Elle Can't Cook: Pumpkin Spice Latte

One of my favorite things about fall is the return of Starbuck's Pumpkin Spice Latte. It's a nice little treat I like to give myself when funds are available and I want an instant autumn. However, those lattes can add up; this is where making them at home is cheaper & really easy to do.

Pumpkin Spice Latte
makes 1-2 servings
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin 
OR 1 teaspoon of Torani Pumpkin Spice Syrup (I had pumpkin on hand, so I used that)
2 tablespoons sugar or sugar substitute
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1-2 shots espresso (about 1/4 cup of espresso or 1/2 cup of strong brewed coffee if you don't have an espresso machine.)
In a saucepan combine milk, pumpkin and sugar and cook on medium heat, stirring, until steaming. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and spice, transfer to a blender and process for 15 seconds until foamy. If you don't have a blender, don't worry about it - just whisk the mixture really well with a wire whisk.
Pour into a large mug or two mugs. Add the espresso on top.
Optional: Top with whipped cream and sprinkle pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, or cinnamon on top.

Feeling super lazy and/or frugal? Try these pumpkin spice creamers in your coffee:
Are you a Pumpkin Spice Latte fan like me? Would you make them at home? Have you?


  1. OHMYDEAR. I've been looking for a pumpkin spice latte recipe for a while now. I, too, absolutely love pumpkin spice lattes, but can only afford to get it if it's a special afternoon. I am SO going to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing, dearest!

  2. Elle I love the title and I love that you can actually cook amazing stuff!

  3. I absolutely ADORE you for this post. I have an unhealthy obsession with pumpkin spice lattes and become a very disgruntled girl when Starbucks takes them away from me.



  4. Thanks for this recipe! I was craving a Pumpkin Spice Latte last week and was completely disappointed. It wasn't pumpkin spice enough. I can only find the Sugar Free Torani and I can't stand the taste of sugar free. I have a half can of pumpkin in the frudge so I will be definitely trying this out tomorrow AM!

    Janice (Couture and Crayons)

  5. I love Pumpkin Spice Lattes - definitely need to try making them at home!

  6. I think I'll stick with the creamer, but if I had more time, the homemade version sounds delicious!

  7. Oh my gosh, thank you so much for this recipe!!!:D

    ***** Marie *****

  8. Thats my fav at Starbucks too!!! LOVE it!!!

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  9. looks yummmy!


  10. We are obsessed with pumpkin at our house. YUM!
    :) KB

  11. That sounds so delicious! I will have to make this over the weekend, yumm.

  12. Well lately I have been having LOTS of them from Starbucks and I found out that my sensitive stomach does NOT like the syrup SO I am on a mish to go to the grocery store and make the homemade kind because I can not live without them!!


  13. It looks so delicious!! I´ll try the recipe! ;)

  14. I will try to make it at home for sure:) Yummy:)

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  15. I don't know if I'm confident in my make at home PSL skills, but I'd be willing to give it a whirl...I do heart them so!

  16. I'm not a huge pumpkin fan, but that looks so tasty!


  17. Hooray for the pumpkin spice latte!

  18. I'm a HUGE pumpkin spice latte fan. I've never made one at home, but I'd definitely be willing to try... of course those pumpkin creamers might be more my speed!
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  19. you actually made this?! looks so delish and nothing beats the smell of pumkin in autumn!!!

    xox Vicky
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  20. I really don't get how this can be yummy, but I have to admit: I'm curious...!


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