Learn how to make the best vegan pumpkin spice latte at home. Better than Starbucks, and absolutely no dairy required! Easy to prepare in just 5 minutes.

looking down on a vegan pumpkin spice latte with whipped topping

Ahhh, the pumpkin spice latte, perhaps the most beloved beverage of the Fall season. People go crazy over this drink, and understandably so. It’s creamy, sweet, and has all the lovely flavors of pumpkin pie.

The downside of getting one of these at Starbucks? They contain dairy (at least in the U.S.)! Not to mention they are pretty pricey.

The solution? I have come up with the most amazing and easy recipe for a homemade, vegan pumpkin spice latte that you will love! It’s ready in about 5 minutes, and you can use espresso or strong brewed coffee. Top with Vegan Whipped Cream!

How to make it

First, add 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup and 2 tablespoons of pumpkin puree to a small pot, over medium heat. Stir, then add spice mix and non-dairy milk of choice.

ingredients added to pot for pumpkin spice latte, before whisked smooth

Stir, warming, but be careful not to boil.

Turn off the heat, and stir in coffee (about 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee, or 1-2 shots of espresso). Taste for sweetness, and adjust as needed.

small pot whisking pumpkin latte in it

Pour into a mug, and top with plenty of vegan whipped cream, if desired! Sprinkle a little pumpkin pie spice mix on top of the whipped topping.

Substitutions & Tips

  • Don’t have pumpkin spice mix? No worries! Use 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, along with a tiny pinch of ginger, nutmeg and cloves. You could even just use cinnamon if that’s all you have.
  • Use canned coconut milk for a richer beverage. I like to use a creamy milk such as cashew or soy, but any non-dairy milk you like will work.
  • You can use granulated organic sugar instead of maple syrup. Again, add sweetness to your liking, and be aware that if you are using a sweetened milk you will need even less added sweetener.

Enjoy, and Happy Fall!

white cup with brown leave with vegan pumpkin spice latte, pumpkins in background

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Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte

Learn how to make the best pumpkin spice latte at home. Better than Starbucks, and absolutely no dairy required! 
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Servings: 1 serving

Ingredients 
 

Instructions 

  • In a small pot over medium heat, add the maple syrup and pumpkin puree. Stir, then add the pumpkin pie spice mix and the non-dairy milk. Warm, but do not bring to a boil.
  • Once warm, turn off the heat and add the coffee (or espresso shots) and stir. Taste for sweetness: Add more maple syrup for a sweeter drink; I found 2 tablespoons to be just right.
  • Pour into a mug and top with vegan whipped cream. Sprinkle a little more pumpkin pie spice mix on top if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

  1. If you want a really creamy and rich beverage, use canned coconut milk.
  2. To keep it caffeine free for kids, replace the 1/2 cup of coffee with more non-dairy milk.
  3. You can also just use organic granulated sugar instead of maple syrup, if that's what you have. 
  4. Double, triple or quadruple the recipe to make enough for company!
  5. Don't have pumpkin spice mix? Use this instead: 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and a tiny pinch of ginger, cloves and nutmeg. You can just use cinnamon if you're short on spices!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 53mg | Potassium: 356mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 4920IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 194mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Author: Nora Taylor
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*Recipe last updated October 2019 with new photos and writing, including tips and substitutions.

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Comments

  1. Made this but the pumpkin settled on cup bottom and was off-putting. Taste was good until then. How to make pumpkin dissolve if possible? I love all your recipes by the way!

    1. Hi Bill, was the pumpkin whisked properly with the other ingredients? If all of the ingredients are stirred well and heated together in the saucepan, then the pumpkin should blend easily into the drink. I hope this helps!

  2. I am from Europe and here it isn’t a common drink, at all. I loved your recipe for pumpkin pie so decided to give this latte a try. I have to say at first I was overwhelmed by the rich taste but next morning, here I am drinking it again! It is addictive!

    1. LOL! I’m really glad you love it, Katarina! I’m pretty in love with anything pumpkin! Thanks for your great feedback and review!

  3. Delicious! I used oat milk with 7g sugar and no other sweetener. I topped it with 2 T. foamed and heated oat creamer with brown sugar (4g/T). Perfect! Can’t wait to share! Thank you

  4. This is really good. Used agave for the sweetener since I’m out of maple syrup and almond coconut milk. My two sons really liked it as well. Thank you for this recipe! We’ll be making this again

    1. You are welcome! I’m so glad that you guys loved the pumpkin spice latte! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review and comments!

  5. This was delish!  I made it this morning. I used sugar and almond milk with no whip.  Do you think I could make up a couple days worth and keep it on the fridge? 

  6. So good and spicy! I’ve been craving a pumpkin spice latte since fall has arrived, and none of the coffee shops have a good one. I’ll be sure to make this again, and save money on coffee shop drinks!

  7. Any idea on how much to adjust the maple syrup content when using pumpkin pie mix instead of plain puree? I’m excited to try this! All of your recipes are great 🙂

    1. I’m not sure, you might just have to taste it and add sweetener to taste. I’ve never made it with pumpkin pie mix so I’m not sure how it will turn out. Thanks!

  8. I’m living in Taiwan, and their Starbucks options are not like America’s (no coconut milk ☹️). So, I haven’t gone there much. I’ve been dreaming of the seasonal pumpkin spice lattes lately and found this. I love this! I made the pumpkin spice milk and bottled it so I can add it to my coffee through this week. I’m excited. Thank you for sharing this!!

  9. Perfect for a rainy day! Overall is a good pumpkin spice latte. I did an additional half of the recipe and I added a little to much purée. I’ll definitely make this again. Thank you for sharing!

  10. I just made this and oh my goodness is it magical! Not only is is better for you and cheaper than Starbucks, it tastes soooo much better! My husband was blown away too. I was wondering if I could make a large batch of pumpkin mixture ahead of time and store in the refrigerator?

    1. Thanks Jenny! I’m so glad you both enjoyed it! I’m sure you could, and just add the coffee when you’re ready to drink it. That’s a great idea!

  11. I love it!! Thank you for the recipe. It will be a staple every morning since it’s so easy to make and it’s delicious

  12. It would’ve been nice to come across this BEFORE spending like $20 on pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks this week! Great alternate! Thank you for sharing

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