Homemade Pumpkin Spice Lattes are the perfect chilly weather coffee. Whip these up for your friends and family, and save money instead of hitting that drive through. So cozy and delicious!
During the colder months of the year (here in Texas), I tend to hit up the drive through for a fun latte when I’m out running errands. I love the different flavors at Starbucks, in particular, and each fall I drink more than my share of PSLs (aka pumpkin spice lattes).
So this year, I decided to try something new and make my own. Being in stay-at-home mode (thanks 2020) makes it easier to take on new projects in the kitchen, and this one involves saving hard-earned money. Let’s face it – $6 lattes are kinda crazy!
These PSLs are so many things:
- Full of fall flavors – pumpkin, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice.
- Free of refined sugars – thanks to pure maple syrup.
- A perfect balance of coffee to milk.
- Simple to make.
- A great way to save a few bucks!
Ingredients needed for Homemade Pumpkin Spice Lattes:
- Coffee – Use a double shot of espresso or some strong brewed coffee.
- Milk – I used 2% milk, but use your favorite milk.
- Pumpkin – The pumpkin puree is key for a tasty latte!
- Maple Syrup – This sweetener adds just the right amount of flavor.
- Vanilla – Another flavor enhancer!
- Pumpkin Pie Spice – Use as much as you like for that pumpkin spice taste.
- To serve – I occasionally add some additional frothed milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
How to make Homemade Pumpkin Spice Lattes:
These are quick to make, but do make sure you take time to whisk the mixture well while it heats up.
- Make the coffee. I use an espresso machine and make a double shot. You can also make strong coffee in any machine or pot.
- Measure out ingredients. In a small saucepan, combine the brewed coffee, milk, pure maple syrup, vanilla, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie spice.
- Heat up lattes. Heat up the latte mixture and whisk as you go. I recommend cooking it over medium heat to avoid boiling, and whisk often to get everything well combined.
- Serve. Pour hot mixture into mugs, add some additional frothed milk (optional), a sprinkle of cinnamon, and a cinnamon stick. DRINK!
Variations to this recipe:
- I prefer to use espresso in these lattes, but if you don’t have one, just brew some extra strong coffee. You can also use cold brew since that’s usually a stronger coffee.
- Instead of 2% milk, use another version. I don’t recommend skim milk (ever) but you could use 1%, whole milk, a mixture of milk and cream, almond milk, or anything you prefer, especially if you have an allergy.
- You can definitely use cane sugar instead of the pure maple syrup, or another liquid sweetener if you have a good substitute.
- Play around with the ratios if you are extra particular about your coffee order! I’m pretty fussy, but this combo suits me perfectly.
Some treats to go with these cozy lattes:
I believe you need a yummy treat (or two) to pair with these Pumpkin Spice lattes. Invite a friend over, put your feet up, and just catch up and enjoy!
Homemade Pumpkin Spice Lattes
- 1 cup espresso or strong coffee
- 1 3/4 cup 2% milk – or your favorite milk
- 4-5 Tablespoons pumpkin puree
- 2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup – or more for a sweeter latte (or you can use regular sugar, if desired)
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice – or as much as you like
- a sprinkle of cinnamon plus cinnamon sticks – to serve (optional)
- frothed milk – optional
- Make a strong cup of coffee or use a double shot of espresso. Pour into a small stockpot.
- Add the remaining ingredients – the milk, pumpkin, maple syrup, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice. Heat over medium heat and whisk until everything is well combined and piping hot. Do NOT boil.
- Pour into two coffee mugs, and add a sprinkle of cinnamon plus a cinnamon stick (optional). You can also add some frothed milk to the top of the mugs, if desired.