How to make a Silky Smooth Pumpkin Spice Latte At Home (Better Than Starbucks!)

What’s the secret to making a silky smooth Pumpkin Spice Latte at home? 
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It starts with making your own flavored coffee creamer in your crock pot. Coffee creamers make it so easy to prepare fancy flavored coffee as you’re running (or in my case, doing that awkward fast walk to avoid spilling) out the door. Just pour n’ go!

Homemade Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte

The best part about making your lattes at home is that you can control the sugar. The recipe below is low carb and sugar-free! It can even be made vegan and paleo if you use dairy free milk in place of the heavy cream and half and half. 

So, how can we make a coffee creamer that tastes like pumpkin without any chunkiness from the pumpkin puree? I’ll show you how!

It’s kind of like brewing tea… Making Homemade Pumpkin Spiced Latte Creamer

…with pumpkin-filled teabag. Stay with me here…Making Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spiced Latte Creamer

Oh look, a crock pot! Phew, back in familiar territory. Set your crock to LOW and steep the pumpkin pouch in a sweetened milk mixture overnight (recipe below). After 8-12 hours, the flavors of the pumpkin and spices will permeate the cream, flavoring it intensely without getting any bits of fibrous pumpkin pulp into the mix! 
Brewing Homemade Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Creamer

Now, here’s the fun part. Turn off your slow cooker. Go do laundry, watch Netflix, write a term paper, or read about this sugar-free Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake you should be making for Thanksgiving this year.  Let the creamer cool to warm. You’ll want to wait until you can safely grab the “teabag” without burning your hands.

Hold the teabag with both hands, and squeeeze it gently but firmly, like you’re wringing out a sponge. Get out all of your rage and frustration from the week. :D If you secure the ends well with those metal twisty ties, you shouldn’t have any pumpkin or spice leaking out. I didn’t photograph this step because my hands were extremely goopy. 

As a finishing touch, use a blender to smooth out the creamer. You can pour the creamer into a standing blender if you don’t have a stick blender. If you don’t have an immersion blender, consider investing in one. They’re life changing. Blending up homemade Pumpkin Spice Creamer

Voila!Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Latte Creamer

Store your creamer in a colorful rooster-covered olive oil dispenser that you found at Big Lots for $2. Your pumpkin spice creamer should keep in the fridge for 1-2 weeks… if it lasts that long. 

Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Latte Creamer

Serves 8
A home brewed Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer to get all of the taste of the Starbucks version without the sugar! Keep this creamer in your fridge, and add it to your coffee to make an instant latte before you run out the door.

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Prep Time
10 min

Prep Time
10 min

Ingredients
  1. 1 cup heavy cream
  2. 1.5 cups half and half
  3. 1 cup water
  4. 1 cup canned pumpkin
  5. 2 Tablespoons vanilla extract
  6. 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  7. 1 teaspoon cloves
  8. 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  9. 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  10. 1 teaspoon anise seeds (optional)
Sweeteners (Sugar-Free)
  1. 1/3 cup erythritol*
  2. 1/4 teaspoon pure stevia extract
  3. Cheesecloth
  4. OR fabric from a cotton t-shirt
Instructions
  1. Add cream, half and half, water, vanilla extract, and sweetener to crock pot. Turn the heat to low.
  2. Cut out a 17 inch by 9 inch piece of cheesecloth or cotton fabric.
  3. Spoon pumpkin and spices into the center of the cheesecloth.
  4. Roll up the cheesecloth. Start by rolling the pumpkin into a sausage shape. Continue to roll up the pouch until you reach the end of the fabric.
  5. Secure both ends with metal twisty ties. Twist the ties tightly to make sure they are secure!
  6. Place pumpkin roll in the middle of the crock pot and cover.
  7. Wait 8-12 hours for mixture to steep.
  8. Turn off the crockpot, and allow mixture to cool until you can safely handle the pumpkin pouch.
  9. Squeeze pumpkin essence from the pouch all of the juice is extracted.
  10. Blend the creamer to get out the lumps that may have formed while it was heating.
  11. Transfer creamer to a glass jar or other storage container. Store for 1-2 weeks in the refrigerator.
  12. Dispense 1/3 cup into your 3/4 cup of black coffee to make one latte.
Notes
  1. *You could use coconut sugar or regular sugar in this recipe if you like. I recommend starting with 1/2 cup and tasting the creamer. It should be sweeter than you’d like the individual latte to taste because it is a concentrated mixture.
Nutrition facts for the entire batch (made with sugar-free sweeteners) are as follows
  1. 1,154 calories, 50g net carbohydrates (fiber subtracted), 19g protein, 89g fat
Nutrition facts for an 8 oz individual latte (made with 1/3 cup creamer) are as follows
  1. 144 calories, 6g net carbohydrates (fiber subtracted), 2g protein, 11g fat
Healthy Indulgences http://healthyindulgences.net/

