Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Syrup

I don’t remember what Fall was like before the Pumpkin Spice Latte. Do you?

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I mean seriously. What did our parents have to look forward to on those dark, chilly Fall mornings before work–a piping hot mug of apple cider?

With no caffeine?


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That sounds miserable.

Something else that’s miserable is the line out the door of my downtown Starbucks every Friday morning. It’s like everyone in this city celebrates making it through the work week with Pumpkin Spice Lattes. A highly caffeinated happy hour, if you will.

I should write Starbucks a letter.

Dear Starbucks, please allow your Gold Card customers to place #PSL orders in advance from our phones so we can avoid that whole waiting-in-line-for-20-minutes-before-work-when-we’re-already-running-late fiasco. KTHANKSBYE.

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Or don’t, and I’ll just continue to make my own Pumpkin Spice Lattes at home every Friday.

Because I can.

And now, so can all nutritionella readers. For the rest of time.

Oh and by they way. My #PSLs taste just like yours. Only better. Because there’s real freaking pumpkin in my syrup.


For those of you at home, if you don’t own an espresso machine, fear not. Just get yourself an inexpensive milk frother. It will seriously change your life.

Milk frother

Maybe not as much as a real espresso machine would, but close. The #PSL syrup will make up for the difference, I promise.

Pumpkin Spice Lattes: Have you been put under the #PSL spell too? Do tell. I need to know I’m not alone.

37 Comments on Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Syrup

  1. Michele
    October 8, 2016 at 12:41 pm (3 weeks ago)

    I’m surprised I didn’t see anyone else comment on the wish to order your PSL and not have to wait in line. I was tickled that now, 3 years later you can order ahead on Starbucks app. ;)
    Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Amber
    October 3, 2016 at 10:11 am (3 weeks ago)

    Can this be canned and stored on the shelf?

  3. Melissa Reynolds
    September 12, 2016 at 9:31 pm (1 month ago)

    One can of pumpkin will make 7 batches of this stuff. Just thought I’d put that out there. :)

  4. Tabby
    December 29, 2015 at 7:36 am (10 months ago)

    Hello :)
    I’m new into this pumpkin pie latte, i already bought all the ingreedients and ready to make the concentrate.
    question is.. for the pumpkin puree, should i steam/roast it first?

    thanks before, Tabby

  5. Jackie
    November 2, 2015 at 6:07 pm (12 months ago)

    I just made my third batch, tonight. Goes great with the Starbucks Anniversary Blend and their Sumatra coffee. According to the barista at Starbucks, it’s a lot healthier, too. Their pumpkin syrup is loaded with additives, and if I remember correctly, contains no pumpkin. Thanks for posting this recipe.

  6. Vickie
    October 10, 2015 at 4:07 pm (1 year ago)

    Thanks, this is delicious! I’ve made it twice and found it is even better if you use dark brown sugar, yum! It was also great if you mixed it with the few frozen cubes of coffee and milk in the blender.

  7. Susie
    October 10, 2015 at 11:09 am (1 year ago)

    Can’t stop making this! So easy and super yummy. Thanks!

  8. Janelle
    September 23, 2015 at 10:29 am (1 year ago)

    Thanks for a great recipe! I did exchange the brown sugar for home harvested raw honey – makes it paleo friendly! And had to brew some coffee to try it out. I love it. The nearest Starbucks for me is about 50 miles so this will make me happy this fall!! Thank you!!

    • Danielle
      October 4, 2015 at 6:41 pm (1 year ago)

      Joe much honey? What was ur measurement?

  9. Katelyn
    September 18, 2015 at 10:04 pm (1 year ago)

    Thank you for sharing this recipe! It’s delicious! I’ll be having PSL’s at home!

  10. Bumper
    March 9, 2015 at 2:16 pm (2 years ago)

    I love pumpkin latte’s and look forward to making your syrup! Thank you for sharring your recipe with more natural ingredients. Aloha!

  11. Serena
    November 14, 2014 at 5:44 pm (2 years ago)

    Thank you, you may of just saved me a small fortune! I love PSL from Starbucks but they don’t sell the syrup in the UK, almost brought a bottle from the states! The only trouble I have is that it goes gloppy in my coffee and in the jar, how do I stop that.

  12. Hillary
    November 5, 2014 at 1:08 pm (2 years ago)

    I tried this last night with a home-roasted pumpkin. I strained the puree through a paper towel and colander and ended up just using the actual pumpkin juice that strained out (plus a couple of tablespoons of the puree)! It worked perfectly and I didn’t have to strain the whole mixture afterward, so I got the full yield. I would maybe cut down on the brown sugar next time if using this method. It’s a teeny bit sweet for my taste, probably because there isn’t the solid pumpkin mass to soak it up.

