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The Perfect Pumpkin Spice Latte


Ahh the pumpkin spice latte… the drink that signifies the start of fall. Usually way too early, but that’s why I waited this long to make my recipe. Where the Starbucks version hits shops around end of August, I feel that is *a bit* premature. I get it – capitalism – but it still feels wrong. However, a pumpkin spice latte to round out the end of September and welcome the start of one of the best months of the year, October, it feels so right.

Now, I have had my fair share of pumpkin spice drinks from coffee shops as well as homemade versions I found on Pinterest. And you know what? I hated them. Every single time. The coffee shop ones somehow have this overly sweet/chemical artificial, yet weirdly also raw vegetable, taste to them. I can’t do it! I can’t. So bad. And the homemade versions I tried were never much better. The homemade ones always contained a scoop of canned pumpkin, which I think is the problem. I don’t think you can just add canned pumpkin to a coffee without… doing something to it first. Enter, my version. Using my best fall hack ever; 5-Ingredient Pumpkin Sauce.

The Secret Ingredient

Look, I told you that this pumpkin sauce would be an important recipe. There are so many uses for it, it truly makes everything 100% better and this latte is no exception. The pumpkin in the pumpkin sauce has been simmered with spices and sugar until it becomes a gorgeous amber colour and pourable consistency. And it makes an amazing latte!

So, spend the 10 minutes to make the pumpkin sauce first, and thank me later! It makes making your own PSL a breeze. And bonus – you’ll have lots of extra for spreading on fresh biscuits or pouring over your favourite fall desserts like cinnamon rolls.

The details…

Once the pumpkin sauce is made, the rest is straight forward.

  1. Add a spoonful of pumpkin sauce to a mug.
  2. Brew over a double shot of espresso or add some brewed coffee and stir to combine.
  3. Pour in your steamed milk.
  4. Top with coco whip and a drizzle of pumpkin sauce, or just some pumpkin spice.

Done! So easy, so yummy and soooo fall. I just love making a homemade pumpkin spice latte for family and friends. It’s always a hit!

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The Perfect Pumpkin Spice Latte

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  • Author: Liv B
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 latte


A homemade pumpkin spice latte that will rival any coffee shop! Perfectly spiced, made with homemade pumpkin sauce, and topped with frothy milk and coconut whip.


  • 12 tbsp pumpkin sauce (2 is quite sweet so only use 2 if you love sweet coffee) + plus a bit extra for drizzling (optional)
  • double shot of espresso or 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 1 cup hot steamed/frothed milk
  • coconut whip for topping
  • extra pumpkin spice for topping


  1. Grab your favourite mug and add a spoonful of pumpkin sauce.
  2. Brew over a double shot of espresso or add the brewed coffee and stir to combine fully.
  3. Pour in your steamed milk.
  4. Top with coco whip and extra pumpkin sauce or just some pumpkin spice. Enjoy!
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes


  1. Is there a recipe to the pumpkin sauce or where is the pumpkin sauce from?

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