Homemade pumpkin spice latte! Plus, a fun pumpkin mocha version, too!

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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte @dessertfortwo

I’m taking issue with myself for how early I started drinking pumpkin spice lattes this year.

It’s never been as early as September. This much I know. My birthday is at the end of this month (OMG THE BIG 3-0!), so Fall does not start until then for me.

But, after a summer of drinking nothing but hot lemon water and green tea, the cold snap last week deemed pumpkin acceptable in my head. I couldn’t predict that the weather would climb back up to 90-degrees, and I’d be left sitting there sipping a hot drink in an Indian summer.

But, hey, at least my homemade pumpkin spice latte has real pumpkin in it. And that’s just vitamins, don’t argue me on this, please!

So, I copied the method for this pumpkin spice latte that tastes better than Starbucks from The Kitchn. I made a minor adjustment to the pumpkin spice mixture, and I swapped sugar for honey because I don’t need sugar guilt in the morning.

I think this homemade pumpkin spice latte is perfect. And I really do think it’s better than Starbucks.

Bravo, The Kitchn! Everything you do is amazing, but this drink especially so.

Pumpkin Spice Latte at home @dessertfortwo

Homemade pumpkin spice latte recipe variation:

If you want to make a mocha version of this drink, stir in an additional 1 teaspoon of chocolate extract. I use the Nielsen Massey chocolate extract. Then, before serving, drizzle your glass with chocolate sauce.

While you’re at it, go ahead and drizzle the whipped cream on top, too. You’ve got nothing to lose. Chocolate also = vitamins and antioxidants!

Pumpkin Mocha Latte @dessertfortwo

And right now you’re thinking: Two whole tablespoons of vanilla?! Of course that must be a typo. While my recipes are almost always riddled with typos (serious high fives to the reader that always catches them for me!), this one is not a typo. It’s precisely what makes this latte better than the coffee shop’s. Along with the real pumpkin and honey. Oh, and special spice mixture. Ok, you get it.

This homemade pumpkin spice latte rocks. Do it!

Yield: 2

Pumpkin Spice Lattes

Pumpkin Spice Lattes

Make your own pumpkin spice lattes at home that are better than Starbucks!

Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (homemade recipe below)
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 shots espresso (or 2/3 cup strong coffee)
  • whipped cream for serving
  • 1 teaspoon chocolate extract (optional, for mocha version)
  • chocolate sauce for glass (optional, for mocha version)

Homemade pumpkin pie spice:

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. For the pumpkin spice latte version: In a small sauce pan over medium heat, add the spice, pumpkin and honey. Cook while constantly stirring until it starts to simmer, about 45 seconds.
  2. Next, stir in the milk and vanilla. Bring to a slight simmer while constantly stirring.
  3. Next, use an immersion blender (or transfer the mixture to a blender carefully) and blend until frothy.
  4. Divide the espresso between two glasses, and divide the latte mixture on top. Top with whipped cream and serve.
  5. For the mocha version: In a small sauce pan over medium heat, add the spice, pumpkin and honey. Cook while constantly stirring until it starts to simmer, about 45 seconds.
  6. Next, stir in the milk, vanilla, and chocolate extract. Bring to a slight simmer while constantly stirring.
  7. Next, use an immersion blender (or transfer the mixture to a blender carefully) and blend until frothy.
  8. Add chocolate sauce to the two glasses, and add the coffee or espresso. Pour the frothy pumpkin latte mixture on top, and then top with whipped cream. Drizzle extra chocolate sauce on the whipped cream.
  9. Combine all ingredients, and store in an air-tight jar.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 735 Total Fat: 17g Carbohydrates: 123g Protein: 17g
pumpkin spice latte better than starbucks