Nutrition Facts of an 8 oz Healthy Indulgences Pumpkin Spice Latte:

144 calories, 6g net carbohydrates (fiber subtracted), 2g protein, 11g fat

Nutrition Facts of an 8 oz Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte:

210 calories, 26g net carbohydrates (fiber subtracted), 8g fat, 7g protein 

 

What is your favorite seasonal coffee drink? Inquiring minds want to know! (Mine is the Peppermint Mocha Latte.)

  • Twila Burkholder

    O.k. Finally!! a pumpkin spice creamer recipe that looks like it might work! I’ve tried numerous ones that have always come up short. Either they were goopy or the spices stuck to my lips. I’ve finally resorted to sugar free pumpkin spice syrup, which I don’t really like using because it has Splenda in it. So I only allow myself to use it once a week. Can’t wait to try this!

    • Lauren Benning

      Twila, It will definitely work for you. I tested this recipes so many times that I can make it in my sleep. :) I had the same issues as you did with other recipes. You will definitely appreciate the silky smooth texture of the creamer! Let me know what you think after you try it!

  • sarah

    oh my delicious, my love for pumpkin goes further than almost any out there! :)

    xoxo Sarah Grace, Fresh Fit N
    Healthy
    .

  • http://www.completehealthnews.com/ Complete Health News

    Pumpkin juices are used for weight loss.

  • http://www.womentips.co/ Women Tips

    Now only i heard pumpkin spice latte.Gonna to try this.

  • http://wyomingdivawritespoetry.blogspot.com/ Susanne Lee

    Making this (paleo) today – can’t wait to see how it turns out!

    • http://www.healthyindulgences.net/ Lauren Benning

      Susanne, how did it turn out for you?

      • http://wyomingdivawritespoetry.blogspot.com/ Susanne Lee

        Maybe I did something wrong, but…I don’t seem to be able to get it smooth. Maybe it’s because I did the paleo version with cashew and coconut milk. It tastes good, but has lots of oily lumps in it. Also, I was making an iced latte, so perhaps that is the problem. Suggestions?

        • http://www.healthyindulgences.net/ Lauren Benning

          Susanne, did you soak the cashews before making the cashew milk? I used a Vitamix to make the cashew milk, so it was extra smooth and silky. Also, did you blend together the creamer at the end with a stick blender? I’m so sorry to hear you had trouble with it! Please subscribe to the mailing list if you haven’t already, as I have a few more user-friendly pumpkin recipes coming your way. :) thanks for taking the time to leave feedback, Susanne!

          • http://wyomingdivawritespoetry.blogspot.com/ Susanne Lee

            I did soak the cashews and I used my VitaMix to make the milk – and I have a stick blender. I followed the directions to a ‘t’. I look forward to more recipes!

          • http://www.healthyindulgences.net/ Lauren Benning

            Susanne, I appreciate your comments. I will take down the dairy free version temporarily until I can work the kinks out!

          • http://www.healthyindulgences.net/ Lauren Benning

            Just tried a second batch of the Paleo creamer. I’ll update the post after seeing the results!

  • Dana Gehring

    What can I use in place of cheese cloth?

    • http://www.healthyindulgences.net/ Lauren Benning

      Dana, you can use a clean t-shirt. I’ve done it successfully that way multiple times!