Everyday Adventures

My Do It Yourself Pumpkin Spice Latte

It’s that time of year again. Pumpkin time.

And, as I wrote last week, nothing symbolizes the taste and smell of Autumn better than my beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte. Finally now available at Starbucks stores in the UK.

But, as much as I’m excited by this news, the reality is that I’m not going to Starbucks everyday. Plus, we’ve got a brand new fancy latte / espresso / cappuccino maker at home so it just seems silly to go anywhere else to buy coffee. But what about the Pumpkin Spice Latte? Does this mean I have to go without all Autumn?

Well, thank goodness, no. Yesterday, the lovely Creature Comforts posted a collection of delicious pumpkin recipes. Given how much I love pretty much anything made with pumpkin, I immediately want to make and eat all of these. But, check out number 16, Pumpkin Spice Latte Syrup. A quick scan of the ingredients revealed that I had everything I needed in the house. Woo hoo!

So this morning, I got to work making my Pumpkin Spice Latte Syrup. It was quick and easy. My batch made about 12 oz of syrup, certainly enough to last me most of the season. Maybe next time I’ll get some fancy bottles to put it in instead of the random jar I found. Wouldn’t that make a nice holiday gift?

How did it compare to Starbucks? Spot on. Delicious. No need to head to Starbucks anymore to get my Pumpkin Spice Latte fix. Just put a little of my homemade syrup in my mug, press latte on my super-duper latte machine, and top with a swirl of whipped cream. Yum. I’m even going to tell myself that this is healthier than the Starbucks version as it’s homemade with real pumpkin.

And, because I had plenty of pumpkin purée left over, I also made the Simple Pumpkin Pie Bars because they looked yummy, easy, and I had all the ingredients in the cupboard. I may even like these better than pumpkin pie. They’re that good.

The house was full of pumpkin goodness today. And that made me smile.

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  • Reply Mary October 11, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Waaah I leave England for a bit and Starbucks starts pumpkin lattes?! I’ll have to make do with salted chocolate ones new to the southern hemisphere but will have to save this recipe for pumpkin season 🙂
    Lovely photo!

  • Reply Linda October 11, 2012 at 2:38 am

    Yes Please! Looks & sounds so decadent..love the fresh cinnamon sticks. This photo could be used for promoting their Pumpkin Spiced Lattes! Thankyou for sharing .

  • Reply michelle gd October 11, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    *gorgeous* photo.
    and loved hearing about your explorations into things pumpkin! i’m going to have to check out the link you’ve provided as i adore things pumpkin as well {and pumpkin pie bars? dear me, yes please!}

    i am smiling right there with you…

  • Reply Annie October 11, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    So glad you had success with the homemade pumpkin spice lattes! I’ve been enjoying them daily since the start of fall myself 🙂

  • Reply Janet October 11, 2012 at 8:42 pm


  • Reply Matma October 11, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    For once I can corroborate. Delicious. Thanks Katherine for introducing a very special treat.

  • Reply Mom October 12, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    I can almost smell the goodness from here & I’m not really a pumpkin fan. Those bars look delicious! I know you’re enjoying your new machine!

  • Reply maude October 13, 2012 at 7:49 am


  • Reply kat {pipkin hollow} October 17, 2012 at 1:42 am

    this. looks. amazing.

  • Reply Selena October 24, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I think I’m the only blogger in the world who has never had a Pumpkin Spice Latte! I must remedy this stat. I’d love for us to meet up again. We should plan something before Winter gets here in full force. What do you think?? Send me an email and we can make plans.


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