Tuesday Ten: Why Don’t You Make Me…


Every October my taste buds are delightfully pleased when the likes of Starbucks and Coffee Bean release their seasonal sips. Whether it’s a peppermint flavored mocha or an eggnog latte, I’m always a sucker for hot drinks and sweet treats. While store-bought specialty drinks will run you anywhere from 300 to 500 calories for about $4 a pop, homemade versions are healthier, just as satisfying and practically free!

I have a particular love for Starbucks’ famed Pumpkin Spice Latte. It’s warm, inviting and intoxicatingly good. As luck would have it, I recently found a lovely recipe that’s reminiscent of Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte. Upon the discovery of this recipe, I took matters into my own hands and changed it up to my liking. The result? It’s a little something I like to call the Pumpkin Spice Lala-Latte.

Not only is my recipe healthier, it’s fairly easy to make using the following 10 ingredients…

Pumpkin Spice Lala-Latte

Serves 2

  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons coffee
  • 1 cup milk (regular, almond, rice, or soy)
  • 2 tablespoons canned pumpkin puree
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice blend
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons honey (or agave)
  • 2 tablespoons Light CoolWhip
  • 1 pinch of ground nutmeg (optional)

Using the above ingredients, follow these steps to make your own Pumpkin Spice Lala-Latte:

  1. Brew one cup of coffee using water and coffee.
  2. In saucepan over low heat, whisk together milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, vanilla extract and honey. (Optional: You can also mix these ingredients in a blender first and then pour the mixture into a saucepan for heating.)
  3. Add in coffee and mix well.
  4. Stir mixture for another minute or two until hot.
  5. Pour half of the mixture into your favorite mug, top it off with Light CoolWhip and a dash of nutmeg. Enjoy!

Are you going to make my Pumpkin Spice Lala-Latte?

If you have another restaurant inspired recipe, share it in the comments below!

XO Lauren

Photo: Chocolate Covered Katie
Categories: Contributors, Dine, Fall Fun, Lauren Conrad, Recipe Box, Tuesday Ten
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  • Melissa Panici

    Heck yes I am going to try this! I need to go grocery shopping tomorrow so this is perfect timing so I can get the ingredients!! Looks soooo good!:) Thank you Lauren!

  • Anna James

    Amazing post. My debit card thanks you. lol. I’m totally whipping this up over the weekend. Looks so yummy. Thanks Lauren. xo


  • Finn

    sounds delicious!!

  • Keri Smith

    Just in time for Canadian Thanksgiving :)

  • Lindsey Hager

    Now I am craving a lala-latte soooo bad!!! Going to the store. Lauren, you know this, but you really ROCK!

  • Sprinkling Sugar

    Love this healthier version…I love fall and all things pumpkin, thanks for sharing!


  • Caitlin Pickett

    MMMM!! I am going to try this over Thanksgiving this weekend (Canadian).


  • Kelby Peachey

    WOW! This is amazing and delicious! How many calories did this end up being?

  • Michela Garau

    I can’t drink Latte (milk), Im’ allergic :(

  • Heather Goodwill

    I am going to try this! Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte is my FAVE! Thanks for sharing.


  • Cat Saunders

    ZOMG I adore Chocolate-Covered Katie’s blog!

    She has the best healthy recipes… did you see the “”guilt free”” cookie dough dip? Best stuff ever. Love your blog too, Lauren!

  • Cristina Picozzi

    That sounds so good. It’s perfect weather in NY for that too!

  • Kirstie Brinker

    Pumpkin spice lattes are my absolute favorite- thanks for the healthier recipe!

  • Christine Rosko

    I love this recipe! This is definitely something I’m going to try since a Pumpkin Spice costs me $5.

  • pharmbelle85

    It’s been so hard to find a good recipe for one of these. It always seems off somehow. But this one sounds just right–plus you get benefits from the real pumpkin instead of all sugar from a pumpkin spice syrup. Now I need to find their recipe for their Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate :)

  • Lindsay Jewell

    I was ironically drinking a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte when I was emailed and began to read this article…

  • Stacey Walsh

    I can’t wait to make this! I don’t have a Starbucks nearby, so this will take care of my Pumpkin Spice cravings!

