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How to Make Pumpkin Spice Lattes

Filled with freshly ground cinnamon and other antioxidant rich spices, I serve healing Pumpkin Spice Lattes piping hot.

Now you can make your own dairy free Pumpkin Spice Latte with coconut milk instead of cow’s milk. Make this beverage low sugar as well by using honey and stevia in place of refined sugar. I based my recipe on the Pumpkin Spice Latte from recipegirl.com. Lori’s site, gorgeous and hip, is a wonderful source of inspiration.

Did you ever wonder what’s in Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte? My curiosity reappears every fall when the advertisements for this delectable looking drink are rolled out. Now you can drink up dairy free Pumpkin Spice Lattes by the dozen!

How to Make Pumpkin Spice Lattes


  1. In medium saucepan, bring dandelion coffee, coconut milk, water and honey to a boil
  2. Reduce to a simmer and stir in stevia, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and pumpkin
  3. Transfer mixture to a vitamix
  4. Process hot mixture very carefully until frothy
  5. Place back in saucepan to reheat
  6. Serve

Serves 4

If you don’t want to go to the trouble of cutting and roasting a pumpkin to make this dairy free drink, then you can experiment with leaving it out. You’ll still have a good dandelion root coffee based beverage with an abundance of healing pumpkin pie spices to make it taste like fall.

Here are some of my other warm and healing beverage recipes:

posted on October 17, 2012, 36 comments

  1. Beebe

    I was literally just thinking, “Hmm…how can I make my own Pumpkin Spice Latte?” today, so what good fortune that you posted this recipe! I, too, suffer from Pumpkin Spice Latte nostalgia, and am so glad to have found a recipe that’s junk-free! Thanks!

  2. Oh wow–I was just looking on your website a few weeks ago for a pumkin spice latte recipe.

  3. Christie

    ELANA YOU MAKE MY HEART SING!!! I found out that I have a coffee allergy recently and I miss lattes so much!! I also don’t do dairy or sugar so this is absolutely perfect! You are just wonderful!! Thank you for sharing with us!

  4. Beth @ Tasty Yummies @ tasty-yummies.com

    This looks sooo amazing, I need to find the stuff to make or find already made dandelion root coffee. I want to try it badly, I have heard such good things.

  5. Leslie Thomas

    Sounds yummy. If anyone is intimidated or too pressed for time to fiddle with the dandelion & chicory, check out the selection of Dandelion-based herbal coffees from Teeccino, available at natural foods stores, Whole Foods, & online at http://www.teeccino.com. I also just tasted their Pumpkin Spice & it’s fantastic with coconut milk as Elana recommends. (NOTE: Pumpkin Spice contains barley.)

  6. stephanie

    i made this with coconut milk. it was delicious :) thanks for posting this !

  7. This looks amazing, and I love that it’s really tea! I’m going to have to try this at home. Thanks Elana!

  8. Eve

    I made a single serving of this using regular coffee from my french press, and it was great! Saves me from a post-Starbucks guilt trip, thanks!

  9. Andy Tanner @ isabelandandycook.com

    This sounds Amazing! I haven’t any coconut milk in the house, and today is my grocery shopping day – I know what I need to add to the list. Thank you!

  10. Audrey

    This is wonderful, thank you! I too have always been curious about Starbucks Pumpkin Latte, so I recently decided to try one. I was skeptical that it would be too sweet, so I asked for only half the normal amount of pumpkin syrup. It was still too sweet, but at least now I know that I don’t like it.
    But your recipe is delicious, I made it with decaf coffee. Thank you!

  11. Rosanne


    do you know if the dandelion and chicory root is safe to drink while trying to get pregnant and while pregnant? Also, do you know anything about Maca powder? I saw an herbal coffee listed on mountainroseherbs. com that had a coffee made out of dandelion and chicory but it also had maca in it.


  12. Sas

    wow–49 grams of sugar in the starbucks pumpkin spice drink….

  13. Gratefulfoodie @ gratefulfoodie.com

    I appreciate your links to ingredients, such as the dandelion root coffee. You are so incredibly creative– thank you for sharing with us!!!

