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. 1.5 cups coconut milk (or one 13.5 fl oz can)
  2. 1 Tablespoon sea salt
  3. 1 cup raw cashews
  4. Water (see instructions for amount)
  5. 1 cup canned pumpkin
  6. 2 Tablespoons vanilla extract
  7. 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  8. 1 teaspoon cloves
  9. 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  10. 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  11. 1 teaspoon anise seeds (optional)
  12. 1/2 cup erythritol*
  13. 1/2 teaspoon pure stevia extract
  14. Cheesecloth
  15. OR fabric from a cotton t-shirt
Instructions
  1. Add cashews and sea salt to a glass bowl or measuring cup.
  2. Add filtered water to measuring cup until cashews are submerged and covered by an inch of water.
  3. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, and soak cashews overnight.
  4. Rinse cashews in colander for a minute to remove salt.
  5. Add cashews and coconut milk to high speed blender, and cover with lid.
  6. Gradually increase blending speed until you reach the maximum power, blending for 1 minute.
  7. Scrape down blender, and blend again on maximum power for one minute.
  8. Add cashew-coconut milk and vanilla to crock pot, and set to HIGH.
  9. Dampen the cloth your are using to make the pumpkin roll, squeezing it out to remove excess water.
  10. Set length of fabric on to a small plate, aligning it so that one end of it is centered on the plate.
  11. Place pumpkin puree in the center of the cloth, and make a well in it with the back of a spoon.
  12. Place spices in the well (should look like a spice volcano!).
  13. Roll up pumpkin spice roll, starting from one end and rolling to the other end.
  14. Secure ends with twisty ties.
  15. Open crock pot lid and add pumpkin tootsie roll to mixture, submerging it.
  16. Let crock pot cook on HIGH for one hour.
  17. Turn it down to keep warm, and let mixture steep overnight.
  18. In the morning, turn off the crock pot and remove pumpkin tootsie roll to a plate.
  19. Once pumpkin roll has cooled to the touch, wring it out over the liquid mixture in order to extract the pumpkin essence! Squeeze as much liquid out of the pumpkin tootsie roll as you can.
  20. Add sweeteners, and blend once more.
  21. Voila! You’ve just made pumpkin spice creamer that you can enjoy throughout the week. Keep it stored in a refrigerator container. I picked up a similar container to this one at Wal-Mart for $4.
  22. vanilla extract, and sweetener to crock pot. Turn the heat to low.
  23. Cut out a 17 inch by 9 inch piece of cheesecloth or cotton fabric.
  24. Spoon pumpkin and spices into the center of the cheesecloth.
  25. 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.
  26. Secure both ends with metal twisty ties. Twist the ties tightly to make sure they are secure!
  27. Place pumpkin roll in the middle of the crock pot and cover.
  28. Let crockpot cook for 1 hour cooking on HIGH, then turn down setting to WARM, and cook for 8 hours longer (I like to let it run overnight!).
  29. Turn off the crockpot, and allow mixture to cool until you can safely handle the pumpkin pouch.
  30. Squeeze pumpkin essence from the pouch to extract the juice. Really go town with the wringing, taking out any frustrations about life! ;)
  31. Blend the creamer to get out the lumps that may have formed while it was heating.
  32. Transfer creamer to a glass jar or other storage container. Store for 1-2 weeks in the refrigerator.
  33. Dispense 1/3 cup into your 3/4 cup of black coffee to make one latte.
Notes
  1. *To make this paleo, you could use coconut sugar, honey, or maple syrup in this recipe if you like. I recommend starting with 1/2 cup coconut sugar and tasting the creamer. It should be sweeter than you’d like the individual latte to taste because it is a concentrated mixture. Keep in mind that honey has a taste that can overpower the pumpkin spice flavor.
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!

  • Lauren

    I put everything in the crock pot last night on low and was so excited to check it out this morning- only to find that the liquid had mostly boiled away, leaving behind a crusty, dark-brown top layer and a cottage cheese-like consistency underneath. I haven’t had the chance to run it through the food processed yet to see if it’s salvageable, but any idea on what went wrong? I’ve never had an issue with my slow cooker before, so I’m not sure what to think.

    Thank you!

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

      Lauren (great name!), I really appreciate the feedback. The only issue I can think of us that my slow cooker has different heat settings. Perhaps the temperature of the “low” and “high” differ from those of other slow cookers. I will check the temperature at time increments with a thermometer and update this post. Will take the recipe down until further notice. So sorry you experienced an issue with the recipe!