Pumpkin Latte

A homemade version of the Starbucks favorite Pumpkin Spice Latte, this Pumpkin Latte has real pumpkin and fall spices for a fraction of the cost.

This post was originally published on November 6, 2009. It has been updated with new photos and additional commentary in October 2020.

pumpkin latte with whipped cream on top

One of my favorite things about fall is the Pumpkin Spice Latte. I first noticed them at Starbuck’s years ago, and now it seems like every major coffee place carries a version of this delicious drink.

As good as they are, I find it hard to shell out almost $5 for a drink, so last year I found this Pumpkin Latte recipe. I really enjoyed it! Bob has a bit of a problem with the texture of the drink (it has pure pumpkin puree in it so it’s not quite as smooth as the more artificial drinks out there). If this bothers you, you can strain it through a fine mesh strainer to remove the larger pieces of pumpkin.

What I like is that you can make this recipe any way you want (kind of like at Starbuck’s!) – decaf, half caff, lower sugar, etc. It’s a nice alternative that allows you to stay in your warm cozy home and save a little money for the upcoming holiday season! 🙂

Recipe Details

Like the Easy Dalgona Whipped Coffees, this recipe can be adapted to suit your specific taste or dietary requirements. You may use regular or decaf coffee, any kind of sugar or sweetener, and any type of milk. The recipe calls for evaporated milk. It really does taste good, but you could certainly use other kind of milk or cream.

pumpkin latte ingredients

The coffee, milk, pumpkin, sugar, and pumpkin pie spice are combined in a microwavable 2-cup glass measuring cup. The mixture is heated until hot. Alternatively, you may heat it in a saucepan on the stove.

Once heated, the mixture is poured into a mug. If desired, you may place a small strainer over the mug and pour the latte through the strainer to remove larger pieces of pumpkin puree. This is a matter of preference, although I do not find it necessary for me.

I like to use a handheld milk frother to make it a little foamy. (I am linking a milk frother that has great reviews because I can’t find a link for the one I have).

milk frother
pumpkin latte in a mug

After the drink has been frothed, you can top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice!

pumpkin latte
Pumpkin Latte PIN

Original photos from post published on November 6, 2009:

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pumpkin latte

Pumpkin Latte

A homemade version of a favorite fall drink, this latte has real pumpkin and fall spices.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 2


  • 1 cup strong coffee
  • 2/3 cup evaporated fat free milk
  • 1/4 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons granulated sugar (or sweetener of your choice)
  • 1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or ground cinnamon

Optional toppings:

  • whipped cream
  • pumpkin pie spice or ground cinnamon (for sprinkling )


  • Combine coffee, evaporated milk, pumpkin, sugar, and pumpkin pie spice in a 2-cup microwave-safe glass measure or small saucepan. Heat until very hot. If using stove, use medium-low heat and stir occasionally.
  • Carefully pour into mugs. Top as desired. Tip: To make a foamy top to your latte, prepare as above and carefully transfer the mixture to a blender. Cover with lid, hold lid down with folded towel or potholder. Blend for 1 minute, then serve.


Source: Adapted from CooksRecipes.com
You’re Gonna Bake It After All
Keyword drink, fall, gluten free, pumpkin

11 thoughts on “Pumpkin Latte”

  • What a yummy treat to make at home! I bet this is so much better than anything you can buy. This has the real thing in it – not flavoring! Delicious!

  • Looks great! I love hot beverages of all stripes.

    Heh, I used to work at a Starbucks and I remember people would get furious when they couldn't get seasonal drinks out of season. It was kind of amusing.

  • I love the idea of using pumpkin puree. I can imagine it just kicks up the flavor beyond anything Starbucks can create. I need to try this as I am with you, I find it hard to pay $5 for a latte. Crazy.

  • LOVE this! I am totally making one tomorrow! I like that you can get it frothy by putting in the blender too – yum!

  • Ooh, I cannot wait to try this because of the actual pumpkin in it. I always look forward to the pumpkin lattes at Starbucks and right now I'm counting the days until the gingerbread latte is back! It's so fun to have seasonal things to look forward to!

  • I'm so happy you posted this recipe. I absolutely love pumpkin and this looks great for the holiday season. I actually work with Del Monte, and if you're looking to expand our dessert file, there are these new Fruit Chillers out that are great for frozen desserts. If you want to check out our site, you can get a recipe for a great homemade frozen yogurt! 🙂 Check it out and get some coupons too.

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