Easy Pumpkin Spice Coffee

This recipe for easy Pumpkin Spice Coffee can be made using your favorite regular coffee or made into a Pumpkin Spice Latte. It’s refined sugar-free and customizable so you can make it dairy-free if you need to!

easy pumpkin coffeePumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

It’s Fall and that means we’re all collectively craving Pumpkin Spice Coffee! There is no shortage of it available in coffee shops now, but it’s pretty pricey and the ingredients are a little vague. Is there actually any pumpkin in that store-bought stuff? Well, no need to wonder for our recipe! Our Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe uses a homemade pumpkin butter, a splash of maple syrup and sprinkle of pumpkin spice to get that authentic pumpkin spice coffee taste! You can make it custom how you prefer, either as a latte with espresso and steamed milk, or keep it simple and add it to the cup of coffee you normally make for a super festive and delicious morning cup.

Here’s what you need to make it:

  • Pumpkin Butter: Make a big batch now for the season and freeze what you won’t use in two weeks time in small portions. When you are ready to use it, let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight, as needed.
  • Maple Syrup (or omit if you prefer to not add any additional sweetener)
  • Coffee or Espresso 
  • Milk or creamer of choice
  • Pumpkin Spice

How to Make a Pumpkin Spiced Latte

Traditionally a latte contains a shot or two of espresso (or very strong coffee) topped with steamed milk. In the coffee shop, a pumpkin spice latte will contain this with some pumpkin flavored syrup. Our pumpkin spice latte actually contains pumpkin and you get to control the sweetness. To make it:

  1. Place pumpkin butter and maple syrup in a cup. Add in very hot espresso stir together until completely combined.
  2. Steam your milk either with a steam wand, using a handheld milk frother, or heat your milk and froth. Top with steamed milk and sprinkle with pumpkin spice and serve immediately.

How to Make Pumpkin Spice Coffee

We first discovered this pumpkin coffee during our testing of the pumpkin butter. We had so much leftover that we started using it in unexpected ways, including one morning when our Food Editor Kelli placed some in her coffee cup and discovered how well it works to make pumpkin coffee! Using it this way makes it taste just like a latte, without any extra effort of making espresso or steaming milk. To make easy pumpkin flavored coffee:

  1. Place pumpkin butter and maple syrup in a cup. Add in very hot coffee and stir together until completely combined.
  2. Top with milk, or creamer of choice and sprinkle with pumpkin spice and serve immediately.

very strong coffee mixed up with pumpkin spiceWhat Milk to Use

You can use any milk that you already do for your coffee! For dairy-free we prefer to use almond milk or oat milk, but any milk you typically use works too. 

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Frothing the Milk

There are a few different tools out there to froth milk. 

An attached steam wand: If you have an espresso machine with an attached steam wand, use that to steam the milk.

Hand held milk frother: This is the one I use. You can froth the milk with or without heating it up first, but I prefer to heat it first before frothing.

If you don’t have a milk frother and don’t want to buy one to make this is, you can slowly heat up the milk in a pot to the point of boiling. It will froth up a bit. Shut off the heat and use immediately. It won’t work exactly the same as milk that has actually been frothed, but it’s a close second.

frothing milk for pumpkin spice latte

Other ways to use up Pumpkin Butter

This recipe calls for making pumpkin butter to use in the pumpkin coffee. Pumpkin Butter is a sweet spread made up of cooked pumpkin puree with added sweetener and warm spices. Our recipe calls for either making it in the Instant Pot or in a Slow Cooker. It does make a large batch. You can freeze whatever you won’t use up in two weeks time. Freeze it in small portions so you can take out to defrost only what you plan to use. However, pumpkin butter has lots of uses. Use up any extra pumpkin butter

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Pumpkin Spice Coffee

Total Time 0:00 Serves 1

Ingredients

For Pumpkin Spice Latte

For Pumpkin Coffee

Directions

  1. Place pumpkin butter and maple syrup in a cup. Add in very hot espresso or coffee and stir together until completely combined.
  2. Top with either steamed milk (for Pumpkin Latte) or milk of choice (for Pumpkin Coffee). Sprinkle with pumpkin spice and serve immediately.
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Sea Salt Chocolate Pumpkin Cups

Homemade Chocolate Pumpkin Cups are the easiest and most delicious DIY halloween candy to make in the fall. Plus these ones are healthy! Made with a handful of wholesome ingredients like pumpkin puree, chocolate and nut butter, these chocolate cups are paleo-friendly and made without any refined sugars.

