Thursday, September 8, 2011

DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte

There are two things I've heard people raving about this week: the cool autumn weather and Starbucks's Pumpkin Spice Latte being back in stores. So I figured what better time to introduce you to the Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe I found on Vanilla & Lace. It's ever so tasty, easy to make, and won't cost you an arm and a leg.

For 1 serving size* you'll need:
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/8 cup espresso or 1/4 cup really strong coffee

In a mason jar with a lid (or something that can be sealed & is microwavable; I improvised.) combine the milk, pumpkin and sugar.

Shake vigorously until it's slightly foamy and then microwave for one minute. Repeat this step until it's foamy and hot to your satisfaction. Add the vanilla extract and stir/shake lightly.

Pour it into your mug while holding back the foam with a spoon. Add your espresso/coffee. Then top it off with the foam.*

And that's IT! Enjoy your creamy delicious, affordable, Pumpkin Spice Latte!

If you try it, do let me know what you think. It's really the type of recipe you can play around with. If you prefer a more milky flavor over pumpkin (like Starbucks's) you can just adjust the portions of each to find your perfect combination. Happy Autumn! :-)

Link up your Thursday adventure here: Alicia's Homemaking.

Michaela Rae

*I doubled my recipe and actually skipped the foam part. 


  1. Yummy! I am definitely trying this recipe, especially since the weather is nice and crisp here. Thanks for sharing it!

  2. I just made some this morning too! However, the recipe I found called for 2 cups of milk. I like the idea of just one cup much more {I don't usually add any cream to my coffee, so I like it black and strong}. I'll have to give it another try this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

  3. This is so funny that you linked this up, because right as I clicked on your link, I was searching for a homemade pumpkin spice latte recipe in another window!!! Weird! Guess I'm going to make this one right now! :D

  4. I can't wait to try this. Pumpkin spice lattes are my favorite and Starbucks is the bane of my bank account so what a fabulous improvisation!

    This is the first time I've seen your blog as well, I can't wait to hear more about your life! I have my own little attempt at a blog going as well and would love some feedback from you on how to make it as captivating and interesting as possible. <3

  5. I'm not a huge fan of pumpkin, but this looks so good! I love your improvised bottle too.

  6. This is brilliant! I got my first PSL ever yesterday and was really wanting another but with the addition of soy it's a $5 drink and I didn't want to fork it over. Thanks for sharing, I hope to try this soon and will let you know!

  7. Thanks ladies!! Glad to hear that a couple of you tried it as well. I've heard two different reviews: too little pumpkin & too much. =P But I love that it can be played around with to find the perfect blend...


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