Pumpkin Spice Latte Without Coffee

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How to make a healthy pumpkin spice latte with no coffee.
Just be aware that you’ll probably get hooked on this creamy and lush pumpkin pie spiced milk!

No coffee Pumpkin spice milk drink

If you are looking for a comforting drink with the autumnal taste of a pumpkin spice latte, but without the coffee, you’ve come to the right place!

This recipe to make pumpkin spice latte without coffee is easy and you’ll only need 4 easy to find ingredients to make it.

I can assure you that you won’t find any pumpkin drink from a local coffee shop (or a global chain) that can compare to the comforting taste and the delicately sweet fragrance of this cozy pumpkin pie milk!

Also, you can easily adapt this pumpkin spice “latte” (steamer would be a more accurate word) so it’s vegan, refined sugar-free, keto
You choose!

And of course, since it doesn’t contain any coffee or tea, it’s caffeine-free, so it’s kids-friendly and you can enjoy this lovely orange colored pumpkin latte at any time.

Get ready for a subtly spicy pumpkin drink that truly feels like a hug in a mug!

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How does a coffee-free pumpkin latte taste?

Pumpkin spice latte without coffee tastes like sweet milk with pumpkin spice (usually, the predominant tastes are cinnamon and nutmeg).

Originally, Pumpkin Spice Latte (aka PSL) was simply a coffee recipe flavored with pumpkin pie spice, without having any pumpkin in it.

However, nowadays Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte uses a syrup that contains pumpkin flavor and has a orange color.

So, if you order a Pumpkin Spice Latte without coffee at Starbucks (which is actually called “Pumpkin Spice Crème”), you get a milk drink (also known as “steamer”) with orange color.

Most of the time you can order it warm, iced or even as a Frapuccino (iced frappé).

No coffee pumpkin spice latte

However, I can’t help feeling like Starbucks Spice Creme tastes too sweet for my taste…

And what bothers me more, in my opinion it tastes somehow “artificial”.

My theory is that the coffee in the regular PSL balances out the sugary flavors of the syrup and makes things just right.
So, when you take the coffee away it doesn’t taste so good (but I can’t say for sure, since I haven’t tried the coffee version, unless you count this one).

Anyway, the good news is, you can make your own no-coffee pumpkin spice latte from scratch.

It will save you money and there is even hidden real vegetable in it!

And of course, this homemade drink tastes WAY BETTER than anything at any coffee shop too.


Making a homemade pumpkin spice milk drink is actually as simple as mixing the ingredients for a regular homemade pumpkin spice latte, just leaving the espresso (coffee) out.

To make a pumpkin spice milk, you’ll need only 4 ingredients:

  • Pumpkin puree (or whole pumpkin)
  • Milk of choice
  • Sweetener of choice
  • Pumpkin spice (feel free to leave it out if you don’t like its taste)

Following are some tricks and alternatives you can use to make pumpkin spice latte at home.
You may see the exact amount of each ingredient in the recipe card at the end of this post.

Ingredient swaps and alternatives

Pumpkin puree (or backed/steamed pumpkin)

You may use canned pumpkin or homemade pumpkin purée.

If you opt for canned pumpkin, make sure it’s NOT pumpkin pie mix, since they are already sweetened and pre-spiced, which makes it difficult to adapt it to your taste.

If you don’t have pumpkin purée, you can use some real pumpkin, backed or steamed, and then blend it directly with the milk.
You’ll be amazed at how good this simple trick works!

Cooked pumpkin and milk

Milk of choice

This pumpkin drink goes well with any kind of milk.

My kids love the creaminess of whole milk, but you can perfectly make a vegan pumpkin spice latte using a non-dairy milk.

I’ve tried this recipe with almond milk, soy milk, oat milk and coconut milk and in my opinion, it goes well with all of them (if you like the taste of these milk alternatives).


This pumpkin spice milk recipe barely needs any additional sugar because the milk, pumpkin and vanilla make provide some natural sweetness.

Nevertheless, adding in some sweetener makes this drink even more comforting.
I recommend using some sugar, maple syrup or my personal favorite, homemade vanilla infused honey.

If you want to save some sugar and calories, you may use erythritol, xylitol, stevia, swerve or similar.


Homemade pumpkin spice mix

Feel free to use a pumpkin pie spice blend or choose only the spices you like.
You can even skip the spices altogether.

For example, I usually use my homemade pumpkin spice mix, which includes cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg and allspice.

But my kids aren’t so wild about the spiciness of ginger, so when I make this pumpkin milk for them, I just use ground cinnamon, vanilla and a very small pinch of ground nutmeg for some fall flavor.

Also, if you don’t have pumpkin spice at hand and you don’t want to assemble any, you can sprinkle the ground spices separately.
Usually, for a single serving, I use:

  • A generous pinch of ground cinnamon
  • A small pinch of ground ginger
  • An even smaller pinch of ground nutmeg
  • Roughly the same small amount of ground cloves

To help you get a clearer understanding of the amounts, there’s a brief video in the recipe card (at the end of the post) showing how I make this pumpkin latte from scratch (using real pumpkin and without a pumpkin spice mix).

pro Tip

If you use as much spices as in the recipe card, your latte will get a brownish color instead of an orange color as Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Crème (which is the official name of PSL without coffee).

