Food on a Budget

A Pumpkin Spice Recipe Better Than Starbucks!

Who doesn’t love when the weather gets a little cooler, the leaves change and pumpkin spice everything comes out in the stores?  One of the biggest markers of Fall is when Starbucks releases the Pumpkin Spice Latte, but at five dollars or more a pop who can justify that treat as often as we want it!  Enter the Pumpkin Spice Latte at home Dupe.

Frankly I find this dupe better than the original version, it’s not flavored exclusively with those high sugar, high chemical syrups that just make me feel really blah and icky after drinking.  By using food instead of the syrups I think it really ads something extra that in my opinion makes it that much better (plus you don’t have to leave the house to get this version, you can stay in your pajamas).

What you will need for this version:

1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice

1/2 cup milk (or almond milk if you are like me and can’t drink or don’t like regular milk)

1 tablespoon of canned pumpkin purée

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 teaspoon of sugar

2 tablespoons of half and half cream

1 Cup of coffee

Now if you want to get really fancy with it and go full blown Barista for the full coffee shop experience (which I totally recommend)

1 scoop of whipping cream (or non dairy substitute)

a dash of nutmeg or cinnamon (or both of you are super fancy)

How to make a Pumpkin Spice Latte

1) Heat the milk, pumpkin purée, Pumpkin Spice and vanilla in a pan and heat over the stove on medium, whisking together

2) Heat the mixture until thoroughly heated and starts steaming, be careful not to boil or curdle the milk.

3) Pour the mixture into a large mug

4) Add your coffee, keep in mind if it’s on the stronger side it will be diluted by the Pumpkin Spice mixture

5) Next add your sugar and cream to taste

6) Mix until thoroughly blended.

7) Add whip cream to the top and nutmeg or cinnamon to the top.


Now that you have mastered your at home Pumpkin Spice Latte you can avoid the high priced giant morning me at Starbucks and save yourself quite a bit of money in the short and long run!

This is the perfect treat for all of those holiday get togethers with gorgeous brunches.  It’s also the perfect addition for all of those cold winter and fall nights putting up decorations or hanging out with friends.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and let me know where you enjoyed it, even if it’s just lifting up your morning car ride!

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