With pumpkin season officially around the corner, it's about time to up your coffee game. This Oat Milk Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe includes 5 simple ingredients, only takes about 5 minutes to prepare and will probably become your new favorite fall drink.
Serve alongside some fluffy Oat Milk Pancakes for the perfect dairy-free breakfast.
This homemade pumpkin spice latte combines some delicious fall spices with a shot of espresso and some ultra creamy oat milk. If you asked me, it tastes especially good during the colder months but can really be enjoyed all year round!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- It's refined sugar-free and dairy-free (even vegan).
- It doesn't include any heavy cream, making it a healthy alternative to more traditional pumpkin spice latte recipes.
- It includes real pumpkin puree no artificial flavors whatsoever!
Ingredients & Substitution Notes
- Coffee: It's important to include some high quality, great tasting coffe in this recipe. Making good coffee doesn't necessarily require a fancy machine such as an espresso machine but could just as well be prepared in a filter machine or a french press. However, the stronger the coffee is, the more intense this latte tastes.
- Pumpkin Puree: This recipe calls for actual pumpkin. You can either use store-bought pumpkin puree or Homemade Pumpkin Puree, both work fine! I prefer making my own since we don't have a lot of options here when it comes to store-bought pumpkin puree. Make sure to not use pumpkin pie filling, we want to use pumpkin puree that exists of 100% pumpkin.
- Oat Milk: This homemade psl is made with unsweetened oat milk. Choose the "barista" version of your favorite brand, if you can. They are usually thicker with a silkier texture than regular oat milk drinks. We love Oatly's Oat Drink Barista Edition but there are many brands out there that provide "barista blend" versions of their plant milks. Homemade oat milk would also work but the texture will be thinner and it doesn't froth! Instead of oat milk you could use other milk alternatives such as cashew milk, soy milk or almond milk.
- Pumpkin Pie Spice: Is an important ingredient in this recipe since it adds this very specific pumpkin flavor that we're looking for. Instead you could also use gingerbread spice.
- Maple Syrup: Adds not only sweetness but an additional taste to this recipe. If you don't have any maple syrup available you could replace it with brown sugar, agave syrup or any sweetener of your choice.
How To Make Pumpkin Spice Latte with Oat Milk
If you are a coffee lover like me, you might also enjoy switching it up from time to time. Even though I love a regular latte, I also like playing around with new flavors with pumpkin spice being one of my favorite flavors to add when it comes to coffee. This vegan pumpkin spice latte is a really simple recipe that comes together in no time!
Step 1: Brew your coffee
Start by preparing your coffee. The quality of your coffee is quite important for the recipe to actually taste like coffee. I usually prefer using an espresso machine- doesn't have to be an expensive one, as long as the coffee is strong.
Step 2: Mix together
Add all of the ingredients (coffee, pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, maple syrup and oat milk) to a small pot. Heat over medium heat for 30-40 seconds while constantly stirring with a whisk. We want the milk to be warm but not boiling. If you have a blender, you can throw everything into a blender and blend on soup-mode so it heats.
Optional: Froth Milk
If you prefer a frothier latte, mix together all of the ingredients in a small saucepan except for the milk. Froth the oat milk using a milk frother (or use a handheld frother) until heated and pour it on top of the coffee-pumpkin mix.
- Vanilla Extract: Add a teaspoon of vanilla extract for some additional vanilla flavors.
- Whipped Cream: Add a scoop of whipped cream- store-bought or homemade vegan whipped cream to achieve a taste closer to your beloved Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte.
- Coconut Milk: Instead of whipped cream, you could try adding a couple of tablespoons of coconut milk. This not only adds some silky smooth texture but also a subtle coconut flavor.
- Cinnamon: Top your latte with some additional cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice!
- Strong coffee: Strongly brewed coffee is key for achieving a pumpkin spice latte that still tastes like coffee. While we do want the delicious fall flavors to be present, the coffee flavors should still also be noticeable- it's a coffee drink after all.
- Barista Milk: Regular psl recipes usually call for cow's milk.To achieve the same silky texture in a dairy-free pumpkin spice latte, look out for a barista version of your favorite oat milk. They are usually thicker in texture and froth really well compared to regular oat milk drinks. We love Oatly's Oat Drink Barista Edition.
- Make it an iced latte: If you're a fan of iced coffee drinks rather than regular warm coffee, feel free to turn this psl into an iced latte. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and pulse or blend for a couple of seconds until well combined. Serve over a glass of ice and top with whipped cream.
- Make it a frappuccino: Throw all of the ingredients plus a handful of ice cubes into a blender and blend until you end up with a thick and creamy pumpkin frappuccino.
While most regular psl recipes use whole milk, this one is made with oat milk, hence it's vegan.
We prefer oat milk as it's naturally sweeter than other types of non-dairy kinds of milk. For best results try using barista versions of your milk of choice. They are usually thicker in texture and froth really well compared to regular oat milk drinks. We love Oatly's Oat Drink Barista Edition.
Absolutely, simply replace your regular shots of espresso with decaf espresso. To make it kid-friendly you could skip the espresso altogether, making it more of a pumpkin-flavored milk drink.
This of course depends on the recipes. A traditional pumpkin spice latte that you can get at regular coffee shops are usually filled with sugar, cream and flavored syrups. The recipe below uses real pumpkin puree in combination with unsweetened oat milk and maple syrup for more natural flavors. Pumpkin is a great source of vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamin A. Our psl recipe also doesn't include any heavy cream, making it lower in saturated fats and fat content overall.
More Pumpkin Recipes
Oat Milk Pumpkin Spice Latte
- 2 shots of espresso
- 1 cup oat milk *see notes
- 2 tablespoon pumpkin puree *store-bought or homemade
- 1-2 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice blend or gingerbread spice
- Add all of the ingredients (coffee, pumpkin purée, pumpkin spice, maple syrup and oat milk) to a small saucepan.
- Heat over medium heat for 30-40 seconds while constantly stirring with a whisk. We want the milk to be warm but not boiling. If you have a blender, you can throw everything into a blender and blend on soup-mode so it heats.
- Taste the latte and add more maple syrup if you like it sweeter.
- Pour into a large coffee mug and top with some homemade vegan whipped cream.
- Oat milk: To achieve a silky texture in a dairy-free pumpkin spice latte, look out for a barista version of your favorite oat milk. They are usually thicker in texture and froth really well compared to regular oat milk drinks. We love Oatly’s Oat Drink Barista Edition. Alternatively, you could use almond or soy milk.
- Coffee: It’s important to include some high-quality, great-tasting coffee in this recipe. The stronger the coffee, the more intense this latte tastes.
- 100% pumpkin puree: You can either use store-bought pumpkin purée or check out the recipe for our super quick and easy Homemade Pumpkin Puree here, both work fine!
- Froth milk: If you prefer a frothier latte, mix together all of the ingredients in a small saucepan except for the milk. Froth the oat milk using a milk frother (or use a handheld frother) until heated and pour it on top of the coffee-pumpkin mix.