How to Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice Latte (Photos)

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Photos by Hannah Sentenac
No Kahlúa in this recipe, but we won't judge if you tip a little in.
Fall is upon us, which means the masses are officially going apeshit over all things pumpkin. And number one on most people's list is Starbucks' universally adored Pumpkin Spice Latte.

We admit, it's damn delicious. But at $5 or $6 a pop, drinking it daily will break the bank. And you need to save your pennies for Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa shopping.

So, here's a step-by-step guide to making your own pumpkin spice coffee concoction at home for a whole lot cheaper and and even a lot healthier too.

See also: Ten Reasons to Avoid Starbucks

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Step 1: Ingredients.

You'll need:

  • 6 oz. or so hot coffee of choice
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin purée
  • 2 tbsp (or likely more -- to taste) brown sugar or sugar substitute of choice
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 3/4 cup milk (we used almond, but any milk will do)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


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