Once October rolls around, it officially starts to feel like fall to me. Even though I'm a fan of fall flavors all year round, there is something extra special about cozying up on the couch with a warm beverage or eating a hearty soup in the months from October to December. I'm guessing it's because the holidays are just around the corner and the weather is finally starting to turn cold. But I have to be honest. I've never actually had a Starbucks pumpkin spice latte...or any store-bought pumpkin spice latte for that matter. I have, however, made numerous homemade pumpkin spices lattes and this recipe is by far my favorite!
Pumpkin Spice Latte Ingredients
There are tons of different recipes for pumpkin spice lattes on the web and you can obviously buy the famous PSL from Starbucks if you want. Sadly, Starbuck's pumpkin spice lattes aren't vegan. I also am not a big fan of some of the weird ingredients that are used in their pumpkin spice lattes.
Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Ingredients:
Milk, Pumpkin Spice Sauce [Sugar, Condensed Skim Milk, Pumpkin Puree, Contains 2% Or Less Of Fruit And Vegetable Juice For Color, Natural Flavors, Annatto, Salt, Potassium Sorbate], Brewed Espresso, Whipped Cream [Cream (Cream, Mono And Diglycerides, Carageenan), Vanilla Syrup (Sugar, Water, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid)], Pumpkin Spice Topping [Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg, Clove, Sulfiting Agents].
Sure, an occasional PSL from Starbucks isn't going to kill you, but I want one EVERYDAY! That's why I love this homemade version which is made with real pumpkin, sweetened with maple syrup and made rich and creamy from whole cashews. Oh yeah, those are ingredients I could jump on board with!
Pumpkin Spice Recipe
Obviously, one of the ingredients making a pumpkin spice lattes is, well, pumpkin spice. If you don't have pumpkin spice in your pantry already, you can always make a homemade pumpkin spice mix by mixing together
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves.
Make a double...triple... quadruple batch of this simple recipe and enjoy pumpkin spice lattes all fall long.
Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL)
- 1 cup brewed hot coffee
- 3 tablespoons pumpkin purée
- 2 tablespoons cashews soaked*
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup**
- ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- whipped cream, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon
- Drain your soaked cashews and then place all of the ingredients into a high speed blender* and blend until frothy and smooth.
- Pour into a mug and top with optional toppings if desired. Enjoy!
Emily Swanson says
I've always thought that the pumpkin spice latte would be so much easier and even yummier and fresher to make at home and cheaper! Yours looks SOOOO creamy; it makes me wish I liked coffee, but I'm thinking I might still like it because it's pumpkin.
Oh that’s tricky! Yeah, I’d be interested to know if you like PSLs even if you’re not a coffee fan!
Do you think coconut milk would work as a milk substitute ?
Hi Maribeth! Do you mean coconut milk from a can or carton? The cashews add so much creaminess and richness without watering down the recipe. I think a few tablespoons of full fat canned coconut milk would work great! Or even the thick coconut cream from canned coconut milk. If you have coconut milk in a carton you could try a shot of espresso and 1 cup of the coconut milk. Let me know what you end up trying or if you have any other questions!
I've never had a pumpkin spice latte, but your version sounds really good! I've been making turmeric and matcha flavored milks, just water, nut or seed milk, sweetener and turmeric with spices or matcha. I like to keep them in the fridge and then just warm them up in the micro. Do you eat turmeric or matcha?
Hi! Yes, I love both match and turmeric lattes! And I hope you can try out this pumpkin spice latte recipe. I bet you’d love it if you like those other drinks!! Let me know if you give it a try!