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Pumpkin Spice Latte

I don’t know about you all but I take my coffee strong and black. No cream, no sugar just good ol’ plain black coffee. However, I have a dirty little secret. Every autumn I get really excited when Starbucks comes out with their pumpkin spice lattes. Gasp! I know, they’re full of horrible ingredients, they are WAY too sweet but for some reason I can’t get enough of them. They’re so bad that they’re good!

Anyhow, since we don’t live very close to a Starbucks I don’t get my pumpkin spice latte fix very often. Thank god our sugar pumpkin harvest is in full force and we are rich with hundreds of pounds of these lovely beauties.

Since it is finally fall (one more day to go!) I thought this would be an appropriate recipe to share. If I don’t say so myself these are 100 times better than Starbucks’s version and full of real farm fresh ingredients. Taylor who also takes his coffee black has turned into a pumpkin spice latte guy every couple of mornings when I decided to whip these up. The recipe is simple and I lightly adapted it from The Kitchn. I hope you all enjoy this morning treat as much as we do. Tis the season for pumpkins, warm drinks, and new morning rituals. Cheers.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Prep Time: 5 minutes    Cook Time: 5 minutes    Serves: 2 large lattes

  • 2 Tablespoons cooked fresh pumpkin puree (from the can is fine too)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice blend
  • tiny pinch of freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons pure vanilla extract (seems like a lot but is necessary!)
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk (homemade preferred)
  • 1/2-1 cup strong coffee


  1. Heat the pumpkin, almond milk, pumpkin pie spice, and ground black pepper in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer-don't boil! Stir until the pumpkin and spices have blended well with the milk.
  2. Stir in the maple syrup and pure vanilla extract. Remove from heat.
  3. Carefully pour the milk mixture into a high speed blender and whirl away until frothy and blended.
  4. Make the coffee and divide among two mugs. Depending on how strong you like add 1/2 cup of coffee to each mug and top with the frothed milk. If you want it stronger add more coffee. Enjoy!


*Use this recipe as a guide. *Adjust measurements and ingredients as necessary. *Taste test as you go and always use your own personal judgment with the ingredients.

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13 thoughts on “Pumpkin Spice Latte

  1. Autumn says:

    Hi sounds yummy! But do you think I could use tea?

    1. Andrea says:

      I haven’t tried this with tea so I cannot confirm how it will turn out. It may be worth a try though 🙂 Let me know if you give it a whirl.

  2. Rachel says:

    I too drink my coffee strong & black, and funny enough I was just having a conversation with my better half about the yummy (and terrible-for-you!) pumpkin coffee drinks available this time of year! Extra special thanks to you for posting this – I will be whipping up this drink very soon!

  3. Karolyn says:

    I can’t WAIT to make this for me and my mister! He loves those lattes and I haven’t had one since going vegan over a year ago. Thank you so much for the recipe!!!

    1. Andrea says:

      I hope you enjoy these as much as we do!!! Let me know how they turn out! Cheers to pumpkin season.

  4. This looks absolutely lovely for the beginning of fall.. I’m not a coffee drinker so I would enjoy this without coffee and just let the blender run longer so it warms it.

    1. Andrea says:

      These will be lovely minus the coffee too! If you do that maybe add less syrup since the bitterness of the coffee won’t offset it! Cheers and let me know when you try these!

  5. Francesca says:

    Black pepper!? I’m amazed, but I trust you! (I’m scared)

    1. Andrea says:

      Don’t be scared! The black pepper adds a lovely (subtle) kick. Just a small punch! I can’t wait for you to try these!

  6. Allison says:

    I just bought a sugar pumpkin the other day! They’re one of the best things about fall. So sweet and versatile. Love the idea of making you own PSL latte at home. I live waaaay out in the country, nearly an hour to a starbucks, so making my own is always the way to go. Plus, way tastier, I’m sure!!! Great recipe 🙂

    1. Andrea says:

      Cheers to making your own PSL! Let me know if you give this a whirl.

  7. Alex says:

    Just wanted to say that I am absolutely in L-O-V-E with your blog and everything that you are your husband stand for. And, of course, your recipes are amazing! Simple, wholesome, fresh, and tasty 🙂 My boyfriend (an avid carnivore who is on his way to becoming a vegetarian without even knowing it!) and I are looking forward to your next post!

    1. Andrea says:

      Thank you for such a lovely comment and for following us along! Cheers!

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