DIY: Pumpkin Spice Latte

Posted on September 24 2015

Yesterday marked the official start of my favorite season - Autumn! I love everything about it -
the colors, the weather, the clothes and especially the food. That includes all pumpkin everything!

For a lot of us, one of the highlights of this season is the Starbucks PSL. Now, Starbucks took a lot
of heat last year for this drink not exactly being the healthiest thing you can drink. This year, they
revamped the recipe to include actual pumpkin, but I still wondered if I could make an even more
natural version myself. Luckily, I found this recipe on All Recipes and decided to give it a try!

In about 10-15 minutes (about the time it takes to order and wait for one at Starbucks), you can
make your own homemade PSL, with none of the preservatives or whatever "natural flavors" are.
Here's how:

You will need:

1 cup of milk
1 tbl of sugar
        (more or less depending on your taste)
1 tbl pumpkin puree
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
        (or make your own - 1/4 tsp each of ginger, cinnamon, allspice, 1/8 tsp nutmeg)

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4-1/2 cup brewed espresso
        (I don't have an espresso machine so I just
        brewed regular coffee at double strength)


What to do:

1. Measure all ingredients.

2. Combine pumpkin, spices, sugar, vanilla and 1/2 cup of the milk in a saucepan.
Whisk together and simmer on low heat for 5 minutes. Whisk in remainder of milk.

3. Strain mixture into a small pitcher or bowl.

4. Pour it back into the pan and whisk again on low for 2 minutes. Add coffee.

5. Whisk together for another minute until foamy.


You're finished! You can top with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice to give it that
real coffee shop feel. It's so delicious and tastes even better than the Starbucks version.
Not to mention, you just saved about $4!

Let us know if you tried this at home and what you thought in the comments section.
Happy Fall, y'all! xo.




  • Gabrielle : October 03, 2015

    This looks so yummy. Must try for me. #pumpkineverything :)

  • Megan: September 30, 2015

    Not a pumpkin fan, but this look good!

  • natalie: September 28, 2015


  • gina: September 27, 2015

    Looks so yummy! :)

  • Brianna: September 27, 2015

    LOVE! super excited to try and make a homemade PSL this season :)

  • taylor: September 26, 2015

    I could use one of these right now! Looks delsih!

  • Carina: September 26, 2015

    Serve me a cup! yum! :)

  • nikki: September 25, 2015


  • Jaimie: September 24, 2015

    So excited for sweaters, boots and hot coffee drinks!

  • kathy: September 24, 2015

    not a huge pumpkin fan but this looks delicious!

  • Ashley Nicole: September 24, 2015

    Now that it is finally Fall I have to have my first PSL of the season, and after reading this I think it’s going to be a homemade one :)

  • Nicollette: September 24, 2015

    Love the PSL but not how unhealthy it is. I’m definitely going to try to make your all natural alternative!

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