10-minutes Starbucks copycat pumpkin spice latte recipe

– with vegan Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Version

This creamy, rich 10-minute Starbucks copycat Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe is a steaming decadent morning treat…or any time of the day treat. It’s luxe, satisfyingly creamy, pumpkin spiced, and topped with luscious whipped cream. Your mornings, afternoon treats, and days just got a whole lot tastier.

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Sweater weather, cozy dinners, and cold crisp air. Pumpkin season means cozy hot drinks…and nothing says cozy like quiet mornings with a cup of this delicious pumpkin spice latte. Get ready to skip the lines to Starbucks and try this deliciously creamy, budget-friendly, mouthwateringly good PSL recipe that you’ll be making on repeat. Just throw out all your other pumpkin drinks, because this easy PSL recipe is all you need. And it comes with a vegan version that’s just as creamy, just as tasty, and 1000% the best vegan pumpkin spice latte recipe I’ve ever tried.

The Best and only Starbucks Copycat PSL Recipe you will ever need + amazing easy vegan PSL version

It’s a simple quick recipe that’s ready in less than 10-minutes, but the taste is rich, complex, and irresistibly cozy. This PSL recipe features real pumpkin purée, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, and the creamiest latte texture. Yum.

As a general life rule, I go for quick and easy recipes…and I rarely take the time to make hot drinks and enjoy the cozy season. But this PSL is so good that I happily take the time to make it every single day. Plus, it comes together to creamy perfection in less than 10-minutes.

While most drinks requires too much effort for me, this easy vegan Pumpkin latte is just the right level of minimal effort delivering maximum cozy warm pumpkin flavors.

Ingredients to make the best easy homemade pumpkin spice latte recipe

Milk – use your preferred dairy or non-dairy milk. I prefer using oat milk as it makes the latte incredibly creamy and delicious. Other great plant milk options for a pumpkin spice latte are almond milk or coconut milk.

Pumpkin purée – you can use canned pumpkin purée (I always do) or take the recipe a step up and use your favorite homemade pumpkin purée.

Coffee – you can use hot or cold coffee as you please depending on whether you want a hot or cold latte. For the best Starbucks copycat pumpkin spice latte, I recommend using a dark coffee or even better espresso. Dark coffee adds so many layers and depth to the latte turning it into a dark decadent treat. For an iced pumpkin spice latte, you can use cold coffee and add 1-2 ice cubes to the drink right before serving.

Sweetness – for the decadent sweetness I always use syrup because it creates a luxe depth of flavor and enhances the creaminess. You can use any type of syrup you prefer, but maple syrup comes highly recommended by my tastebuds. If you don’t have syrup you can use regular sugar, brown sugar for even more depth of flavor, or coconut sugar.

Vanilla flavor – I usually use real vanilla scraped fresh from the vanilla pods and added to the milk as it warms…but you can also use vanilla extract, or even vanilla powder if you prefer.

Whipped cream – topping with whipped cream is optional, but for a truly decadent pumpkin spice latte recipe whipped cream is a must. For a vegan version, use whipped cashew cream or whipped coconut cream for the tastiest creamy melty cream topping.

The Best PSL Blend

Pumpkin Pie Spice – the star of the show, or should I say drink, is the pumpkin pie spice. You can use a store-bought pumpkin pie spice blend, or make your own pumpkin pie spice blend. See my favorite pumpkin pie spice blend mix below.

Making your own pumpkin pie spice blend is easy and so tasty. You can use the spice blend for bread, in cakes (and pumpkin pie of course), savory stews, golden milk lattes, and hot cocoa.

Homemade pumpkin pie spice blend

Ingredients to make homemade pumpkin pie spice blend

Makes about 4 ounces

Ready in 5 minutes

  • 4 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • A teaspoon ground cloves

How to make homemade pumpkin spice mix blend

  • Add all the ingredients to a small mixing bowl or jar.
  • Mix to combine all the spices completely and store them in a sealed jar.

How to make the best easy pumpkin spice latte ever

  • Grab a freshly brewed Cup of strong coffee, pumpkin pie spice, and pumpkin puree.
  • Next, add milk to a pot along with pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin purée, vanilla, and syrup, and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Whisk or stir to combine everything into a creamy drink, but don’t let it come to a boil.
  • Now, pour the coffee into the hot milk and whisk to combine. Once it’s a creamy warm latte, pour the drink into cups and top generously with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.
  • Enjoy.

