Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

Pumpkin spice latte recipe - Dr. Axe

With the rich aroma of coffee, the delightful taste of pumpkin and the comforting scents of fall spices, this festive twist on coffee is sure to make your mouth water. Pumpkin spice lattes have become extremely popular in recent years, but have you ever thought about how healthy the store-bought versions are?

Many people love pumpkin spice lattes from coffee shops, but what if I told you that it’s not hard at all to make a homemade pumpkin spice latte recipe. Plus, it will be much healthier than the majority of store-bought flavored lattes. This recipe steers clear of the number one pumpkin spiced latte ingredient to avoid this fall, but it leaves absolutely nothing to be desired when it comes to flavor.

This latte recipe creates a beverage that is delicious, nutritious and energizing. You can thank the key health ingredients in this latte for that. Coffee is actually packed with antioxidants — as are the pumpkin spices, pumpkin is loaded with immune-boosting vitamin A and coconut milk is packed with healthy fats. Try this healthy pumpkin spice latte recipe if you’re ready to excite your tastebuds and get in the fall spirit!


What’s Wrong with You-Know-Who’s Pumpkin Spice Latte?

Pumpkin spice latte calories (the empty, not nutritious kind) aren’t the only thing to worry about when you order a pumpkin spice latte at your local coffee shop. What’s the problem? For starters, at many shops, this latte is loaded with outrageous amounts of added sugar. To give you an example of just how high some latte’s sugar content is — if you order a 16 ounce pumpkin spice latte made with whole milk and finished off with whipped cream at one coffee shop, you will be consuming 50 grams of sugar!

There’s more reason for concern — check out some of the offending ingredients found in some conventional pumpkin spice lattes:

  • Carrageenan (from the whipped cream): Some experts believe that carrageenan exposure from foods and beverages clearly leads to inflammation and that the quantity of carrageenan in consumable products is enough to cause inflammation. (4) To learn more: What is Carrageenan? Is it Dangerous?
  • Potassium Sorbate (from the vanilla syrup): This preservative gives foods a longer shelf life, but is it safe? Potassium sorbate can cause allergies. It has also been known to be contaminated with health-hazardous lead, mercury and arsenic! (5)
  • Sulfiting agents (from the pumpkin spice topping): According to an article published back in 1984, we have known the possible negative side effects of sulfiting agents for a long time. Some people are sensitive to sulfites, and exposure has been known to lead to a variety of unwanted symptoms, including dermatitis, hives, low blood pressure, abdominal pain, diarrhea and even life-threatening anaphylactic and asthmatic reactions. People with asthma are more likely to negatively react to sulfites. (6, 7)

Why not avoid all of these risky ingredients and make your own pumpkin spice latte in the comfort of your home? This pumpkin spice latte recipe is one of the five drinks that leaves you-know-who’s pumpkin spice latte in the dust.


Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe Nutrition Facts

Pumpkin spice latte recipe ingredients - Dr. Axe

One serving of this pumpkin spice latte recipe contains about: (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14)

  • 247 calories
  • 1.8 grams protein
  • 21 grams fat
  • 0.5 gram fiber
  • 8.5 grams sugar
  • 11.2 grams carbohydrates
  • 31.5 milligrams sodium
  • 1750 IUs vitamin A (35 percent DV)
  • 192 milligrams potassium (5.5 percent DV)
  • 0.7 milligrams iron (3.9 percent DV)
  • 20 milligrams calcium (2 percent DV)

Instead of health-destructive refined sugar, this pumpkin spice latte recipe contains maple syrup, and overall, it has under 10 grams of sugar per serving, which is way less than a store-bought version of this latte.

This recipe also provides coconut milk nutrition, which means a lot of good fats that help to keep blood sugar levels stable. Coconut milk’s MCTs are also a preferred energy source for the body.

Of course, this real pumpkin latte contains pumpkin. It’s pretty incredible how just one spoonful of pumpkin puree can provide over a third of most people’s daily vitamin A requirements!

Another key ingredient for this delicious latte is pumpkin spice mix, which is typically a combination of cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg. These warming spices contain disease-fighting antioxidants, which is why three of these four spices (cinnamon, cloves and ginger) are featured on my Top 10 High Antioxidant Foods List.

Make sure you choose a high-quality organic coffee or espresso to use for your pumpkin spice latte. Coffee is a very pesticide-ridden crop, so choosing organic is key to optimizing coffee benefits, which are known to include improved physical performance and a boost to cognitive function, especially when you’re working out. (15)

If you’re avoiding caffeine, this pumpkin spice latte can also be made without the addition of coffee or espresso.


Make This Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

This pumpkin latte only has six ingredients and takes five minutes or less to make!