If you are looking for an orange color like in the pictures of this post, you may want to limit the spices to a pinch (or even leave them out altogether).

Difference between American Pumpkin Spice Latte and Korean Pumpkin latte

While pumpkin spice (and therefore Pumpkin Spice Latte) is an iconic flavor from the US, a Korean friend has told me that there are also popular pumpkin-based drinks in Korea.

Among them is Hobak Latte (pumpkin latte) or Danhobak latte (sweet pumpkin latte).

The main differences between American Pumpkin Spice Latte and Korean Pumpkin Latte are:

  • Starbucks inspired Pumpkin Spice Latte has coffee; Korean pumpkin latte doesn’t
  • Pumpkin spice latte has a strong spiced taste; Korean pumpkin latte has little or no spices
  • Korean pumpkin latte has a strong pumpkin flavor; American Pumpkin Spice Latte (specially if store-bought) doesn’t really taste of pumpkin.
    In fact, at first, Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte only had the spices and no pumpkin in it.
  • Usually, Korean pumpkin latte (Hobak Latte) has a thicker and creamier texture.

How to DIY pumpkin spice latte without coffee

Time needed: 10 minutes

How to make pumpkin spice latte without coffee

  1. (Optional: only if you don’t use pumpkin puree) Mash the pumpkin

    If you are using fresh pumpkin, prepare it by baking or steaming it. You may also microwave it until tender.
    Then blend it with milk.
    You may blend the pumpkin with the skin or remove it if you want a smoother texture.Ingredients to make pumpkin spice milk

  2. Heat

    Put all the ingredients (except from the vanilla extract or vanilla honey) in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer.
    Simmer for around 3-5 minutes, until the sweetener is dissolved.
    Since there is milk in the mixture, you may move regularly to avoid it burning on the bottom.
    If using vanilla extract or vanilla honey, add it right before serving.Pumpkin, milk and spices

  3. Serve

    If you want, decorate with some whipped cream or milk froth.
    Sprinkling some pumpkin spices or ground cinnamon on top also looks and tastes nice.DIY Pumpkin spice creme

You can serve this pumpkin spice milk drink warm or as an iced pumpkin spice latte.

If desired, top it off with whipped cream, coconut whipped cream or froth milk and enjoy!


Can I switch pumpkin for butternut squash to make pumpkin spice latte?

Yes, butternut is a good alternative to pumpkin.
I often make my PSL with butternut squash instead of pumpkin.

How many grams are in a tablespoon pumpkin puree?

There are 15 gr. of pumpkin puree in a tablespoon.
This means, for this recipe you need aproximately 3 Tablespoon pumpkin puree, which equates around 50 gr. (around 1,8 oz.) of cooked pumpkin.

How can I make pumpkin spice latte if I don’t have pumpkin spice?

If you don’t have pumpkin spice at hand, you may switch 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice for:
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (slightly more)
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
a pinch of ground nutmeg (on the generous side)
a small pinch of ground clove
Nutmeg and clove can give a too strong taste very quickly, so be sure to begin with smaller amounts: you can always add more afterwards.
Anyway, since you only need 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin spice for this recipe, I find it easier to make some pumpkin spice mix in advance (it’s really easy!).

Other delicious pumpkin drinks to try

Milk drink with pumpkin
5 from 9 votes

Pumpkin Spice Milk Drink

A delicious coffee-free version of Pumpkin Spice Latte
Print Recipe
Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:5 minutes
Total Time:10 minutes


  • Blender (only in using real pumpkin)
  • Small saucepan


  • 3 Tbsp. Pumpkin purée Alternative: 50 gr. (1,8 oz) backed or steamed pumpkin without skin
  • 2 Cups Milk of choice
  • 1-2 Tbsp. Eritriol (or other sweetener to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp. Pumpkin Spice (you may switch it for ground cinnamon and a pinch of ground ginger, nutmeg and cloves to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp. Vanilla extract (I use vanilla infused honey)
  • Whipped cream or frothed milk (Optional)


  • (Only if using real pumpkin or butternut squash) Blend the backed or steamed pumpkin with some milk until very smooth.
    Ingredients to make pumpkin spice milk
  • Gather all the ingredients (except from vanilla extract or vanilla honey) and heat in medium until the mixture begins to simmer.
    Pumpkin, milk and spices
  • Once you take it from the heat, add the vanilla extract.
    If desired, serve with some whipped cream or froth milk.



  • For an iced version, just mix all the ingredients without heating them.
  • If using pumpkin purée, skip step 1 (blending).
  • The featured video contains “coffee”; just skip it for the coffee-free version
  • Feel free to substitute sweetener and vanilla extract for some homemade vanilla honey


Calories: 110kcal
Course: Dessert, Drinks, Snack
Cuisine: American, Corean
Keyword: caffeine free, hot drink, pumpkin, smoothie, spices, vegetables, with milk
Servings: 2 Servings
Calories: 110kcal

I hope you enjoyed this recipe to make yummy pumpkin milk drink in minutes.
However, if you are a serious lover of drinks with pumpkin spice, you may find it more practical to make your own Pumpkin Spice Syrup (my recipe is even sugar-free!).

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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is perfect for me: I was curious about pumpkin spice latte but I don’t want to take coffee.
    Thank you very much for this gorgeous and healthy drink.

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