Readers, Digest: DIY pumpkin spice latte


The pumpkin spice latte has become a staple fall drink for many, as essential as warm mittens and knitted scarves. For this DIY latte, inspired by Starbucks’ popular drink, I used real pumpkin puree for a fresh taste.

A DIY pumpkin spice latte. Photo credit: Christina Saschin

Yield: 1 latte

Total Time: 10 minutes


  • water
  • coffee
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • a dash of pumpkin pie spice


  1. In a tea kettle, bring water to a boil and make a cup of drip coffee in a tall glass.
  2. Measure 1/3 cup of milk, then heat up in a small saucepan or a microwave.
  3. Add pumpkin puree to the heated milk and stir.
  4. Add the heated milk and pumpkin mixture to the coffee and top with pumpkin pie spice.


Nutrition Facts

  • One Serving: 97g
  • Calories: 46
  • Fat: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 7mg
  • Sodium: 39mg
  • Potassium: 78mg
  • Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Protein: 3g


Christina Saschin can be reached at [email protected] or @Stina127 on Twitter.