Pumpkin spice latte recipe step 1 - Dr. Axe

First, heat up the coconut milk (or another nut milk of your choice) in a small pot or tea kettle.

Pumpkin spice latte recipe step 2 - Dr. Axe

Begin adding the rest of the ingredients to a blender. The coffee or espresso can go in first.

Pumpkin spice latte recipe step 3 - Dr. Axe

Followed by the maple syrup.

Pumpkin spice latte recipe step 4 - Dr. Axe

Now the vanilla extract.

Pumpkin spice latte recipe step 5 - Dr. Axe

The cooked pumpkin puree can go in next.

Pumpkin spice latte recipe step 6 - Dr. Axe

Add in the pumpkin pie spice.

Pumpkin spice latte recipe step 7 - Dr. Axe

Pour in the heated coconut milk.

Pumpkin spice latte recipe step 8 - Dr. Axe

Blend all ingredients until well-combined.

Pumpkin spice latte recipe - Dr. Axe

Pour into mugs and sprinkle some extra pumpkin pie spice on top, if desired.

Pumpkin spice latte recipe - Dr. Axe

Serve and enjoy!

Pumpkin spice latte recipe - Dr. Axe

 

 

Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

Total Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons cooked organic pumpkin puree
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup organic brewed coffee or espresso

Directions:

  1. Heat the coconut milk in a small pot or tea kettle.
  2. Add the milk and remaining ingredients to a blender, blending until well-combined.
  3. Pour into a mug and sprinkle extra pumpkin pie spice, if desired.
  4. Serve and enjoy!
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29 Comments

  1. Deana on

    Sounds perfect for these crisp fall days! So gonna mix up for my daughter’s 19th birthday celebration tomorrow!

    Add to your sad list of tainted Starbuck’s ingredients the recent controversial Starbuck’s shareholder news.. . Perhaps many of us are ready to create our own awesome coffee beverages in lieu of supporting ye ole-used-to-be-beloved- coffee- monopoly…. #Starbucks!

    Keep em comin, Dr. Axe! Thanks!!

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  2. Justin on

    Just made these this morning and I’m sold. Was getting tired of the chemical flavor of the 5bucks PSL. This recipe is awesome, not only a replacement but an upgrade.

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  3. Whitney Bortz on

    So, in the photo, the drink is topped with whipped cream. What type of whipped cream would you suggest?

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    • Ann on

      I don’t see any whipped cream in these photos. But if you were to want that, use real cream and whip it yourself. Best if you can get grass-fed organic cream… I have never seen that in my area. I remember when I was a kid, my dad had a few milk cows, and we had fresh cream for real whipped cream all the time. My mom did add sugar, and I never learned how to do that, so I don’t know how much. But when they came out with “cool whip”, I never did get used to that junk, after being raised on the real thing!

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    • Ann on

      It is in the canned foods area of the store. Specifically, where the pie fillings are found, since most people make pumpkin pie with it.
      I have made my own, using pumpkins I grew in my garden. Wash the pumpkin, cut it and scrape the seeds and strings out, as if you were doing a jack-o-lantern. But cut the whole thing in chunks and put in a roaster and bake it til the flesh is soft. Then scoop out the soft flesh into a blender and puree it. I put mine in jars and then froze it. Or, you can use a canning method, probably need to pressure can it. You may want to google that!!

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  4. Carrie on

    Do you have any concerns about hot liquids in plastic blender containers? As you said, don’t mean to rain on your pumpkin parade. :)

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  5. katherine johnson on

    It’s still 80-90 degrees here in Alabama but I’m totally making a big batch of thisbin the morning for the family before church:) Thank you!!

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  6. Beverly on

    This is amazing! Flavor wonderful. If you dont like the whip cream in pumpkin spice lattes, cut dilute the coconut milk a bit. This is good! Thank you

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  7. Kelly Sweeney on

    Looks really good, but is it safe to use hot liquids in a plastic blender? I have a Magic Bullet and it states not to use hot liquids. I’m not being a jerk… I REALLY want a solution because this looks amazing.

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    • Paula on

      I can’t get it in Thailand either so I just searched for Pumpkin Pie Spice ingredients on the internet and got a recipe. I was able to find all the separate ingredients, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg. Some people like to put ground cloves in….depends on your palate. I love cloves but I thought it took over the drink so I don’t use cloves in my blend.

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  8. Jr on

    Was trying to read reviews and it took a review from me. I had no idea I was pressing for review and I cannot seem to undo it. I am guessing this may be case with others. Anyway, it sounds very delicious.

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  9. Jill on

    One of my favorite drinks. I will definitely try your recipe. I guess I can add my bone broth powder to this too, yes? Just like I do to my coffee. Thanks!

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