as a topping.

    You might as well want to add a bit of caramel sauce as a topping, as it complements well all the other ingredients.

    I prefer sprinkling the freshly made homemade latte with a bit of pumpkin pie spice. This is definitely the perfect final touch.

How to make a Pumpkin Spice Latte: Recipe Instructions

To make a pumpkin spice latte, follow these steps:

  1. Mix well all the ingredients except the espresso/coffee.

    Step 1: Mixing all the ingredients except coffee together.
    I previously heated the milk and I mixed it together with the pumpkin puree and the pumpkin pie spice.

    In case you want you can pour them all in a pot and have them heated while stirring up the mixture with a spoon.

    On this particular occasion, I used a battery-operated milk frother to do the mixing, as it does a perfect job at combining all the recipe ingredients well and making the drink foamy.

    You can also use an espresso machine’s steam wand to steam and foam the milk. Nevertheless, the frother that I used and that you see on the photo is more widely available among households as it’s affordable and convenient to use.

  2. Pour the espresso/coffee shot on top

    Step 2: Pouring espresso shot on top.

Here you can see the homemade Pumpkin Spice latte topped off with whipped cream, sprinkled with pumpkin pie spice, and decorated with a cinnamon stick:

DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte served in a glass cup with whipped cream and cinnamon stick.

When I have this cozy coffee drink I skip the whipped cream and just add a dash of pumpkin spice on top of the foam.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte without whipped cream.
Not only does it look good – this made-at-home Pumpkin Spice latte tastes great too.

I made the latte that you see on the last photo by heating the whole and condensed milk along with the pumpkin spice and puree on the stove.

Since all of the ingredients have been heated in the same vessel, they fuse together well. This results in a satisfying Pumpkin Spice latte with smoother flavor.

After heating the mixture on low heat I mixed the components with the milk frother.


Final Words

By following this Pumpkin spice latte recipe, you’ll get to have a tasty coffee treat in the comfort of your own place.

As you can see it’s easy to make this type of caffeinated beverage at home.

The DIY latte also looks quite cool so you can impress your guests or Instagram followers with its looks.

Please, leave me a comment below if you have any questions or simply share your thoughts on this how-to guide.

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