Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte
Let’s sip on a pumpkin spice latte and just mellow in conversation about all things fall! Pumpkin spice everything, fall foliage and knit scarves. It’s picture perfect, right? But what’s not picture perfect is all the ingredients and calories that go into that pumpkin spice latte. So, why not make it at home with ingredients you can control, the same amazing fall taste and *half* the calories, fat and sugar.
In a tall 12 oz cup pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks, there are about 300 calories and 38 grams of sugar, which is like 10 teaspoons of sugar! In my homemade version, there is less than half the sugar which is just the cane sugar and can be completely omitted or reduced to your liking. Now, of course, any version of a pumpkin spice latte, whether at home or at a coffee shot, should really be more of an occasional indulgence as opposed to your regular cup-of-joe. But I say if you’re treating your taste buds, treat your body as well with good wholesome ingredients. The whipped cream totally optional, but it makes this occasional indulgence that much more special!
There are variations of this recipe where the pumpkin puree is cooked with the sugar on the stove top, but my Dash blender (affiliate link) has a soup dial on it which heats the mixture up perfectly. You can actually see the steam coming out and if you set it to 2 minutes of blending time, it gets foamy and fabulous!
How to Make my Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte
- 2 Tbsp pumpkin purée
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice, plus more to garnish
- Black pepper, to taste (optional)
- 2 Tbsp cane sugar
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups milk
- 1/2 cup strong coffee
- Whipped cream and pumpkin spice to garnish (totally optional!)
- Using a high speed blender with a "soup" or "heating" option, add the ingredients in order of appearance: pumpkin purée, pumpkin pie spice, black pepper (to taste if desired), cane sugar, vanilla extract and milk. Blend until smooth and consistent. Then pour the hot coffee into the blender and blend again until it's all mixed together - about 2 minutes all together.
- Pour the latte into two - three cups and garnish with whipped cream and pumpkin spice, if desired.
This recipe was adapted from The Kitchn.
If you don’t have a “soup” or “heating” feature on your blender, I would suggest making it in a saucepan on the stovetop and then transferring it to a blender or using an immersion hand blender to mix everything together.