Do you prefer your PSL as an iced pumpkin spiced latte? You’re in luck. I’m about to share the super easy steps to make your own iced PSL. All the ingredients are the same, but the way to make the latte differs. Let’s go through it step-by-step.

How to make the best iced pumpkin spice latte (just like Starbucks or even better)

First, you need 2 shots of espresso or very strong dark coffee. Grab all the pumpkin spice latte ingredients and dump them all in a blender: milk (dairy or plant milk), coffee, maple syrup, and spices. Blend until everything is combined and creamy.

Take a taste test and add more syrup or pumpkin pie spice if needed.

Next, add ice cubes to a glass and pour the pumpkin latte into the glass. Top generously with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.

Enjoy immediately.

Tips to take your pumpkin spice latte recipe to the next level

Extra light and creamy latte – Use a milk frother to froth your milk until it’s foamy and light (usually about 30-seconds).

Espresso – use an espresso machine and your favorite coffee blend to make a strong dark cup of espresso for extra depth of flavor.

What to serve with your PSL

Frequently asked questions about frothing cold foam

How do you froth cold foam?

Pour milk and syrup into a bowl and use a milk frother to froth. Froth the milk for 20-30 seconds, or until the foam is fluffy and stabilized.

What milk is best to make cold foam?

The best milk to use when making cold foam is 2% fat milk or low-fat milk.

How to make cold foam without a frother?

Add milk and syrup to a resealable jar, close the lid tightly, and shake for 30-seconds or until the milk is a frothy foam.

Can you froth oat milk?

Yes. Oat milk is one of the best plant mills to froth.

FAQ – Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Latte

What is really in a pumpkin spice latte?

A grande pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks contains 2% milk, two shots of espresso, four pumps of pumpkin spice sauce, and whipped cream on top. Plus a light dusting of pumpkin pie spice on top.

Is a pumpkin spice latte healthy?

Not really. The pumpkin in itself has great health benefits, containing vitamins and minerals. Depending on the milk and whipped cream type you choose, the PSL can be quite healthy as there are healthy fatty acids and nutrients in both cashew cream and coconut cream.

What is Starbucks pumpkin sauce made of?

It’s a secret ingredient but is said to be a mixture of mostly sugar, condensed milk, and pumpkin puree. The original recipe didn’t feature any pumpkin, but after customer complaints, Starbucks added pumpkin purée to the sauce in 2015.

How do I make a skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte?

Use skim milk and leave out the whipped cream for a much lighter PSL version. For a skinny vegan PSL leave out the whipped cream and use oat milk in the latte.

10-minute Starbucks copycat pumpkin spice latte recipe with vegan version

This creamy, rich 10-minute Starbucks copycat Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe is a steaming decadent morning treat…or any time of the day treat. It’s luxe, satisfyingly creamy, pumpkin spiced, and topped with luscious whipped cream. Your mornings, afternoon treats, and days just got a whole lot tastier.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword vegan, vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 drinks
Author Simone – Munchyesta.com

Equipment

  • 1 Frother optional

Ingredients

  • 2 cups 2% Milk for the vegan version, use oat milk or almond milk
  • 2 tbsp Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1-3 tbsp Syrup add more if you want it to be sweeter 
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla
  • 1 cup Freshly Brewed Strong Coffee preferably espresso 

For serving

  • Whipped Cream for the vegan version use, whipped cashew cream or coconut cream
  • Pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon and nutmeg powder mixed together
  • A Pinch of Chocolate Flakes

Homemade pumpkin pie spice blend

  • 4 tbsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 3 tsp Ginger Powder
  • 1 tsp Allspice Powder
  • tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Ground Cloves

Instructions

How to make homemade pumpkin spice mix blend

  • Add all the ingredients to a small mixing bowl or jar.
    Mix to combine all the spices completely and store them in a sealed jar.

Making the PSL

  • Grab a freshly brewed Cup of strong coffee, pumpkin pie spice, and pumpkin puree. 
  • Next, add milk to a pot along with pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin purée, vanilla, and syrup, and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Whisk or stir to combine everything into a creamy drink, but don’t let it come to a boil.
  • Now, pour the coffee into the hot milk and whisk to combine. Once it’s a creamy warm latte, pour the drink into cups and top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.
    Enjoy.

Notes

You can store the leftover pumpkin coffee in the refrigerator and reheat it later.
Just add the whipped cream right before serving.

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