Golden Pumpkin Spice Latte
Find out how to make a better pumpkin spice latte at home with this easy recipe! Made with turmeric golden milk, espresso, and almond milk, this cozy homemade pumpkin spice latte is a healthier vegan PSL alternative. This recipe would even make a wonderful after-dinner drink on Thanksgiving.
October is whizzing by this year. The kids’ Halloween costumes are nearly finalized and I’m already looking ahead to Thanksgiving (crazy). With our recent whirlwind of moving houses and a very rocky and emotional start to the school year for one of my girls, I haven’t had a moment to stop and smell the… uh… pumpkin spice magic that abounds in autumn.
Yesterday I took the day off of all the things I “should” have been doing and went to a hot yoga class and followed it up with a homemade almond milk pumpkin spice latte. It was just what I needed to recharge the batteries, and I’m sharing this to encourage you to do the same. Whatever that looks like for you.
This homemade golden pumpkin spice latte, “PSL” if you will, takes just a minute or two to whip up, and is healthier, tastier, and cheaper than picking it up at most coffee shops.
Pumpkin Spice Latte Ingredients
Unlike some coffee shop versions that use flavored syrups, I make my pumpkin spice lattes with real food ingredients. This is a great treat to make when you have just a tablespoon of pumpkin puree leftover from making some Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins, Vegan Pumpkin Pie, a Pumpkin Smoothie, Pumpkin Pie Dessert Hummus, or Curried Pumpkin Lentil Soup.
This homemade pumpkin spice latte is like a combination between golden milk and coffee. I sweeten it up naturally with either maple syrup, which is delicious, or calorie-free sugar-free organic stevia (I use Trader Joe’s brand). I like to use either an almond or coconut milk. I’m really enjoying Trader Joe’s unsweetened coconut milk beverage at the moment because it doesn’t separate when heated.
What is a Golden Latte?
A golden latte is a warm milky beverage infused with turmeric for golden color and a superfood boost. Golden lattes may or may not include coffee. I shared a coffee-free Chai Spiced Golden Latte once before! Turmeric curcumin is a powerful natural anti-inflammatory (read more about it on Dr. Axe). Black pepper helps the body absorb turmeric curcumin, so I add a little to this golden pumpkin spice latte. It also adds a bit more spice, which is nice! You can also add turmeric (fresh or ground) to smoothies. Check out my Tropical Turmeric Smoothie next. I also add it to this Lemon Smoothie and Turmeric Spiced Rice.
How to Make a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Home
I warm up my milk and then all the ingredients for this golden latte into the blender to froth up for a minute. You can also add the ingredients to a small saucepan and whisk to combine. If using a blender, be very careful blending hot liquid as it can spray out and burn. I leave the top slightly ajar and cover with a towel.
To serve the pumpkin spice latte, top with your favorite whipped cream. There are a variety of non-dairy whipped cream toppings available now, or you could make your own by whipping some chilled canned coconut cream.
This golden pumpkin spice latte is so easy at home and a welcomed warm autumn treat. While I usually skip whipped cream, I think it makes a big difference here, so I strongly recommend a little topped with a pinch of pumpkin pie spice.
- 1 shot of espresso
- 1 cup nondairy milk, warmed
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
- pinch of freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup, and/or organic stevia to taste
- favorite dairy-free whipped cream
- Place all ingredients except for the whipped cream in a blender. Blend until well combined and frothy, about 1 minute. Be very carefully when blending hot foods/beverages. I leave the top slightly ajar and cover with a towel. Alternatively, whisk the ingredients together in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add more sweetener to taste.
- Pour into a mug and top with whipped cream and a pinch of pumpkin pie spice.