The season of all things pumpkin is upon us!  I love Fall.  The changing colors, the sweater weather, warm soups… and the Pumpkin Spice Latte.  I used to frequent a popular coffee shop that served this infamous drink and would indulge in what I thought was Fall in a Cup.  Now that I’m a bit wiser (only a little though) I know that beverage is filled with artificial junk.  There’s been some buzz lately on the interwebs about these ingredients and that it *gasp* doesn’t contain any pumpkin.  That orange color of the syrup?  Yeah, that’s not from pumpkin.

Moving on… There’s also been some chatter about the latte not being about actual pumpkin in the drink, but that it’s about that combination of spices you find in most traditional pumpkin pie spice blends.  That’s fine and all, but I want some pumpkin in there, dang it!

I played around with it last Fall to try to perfect this pumpkin pie latte that actually contained pumpkin.  It was tasty at first, but as it sat, the pumpkin puree and the spices would all congeal at the bottom of my mug.  Ick.  I gave up for the year, but still longed to make my own version of Fall in a Cup.

While talking with a friend about a month ago, we figured it out.  Check out my recipe for Pumpkin Spice Latte and find out how I got this drink to be smooth, creamy and with no lumps.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Drinks
Servings: 2
Author: Suzie Bauer


  • 1 can Full Fat Coconut Milk
  • 1/4 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 heaping tsp Ground Allspice
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Cloves
  • 2 pinches Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 pinch Ground Cardamom
  • 1 pinch Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Strongly Brewed Coffee


  • Add all the ingredients, except the vanilla and coffee, to a small sauce pan and place over medium heat.
  • Stir the ingredients until smooth, and heat for about 10 minutes. Do not let the mixture boil.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
  • With a strainer over another container (I use a Pyrex measuring cup), pour the liquid through the strainer. Use a spoon to stir and push the liquid through.
  • In a mug, pour in half the strained creamer and add about 2 oz of strong brewed coffee.
  • Sit back and enjoy!


Use as little or as much coffee as you like!