Are you a latte lover? This Pumpkin Latte uses REAL pumpkin (not artificial syrup), and homemade spice blend.
Making a pumpkin spiced latte at home is really easy. No fancy equipment is needed.
Don’t get me wrong, I am a Starbucks fan. Since I love lattes so much, I had to figure out how not to break the bank. This way I can save and enjoy delicious lattes anytime I want! The perfect pairing with a pumpkin donut! Or maybe alongside a bowl of apple pudding.
How do enjoy yours made? I always order NO whip, and hubby seems to like a triple shot.
RECIPE and INSTRUCTIONS for making this pumpkin spice coffee can be found at the bottom of this post.
With fall just around the corner, I am ready for all the pumpkin recipes. The soups, casseroles, and chilis. Of course, pumpkin pie is a must during the holidays. I bet you never thought of using pumpkin puree in coffee?
This Pumpkin Coffee Recipe Needs:
Very basic ingredients:
- pumpkin puree
- pumpkin spice
- agave nectar
- strong brewed coffee
- cinnamon sugar (for topping the foam)
Artificial flavours will not cut it for me. This recipe uses canned pumpkin and homemade pumpkin spice. I use the recipe mix from Food Network, my favourite magazine of all!!
I don’t have a fancy espresso machine, do you? I would LOVE one, but unfortunately, in order for that to happen, it has to come with a LARGER kitchen! So at this point, a new house is not in the budget. But don’t let that stop you from making lattes. It’s easier than you think.
How To Make The Best Homemade Pumpkin Latte
All you need is strong coffee, hot milk and a handheld frother. I have been doing it this way for years. It works great. (Full instructions are in the recipe card below).
To heat the milk you can use a pot on the stove, or even microwave if you prefer. This (affiliate) handheld milk frother does an excellent job in creating lots of thick foam for topping your drinks.
Make some strong coffee, or if you have espresso use that. I have even used instant espresso and it works great. I know, you may think instant coffee sucks, but the espresso does a great job here.
Feel free to use any type of milk you wish, I used 1%. Non-dairy options work too.
Mix some canned pumpkin with the spice mix. I used some agave to sweeten, but go ahead and use honey or sugar if you like.
Mix the pumpkin into the hot coffee (no it won’t be lumpy), add the hot milk, top with foam, sprinkle on some cinnamon sugar for topping, and there you have it.
See, told you it was easy. Now if I could only figure out latte art.
You are probably wondering what you do with all the canned pumpkin that is left? Freeze it! Put enough in little freezer bags for a few lattes. Pull it out whenever you want to make a drink. Thaw under hot water, or pop it into the microwave for a few seconds (after you put it in a glass bowl, not the plastic bag).
Like with any great homemade recipe, you have room for making changes.
- Milk – I used 1% diary in this recipe. You can use full fat, skim or even dairy-free.
- Pumpkin Puree – I used canned. Homemade puree would be great as well.
- Sweetener – Agave nectar was my choice. Feel free to use honey, maple syrup, maple sugar or regular sugar. You may even choose to add no sweetener at all.
- Spice Blend – I always have a batch of homemade pumpkin spice blend on hand. You an easily buy it as well.
- Coffee – Any strong coffee will work in this DIY latte recipe. Instant espresso (affiliate) is super easy to work with. Got some extra cold brew around? Heat it up!
- Toppings – Cinnamon sugar is treat. Just plain cinnamon works. Nutmeg is another great choice. Maple sugar, vanilla sugar or raw sugar are great options.
Also know as pumpkin pie spice, it is a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger and cloves.
Whole dairy milk works best. It seems to have the optimal balance of fat, protein, sugar and water. Perfect for thick creamy foam.
Almond milk seems to be the top pick for a non-dairy version. Latte art may a little more difficult, but the foam is thick and sweet.
Oat milk is another great choice. The foam disappears a little faster, but it is smooth and creamy and easy to work with.
Soy milk makes a creamy, dense foam, but not great for latte art.
Now that you see how easy it is to make delicious lattes at home, here are a few more recipes you might like to try:
- If you love cafe mocha, then this latte made with chocolate milk is just what you need on a cool day.
- Switch things up with a holiday tea latte made with gingerbread tea and eggnog.
- Rum and eggnog latte is our favourite of all. We love sipping this while trimming the tree.
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Pumpkin Spice Latte Without Syrup
- 2 tablespoon canned pumpkin
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
- 1 ½ tablespoon agave nectar
- 2 cups strong coffee
- 1 cup milk ( I used 1%) (your choice, dairy or non-dairy, non fat to full fat)
- cinnamon sugar for topping (optional)
- Place pumpkin in a small glass bowl.2 tablespoon canned pumpkin
- Add the pumpkin spice mix and agave. Mix well.1 teaspoon pumpkin spice, 1 ½ tablespoon agave nectar
- Warm slightly in microwave to remove the chill (this way it won’t cool your coffee down too much).
- Make your strong coffee. This is where you can experiment with your coffee to milk ratio. We prefer 2:1 (2 parts coffee 1 part milk)2 cups strong coffee
- Heat the milk (either on the stove in a pot, or in the microwave).1 cup milk ( I used 1%)
- Using a hand frother, froth the milk.
- Put the coffee in a mug and add the pumpkin mixture. Stir well.
- Add the heated milk and stir.
- Top with the foam.
- Add the cinnamon sugar topping.cinnamon sugar for topping