Dairy-Free Pumpkin Spice Latte (Starbucks Copycat!)

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Alisa’s recent pumpkin spice columns (Trader Joe’s Dairy-Free Pumpkin Goods, 33 Other Dairy-Free Pumpkin Spice Products, and Pumpkin Spice Waffles) inspired me to make a dairy-free version of one of the most popular pumpkin spice items: the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. This dairy-free pumpkin spice latte took me longer to perfect than I expected, but I’m very pleased with the final result.

Dairy-Free Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe (Starbucks Copycat!) - the best homemade version and it's vegan, gluten-free and allergy-friendly

Since I am able to eat dairy, I went to my local Starbucks and purchased a small Pumpkin Spice Latte for comparison. My first surprise was the price! Making these at home enables dairy-free coffee drinkers to enjoy them, but it also saves everyone some money. The Pumpkin Spice Latte was very thick and very sweet with strong spice flavors. It also had a pretty orange pumpkin hue and a fun whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice topping.

I looked at the ingredients on their website and used that as a starting point.  Then I looked at the many copycat recipes online. None of them were exactly what I was looking for, so I made my own recipe. I also cut down the measurements to make them suitable for one small latte. But the recipe is easy to double for a larger latte.

Recipe Tips: Dairy-Free Pumpkin Spice Latte

To achieve the flavor and texture of a Starbucks pumpkin spice latte, follow the directions below. For a lighter beverage, you can omit the coconut milk and increase the dairy-free milk beverage to 1/2 cup, but it won’t have the thick consistency of a Starbucks pumpkin spice latte.

If you would like a dairy-free pumpkin spice latte with less sugar, you can reduce the amounts of vanilla simple syrup and Pumpkin Spice Sauce to 1 tablespoon each and omit the whipped cream topping. For an even lower-sugar option, you can try another one of my favorite fall coffee drinks, the Vegan Pumpkin Frappuccino.

Dairy-Free Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe (Starbucks Copycat!) - the best homemade version and it's vegan, gluten-free and allergy-friendly

Special Diet Notes: Dairy-Free Pumpkin Spice Latte

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, optionally nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian.

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This fall-spiced beverage is just as delicious as the original, but at a fraction of the cost!
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Serves: 1 small latte + 1½ cups simple syrup
Ingredients
Vanilla Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Dairy-Free Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte
Instructions
Vanilla Simple Syrup
  1. In medium saucepan, whisk together the water and sugar and bring them to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook until the mixture thickens slightly, about 3 minutes.
  2. Remove the syrup from the heat, and stir in the vanilla. Let cool to room temperature.
  3. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Dairy-Free Pumpkin Spice Latte
  1. In a glass canning jar, whisk together the coconut milk and milk beverage. Heat, uncovered, in the microwave until warm.
  2. Use a milk frother to froth the milk, or screw a lid onto the jar and shake until the milk is frothy.
  3. Pour the coffee into a mug, and add the warmed dairy-free milk, vanilla syrup, and Pumpkin Spice Sauce. Stir until combined.
  4. Top with dairy-free whipped topping and dust with pumpkin pie spice.

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About Author

Sarah is the Associate Editor for Go Dairy Free. She also shares food and daily dilemmas as a milk allergy mom via her blog, No Whey, Mama. Sarah’s previous experience includes work as a copy editor at Thoroughbred Times magazine, a content writer at Travelago.com, and an intern at Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

18 Comments

  1. We make our own pumpkin spice lattes at home because Starbucks can’t or won’t make theirs without milk. Boo! You’re right, it’s a lot cheaper, and much better for us because we use maple syrup instead of sugar.

  2. Thanks so much for sharing this! It’s so sad that the pumpkin spice latte from starbucks isn’t vegan. However who needs to pay $6 for a latte if you can make a better, healthier one at home! Thanks so much for this recipe! Pinning it now so I don’t forget!

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