 

pumpkin cups in a bowl

Chocolate Pumpkin Cups

Time to get in the Halloween spirit with these healthy Chocolate Pumpkin Cups. They taste like an indulgence but are really a well balanced treat that you won’t feel guilty about having! These pumpkin cups are made with a handful of good-for-you ingredients and healthy fats like pumpkin puree, nut butter and coconut oil, and are quite simple to put together. Make a batch now and have healthy “candy” in your freezer for whenever you need a treat.

placing pumpkin peanut butter mixture into chocolate moldsIngredients Needed for Chocolate Pumpkin Cups

  • Dark Chocolate 
  • Coconut Oil
  • Smooth Almond Butter or Peanut Butter 
  • Pumpkin Puree
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Maple Syrup or Honey
  • Coarse Sea Salt (optional)

What Type of Nut Butter to Use

While we developed this recipe using almond butter, feel free to swap out any nut butter that sounds good to you! Peanut butter and cashew butter would be great choices here as well!

Nut Free Options

You can make this nut-free with two options. You could replace the almond butter or peanut butter with sunflower seed butter. Or, you could replace the nut butter all together and stuff these chocolate cups with 1 heaping tablespoon of homemade pumpkin butter.

pumpkin peanut butter or almond butter

How to Melt Chocolate

Melting chocolate is really the only cooking that this recipe requires. We suggest melting chocolate over a double-boiler. Most people don’t have an actual double boiler at home, so make up your own by placing a heat proof bowl over a simmering pot of water. Just make sure that the bowl is not touching the water. Using this method to melt the chocolate is easy and it ensures you don’t over cook the chocolate. Overcooking the chocolate can make it separate, or “break”.

The microwave is an alternative way to melt chocolate. If you do use the microwave heat the chocolate in very short bursts, no more than 20 seconds, while whisking in between each time.

Placing chocolate on pumpkin cups

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A bite from the pumpkin spice peanut butter cup

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Pumpkin Butter Cups

Prep Time 15 min Cook Time 00:00 Total Time 0:15 Yields 12

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Melt chocolate as desired (stovetop or microwave.
  2. Place mini cups on a baking sheet.
  3. In a bowl combine almond butter, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and honey.
  4. Place 1/2 tablespoon of chocolate into each of the molds.
  5. Drop in 1 teaspoon of almond-pumpkin mixture into the center of the chocolate.
  6. Cover with remaining chocolate. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt.
  7. Place in refrigerator or freezer until cups harden.

Recipe Notes

  • Store in refrigerator
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Pumpkin Smash Cocktail

This Pumpkin Smash Cocktail, made with Stoli Gluten Free, has all the flavors of Fall in one delicious cocktail! The easy vanilla bean pumpkin syrup makes a batch large enough to whip up a number of cocktails, perfect for a dinner party and for Thanksgiving! Top it with candied pepitas for the perfect garnish.

Pumpkin Smash Cocktail 

Pumpkin Smash Cocktail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easy and delicious Vanilla Bean Pumpkin Syrup.

Pumpkin Smash Cocktail

I am so excited to partner with Stoli Gluten Free vodka today to bring you this delicious cocktail in time for the weekend and for Thanksgiving! Stoli’s newest vodka, which is naturally gluten-free and made from 88% corn and 12% buckwheat, is the perfect vodka to have on hand during the holidays – whether you’re entertaining guests who adhere a gluten-free lifestyle or those who just love a great cocktail!

Pumpkin Smash Cocktail

Pumpkin Smash Cocktail

Pumpkin Smash Cocktail 

 

Pumpkin Smash Cocktail

 

Pumpkin Smash Cocktail

Total Time 0:00

Ingredients

Vanilla Bean Pumpkin Syrup

Directions

  1. For the Vanilla Bean Pumpkin Syrup: (makes 1 cup)
  2. Bring to a low boil until reduces by half, about 10 minutes.
  3. Strain using a cheese cloth.
  4. Let cool.
  5. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of pepitas with 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of maple sugar.
  6. Roast for 5 minutes tossing halfway through and watching to avoid burning.
  7. Fill a shaker glass with ice.
  8. Add the syrup, vodka, and spices. Shake vigorously.
  9. Drench the rim of your glasses with lemon juice.
  10. Dip glass rim into a cinnamon sugar mixture.
  11. Pour in cocktail. Top with the sparking water. Garnish with pipitas.
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