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Homemade pumpkin spice latte

Do you dream of a pumpkin spice latte but you don’t want to have coffee?
You are in luck, because this easy recipe (VIDEO included) will show you how to make a caffeine free pumpkin spice latte.
It tastes like a coffee drink, but it has no coffee (and no caffeine) in it.
Time to enjoy a super comforting and delicious pumpkin spice latte that won’t cause any acidity or jitters!

RELATED: if you are rather looking for a pumpkin spice latte with no coffee taste (and orange color) you’ll prefer this Pumpkin Spice Milk Cream

How to make a pumpkin spice latte from scratch

Pumpkin Spice Latte has gained worldwide popularity, but out of the States, it’s still quite difficult to find the main ingredient to make a copycat version of Starbucks PSL: pumpkin sauce or pumpkin syrup.

The common swaps for homemade versions are canned pumpkin and pumpkin spice, but they also also quite hard to find in Europe, where I live.

Fortunately you can make this delicious and unique coffee-like beverage from scratch.
It’s surprisingly simple and the result tastes amazing, much better than the original!

Some swaps to make delicious homemade pumpkin spice latte

Can you make homemade pumpkin syrup?

According to Starbucks, their pumpkin spice syrup contains sugar, condensed milk and pumpkin puree, along with some natural color and flavors.
There are more brands that sell pumpkin sauce, but it seems that you can also make a homemade version.
We haven’t tried it yet, but this recipe for pumpkin syrup, made by simmering water, sugar, pumpkin purée and pumpkin spice looks good enough to give it a try.Homemade pumpkin syrup

What can I replace pumpkin syrup with?

If you don’t want to buy or to make pumpkin syrup, you can use pumpkin purée, some sweetener and pumpkin spice instead.Pumpkin puree

What to use if you don’t have pumpkin purée

If you don’t have any canned pumpkin on hand, or want to avoid making your own purée, feel free to use real pumpkin instead.
Backed and steamed or even microwave cooked pumpkins all work wonderfully to make pumpkin spice lattes.
You can also use butternut squash to make pumpkin spice latte.
Just blend the cooked pumpkin together with some of the milk until smooth; it’s much quicker than making puree but gives great results too.
I sometimes even blend the pumpkin with the skin, but taking the skin give a smoother and creamier texture.Backed butternut squash to make PSL

What spices are in Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte?

The original Pumpkin Spice Latte currently uses a blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves.
Check here how to make a very easy pumpkin spice mix in a couple of minutes with only 4 ingredients.

The secret for a completely caffeine-free pumpkin spice latte

Did you know that decaf coffee still has some caffeine?
Also, not everyone tolerates coffee: some people get some bloating and an upset stomach from drinking it, even if it’s decaf, as is also my case.
Still, I enjoy some hints of coffee flavor on some desserts.
That’s why I was very happy to find a trick to make pumpkin spice latte with a coffee-like taste but that’s completely coffee and caffeine free.

Chicory coffee

The secret lies in using a coffee substitute like chicory, barley, or some blend of cereal coffee.
When drinking it as is, most people taste the difference between real brewed coffee and these substitutes, but when combined with all those other flavors in PSL, you won’t notice the switch (tested with some hardcore coffee lovers).

For most coffee substitute blends, you’ll get a very satisfying espresso or strong coffee recreation by stirring 2 teaspoons cereal coffee granulate in half a cup of water.

Homemade pumpkin spice latte
5 from 2 votes

Caffeine free pumpkin spice latte recipe

Delicious pumpkin spice latte that tastes as if it had coffee (but it doesn’t)
Print Recipe
Prep Time:7 mins
Cook Time:5 mins
Total Time:12 mins


  • Blender (if using real pumpkin)


  • 2 Tbsp. backed or steamed pumpkin (39 gr.)
  • 2 Cups milk of choice
  • 1-3 Tbsp. Eritriol
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice plus some more as topping
  • 2 tsp. cereal coffee granulate
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • milk froth or whipped cream (optional)


  • Blend the pumpkin and a cup of milk until smooth.
    Ingredients to make pumpkin spice milk
  • Heat the mixture in a pan with the rest of the milk, sweetener and pumpkin spice
    Pumpkin, milk and spices
  • Add the coffee substitute and round up with vanilla extract
    Strong cereal coffee
  • Serve with whipped cream or frothed milk if desired
    Pumpkin spice latte with topping



  • The texture will be smoother if you remove the peel of the pumpkin before blending.
  • If using pumpkin purée, use about 1 Tbsp. per serving (2 Tbsp. for the quantities above)
  • Feel free to swap eritriol for your sweetener of choice. I also love date syrup and xylitol for this recipe. Whole dates also work great: just add about 3-4 pitted dates per cup and blend them with the pumpkin.


Calories: 110kcal
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: caffeine free, hot drink, pumpkin, strawberry, vegetables
Servings: 2 Servings
Calories: 110kcal

As you can see, it’s very easy to make a homemade pumpkin spice latte from scratch. It takes very little time and effort, but the payoff is worth it!
My goal with this post was to show that no one needs to give up PSL just because they don’t have some ingredients or avoid coffee all together.

I hope this recipe has been helpful in showing you how to make a completely caffeine free pumpkin spice latte at home. If you tried this recipe, tell me how you liked it by leaving a comment and rating bellow.

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  1. 5 stars
    Yay, this is something I’ve looked for very long. Thank you very much for the great ideas.
    Your blog is really GOLD!

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