Healthy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

Healthy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

Skip Starbucks and make this healthy homemade pumpkin spice latte made with almond milk at home.

More pumpkin… are you surprised?

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

Probably not.

If you like the thought of a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks but would rather skip the extra calories and sugar, you are going to LOVE the homemade version I’m featuring today. It’s crazy to me that even the smallest size (a tall) non-fat, no whip PSL from Starbucks has 200 calories and 37 grams of sugar! The sugary syrup is the culprit. It contains sugar, condensed nonfat milk, sweet condensed nonfat milk and a few other ingredients including coloring and artificial flavors. It’s also good to know this incase you are vegan considering even if you order a soy latte without the whipped cream, it’s not vegan since the syrup has dairy.

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte

I’m all about keeping my food/beverages as natural as possible, which is why I love this homemade pumpkin spice latte. You can have a pumpkin spice latte any day of the week (and feel good about it) because it contains all natural ingredients, no added sugar and a low amount of calories. The best part = it doesn’t cost $4.00 a pop. 🙂

Healthy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

5.0 from 3 reviews
Healthy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte
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Serves: 1
  • 8 ounces brewed coffee (or 1-2 shots of espresso)
  • ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 3 Tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2-3 drops of liquid stevia (or sweetener of choice)
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  1. In a cup or sauce pan, mix together almond milk and pumpkin. Cook on medium heat on the stove top or microwave for 30-45 seconds.
  2. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla, spices and sweetener, place in a cup and use a frother to foam the milk. You can also use a blender - just process for 30 seconds or until foamy.
  3. Pour coffee into a large mug, add the foamy milk mixture on top. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Enjoy!

I used cold-brewed Pumpkin Spice coffee from Fresh Market, which tasted divine, but you can certainly use any flavor coffee you love. And then the magic happens! I used to have a mini frother that does such a good job at making foamy milk without a milk steamer but I now own a Breville Milk Frother. It’s more expensive but it’s way better. I highly recommend it.

Healthy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

Grab a cute mug like this monogram mug from Anthropologie and drink up!

You might find some pumpkin pulp at the bottom of your glass and that’s totally normal. Starbucks would have it too — if they were using natural ingredients and not syrup.

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  1. You’ve never ever been punched before?!? Are you an only child? I have two brothers and I barely made it to adolescence, let alone punch-free!

  2. Ahhh, I’ve seen one of those mini frothers before and thought how badly I needed one. Totally scoping out where to find one soon!

    I love your alternative because yes, as someone who follows a vegan diet, sucks when the pumpkin urge hits!! Plus, I WANT a PSL that actually has pumpkin in it – so I’ll take the pumpkin residue at the bottom of a mug any day 😉

  3. Have so much fun at your bachelorette party! Do you know where you are going? I don’t like latte’s but I love Pumpkin! hehe

    I got punched by my brother growing up a lot. He played football and always would make me play with him. My mom would always tell me to go do gymnastics or something but I always wanted to play with my brother 🙂

  4. Feel better!!

    Also I am making this this weekend..thank you! xo

  5. I hope you feel better soon!

    Also, I am making this latte ASAP! You know my pumpkin obsession runs deep 🙂

  6. I also woke up sick yesterday and went to the clinic and got some antibiotics. I have a history of getting strep throat so I wanted to get proactive with this. Hope you feel better!

  7. LOVE this idea – I’ve made it with pumpkin puree in the past, but heating it with the milk probably makes it a lot smoother. Using pumpkin coffee too is a great idea. 🙂

  8. I make my pumpkin spice latte with 1 or 2 tsp of organic, unsulphured molasses. It really takes it to the next level 😉

  9. It’s like I wrote this post. 1. We were just looking at milk frothers at whole foods this weekend. 2. Woke up with a sore throat and downed some emergen-c. I need to feel better before the weekend bc we’re headed to Ft. Lauderdale for 4 days. 3. Love pumpkin and will have to try this recipe. Once in awhile I’ll treat myself to a coffee with ONE PUMP pumpkin. I don’t like all that sugar. This is a FANTASTIC alternative.

    Hope you feel better so you can enjoy your weekend!

  10. I adore that mug. I’m guessing Anthro? Last time I was there I liked every single fun initial mug EXCEPT the one that had G on it. Figures.

  11. Thanks so much for this yummo-gem. I shared over on my page and a number of my biz friends picked right up on it and shared along. Will share at and through my fb page and blog and, as I connected on your fb page. Great thoughts, ideas and pics! Thanks, Jennifer

  12. ughhhh im sick too britty! steve and i both have wicked colds right now, and we have a wedding on saturday that we have to be well for! i cant believe your b party is this weekend!!!!!!!!!!! so exciting!! (and this looks amazing btw)

  13. So I’ve actually never HAD a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks!!! I know, I’m lame. But I should just make this instead and then I’ll never even KNOW the difference 😉 haha

  14. OK so many things to say about this post 1) It makes me sad how sugary and loaded with crap the pumpkin syrup is at Starbucks, I was craving something like this and went to order one but thankfully when I ordered it with soy the girl working told me about the dairy in the syrup so I passed. 2) I have that mini frother and I am not sure what I am doing wrong but I never can get my milk that frothy. Any tips? 3) Great photos 🙂

  15. If you get it with soy, it also may be sweeter than the default 2%. The soy Starbucks uses is a sweetened vanilla soy when soy milk is requested. So, just FYI, if anyone thinks they are by passing calories by choosing soy, think again.

