DIY Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe.

I am so addicted to the Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks. I actually *scream* in the store like a teenage girl at a Robert Pattinson sighting when I get one of those register receipts that lets me go take a survey and be rewarded with a free tall beverage of my choice. My choice? There is no choice. Pumpkin Spice Latte.

This past week I became obsessed with duplicating *to the best of my ability* the Pumpkin Spice Latte at home, so I could have one all day every day! Wheee! After sweetly asking my barista if I could read the label ingredients on the special Pumpkin Spice Latte Sauce (it is really a sauce, not a syrup), I discovered a few things that sent me off in the right direction. Key to that creamy pie flavor is actually using real pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, and Torani Pumpkin Pie or Pumpkin Spice Syrup. Warning: We are NOT counting calories on this drink, people. Focus on the fact that it has pumpkin in it. A superfood. A superfood with lots of vitamins!

My finished product after hours of experimenting did take the form of a sauce, which I shall keep in a bottle in my refrigerator. This bottle of sauce should last me a LOT of lattes, and make me a super happy mommy from now until Christmas.

DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe (The Secret Sauce)
1 can 15oz of pumpkin
1 can 14oz of sweetened condensed milk
6 teaspoons of Torani Pumpkin Pie syrup
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of nutmeg
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract or Vanilla

Dump all this in your blender and make sure it's all mixed up good. Put it in a bottle, and keep it in your fridge. This is your Secret Sauce for your Pumpkin Spice Latte.

The Pumpkin Spice Latte (One Serving)
1 tablespoon espresso grind coffee (I like to even use Pumpkin Spice flavored coffee which you can usually get at World Market! Espresso grind is like powder, and it makes for extra strong coffee in a regular coffee maker. If you have a grinder, put regular grind coffee in there and pulverize it until it is powder.)

10oz water (this will make your coffee stronger than a typical 12oz portion of water)

Brew your coffee using the above proportions. Pour it into a BIG coffee cup. Add 6 Tablespoons of Secret Sauce. Add 3 Tablespoons of milk. Stir together. Done! Now you're in Pumpkin Spice Latte Heaven. And it didn't cost you $4.50 a cup. You can, of course, put some whipped cream on top. 

Find Torani for yourself at these places:

World Market
Most major grocery stores

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Mom Knows Best said...

I too love pumkin lattes

Tina Dalasinski said...

I love pumpkin lattes as well.

Christa said...

I love anything pumpkin :)

Unknown said...

Excellent, Pumpkin Spice Lattes are my fave too!

Mommy's Wish List said...

Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Pumpkin all the way!!!!!
Thank you!
Carri Smith
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jordan said...

Pumpkin sounds so yummy! Vanilla would be great too though (I love McD's vanilla iced coffee)

Alejandro said...

I never liked pumpkin flavored drinks until I met and married my wife. ;)


Kristy said...

Vanilla is my favorite, but I want to try peppermint too!

Bethany G said...

I LOVE the pumpkin spice lattes. But white chocolate mocha always catches my eye too!!

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jim said...

I would like vanilla. Jim at

Anonymous said...

vanilla for me!

rob said...

I love vanilla.

christian said...


Anonymous said...

I love the Raspberry

Anonymous said...

Hello! I made your pumpkin syrup. It is great! I love how much it makes and that it can be kept in the fridge. I am going to play around with how much I actually put in my coffee. I may add more milk and less pumpkin sauce next time. Either way, I think the sauce is great. This is definitely the best recipe I have found for the PSL. It also comes closest to the Starbucks version. Thanks in advance for all the yummy morning coffees I will be enjoying this Fall! :) -KyleTheChick

Lanier said...

Calloway's and Cornelius Nursery began carrying Pumpkin Spice Coffee this fall as part of the Flavors of Fall and it is delicious, especially in Pumpkin Spice Lattes! You may have gotten a chance to taste it at the annual Fall Harvest Festival. Pumpkin Seeds for snacking are also in the stores now and some Calloway's Pumpkin Butter may still be available.

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