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Homemade Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte

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How do you make a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte? Easily make my homemade Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe so you can enjoy the warm flavors of fall anytime!

Hi Bold Bakers!

It’s that time of year!! It rolls around fast but I’m ready for it this year. It’s when we start getting the Holiday spirit with our food, drinks, and decorations.

One telltale sign that it’s the most wonderful time of the year is when Starbucks rolls out their red cups filed with their seasonal drinks like the Peppermint Mocha, Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate, and of course, the Pumpkin Spice Latte.

Possibly the most popular Starbucks drink for the Holidays, the Pumpkin Spice Latte has the caffeine we crave with the kick of warm spice we love. And of course, the whipped cream on top doesn’t hurt. Whipped cream-topped anything is going to delicious.

The drink is just a real treat after being out in the cold and when you need to warm yourself from the inside out.

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The Holidays are a season for feasting, sharing, and indulgence. It’s a time for eating, drinking, and being merry. Nothing warms the soul more than warm drinks on a cold Fall night. This Pumpkin Spice Latte evokes not just your tastebuds, but your nose too.

If there were ever a drink that tastes like Thanksgiving in a mug, this would be it.

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These recipes multiply really well, so if you are having friends over make up a big pot and serve it hot with whipped cream on top. These drinks are so satisfying and decadent, they would almost replace dessert.

Only joking, nothing replaces dessert!

Make sure to check out my Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice recipe so you can make your own for your fall and holiday baking.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte

Learn how to make a homemade Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte so you can enjoy the warm flavors of the fall and holiday season at home!

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 Latte
Author: adapted from
  1. In a saucepan add in all of your ingredients.
  2. Stir and bring the ingredients to a simmer.
  3. Take the saucepan off the heat and pour into your mug.
  4. Decorate with freshly whipped cream and a sprinkles of pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon. Enjoy!

Watch the Recipe Video!

Recipe Notes

Multiply the recipe to make more than 1 mug.

You can replace the milk with a dairy free milk.



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  1. Michele on September 10, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    Hi Gemma, love your site, have learned so much, and your recipes always turn out so well. Quick question, wondering if you have made the pumpkin spice latte with artificial sweetener, like Splenda…thanks.

    • Gemma Stafford on September 11, 2019 at 10:15 am

      Hi Michele,
      thank you for your kind words.
      Some recipes will not complain about sugar substitutes – particularly ones which are drinks.
      The recipes which will complain are the ones where the sugar needs to caramelize in the bake – this applies to a lot of cookies, cakes, cupcakes too. This is what gives color and flavor to a bake. Splenda and a number of sugar subs will not caramelize!
      When you sub out an ingredient in a recipe you have to ask yourself ‘what is the purpose of this ingredient?’ that will inform you. In a drink, it is mostly for sweetness so really you can substitute with any alternative.
      I hope this is of help,
      Gemma 🙂

      • Michele on September 11, 2019 at 10:31 am

        Thanks, Gemma. That makes perfect sense and appreciate the reminder about carmelization.

  2. CatOakie on September 2, 2019 at 7:53 am

    Just made this Gemma. Absolutely amazing!!! I have really been trying to decrease the syrups and preservatives from my diet. I don’t believe in diets but I really just want to make things from scratch myself so I know what I’m putting in my body. I have been following you for a while on facebook. Thank you for all the great ideas! I love making my own butter and am trying to figure out this cheese thing….still working on it! LOL

    Thank you for all you do. Keep up the good work! Can’t wait for your cookbook to come out.

    • Gemma Stafford on September 2, 2019 at 10:12 am

      Wow! I am so happy to hear that you’ve been getting great results with my recipes. Yes, cooking from scratch may be hard work but doing it is an opportunity to eat a healthier version of the preserved food that are popular nowadays.

  3. RoseTintedWorld on May 26, 2019 at 12:56 am

    Hi Gemma. What is pumpkin puree? As I live in the UK it’s almost unheard of and none of the supermarkets sell it 😞 is it possible to make at home? Thanks

    • Gemma Stafford on May 27, 2019 at 8:10 am


      So it’s an orange sugar pumpkin that has been roasted and pureed. Very common in the states but not as outside. You can buy it on amazon however.


  4. Dayton fulton on December 2, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    like the video and is that the actuall starbucks recipe

    • Gemma Stafford on December 3, 2018 at 2:33 am

      Hi there,
      Really no, but a copy cat recipe, using natural ingredients where possible.
      Good question,
      Gemma 🙂

    • Hannahcofty on March 11, 2019 at 11:09 am

      I would love if there was more low calorie recipes

      • Gemma Stafford on March 11, 2019 at 4:03 pm

        I’ll have to work on that, thank you!