    Another thing, be sure if you are getting a PSL with soy, you tell them if you want it without whipped cream. That is another default for the beverage.

    Finally, for all the vegans out there, but just in case you don’t consume bee products don’t get a soy chai. The chai syrup, yes it is syrup (no coffee in this beverage), contains honey. However you could ask for a hot chai tea, the one with the tea bag and ask them to top it off with steamed soy. The steamed soy shouldn’t be extra, unless you want to forgo the hot water. I wouldn’t recommend that though because your tea bag won’t steep correctly.

    Hope this helps!

  16. I’m so impressed! I’ll definitely make this 🙂

  17. Yum!! I love the treat of a pumpkin spice latte, but I soo need to try this recipe out! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  18. Oh my! I am a sucker for pumpkin spice latte so I really have to try this! 🙂

  19. Love this! I actually haven’t even had a pumpkin spice latte yet this season haha

  20. Hello from Spain

  21. So excited that you posted this! I’ve missed out on the Starbucks PSL for the last three years because 1. I developed a strong dislike for Starbucks coffee (too bitter) and 2. just don’t feel right about ordering the healthier version (me and soy do not get along). Sitting down to enjoy my Saturday morning mug of coffee, as opposed to gulping it down on a work day, has become a ritual in my house, so I will be making this tomorrow. I don’t have a frother, so hopefully my blender will do the trick.

  22. HUNNIE! This is the BEST EVER! I’m sipping on it right now and am IN LOVE!

  23. OH yes-perfect for Fall!!!
    Feel better and have a great time at your party!

  24. Definitely going to try this lovely warm beverage!

  25. yum, this looks so good. Beautiful mug as well. where’s it from?

  26. This looks absolutely divine, yum! Perfect for a crisp fall morning like today 🙂

  27. Wish I had found this one cup sooner. Thank you. Haven’t tried it yet so can’t rate it but from the recipe I used, it looks like a 5.

  28. Penny Pincher says:

    Love this recipe! It’s so easy to make with my cold-brewed coffee (did a 1:1 coffee/water ratio for a more expresso-y taste). I don’t write comments often, but I just had to thank you for saving my wallet and waistline from Starbucks, this tastes even better than the PSL!

  29. I just wanted to say I am so very thankful that there are people out there that realize the way to better health is not “low fat” or sugarless and full of nonfood junk that it is ALL NATURAL. I analyzed this recipe and it came in at

    50 Calories from Fat 17
    Total Fat 1.9g3%
    Trans Fat 0.0g
    Cholesterol 0mg0%
    Sodium 98mg4%
    Total Carbohydrates 8.4g3%
    Dietary Fiber 2.2g9%
    Sugars 2.4g
    Protein 1.4g
    Vitamin A 148% • Vitamin C 4%
    Calcium 18% • Iron 8%

    Verses: Starbucks
    Calories 300 Calories from Fat 100
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 11g 17%
    Saturated Fat 7g 35%
    Trans Fat 0g
    Cholesterol 45mg 15%
    Sodium 170mg 7%
    Total Carbohydrate 39g 13%
    Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
    Sugars 38g
    Protein 11g
    Vitamin A15%Vitamin C0%Calcium40%Iron0%
    Caffeine 75mg**

    OUCH is all I can say. I did make sure to keep it oh so healthy by using my own organic sugar-pumpkin puree and my own fresh almond milk with real vanilla bean.
    thank you!

  30. OH MY is all I can say. I just finished a cup and want another…but it does have caffeine and it is afternoon 🙁 I love this comparison from Amity, thank you! I also make my own almond milk, but added a tiny splash of heavy cream…sorry, I just was missing the creaminess. Still a winner in my eyes!

  31. foodandcrafts says:

    I need this! Cant wait to make it.

  32. I have a breville milk steamer. which I have used everyday since I bought it almost 3 years ago.
    But, I cannot get almond milk to froth, it gets hot but almost zero foam.
    which brand do you use. I have tried silk and blue diamond


  33. This looks amazing!! I’ve been wanting to find an alternative to this classic fall drink that isn’t filled with lord only knows, but natural ingredients! Thanks so much for sharing:)

  34. Quick question has anyone stored this milk/cream for another day? Think I can whip up a batch and store it in the fridge for the am? TIA

  35. This recipe was just what I needed to round out my collection of healthy ways to use leftover canned pumpkin. I linked to this recipe and mentioned your blog in today’s blog post 🙂

  36. Kathleen Wilson says:

    I was interested in not only the recipe but also where did you get that mug!? Please let me know if that information is available. Thank you!

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