    @Michelle Garau – can you drink Soy milk or Almond milk?

  • Kimmy S

    Oh wow. This sounds way too yummy! I am going to whip this up over the weekend. Thanks for the recipe (and I love that girl kate’s blog too-very cute)!!

  • Shellz

    I’ll try this on the weeknd..


  • Kellie Norton

    Oh my word this sounds delicious!! My favorite from starbucks is the White Chocolate Mocha :) it’s absolutely divine!!! I’m thinking about getting the ingredients to make this now :) Thanks Lauren!

  • Kellie Norton

    OH! And I know you can get a Tall Skinny Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks for only 100 calories :)

  • Cherie LaFlamme

    I loveee pumpkin spice lattes but haven’t had my first one of the season yet! Maybe because it has been pretty humid in Boston still. Can’t wait to try this recipe and other pumpkin treats this fall!

    P.S. We can’t stop talking about fall in our blog! http://eyeblinkfashion.wordpress.com

    – Cher

  • Jackie Kim

    can’t wait to try this seasonal delight!


  • scgirl

    Ha! Like Lindsay, I was also drinking a Starbucks PSL as I read this! Thanks for the recipe Lauren!

  • Efthymia Pavlopoulou

    I am Greek and we Greeks do not use pumkin so much, (since we do not celebrate Halloween) but I am totally making this drink because it looks delicious!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing it with us!!!!!!!!!!

  • shaylyn

    I am ADDICTED to starbucks pumpkin spice but the calories were seriously out of hand, I’m making this tonight for sure! Nothing like a pumpkin spice latte to curl up with and study. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Shannonmarie

    Everyone keeps blogging about the Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks. As I am vegan, I’ve really been enjoying the home versions on other vegan blogs. I plan on making a dairy-free version of the pumpkin hot chocolate on the Rachael Ray website. I thought chocolate and pumpkin was an interesting combo.

  • Jennifer Sellen

    i know i love all the holiday drinks and treats… i fell in love with cinnamon dolce latte at Starbucks a few years back. it was the christmas holiday drink and now that’s all i order. thank god its a regular drink and not a specialty drink. i don’t know if they keep those around all year. put i would like to know some D-I-Y recipes for the holidays… any suggestions??

  • Amanda Yost

    I will definitely be trying this!!<3

  • Nathalia

    I love making a classic indian chai in Winter. Since its filled with spices, it tastes like christmas too. For a cup you need:

    Half a cup of water

    Half a cup of milk (any type will do)

    One bag of black tea

    Two or three green cardamoms

    Cinnamon Stick

    1-2 tsp. sugar or sugar substitute

    1/2 piece of fresh ginger (optional)

    Put the water and black tea bags and bring it to boil. When it starts boiling, add the cinnamon stick, cardamom and ginger. Then add the milk and sugar, and let the mixture come to a boil. If you like your tea light, remove the teabags after about three minutes.

  • Sarah Ostlund

    Sounds yummy! I never would have thought to try and make it at home.

  • Melissa Stehling

    Yes I am Lauren. I love love love pumpkin spice lattes from starbucks but I hate the calories. Then I baught mountain green pumpkin spice k cups but ehh not as good as starbucks. So hopefully this recipe will be my new favorite!

  • Karen Wapinski

    That sounds delicious, I’ll try it tonight. I live in Ontario, and every night’s been freezing here ^_^

  • Marie Fournier

    I’ll try it tonight or tomorrow morning ! :)

  • tinamarie

    will do, i really perfer iced drinks, so i’ll probably not heat those ingredients (: i’m in love with the new caramel salted mocha, YYUUMMM!

  • michelle cannizzaro

    I’m in love with Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte..Nothing feels more like fall than this latte!

  • Amber Cheney

    YUMM!!! I’m usually not a coffee person but I might just have to try this!! thanks lauren!!

  • Alexx Bukovac

    Yum that looks delish! :)

  • Nichole Dunst

    yess, i’ve been craving a pumpkin spice latte over here in Italy and haven’t any Starbuck’s to go to!

  • Ashley Dodge

    I have been noticing recipes for this everywhere! I love the variation– because the SB one is so sweet! I love making these at home. Fab recipe!