  14. Svetlana

    Very close pumpkin substitution – baby food pureed butternut squash.

  15. Sandy Grady

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this recipe! I have one weakness when it comes to following my Paleo lifestyle – a decaf, Pumpkin spice Latte from SB. I’m trying this recipe TODAY!

  16. Candace Hendrick @ supernaturalresources.com

    This looks delicious! I keep seeing this dandelion stuff in recipes. I haven’t been able to get it at whole foods or my local smaller health food store:( I love pumpkin, though, so hopefully I will be able to come up with a similar one!

  17. I’m so excited that you posted this recipe! I’m craving them a lot this time of year. Can’t wait to try it!


  18. Isabella @ isabellasfoto.nu

    I´m so glad I found out about your blog/website. I have celiac disease since I was 1 year old and even though I eat a glutenfree diet, I still suffer from digestive problems. Cant´t wait to try out some of your recipes. Thank you!!! Best Regards /Isabella from Sweden

    • Erin

      Have you looked into the GAPS diet? From what I’ve researched it looks like it is very possible to heal your gut of these issues. Simply avoiding irritants does not provide this healing though. It seems to take an average of 2 years on a special diet but then you can eat normal things again. Just an idea for something you may wish to look into! Good luck with your health. =)

  19. Erin

    We just made this… one thing I would suggest for others is to cut the spices down by half at first. If you want to add the rest after you can but for us this was WAY too spicy. I ended up doubling the other ingredients to even out the overwhelming spices. I think next time I may use Trader Joe’s pumpkin pie spice.

    Otherwise this is pretty good and we are enjoying it topped with vanilla coconut whipped cream.

  20. BB

    I cannot have coconut milk but was wondering if anyone knew of another non-dairy milk I could use that would take it’s place.

    • Queen Jelly Bean

      Blue Diamond brand unsweetened Almond Breeze almond milk. Usually available at Trader Joes.
      Hemp milk is an option if you can’t have nuts, but hemp has a little “green” taste.

  21. Thank you for this tasty recepice. Tomorrow i will made this Pumkin Spice Latte.

  22. Yum. I use teechino but I would try this. I have read the ingredients in the Starbuk’s version. It is pretty scary and has a ton of sugar.

  23. Eva-Maria

    Thanks a lot for this fabulous recipe. Just tried it tastes great!
    The best: I can enjoy it while on the GAPs Diet.

  24. These latte’s are the bomb dot com. Made them for some friends as dessert after bbq, and we slurped them down and made more. Thank you posting, your recipes are always solid. Along with a Fall Produce Guide I shared a slightly varied version here bc I didn’t have all the ingredients : http://www.thecleansheep.com/2013/09/fall-produce-guide/ :-) Keep the g-free goodness coming!!

  25. Dina

    I would love to make this but unfortunately I have an intolerance to coconut. Do you have a substitute suggestion?

    I just made your dandelion coffee! Love it.
    Thank you!

  26. Chanelle

    Is there anything i can use instead of vanilla stevia?

  27. Sounds delicious. I make regular almond milk latte all the time. I have to try this one.

  28. Christy

    I would use Silk brand almond milk. Blue Diamond has carageenan in it.

  29. Love this PSL! I wanted to pin it but, Pinterest doesn’t support that file type (.webp) for images. If you have another image, I’ll pin it. Just let me know.
    Love all of your work and all that you do!

  30. I can’t wait to try this. Per others’ comments, I have tried the Teechino, but just couldn’t bring myself to like it. I tried! Then I tried Dandy Blend on Amazon, and oh my gosh! It’s amazing. I LOVE the flavor, and it dissolves instantly in any liquid, making it a cinch to add to smoothies, hot drinks, cold drinks, etc. It’s really an amazing dandelion drink blend. Just thought I’d pass on that tidbit of info. It’s a spendy 2-lb bag on Amazon, but it lasts a very long time as you only need a teaspoon to make yourself a yummy cup of “coffee.”

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