Erin Merhar is a professionally trained chef, food stylist, and recipe developer. When she is not coming up with the next great dish for ThePioneerWoman.com, you can find her at the farmers' market or making pizza for friends.
Ah, the first day of fall. It might as well be called pumpkin spice season for the craze that ensues at the end of August. These days you can find pumpkin spice anything: Pumpkin spice cinnamon rolls, pumpkin spice muffins, pumpkin spice latte pancakes, and other pumpkin breakfast ideas. So what's everyone's obsession with the flavor? Well, it's warm, cozy, and seriously delicious! A blend of fall spices, strong coffee, and heavenly pumpkin flavor, a PSL is no exception and this is how you make one better than the coffee shop!
Does pumpkin spice latte taste better hot or cold?
It depends on who you ask! On a chilly autumn day, there's nothing more cozy than a piping hot pumpkin spice latte. It'll warm you right up!
Is there actual pumpkin in a pumpkin spice latte?
Not all versions contain real pumpkin, but this one sure does. In fact, even the Starbucks PSL didn't contain pumpkin until they began adding it in 2015 to appease confused customers. In this recipe, a few tablespoons of pureed pumpkin brings home the autumnal flavor.
How do you make a pumpkin spice latte from scratch?
This recipe simplifies the process for the every day home barista. Start by heating pumpkin puree, sugar, and pumpkin spice until the sugar is dissolved. Next, heat the milk and vanilla in the mixture then (carefully) transfer it to a mason jar and shake vigorously until foamy. Combine with strongly brewed coffee, and you've got an out-of-this-world PSL.
Alternatively, you could heat 3/4 cup milk with 2 tablespoons homemade pumpkin spice syrup in the microwave for 1 minute. Shake until foamy and proceed with the rest of the recipe. In either scenario, a miniature mountain of whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice on top is highly encouraged.
What is pumpkin spice seasoning made of?
What's in a Starbucks pumpkin spice latte?
Along with milk, brewed espresso, whipped cream, and pumpkin spice, the giant coffee chain lists "Pumpkin Spice Sauce" as a main ingredient. It contains pumpkin puree along with condensed skim milk, sugar and the always mysterious "natural flavors." This recipe is not a copycat of the original, but it will deliver all the beloved autumnal vibes you know and love.
- 1 serving(s)
- Prep Time:
- 5 mins
- Total Time:
- 5 mins
- 2 tbsp.
- 1 tbsp.
- 1 tbsp.
- 1/2 tsp.
pumpkin pie spice, plus more for serving
- 1 c.
- 2 tsp.
- 1/4 c.
hot espresso or strongly brewed coffee
Whipped cream, for serving
- Nutrition Information
- Per Serving (Serves 1)
- Calories334 Fat13 gSaturated fat8 gTrans fat0 gCholesterol42 mgSodium120 mgCarbohydrates40 gFiber1 gSugar38 gProtein9 gVitamin D3 mcgCalcium322 mgIron1 mgPotassium517 mg
- Note: The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.Powered by
- Step 1In a small saucepan, combine the pumpkin puree, brown and granulated sugars, pumpkin pie spice and 1 tablespoon of water. Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently with a rubber spatula, 2 to 3 minutes until the mixture looks smooth and the sugar has dissolved.
- Step 2Add the milk and vanilla to the pot and whisk until very smooth. Cook 2 to 3 minutes until just simmering. Remove from the heat. Whisk vigorously or let cool slightly, transfer to a mason jar, cover and shake vigorously to create a foamy milk.
- Step 3Add the coffee to a mug and immediately top with the foamy pumpkin spice milk. Top with whipped cream and an additional sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.
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