Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

Unless you steer clear of all things coffee, chances are you've heard about Starbucks' pumpkin spice latte. The drink has what can only be described as a cult following, although just as many people are quick to turn their noses up at the autumnal beverage. Nevertheless, with over 400 million pumpkin spice lattes sold worldwide, according to Vox, the drink is undeniably popular. Although it can be a nice break to go out for a coffee, both the cost and the time spent waiting in line can add up quickly. 

Susan Olayinka, Mashed recipe developer and food blogger at The Flexible Fridge, loves sharing quick and simple recipes. She decided to create a copycat recipe of Starbucks' iconic pumpkin spice latte, and you'll be glad that she did! Olayinka enthusiastically confirms that it does indeed taste like the real deal, so you'll be able to enjoy the classic flavor from the comfort of your own home. The recipe is ready in six minutes, which makes it quicker than most visits to Starbucks.

Let's learn how to make it!

Gather up the ingredients for this copycat Starbucks pumpkin spice latte recipe

This recipe is designed for two servings, so you'll be able to share this tasty treat. First things first, you'll need two cups of whole milk, which has a rich texture that's ideal for this latte. Alternatively, if you're looking for a dairy-free option, Olayinka says, "Oat milk is always my go-to with these kinds of drinks, as it is so, so creamy." Next, you'll need the key flavor component: pumpkin spice powder. You can buy the spices pre-blended or combine cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice.

Next, to sweeten the beverage, Olayinka opts for superfine sugar (a.k.a. caster sugar), which dissolves more easily than other varieties. If you don't have any in your pantry, Bob's Red Mill indicates that you can blend regular granulated sugar in a food processor or blender to make your own. Extra flavoring aside, this drink is still coffee-based, and Olayinka uses instant coffee granules, which will mix evenly with the other ingredients.

A splash of vanilla extract adds warm, sweet flavors that complement the spice profile. Finally, pumpkin puree incorporates the taste of the gourd while simultaneously thickening the consistency of the drink. To complete the look, you'll probably want to follow Olayinka's advice and add a swirl of whipped cream on top. For simplicity's sake, canned whipped cream will do the trick.

Add all of the ingredients to a saucepan

This recipe is short and sweet, so be sure to have your ingredients ready and measured out before starting. Next, set a small saucepan on the stovetop and pour in two cups of whole milk. Then, add half a tablespoon of pumpkin spice, five tablespoons of superfine sugar, half a tablespoon of instant coffee granules, half a teaspoon of vanilla extract, and four tablespoons of pumpkin puree. 

Heat the contents of the saucepan, stirring until the mixture is smooth

When you have placed all of the ingredients into the saucepan, turn the burner dial to medium heat for five minutes. While the mixture is heating, use a whisk to gently stir the contents of the pan. Keep whisking until all of the ingredients have dissolved and the mixture is smooth. For best results, Olayinka cautions, "Just mix it well to avoid any clumps of ingredients."

Pour the latte into two glasses

Once the latte mixture is smooth and has warmed for five minutes, turn the stovetop heat off. To facilitate pouring the contents of the pan into glasses, Olayinka first transfers the liquid into a measuring cup with a spout. If you're confident with your pouring skills, you can skip this intermediate step and pour the liquid directly into two glasses. Avoid filling the glass to the brim since you will be adding some toppings to the drink.

Serve the lattes topped with whipped cream and pumpkin spice

Finally, top each glass with a generous portion of whipped cream for a real treat. Then, sprinkle on some extra pumpkin spice powder to add another layer of flavor. You're probably planning to enjoy your pumpkin spice latte immediately, and Olayinka agrees that it's "best consumed fresh with no leftovers." 

If you're looking for a refreshing alternative with the same delicious flavor, Olayinka says that you can make it "with cold milk in the blender with all the spices and poured over ice." Whichever option you choose, it will be faster than making your way out to the nearest Starbucks location.

Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe
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This copycat Starbucks pumpkin spice latte recipe is ready in six minutes, which makes it quicker than most visits to Starbucks.
Prep Time
Cook Time
two pumpkin spice lattes
Total time: 6 minutes
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ½ tablespoon pumpkin spice powder
  • 5 tablespoons superfine sugar
  • ½ tablespoon instant coffee granules
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons pumpkin puree
Optional Ingredients
  • Whipped cream, for topping
  1. Place a saucepan on the stovetop and add the whole milk, pumpkin spice powder, superfine sugar, instant coffee granules, vanilla extract, and pumpkin puree.
  2. Turn the stovetop dial to medium and heat for 5 minutes.
  3. Stir the contents of the saucepan with a whisk to ensure that all of the ingredients have dissolved.
  4. Pour the latte into two glasses, top them with whipped cream, and sprinkle on some pumpkin spice powder to finish.
  5. Serve and enjoy.
Calories per Serving 286
Total Fat 8.2 g
Saturated Fat 4.7 g
Trans Fat 0.0
Cholesterol 24.4 mg
Total Carbohydrates 45.9 g
Dietary Fiber 1.1 g
Total Sugars 43.5 g
Sodium 107.9 mg
Protein 8.2 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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