10-Minute Homemade Pumpkin Latte

Last updated: October 11, 2022
5 from 1 vote
This delicious pumpkin latte is naturally sweetened with maple syrup and takes on warm flavors of cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger. There's no pumpkin spice syrup here, just real pumpkin! By briefly cooking the pumpkin with spices on the stovetop before adding the milk to warm through, the pumpkin takes on a sweeter, roasted flavor.
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homemade pumpkin latte in mug
homemade pumpkin latte in hand, with whipped cream

Notice there is no pumpkin spice in the recipe title.
That’s on purpose! Because I love pumpkin (obsessed with these gluten-free pumpkin muffins), but not so much pumpkin pie spice. And if you’re like me, this warm sipper might just change your mind relating to your previous fall PSL experience in a coffee shop.

This creamy, homemade pumpkin latte is lightly sweetened with maple syrup and my favorite cozy additions: cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger. The subtle pumpkin flavor comes from real pumpkin (just like in these gluten-free pumpkin cookies), not a bottled syrup, which means it’s completely balanced.

The secret to making great pumpkin lattes:

Using real ingredients always makes things taste better, whether it be creamy potatoes au gratin or a latte. Using pumpkin puree in drinks can be tricky though, as it often tastes a bit vegetal or doesn’t dissolve. I found the solution to both those problems and it’s a quick, easy fix that results in the smoothest, most delicious pumpkin latte.

All you need to do is cook the pumpkin puree on the stovetop for a few minutes before adding the milk to heat through. The heat cooks the raw flavor out of the pumpkin and gives it a softer, sweeter, roasted flavor. The spices are added at this point too, so they can bloom and infuse the milk.

homemade pumpkin latte in a clear glass

Ingredients in a Homemade Pumpkin Latte:

  • canned pumpkin puree
  • milk of choice (I like oat milk or whole milk best)
  • pure maple syrup
  • cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger
  • vanilla
  • coffee concentrate or espresso (I use Pop & Bottle’s Super Coffee Concentrate which is SO convenient. Just add a 1/12 tablespoons of it plus your liquid to make iced coffee or lattes in an instant.)

How to Make a Pumpkin Latte with Real Pumpkin:

  1. Place pumpkin puree, salt, cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger into a small sauce pot.
  2. On medium-low heat, whisk the ingredients together, cooking mixture for 3-4 minutes, continually whisking and scraping the bottom of the pot. This will bloom the spices and cook the raw flavor out of the pumpkin.
  3. Whisk in maple syrup and oat milk, increasing heat to medium. When you see small bubbles around the edge of the pot, it is warm. Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla. Use a hand frother if you’d like to froth the latte a bit.
  4. Pour coffee concentrate or shot of espresso into the bottom of a coffee mug. Then pour milk mixture in and gently stir; top with whipped cream if desired.
holding homemade pumpkin latte

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10-Minute Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

Make this maple sweetened pumpkin latte at home for the coziest morning. The warm flavors of cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger mingle with real pumpkin and milk to make a delicious drink.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time :5 minutes
Cook Time :5 minutes
Yield: 1 serving
Author: Amanda Paa

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons pure pumpkin puree
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch each of ground cardamom and ginger
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 6 to 8 ounces milk, dairy or non-dairy
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Pop & Bottle Classic Coffee Super Concentrate or shot of espresso
  • whipped cream, optional

Instructions 

  • Place pumpkin puree, salt, cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger into a small sauce pot.
  • On medium-low heat, whisk the ingredients together, cooking mixture for 3-4 minutes, continually whisking and scraping the bottom of the pot. This will bloom the spices and cook the raw flavor out of the pumpkin. Whisk in maple syrup and oat milk, increasing heat to medium. Vigorously whisk to help dissolve the pumpkin. When you see small bubbles around the edge of the pot, it is warm (do not boil).
  • Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla. Use a hand frother if you'd like to froth the latte a bit. Pour coffee concentrate into the bottom of a coffee mug. Then pour milk mixture in and gently stir; top with whipped cream if desired.

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October 11, 2022

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