  13. Peg
    November 3, 2014 at 9:36 pm (2 years ago)

    I just started being a pumpkin spice latte lover! Thanks sooo much for this recipe!!! It will make enjoying these much easier!!

  14. tami
    October 31, 2014 at 2:42 pm (2 years ago)

    Is it possible to substitute the brown sugar for honey or something healthier???

    • Elle
      November 12, 2014 at 12:58 am (2 years ago)

      You can try, but the taste might not be the same!

  15. Wendy
    September 13, 2014 at 8:32 am (2 years ago)

    My experience with this is that the strainer clogs up and I get very little syrup for my efforts…perhaps my strainer is too fine – but I don’t want a lot of sludge, either. What might I be doing wrong?

    • Elle
      September 15, 2014 at 4:36 pm (2 years ago)

      I’d try a strainer with bigger holes and/or gently pressing the liquid through with a spatula. Hope that helps!

  16. Riley
    September 12, 2014 at 2:31 pm (2 years ago)

    I can’t wait to make this! :-)

    How long does the syrup stay good for? Should I keep it refrigerated?

    • Elle
      September 15, 2014 at 4:39 pm (2 years ago)

      It’ll easily last 7-10 days without refrigeration but it wouldn’t hurt to refrigerate a) if you’re not going to use it every day or b) if you have more than one bottle. Keeping the extras in the fridge will definitely make it last longer!

      • Hedy
        September 30, 2015 at 2:01 pm (1 year ago)

        Thanks for the recepie..can i freeze the syrup when i make a lot in one time???

  17. Christina
    September 11, 2014 at 2:47 pm (2 years ago)

    I am completely UB-SESSED with this post! I am a modern day organic healthy living kinda gal and this year I was completely alarmed by the pumpkin spice infographic that has been circulating. I haven’t allowed one to touch my lips since and this is EXACTLY what I have been looking for. THANK YOU!

  18. angie
    September 9, 2014 at 5:13 pm (2 years ago)

    Could I just use this in regular coffee?

    • Elle
      September 15, 2014 at 4:40 pm (2 years ago)

      I don’t see why not! :)

  19. Laurie
    September 3, 2014 at 8:03 pm (2 years ago)

    Where can I buy the bottles? Thanks!! I want to make for gifts!


    • Elle
      September 3, 2014 at 11:48 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Laurie,
      I bought them on Amazon for our wedding last year. Here’s the link!

  20. Sydney M. Dangerfield
    July 23, 2014 at 6:34 pm (2 years ago)

    What inexpensive milk frother do you recommend and how do you suggest frothing warm milk?
    Any insight would be great! I was barista right out of high school and now in college don’t have an espresso machine but do love my milk as close to steamed like at a coffee shop and haven’t found any good alternatives.

    • Elle
      September 4, 2014 at 12:10 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Sydney!
      I prefer the old-fashioned frothers like this one.

      While your espresso brews, warm your milk in the microwave for 30-60 seconds. Transfer milk to frother and froth vigorously for 10 seconds. Then, pour your espresso & syrup into your mug and top with frothed milk.

  21. Heather Blackmon
    November 4, 2013 at 1:55 pm (3 years ago)

    I have been thinking of trying this – so thank you for doing the dirty work for me!! Now I want to see how it tastes with stevia. :)

  22. StripesandSnapshots
    October 30, 2013 at 3:50 pm (3 years ago)

    Oooh looks delicious!

  23. Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog
    October 30, 2013 at 12:39 pm (3 years ago)

    Yum – sounds delicious! I love the idea of knowing what’s actually in the pumpkin syrup. I love PSLs but I’m not crazy about the additives.

    • elle | nutritionella
      October 31, 2013 at 9:52 am (3 years ago)

      Same here! I try not to think about the fact that there’s no real pumpkin in the Starbucks PSL at all!

  24. Anna Todaro
    October 30, 2013 at 8:02 am (3 years ago)

    You have no idea how much I squealed when I saw this!! Love everything about this post and cannot wait to try and make this!

  25. Lauren K
    October 30, 2013 at 6:07 am (3 years ago)

    I can’t believe you make these on your own, that is so cool! PS- love the glass syrup containers and tags, they look familiar :)

  26. Tara | Treble in the Kitchen
    October 30, 2013 at 5:08 am (3 years ago)

    I am definitely going to try making this!!! :)

  27. Danielle
    October 30, 2013 at 5:06 am (3 years ago)

    Can’t wait to try this, sounds delicious!

  28. Hillary
    October 30, 2013 at 12:44 am (3 years ago)

    I don’t do Starbucks PSL, but this sounds delicious!


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