Pumpkin mania is in full force. Everywhere I look I’m seeing pumpkin breads, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin french toast casserole.
Mr. Crumbs even treated me to a full-priced, complete-splurge and 100% authentic Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks just a couple weeks ago. It is the number 1 favorite holiday drink after all.
When I shared my treat with you all on Facebook, you wanted a recipe. So my dear Crummies, your wish is my command!
I’ve been fiddling with several spice combinations to try to find something that could essentially take any beverage you want – coffee, tea, milk (dairy and non-dairy) – and instantly make it pumpkin-spiced. There were a few upfront requirements though:
- It had to be really good.
- It had to be really easy.
- And it should not require cooking (see #2 above).
So that basically ruled out using real pumpkin. Frankly, I’m not all that upset. I don’t want pumpkin in my coffee. Or in my tea, milk or anything else that I drink.
Pumpkin puree goes in pies. And pancakes and waffles and breads and a whole host of other wonderfully delicious foods. Just not my coffee.
Some may complain that your concoction won’t truly “pumpkin” spiced without the pumpkin. Give those nay-sayers a pat on the back and applaud them for measuring out and cooking up pumpkin puree with milk before the sun comes up, just to enjoy a cup of coffee.
I, on the other hand, don’t have the patience for all of that. Especially when I haven’t had a cup of coffee yet!
A few experiments and several cups of coffee later, I finally have the winning combination that meets all of the requirements above AND can be made in under 10 seconds. Now that’s my kind of beverage.
DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice
First you have to start with Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix. This is the traditional flavor we think of when we think of pumpkin pie. Its really all in the spices.
- 1 t freshly ground cinnamon
- ¼ t freshly ground nutmeg
- ¼ t freshly ground cloves
- ½ t freshly ground dried ginger
- pinch cardamom (optional)
- Combine all ingredients in a small glass jar and shake to mix well. Use within 6 months. Makes approximately 2 teaspoons.
Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Latte
Now you need to blend your spices with a sweetener. Pre-blending the spices and maple syrup will help it dissolve better into your latte. I ran into a clumpy spice dilemma with my Homemade Cinnamon Dolce Latte. We don’t want to repeat that.
Pumpkin Spice Blend (PSB)
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice (recipe above)
1 Tbsp maple syrup
A full tablespoon of maple syrup may seem extreme, but the famous PSL is sweet. Trust me – if you’re looking for the authentic flavor, don’t skimp out until you try it once.
Now to make your latte!
Here are a few simple recipes to help create your own favorite pumpkin spiced beverages and snacks:
- Latte: one serving of PSB + 1 cup strong coffee + 1/2 cup preferred hot milk (serve over ice to enjoy cold) Note: To make it frothy like the Starbucks Latte, mix your ingredients in a mason jar and shake. This will froth your milk and thoroughly mix your drink!
- Coffee Creamer: one serving of PSB + 2 Tbsp half & half
- Tea: one serving of PSB + 1 cup of chai tea (serve over ice to enjoy cold)
- Warmer: one serving of PSB + 1 cup warm milk
- Hot Chocolate: one serving of PSB + single serving of homemade instant hot cocoa
- Kid-Friendly “Latte”: one serving of PSB + 1 cup warmed apple juice/cider + 1 Tbsp half & half (serve over ice to enjoy cold)
- Yogurt: one serving of PSB + 1 cup regular or Greek yogurt
- Smoothie: use in your favorite smoothie recipe, or make a high protein option found in my ebook High Protein No Powder
Additional Recipe Notes
Don’t try to substitute regular sugar or another sweetener instead of the syrup unless you absolutely must. If that’s the case, know that your pumpkin spiced beverage may not be spot-on to the real thing (but you’ll probably be close enough to still enjoy it!).
Are you dairy-free? Check out my allergy-friendly recipe for a non-dairy pumpkin coffee creamer. It’s SO good! Or flavor your coffee with pumpkin spices using this recipe. Or make Pumpkin Spice Apple Cider! No need to go with the pumpkin pie spice drinks!
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Curious about the cost?
One tablespoon of maple syrup costs about 25¢ if you buy it in bulk. Pumpkin pie spice is no more than 10¢ for the small amount, and since you’ve already accounted for all of the foods you could add this to in your grocery budget, you can have your own pumpkin spiced whatever for only 35¢ – MUCH more affordable than the $3-4 at Starbucks.
Bonus recipe: All-Spice Mix
All-Spice is one of those mysterious mixes added to holiday recipes. I never was quite sure what “all-spice” was until I looked it up! You can make your own organic all-spice following this recipe and save money.
- Combine all ingredients in a small glass jar and shake to mix well. Use within 6 months. Makes 3 teaspoons.
More DIY Holiday Beverages
- Salted Caramel Mocha
- Cinnamon Dolce Latte
- Gingerbread Latte
- Peppermint Mocha
- Vanilla Bean Creamer
- Homemade Eggnog