Pumpkin spice latte without coffee

How to make a healthy pumpkin spice latte with no coffee.
It’s delicious, super easy and kids friendly!

No coffee Pumpkin spice milk drink

The cozy, autumn colors of pumpkin are just around the corner… which means, it’s time for cozy drinks, like pumpkin spice lattes!
However, if you don’t like coffee or can’t drink it for whichever reason, it doesn’t mean you have to completely miss out PSL: you can easily make a coffee free version with just 4 ingredients.
You won’t even need pumpkin purée if you don’t have any at hand! (canned pumpkin puree is not so easy to come by in some countries).

This version of pumpkin spice latte tastes amazing, you can easily make it vegan and/or refined sugar-free and since it doesn’t contain any coffee or tea, everyone can enjoy the delicious flavor of this nice, orange colored pumpkin latte at any time.

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, also known as 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 (which is actually called “Pumpkin Spice Crème”), you get a milk drink with orange color.
You can have it warm, iced or as Frapuccino.

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.
Maybe this is because the coffee balances out the sugary flavors of pumpkin syrup and makes things just right, so when you take the coffee away it doesn’t taste so good?
I don’t know for sure, since I haven’t tried the coffee version.

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 a real vegetable on it.
Not to mention, this homemade drink tastes way better than anything at any coffee shop too (and it’s also much cheaper).

Ingredients for homemade pumpkin spice latte without coffee

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.

This is what you need to make a coffee-free pumpkin spice ”latte” (since there is no coffee in it, it’s technically a milk drink instead of an actual latte):

  • Pumpkin puree (or pumpkin)
  • Milk of choice
  • Sweetener of choice
  • Pumpkin spices

Pumpkin puree (or backed/steamed pumpkin)

You can use homemade pumpkin purée or canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie mix, since they are already sweetened and pre-spiced, which makes it difficult to adapt it to your taste).
Alternatively, 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!

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.
We’ve tried this recipe with almond milk, soy milk, oat milk and coconut milk and we can recommend them all!

Sweetener

Thanks to the natural sweetness from milk, pumpkin and vanilla, this pumpkin spice latte recipe barely need any additional sugar.
Nevertheless, adding in some sweetener makes it even more comforting, so I highly recommend using some sugar, maple syrup or vanilla infused honey.
For a sugar-free version, you may use eritriol, xylitol, stevia, swerve or similar.

Spices

Homemade pumpkin spice mix

People seem either to love pumpkin spices or to hate them.
Since you are here, I imagine you like the combination of pumpkin with pumpkin spices as much as I do… (by the ways, I recommend trying my easy homemade pumpkin spice recipe).
But the beauty of making your PSL from scratch is you can easily adapt this recipe to your taste.
For example, my kids aren’t so wild about the spiciness of ginger, so when making this recipe for them, I just use ground cinnamon, vanilla and a very small pinch of ground nutmeg for some fall flavor.

And don’t forget to add some vanilla extract or vanilla infused honey: vanilla’s warm notes round out flavors wonderfully in this comforting drink!

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) Prepare 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

The video bellow shows how to make “regular” pumpkin spice latte from scratch.
The steps are almost the same as for a coffee-free pumpkin milk drink, with the only difference that to make a pumpkin spice creme you skip the coffee:

You can serve this pumpkin spice milk drink warm or as an iced pumpkin spice latte.
Top it off with whipped cream, coconut whipped cream or froth milk and enjoy!

Frequently asked questions about this recipe

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

Yes, butternut is a good alternative to pumpkin and 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 pumpkin spice latte recipes you may like

Milk drink with pumpkin
5 from 4 votes

Pumpkin Spice Milk Drink

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

Equipment

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

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

  • (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.

Video

Notes

  • 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

Nutrition

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 pumpkin milk drink.
This delicious latte has the perfect hint of flavor for fall and a beautiful orange hue that will help you get into the spirit of the season.
I you don’t like the taste of coffee, but want to enjoy a pumpkin spice drink – I think you will LOVE it!

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2 Comments

  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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