  5. Warren40 on November 4, 2018 at 4:23 am

    Hello Miss. Gemma thank you very much for your kind your share your knowledge to everyone I’m starting my own small business of making ice cream from yours here in lapu-lapu city Cebu, Philippines.. Hope you can visit jer e in cebu soon.. Wow

    • Gemma Stafford on November 4, 2018 at 4:38 am

      Hi Warren,
      Well done you! I hope all goes well for your business. I am delighted to hear that you are making a business out of food.
      I would love to visit the Philippines at some point, I have it on my bucket list. Thank you for being here with us,
      Gemma 😉

  6. Anne on October 18, 2018 at 8:23 am

    Yummy. I can’t wait to try this as soon as Florida join the rest of the country for Fall. Thank you for sharing a much healthier alternative to Starbuck’s artificial pumpkin spice latte.

    • Gemma Stafford on October 19, 2018 at 3:54 am

      Hi Anne,
      Thank you. Yes we do like seasons, all of us really, not the cold wet of an Irish winter, though this drink would even cheer that up!
      Good to have you with us, roll on fall,
      Gemma 🙂

  7. Terri on October 17, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    We use fresh ground and brewed espresso coffee for this and after all the ingredients are steaming I like to add a little vanilla extract as well. It’s strong so I tend to double the milk, but it’s our favorite pick me up around 3 PM each day during the cold weather season!

    • Gemma Stafford on October 18, 2018 at 7:48 am

      Hi Terri,
      Good additions, and a great way to warm up too, thank you so much for this great input here, I appreciate it,
      Gemma 🙂

  8. Ellie Langille Jim Beatty on October 14, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    Yumminess!! I made with decaf coffee because it’s 9:00 p.m. 😊

    • Gemma Stafford on October 16, 2018 at 7:23 am

      Hi Ellie,
      Haha! yes, we have all been there with the sleepless nights after coffee!
      Well done you,
      Gemma 🙂

  9. Jeremy on September 8, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    What kind of coffee do you use?

    • Gemma Stafford on September 9, 2018 at 8:22 pm

      Any coffee that you prefer is good. You can use instant or freshly made coffee.


  10. Ebee on September 5, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    Yum, it was Delicious Thanks for sharing.

    • Gemma Stafford on September 5, 2018 at 9:31 pm

      Delighted you like it 🙂


  11. April on September 3, 2018 at 10:47 am

    This is good but doesn’t taste like the Starbucks one.

    • Gemma Stafford on September 4, 2018 at 4:54 am

      Well glad you liked it anyway 🙂


  12. Maria on August 28, 2018 at 10:24 am

    So I’m not sure if I’ve just never seen it in the shop before or if it’s really not there but what’s pumpkin pie spice?(I live in South Africa and I’m pretty sure nobody ever makes pumpkin pie so I’m really not sure if it’s just any ol’ spice like cinnamon or if it’s its own flavour)

    • Gemma Stafford on August 30, 2018 at 5:45 am

      Hi Maria,
      This is a good question, we are heading into pumpkin pie season. ( and here is the answer!
      In the UK and Ireland this is more or less what we call mixed spice, and perhaps you have that too in your store.
      I hope this is of help to you,
      Gemma 🙂

  13. Karen on March 3, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    Can you use torani pumpkin spice syrup instead of pumpkin puree ?

    • Gemma Stafford on March 5, 2018 at 4:36 am

      Hi Karen,
      No, at least I do not see how that will substitute the puree. The puree adds bulk to this recipe, the syrup is really more liquid.
      I hope this helps!
      Yo ucan of course try this, and I bet it will taste really good too,
      Gemma 🙂

  14. noemie on December 7, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Hi Gemma
    this was really delicious
    my son said that this is now his favorite cup of coffee

    • Gemma Stafford on December 8, 2017 at 4:26 am

      Ah! How kind. Thank you for this very kind review of this recipe, it will encourage other Bold Bakers to try it,
      Gemma 🙂

  15. Astha on December 7, 2017 at 1:37 am

    Hiiii how can I make the pumpkin purée..? Just my pressure cook d pumpkin n then churn
    I’m I right..?

  16. Pamela Gonzalez on October 27, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    The pumpkin puree, is it a canned product? What brand do you recommend?

    • Gemma Stafford on October 29, 2017 at 11:45 am


      I use libby’s or whole food. Any brand really. Also if you can’t buy it you can make your own

  17. Shyma on October 19, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    I tried it but for some reason it came out really bad =/

    • Gemma Stafford on October 20, 2017 at 1:23 am

      Hi Shyma,
      Really? did you follow the recipe?
      If oyu change the recipe you change the results, let me know what you did and I will see if we can fix it!
      Gemma 🙂

  18. Shruthi Achut on October 7, 2017 at 2:10 am

    Hi Gemma,
    Greetings 😀 . I made pumpkin spice latte today and it turned out horribly bad. I’ve been making this for around a year now and has turned out amazing each time. I used freshly roasted pumpkin each time.
    Gemma do you reckon it has something to do with the pumpkin here ? I used a day old pumpkin puree for this…… The puree that was left over from making the cupcakes.
    And we get a lot of varieties of sweet pumpkin here. I used the one with the green skin.

    • Shruthi Achut on October 7, 2017 at 2:34 am

      The pumpkin was extremely juicy, very sweet and was great to eat plain. Just roasted and sliced.

    • Gemma Stafford on October 7, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      Oh I’m sorry to hear that. So it could have been the pumpkin. Did you try it by itself raw? taste it and see if it’s bad.

