Food and Diet

Making Pumpkin Spice ‘Latte’

A few weeks ago I saw a recipe for a Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte that Ruth posted on her blog ThatAutisticFitChick. [Edit 20/1/23: This blog no longer seems to exist so I have removed the links.] Until today, I had never tried a pumpkin spice latte. Since it is a seasonal drink, I decided to have a go at making it for the first time!

Ruth’s recipe appealed to me because it is suitable for vegans, and I follow a vegan diet as much as possible. I already had almond milk, and I got hold of some pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice mix. In the end, I had to purchase these online because I struggled to find them in the shops.

The pumpkin spice latte ingredients on a kitchen counter - almond milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice mix and vanilla extract.

I actually don’t drink coffee or any highly caffeinated drinks because caffeine makes me jittery and keeps me awake at night! I also don’t like to drink decaf coffee because I am suspicious of the chemicals used in the decaffeination process. So instead, I skipped out the coffee entirely and just made pumpkin spice ‘milk’! That counts, right?

This drink was very easy to make. I simply measured and added the ingredients together in a pan and heated the mixture up. Then it was ready to pour into a mug and drink!

Pumpkin spice latte in a pan on the stove. There is a spoon in the pan.
Pumpkin spice latte in a brown mug with a spoon
A birds-eye-view of pumpkin spice latte in a brown mug with a spoon.

Did I enjoy my first ever Pumpkin Spice ‘Latte’?

I enjoyed this drink, although I think I may have added slightly too much spice mix and vanilla extract because I found those flavours a little overpowering. I may need to experiment with adjusting the amounts, because of not adding the coffee. To soften the taste, I tried adding some maple syrup, and I actually preferred it this way.

I would definitely make this recipe again, and I might even try it with coffee just for the experience and a taste comparison. I would do this on a day when I can put up with the side-effects of caffeine. Also, I might try using a thicker almond milk next time.

I recommend checking out this Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe for yourself. Ruth also has a great post about the nutritional benefits of pumpkin, plus several other recipes that involve this seasonal food!

Are you a fan of Pumpkin Spice latte?

Do you order this drink from coffee shops? Or have you ever tried making your own? Let me know in the comments!

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Making Pumpkin Spice 'Latte'

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