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DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Clean Eating Recipe

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It’s finally pumpkin spice season and this dairy free pumpkin spice latte is just what you need to get you into the fall mood! This blend of pumpkin, fall spices, dairy free milk and natural sweeteners is even better than what you can get at a coffee shop and you can make it without leaving the house!

a 45 degree view of a large glass mug of pumpkin spice latte with whipped cream and sprinkled with cinnamon

Fall signifies 9 months of cold for us in Seattle. It can be rough but I have found that embracing the seasons makes it a little more tolerable! Once those red coffee cups make an appearance, it is time to pull out the warm seasonal drinks like this PSL and our favorite Peppermint Hot Chocolate.

The pumpkin spice latte Starbucks sells is delicious and it is what first got me hooked on the drink. But even with dairy free milk, it is loaded with calories and sugar! Not to mention, it is expensive! I had to find an alternative that tasted just as amazing. Also be sure to check out our Cafe Mocha recipe!

top view of a pumpkin spice latte in a large round glass mug. You can only see teh whipped cream and sprinkled cinnamon. Around the mug are cinnamon sticks and an orange pumpkin

Just look at that delicious dink!

Fun Fact: Starbucks is credited with starting the pumpkin spice latte craze in 2003. You can read more about the history on their Wikipedia page.

Watch us make it!

Ingredients You Need

There are quite a few ingredients in this recipe but they all play a role and you probably have them already!

  • Almond Milk – We always have almond milk on hand but use any milk substitute that you have. Oat milk or macadamia nut milk is great too!
  • Pumpkin Puree – If you want to make your own, try our pumpkin puree recipe or you can use canned pumpkin. Just be sure to buy pumpkin puree and not pumpkin fie filling.
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice – Whip up a batch of our pumpkin pie spice and keep it on hand for times like these! You can also use store bought pumpkin pie spice but the flavors may vary by brand.
  • Honey – If you want a vegan PSL, replace the honey with 1 Tablespoon of maple syrup
  • Maple Syrup – Sure, we could have just used honey, but the maple syrup adds a deep, delicious sweetness to the drink that honey doesn’t offer.
  • Vanilla Extract – This is optional, but if you have it on hand, I suggest you add it!
  • Coffee – Of course, we need coffee! An espresso shot would work great, but we make it with regular drip coffee. We have a pour over coffee maker which makes a coffee closer to the drip coffee you find in coffee shops and much stronger than your standard pot.
  • Dairy Free Whipped Cream (Optional) – We like to use Almond whipped cream in this recipe. Coconut whipped cream is delicious too but it does change the flavor slightly.

How To Make A Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

This dairy free pumpkin spice latte is easy to make. You can be sipping on one in no time!

  1. Make your coffee! This part will take the longest, so be sure to start here
  2. Heat the milk, pumpkin puree, honey and maple syrup in a small saucepan and stir so it doesn’t burn. You want to heat it just until the steam starts to appear. Then turn off the heat
  3. Mix in the remaining ingredients and enjoy!
  4. Ooh, the best part – for the full coffee house effect, top it off with some almond whipped cream!! Delish!
top view of a glass of pumpkin spice latte with no whipped cream on a square wooden board

The honey adds a nice flavor but the maple syrup adds the sweetness that you’re used to. Don’t expect this to taste like the coffee stand lattes. Instead, think of it as a different, but equally delicious, drink.

What is the best canned pumpkin?

Fresh pumpkin puree is delicious, but we don’t always have time to make it. I like to make a large batch and then freeze it in 1 cup portions for later (if you haven’t already, check out Supercubes). But that isn’t always possible.

When buying pumpkin puree, do your best to find 100 percent pureed pumpkin. I buy it from Thrive Market, but you may be able to find it in your local grocery store as well. This is my favorite brand:

clean pumpkin spice latte
Libby’s is always a great choice and can be found almost anywhere! But stock up now…remember that pumpkin shortage last Thanksgiving??

Frequently Asked Questions About Pumpkin Spice Lattes

Can I make this a vegan pumpkin spice latte?

You can with just one easy step! Omit the honey and add an extra Tablespoon of maple syrup.

What is the best canned pumpkin?

Everyone knows and loves Libby’s canned pumpkin, but my favorite is an organic pumpkin from Farmer’s Market (that is the brand name). Look for it in a box rather than a can

Can pumpkin spice lattes be made ahead of time?

Yes they can. I would recommend making the latte and storing it in the fridge. When you are ready to drink it, heat it up and then add your whipped cream.

Can I drink this as an iced pumpkin spice latte?

You sure can! Follow the same recipe but let it chill in the fridge before serving. When you are ready to drink it, pour it over some ice and enjoy!

Does pumpkin spice latte taste good?

Yes, Yes, Yes! Oddly enough, it does not taste like pumpkin. It tastes more like pumpkin pie spices. It’s a very distinctive flavor that can best be described as “Fall”!

More Delicious Drinks You Might Enjoy!

45 degree view of a large glass mug with brown coffee and topped with whipped cream and sprinkled with cinnamon

Dairy Free Pumpkin Spice Latte

Yield: 2 Cups
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This blend of pumpkin, fall spices, dairy free milk and natural
sweeteners is even better than what you can get at a coffee shop and you
can make without leaving the house!


  • 2 cups Almond Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Pumpkin puree
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 2/3 Cups Coffee


  1. Add milk, pumpkin puree, honey and maple syrup in a small sauce
  2. Place on stove and whisk over medium low heat until steaming but not
  3. Remove from heat and mix in vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice and coffee.
  4. Pour in to 2 mugs and sprinkle with remaining pumpkin pie spice. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 140Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 14mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 23gProtein: 1g

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By on August 9th, 2017

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5 thoughts on “DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Clean Eating Recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    Its only two months into 2019 and I already can’t wait for the next holiday season. In fact, since its still snowing, I think its a good enough excuse to make this TONIGHT! Warm and cozy!


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