      I have made this a few times and never had that experience.

      Gemma 🙂

      • Shruthi Achut on October 7, 2017 at 9:04 pm

        Yes Gemma, I tried it raw. It tasted bland. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

        • Gemma Stafford on October 8, 2017 at 2:34 am

          Hi Shruthi,
          It is a mystery! I really do not have the answer to this. Check your spice mix too, maybe a little too much of something!
          Hope it does not put you off,
          Gemma 🙂

          • RM on September 6, 2018 at 8:52 am

            How about sugar free torani instead of sugar?

            • Gemma Stafford on September 7, 2018 at 8:01 am

              Hi there,
              You could use this, it seems to be a great and very popular product.
              Gemma 🙂

  19. Yvonne on October 1, 2017 at 6:37 am

    I actually make this in my vitamix blender, then I get a nice foam on top too. Tastes great! I freeze pumpkin puree in ice cube trays. Put in ziplock bags, then I have pumpkin anytime I get the craving. Oh, and I substitute caramel baking chips instead of sugar. Yummy!

    • Gemma Stafford on October 2, 2017 at 2:04 am

      Yvonne, you are a genius! Thank you for this idea, it is a goodie!
      Gemma 🙂

    • Cam on September 2, 2018 at 6:10 pm

      Freezing the pumpkin puree is an excellent idea! As is using the Vitamix! I make/keep frozen coffee cubes for frozen coffee drinks and sometimes for giving my smoothies a little caffeine kick.

      • Gemma Stafford on September 3, 2018 at 2:37 am

        Hi Cam,
        Thank you for this great input, always great to have your experiences added here, the Bold Baking community appreciates it,
        Gemma 🙂

    • Ellen ElDomeiri on September 22, 2018 at 4:38 pm

      Very Helpful I will try this soon as it is almost October!

      • Gemma Stafford on September 23, 2018 at 4:52 am

        Hi Ellen,
        Yes, Fall/autumn is on the way!
        Gemma 🙂

  20. sharon root on August 6, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    thay look real good i will make them soon thank you.

    • Gemma Stafford on August 7, 2017 at 2:09 am

      Great Sharon, I do hope you enjoy this,
      Gemma 🙂

  21. Emzion on December 30, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Do you have to put toppings or no

    • Gemma Stafford on December 31, 2016 at 2:27 am

      Hi there, you can experiment with all of my recipes, this is what will teach you to cook really, eventually you will have basic recipes in your head, and will not need to consult anyone!
      Happy baking, and Happy New Year to you,
      Gemma 🙂

  22. Naabiihah03 on December 11, 2016 at 12:51 am

    Definitely gonna try this for Xmas for my family.
    iI my country (Mauritius) we don’t have Starbucks so I’ve always wanted to taste Starbucks dronks but when I saw u made did Starbucks drinks at home I was so excited to try them out thnx for making the drinks ☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️

    • Gemma Stafford on December 11, 2016 at 2:39 am

      Ah! The beautiful Island of Mauritius! How lucky you are Naabiihah. I am happy that you can get the Starbucks taste now, i do hope you enjoy it,
      gemma 🙂

  23. Maria on November 26, 2016 at 4:34 am

    Thank you so much for this amazing recipe Gemma! I’ve tried it and it tasted amazing! No need for going to any Starbuck coffee any more!


    • Gemma Stafford on November 26, 2016 at 6:43 am

      I am happy to hear that, thank you for letting me know,
      Gemma 🙂

  24. Rachaelcurtin on November 20, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    oh my gosh i’m so glad i have some extra pumpkin left over, i am so going to make this. yesterday i tried pumpkin marshmellows and thought you might be able to make a recipe,that would be great. Do you think you could?

    • Gemma Stafford on November 21, 2016 at 1:41 am

      Hi Rachael, I think this would be a difficult one for bold bakers! there are lots of issues around this, I will put it on my list for experimenting, when I get a moment, Gemma 🙂

      • Rachaelcurtin on November 21, 2016 at 6:37 am

        thank you so much!!! I’ll be trying to.If I find a recipe i’ll let you know.

  25. ColinH on November 7, 2016 at 9:52 am

    These drinks are so good! My sister works at a local Starbucks and this tastes just as good, if not better.

    • Gemma Stafford on November 8, 2016 at 3:04 am

      YEA! that is so nice to hear, thank you for being with us, Gemma 🙂

  26. Suzy on November 5, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    Thank you Gemma for this wonderful recipe! I made it just now and it tastes just like the Starbucks one!

    • Gemma Stafford on November 6, 2016 at 3:54 am

      That is so good to hear Suzy, thank you for letting me know 🙂

  27. Iga Dietmap on November 4, 2016 at 5:03 am

    oh my good, handmade pumpkin spice latte in my house, amazing

    • Gemma Stafford on November 5, 2016 at 4:34 am

      That is so nice to hear! You can have lots of these for the price of just one in the store, happy to have you with us 🙂

      • Iga Dietmap on December 1, 2016 at 4:03 am

        thanks a lot, Gemma! x

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