Homemade PSL Coffee (Pumpkin Spice Latte)



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Why not cozy up with a mug of delicious homemade PSL coffee. Made with real pumpkin, coffee and spices, this recipe for pumpkin spice latte is a creamy, dreamy and aromatic coffee drink to enjoy this Fall.

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Fall = Time for a Homemade PSL Coffee!

With the change of seasons comes a change of coffee drinks and does anything scream the start of Fall more than pumpkin inspired recipes?

Instead of heading to Starbucks or McDonalds for your pumpkin spice coffee, why not save time and money and learn how to make your own pumpkin spice latte at home?

Surprisingly simple and made with all natural ingredients, this DIY pumpkin spice latte recipe is a must to try during the Fall coffee season.

If you love pumpkin recipes, try my homemade pumpkin spice creamer recipe or these tasty pumpkin latte muffins.

top view of creamy pumpkin spiced latte in mug on wooden board.

What You Need To Make Homemade Pumpkin Spice Coffee

One of the reasons I love this PSL recipe is the fact that ALL you need is a small saucepan and a stove.

Actually, you could even make this in the microwave if you don’t have a stove.

Unlike other pumpkin spice latte recipes, there is no slow cooker, crockpot, milk frother or blender required.

So whether you are at home, on vacation or away for the weekend, you can always whip up a batch of this delicious pumpkin coffee.

And, if the weather outside is still hot and you prefer a cold pumpkin spice coffee, see our pumpkin cream cold brew recipe!

Ingredients For Pumpkin Spice Latte

Okay, so what’s in a pumpkin spice latte? There are many recipe variations (some don’t even have coffee in them!) for this drink.

However my homemade PSL coffee is made from all natural ingredients AND includes real pumpkin (unlike many store bought pumpkin lattes).

  • Whole milk and cream: I like to use cows milk and heavy cream as the base for my PSL coffee, but you could just as easily substitute plant based milk for a vegan pumpkin spice latte.
  • Pumpkin puree: This can be fresh or canned, just make sure you don’t accidentally buy pumpkin pie mix instead of pure pumpkin!
  • Brewed coffee: The quantity of coffee is completely up to you. I have recommended what amount to add, but adjust to your taste and strength preferences.
  • Vanilla Extract: Vanilla extract is key to this real pumpkin spice latte recipe with coffee. It brings the flavors together so don’t overlook this key ingredient!

In terms of what kind of coffee, any style of brewed coffee is fine to use – French Press, stove top, espresso or drip will all work well.

If you are using espresso, I recommend adding at least 3-4 shots of espresso to the mix.

creamy pumpkin spice latte coffee drink in mug top view.

How To Make A Pumpkin Spice Latte

Step 1 – Prepare your PSL ingredients. First up you need to brew your coffee and set aside.

Then, add the milk to a saucepan and warm on a medium heat until steam starts to appear.

Step 2 – Combine ingredients. The next step is to add the pumpkin, spices and sugar to the milk, stir to combine and bring to a gentle simmer.

The aromas in the spice mix should begin to release. Just be careful not to boil the milk.

Finally, add the heavy cream, vanilla and brewed coffee to the saucepan and mix to combine and warm through.

Pour into two mugs, sprinkle with a little pumpkin spice and enjoy!

Want to keep your PSL hot for longer? Check out my coffee mug warmer reviews here.

overhead image of homemade pumpkin latte on wooden board.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte FAQs

Does A Pumpkin Spice Latte Have Coffee In It?

Yes, most pumpkin spice latte recipes have coffee in them. However, some PSL recipes are milk and spice based only and do not include coffee.

But in my opinion the best pumpkin spice latte recipe will include brewed coffee.

What’s In A Pumpkin Spice Latte?

The magic combination of milk, cream, pumpkin, coffee, vanilla and spices is what makes this pumpkin drink one of THE BEST Fall latte recipes.

You will notice some variations in other PSL recipes – some won’t include real pumpkin, others have more spices in the recipe. The best tip is to experiment and find the combination you love (although I do think my recipe is pretty great!).

Can I Use Plant Based Milk Instead Of Cows Milk?

Absolutely – Pumpkin spice lattes taste equally delicious when made with soy, coconut, cashew or almond milk.

A little coconut milk gives a plant based PSL an extra creamy texture, similar to that achieved with heavy cream, so I highly recommend adding some to your drink.

top view of spiced pumpkin latte on table sprinkled with pumpkin spice mix.

More Fall Coffee Recipes to Try

I hope you love my pumpkin spice drink recipe. Discover more pumpkin flavored coffees here or try one of these Fall coffee recipes:

Find more flavored latte drinks here, all our coffee drinks recipes here or browse all our coffee recipes.

Did you make this recipe? Don’t forget to rate it and leave a review in the comments below!

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Easy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

Warm up with our delicious pumpkin spice latte with pumpkin puree. A creamy, aromatic drink to enjoy this Fall
4.75 from 4 votes
Servings: 2 drinks
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 ¾ cups milk
  • 2 tablespoon pumpkin puree fresh or canned
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup strong brewed coffee


  • Pour the milk into a small saucepan over medium heat.
    1 3/4 cups milk
  • Add the pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice mix and stir to combine.
    2 tablespoon pumpkin puree, 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Bring to a simmer and cook until fragrant, around 3 minutes. Do not let it boil.
  • Add heavy cream, vanilla extract and coffee and stir to combine.
    1/4 cup heavy cream, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee
  • Keep on the heat until the mixture is warmed through (around 1 minute). Add sugar to taste if required.
  • Pour into two mugs, sprinkle with a little pumpkin pie spice mix (optional) and serve while hot.


  1. You can use any kind of milk in this recipe. Almond, coconut and soy work well.
  2. If not using heavy cream, simply increase the milk quantity to 2 cups.
  3. Add sugar to taste at the end.
  4. If using espresso coffee, pull 4 shots of espresso for 2 drinks.


Serving: 1drink | Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 92mg | Potassium: 415mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 3119IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 291mg | Iron: 0.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Author: Rachel Rodda
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
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Rachel Rodda

It's no surprise that as a former barista and founder of Creators of Coffee, I'm obsessed with all things coffee. I love to share easy and delicious coffee recipes, expert brewing tips and helpful coffee gear reviews with my fellow coffee lovers!
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