  • Le_KittyCat

    This sounds so good! I like that I can make it vegan too so I can finally try what everyone raves about!

  • kadykat

    it just started raining so i just made it but i didnt have any type of milk so i just watered down some coffee creamer and i didnt have any pumpkin pie puree so i skipped that of any vanilla extract so i used almond, i only made 1 serving but i accidently put 2 servings of the pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon, but its still reallllyy good!!

  • Dominque Finney

    This sounds delicious. I’m definitely going to try to make this sometime this week!

  • Shannon West

    HELL TO THE YES! i lovveee this thanks L !

  • Rachel Renaud

    Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww yea!!!! I love coffee and fall!!! And this is the perfect drink! Thanks soooo much :)

  • Emily Knauer

    i need to try thissss!

  • Kortney Spaeth

    This one’s not restaurant-inspired, but I just found it and I HAD to share. These look so good and I can’t wait to make them.


  • Kelsey Phipps

    I make this all the time! The first day of October, I went to Starbucks for the Pumpkin Spice Latte! :)

  • Rachel Renaud

    Omg bought the ingrediants and i am SOOOOOOOOO excited to try this! Thanks! But has anyone tried it with brown sugar and had better results? jw :)

  • MissJ

    Oh my goodness….this is on my weekend “”to do”” list!

  • Lindsey

    I love your recipes! Always gives my friends and I an exciting activity and they always taste amazing!

  • Tam Mai

    OMGGGG I actually juust discovered Trader Joe’s new season coffee $8.99 Pumpkin Spice Latte !! I added cinnamon & light whipped cream!! delisshhh a lot stronger than Starbucks ! <3 <3 <3 I also love love peppermint mocha for xmas =)

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  • Eunji Williams

    looks yummy!

  • indrani phillips

    This looks soo good! I am so excited to try it as I love the holiday drinks! But too expensive and unhealthy!

    Here is a vegetarian lasagna that is loaded with veggies… you don’t need the meat!

    Let me know if you love it!http://basulife.wordpress.com/category/food-thats-delish-healthy/

  • Katie Bettelyoun

    I agree with MissJ!! Yummy!! I love the atmosphere of Fall!

  • Renos Fy

    Just in time for Canadian Thanksgiving :)


  • Katie TerBeest

    I LOVE pumpkin spiced lattes, so I tried this out with my Mom today. But, it had a little too much cinnamon for our liking! So next time we plan on putting more pumpkin puree in the mixture, and half the amount of cinnamon and pumpkin spice called for! The nutmeg on top was delicious though! :)

  • sydney drake

    i LOVE this drinnk! its the besst!

  • Jenna Beef

    That is the cutest name for a drink!

  • kristina foundoukopoulou

    hallo i love it ,just love it.

  • Mimi

    pumpkin spice latte’s are why i love fall :) thank you! this will be much easier on the wallet :)

  • Briana Coons

    So tasty…although I added a little more pumpkin and a little less pumpkin pie spice. Blending with an immersion blender just before serving but it extra frothy and light without adding whip cream. Thanks for the great idea!

  • Ashley Monfreda

    Most definitely!

  • michAlexandra

    I’m always craving starbucks, but the closest one to my work is a few miles away and definitely out of the way to go to in the morning. I will surely be trying this out! (it’s also much better for my wallet too!)


  • mrsellieroop

    You should definitely post the Peppermint Mocha Latte recipe!

  • Lotte

    this looks sooooo good!

  • Zainab Patel

    OMG i need to try this. It sounds amazing !

  • Katrina De Raadt

    Definitely want to try this!

  • Joya Judah

    Oh my wow, I cannot wait to try this! Love Starbucks, thanks!!

  • Diana Fontenarosa

    Can’t wait to make this, I’m obsessed with the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte but don’t have a Starbucks that close to me, Thanks Lauren

  • Rachel Elkins

    I have to try this!!!

  • Sara Gutter

    Sooo I tried this today and I have to say it was absolutely terrible! Waste of my time to make this. Don’t brother. I’ve found other five star recipes online that I should’ve tried first. Way to much spice in this recipe it burnt my tongue. Had to throw everything away. Soo sad.

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