Healthy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte
Published Oct 10, 2012, Updated Jan 07, 2023
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Skip Starbucks and make this healthy homemade pumpkin spice latte made with almond milk at home. It’s easy to make, vegan and delicious!
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.
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 with ingredients you can pronounce, no added sugar and a low amount of calories. The best part? It doesn’t cost $4.00 a pop!
Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Ingredients
- brewed coffee – I used cold-brew pumpkin spice coffee but plain coffee or even 1-2 shots of espresso works great as well!
- unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- pumpkin puree – you can make your own or buy it! If you buy it, make sure the ingredient list is just “pureed pumpkin”… don’t accidentally buy pumpkin pie puree!
- pumpkin pie spice
- vanilla extract
- maple syrup – or sweetener of choice.
- sprinkle of cinnamon
Substitutions & Notes
Coffee – Like I mentioned, any coffee or espresso works for this drink!
Milk – I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk for another layer of flavor but any dairy-free milk would work!
Sweetener – I like using maple syrup best but I’m sure honey or another sweetener of your choice would be delicious too. I’ve tried it with Stevia for a sugar-free option and that worked great!
How to Make a Homemade PSL
There are two ways to make this!
With a handheld frother or blender: In a cup or saucepan, mix together almond milk and pumpkin. Cook on medium heat on the stovetop or microwave for 30-45 seconds. 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 an immersion blender – just process for 30 seconds or until foamy. Pour coffee into a large mug, add the foamy milk mixture on top. Sprinkle with cinnamon and enjoy!
With a Breville milk frother: Add the pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and maple syrup to your hot coffee. Froth cold almond milk in the Breville milk frother and pour over coffee. Sprinkle with cinnamon and enjoy!
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.
More Coffee Drinks to Try
- Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew
- Cold Brew Mocha Smoothie
- How to Make Cold Brew Coffee
- Whipped Coffee
- Creamy Iced Coffee in Your Blender
- Protein Coffee
Healthy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte
- 8 ounces brewed coffee, or 1-2 shots of espresso
- ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 3 Tablespoons canned pumpkin or homemade pumpkin puree
- ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup, or sweetener of choice
- sprinkle of cinnamon
- With a handheld frother or blender: 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. 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. Pour coffee into a large mug, add the foamy milk mixture on top. Sprinkle with cinnamon and enjoy!
- With Breville milk frother: add the pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and maple syrup to your hot coffee. Froth cold almond milk in the Breville milk frother and pour over coffee. Sprinkle with cinnamon and enjoy!
- Feel free to use your favorite sweetener here. Stevia works great if you’re looking for a sugar-free option.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
This year, all my favorite pumpkin finds are from your website!!
Yess! I am so happy to hear that you are loving all the pumpkin recipes this fall. Thank you so much for your review & star rating, I really appreciate it.
My new favorite fall drink! I don’t drink caffeine so I substituted with Dandy blend and it was perfect! Love all the pumpkin flavors and that it’s a healthy drink!
The only pumpkin spice latte I’ll drink! SO good, and no ingredients that make me feel bad for enjoying all season long. A must make this fall – or all year 🙂
Yes! I love that you are enjoying this recipe, Megan. Thank you for sharing your review + star rating, I really appreciate it!
I made this this morning for a mid morning treat, and OMG, it is amazing! I used unsweetened oat milk in my frother with the vanilla, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon. definitely a nice treat and much cheaper and healthier than starbucks. Thank you for another great recipe
WOO! I am excited to hear that you are loving this recipe, Andrea. Thank you so much for sharing your review + star rating, I so appreciate it!
Tried this out today and it is really delicious. The taste is so close the the real deal drink (maybe even slightly better since it doesn’t taste fake). I appreciate that it’s healthier with clean ingredients, and love that it’s way way cheaper to make at home. Only negative is I can feel the spices when I drink. They are a little powdery when I drink it, but it’s minor.
Hi Ann – Did you blend the mixture? I found that you don’t feel the spices as much when you blend it thoroughly. But I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe! Thank you so much for sharing your review + star rating.
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