How to Make a Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte (in a mason jar!)

This week, I wore my favorite flannel shirt for like 3/4ths of the day without dripping in sweat – and therefore, it is totally autumn.

While long-sleeved shirts and knit scarves are both worthy reasons to get stoked about the fall season, we all know the real reason folks get hyped once the temperatures start dropping:

Pumpkin spice lattes!

As always, I woke up extra early and bolted to the nearest Starbucks to get my first fall-flavored latte on September 4th – the first day they appear back on the menu – but I must admit, it was a bit painful to shell out the $5 for my tasty treat. So I decided to make my own.

After testing out a few different recipes, I nixed a few ingredients, made a few tweaks, and came up with my own (slightly) healthier version of this pumpkin-flavored drink.

And when I say ‘healthier‘, what I really mean is that I used 2% milk instead of whole milk, and only refilled my whipped cream once instead of five times. Baby steps, right?

What could be better than a homemade pumpkin spice latte served in a mason jar?

Here’s how to make your own homemade pumpkin spice latte
(with unlimited whipped cream refills, of course):

What you need:

For the pumpkin-y mixture:

½ cup 2% milk
1 teaspoon brown sugar (I use light brown)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 tablespoon canned pumpkin puree (I use unsweetened)

To complete the latte:

1 cup coffee (the stronger, the better, if you ask me!)
3 cubes of white sugar
half & half creamer (to taste)
whipped cream
ground cinnamon (optional)

How to make your pumpkin spice latte:

  1. In a microwavable bowl or cup (OR MASON JAR!), mix together the pumpkin mixture ingredients (milk, brown sugar, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, and pumpkin puree). It’s best to use a whisk, but for us dirtbags, a thorough mixing with a regular ‘ole spoon will do.
  2. Microwave the mixture for about 1:45 (minutes). The timing may vary, so keep an eye on your milk – you want it to get nice and frothy.
  3. Pour the frothy mixture into a tall glass (ahem, MASON JAR!), and add your coffee. Stir in half & half, and sugar. I use sugar cubes to control my outrageous sugar portioning, but a spoonful or two should be fine if you use it in non-cubed form. It’s all about personal taste!
  4. Load up on the whipped cream. And feel free to continue loading up on the whipped cream! Sprinkle some cinnamon on top, if you so please.

Note: Personally, I tend to take forever to finish my coffee. I like to let it sit around and get a little cold before I drink my coffee – disgusting, I know. If you’re like me, be aware that the pumpkin puree tends to settle on the bottom after sitting around for too long – so drink up quicker, or be sure to stir your latte so you don’t get a mouthful of pumpkin at the bottom.

This recipe will provide the yummy goodness of one fairly sizable latte. I usually end up making one for both Niko and myself, so I just double up on the ingredients for the mixture, then let Niko add cream/sugar as he pleases – he likes his coffee more bitter, so he adds way less sweetener than I do.

There you have it folks, a homemade alternative to your favorite Starbucks drink. This do-it-yourself pumpkin spice latte is way more budget friendly than the Starbucks version, and you don’t have to change out of your pajamas to enjoy one! I’ve been drinking them in the mornings out in my garden, and it’s become my favorite way to begin chilly fall days. Plus, everything is better in a mason jar.

Do you love pumpkin spice lattes as much as I do?
Have you tried any other homemade versions of Starbucks drinks?

For more foodie fun, check out my “For The Foodies” board on my Pinterest.
And if you liked this recipe, add it to your boards, too! 

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Categories: Tasty Treats & Recipes

Author:Katie Boué

Katie Boué is the voice of - a travel lifestyle blog focusing on climbing, Airbnb life, and the outdoors.

18 Comments on “How to Make a Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte (in a mason jar!)”

  1. September 15, 2012 at 7:13 am #

    Looks really yummy! ^.^~

  2. September 25, 2012 at 4:46 pm #

    I am definately trying this, thank you. Here in the UK the small but mighty pumplin hasn’t quite been a run-away success so there aren’t many place with pumpkin flavours, and not many sweet. There is a half jar of Libbys in my fridge calling my name …

    • September 25, 2012 at 8:45 pm #

      Awesome, Emma! I hope they turn out deliciously. :) And I’m surprised the UK hasn’t hopped on the pumpkin train!

  3. hannah
    September 27, 2012 at 10:56 am #

    looks really good, i can’t wait to try it!!

  4. October 4, 2012 at 6:01 am #

    Yummy………i`m lovein it

  5. October 8, 2012 at 9:37 am #

    I would perhaps try this at home. :) Thank you so much!

  6. October 19, 2012 at 5:25 am #

    Looks so good! Pumplin lattes are my favorite. I would love for you to hop over to the Pumpkin Hop and link up to the Party! Just follow the link… I would love to feature your site. :)


  7. October 19, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

    This looks awesome! I’ve got to try this ASAP!

    • October 19, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

      Dude, it’s so good! You’ll love it. :)

  8. October 19, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

    Can’t wait to try this!!!!

  9. October 22, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    ok…who has tried this yet – I want to hear the reviews!!! :) I haven’t picked up the ingredients yet.

  10. October 23, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

    I love this but I think It would be best with pumpkin filling instead and no pumpkin spice

  11. December 8, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

    Oh soooo making this tomorrow morning! Thank you for an amazing recipe!


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