With our homemade keto pumpkin spice latte Starbucks copycat recipe you won’t believe how easy it is to make your favorite fall drink at home!
We are combining espresso, almond milk, and pumpkin to create a DIY sugar-free pumpkin spice latte that has all of the flavors you love in under 10 minutes, and showing you how to make it using either your stovetop, microwave, or an espresso machine.
Does Starbucks Make a Keto Pumpkin Spice Latte?
Before getting started with our DIY pumpkin spice latte recipe, does Starbucks even MAKE a keto pumpkin spice latte for those times you don’t want to make your own?
The answer, my friend, is unfortunately not… the only option Starbucks currently sells uses a sugar-sweetened pumpkin puree base.
So even if you skip the whip, or change the type of milk to lighten things up, being that they don’t offer a sugar-free pumpkin sauce option, you’re out of luck if you were hoping to grab and go.
What will make you happy, however, is that this homemade recipe will keep in the fridge for days, which means you can easily triple or quadruple the recipe instead of making it from scratch every morning. Just make the base and add fresh coffee each day!
Why This Recipe Works
We are staying away from all forms of traditional sugar to create a low-carb and keto-friendly pumpkin latte that tastes just like the Starbucks variety.
And if you’ve been wondering is pumpkin keto-friendly? You’ll be happy to know that in small quantities it definitely is.
- Made with espresso, the recipe gives you that pick-me-up your morning needs without the long lines at the drive-thru.
- With both pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice, our latte has all of the pumpkin flavor that fall is known for (and you have been waiting all year for!).
- Top your sugar-free pumpkin spice latte with our keto whipped cream for a sweet treat that won’t have your sugar crashing in a few hours.
- Oh, and this whole recipe can be whipped up in under 10-minutes!
- Keto, low carb, gluten-free, and vegetarian!
Can’t get enough pumpkin recipes during the fall? Be sure to check out our other keto pumpkin spice recipes like Keto Pumpkin Muffins with Chocolate Chips, Keto Pumpkin Bread with Cream Cheese, and Low-carb Crustless Pumpkin Pie.
- espresso (or strong coffee)
- unsweetened almond milk
- heavy whipping cream
- pumpkin pie spice
- canned pumpkin – make sure this is unsweetened pumpkin puree like Libby’s and not pumpkin pie filling
- monk fruit or erythritol
- vanilla extract (optional) – we didn’t add any but you could definitely add a splash
- keto whipped cream (optional) – homemade or purchase sugar-free
Optional, but nice to have if you drink a lot of coffee!
Espresso Machine – We have a Delonghi Nespresso model
Espresso Pods – Nespresso pods are our favorite and have the best flavor
Not on a low-carb plan but just searching for a healthier and processed sugar-free pumpkin spice latte? Here’s a couple quick adaptions you can try instead.
- Vegan– use unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk and use a coconut whipping cream. Sweeten with maple syrup.
- Whole30– Use almond milk, skip the whip, and sweeten with honey.
How to Make a Sugar Free Pumpkin Spice Latte
We are going to show you how to make a perfect keto pumpkin spice latte Starbucks copycat recipe in under 10-mintes in any kitchen. With three different cooking methods, low-carb pumpkin spice lattes will work for everyone.
The basic steps regardless if you choose an espresso machine, stovetop, or microwave are to heat the milks with the pumpkin puree ingredients, froth if desired, add the coffee or espresso, and finally, top with keto whipped cream and/or pumpkin pie spice.
If your espresso machine has a milk frother, heat the almond milk and heavy whipping cream using it.
Brew 1-2 shots of espresso while the milk is heating.
Add the warmed almond milk to a mug and stir in the pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, and sweetener. Add the espresso to the cup.
Top with whipped cream and additional pumpkin pie spice if desired.
Add the almond milk, heavy whipping cream, pumpkin puree, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and sweetener to a small saucepan. Heat and stir over medium-low heat until heated through to your preferred temperature.
Pour the milk and pumpkin mixture into a mug. If you have a milk frother, froth the milk now according to the instructions. This is optional.
Pour the fresh hot coffee or shots of espresso into the mug.
Top with sugar-free whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice, if desired.
Add the almond milk, heavy whipping cream, pumpkin puree, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and sweetener to a microwave-safe mug. Mix to combine. Heat for 90 seconds.
If you have a milk frother, you’ll want to froth it now. This is totally optional and we often add sugar-free whipped cream on top instead of frothing the milk.
Add the hot espresso or coffee and mix it into the milk mixture.
Add sugar-free whipped cream if desired and sprinkle with cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice.
Want to ensure your keto pumpkin spice latte Starbucks copycat recipe comes out perfect every time? Be sure to follow these steps!
- Always use fresh-brewed espresso.
- If using coffee, be sure it is very strong to mimic espresso.
- Use heavy whipping cream instead of light or half-and-half to keep the carbs down.
- It’s ok to skip the heavy whipping cream and just use unsweetened almond milk if you want a lighter version.
Just for curiosity’s sake, you might be wondering how many carbs are even in the standard Starbucks pumpkin spice latte… And we are sure you will be surprised to learn that the drink has a whopping 52 carbs if you order it with whole milk and whipping cream.
In the fridge up to 4-5 days, we suggest doubling or quadrupling the recipe so you can drink it for days. Don’t add the coffee and just make the recipe without the espresso or coffee, store it in the fridge and then reheat the pumpkin puree mix with hot fresh coffee each day.
To make a keto pumpkin spice latte Starbucks copycat without pumpkin puree, heat 3/4 cup of almond milk, 2 Tbsp of heavy whipping cream, and add in 1-2 shots of espresso or use very strong coffee to taste. Add 1 ounce of sugar-free pumpkin spice syrup and sprinkle the drink with pumpkin spice seasoning. You can either froth the milk or top with a little keto-friendly whipped cream.
More Keto Pumpkin Recipes
- Keto pumpkin muffins with chocolate chips
- Keto pumpkin bread with cream cheese
- Low carb crustless pumpkin pie
- 1-2 shots of espresso (or 1/2 cup strong coffee)
- 3/4 cup almond milk, unsweetened
- 2 Tbsp heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 2 Tbsp canned pumpkin
- 1 tsp monk fruit or erythritol
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
- keto whipped cream (optional)- homemade or purchase sugar-free
- If your espresso machine has a milk frother, heat the almond milk and heavy whipping cream.
- Brew 1-2 shots of espresso while the milk is heating.
- Add the milk to a mug and stir in the pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, and sweetener. Add the espresso to the cup.
- Top with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice if desired.
- Add the almond milk, heavy whipping cream, pumpkin puree, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and sweetener to a small saucepan. Heat and stir over medium-low heat until heated through to your preferred temperature.
- Pour the milk and pumpkin mixture into a mug, if you have a milk frother froth the milk now according to the instructions. This is optional.
- Pour the fresh hot coffee or shots of espresso into the mug.
- Top with sugar-free whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice, if desired.
- Add the almond milk, heavy whipping cream, pumpkin puree, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and sweetener to a microwave-safe mug. Mix to combine. Heat for 90 seconds.
- If you have a milk frother, you'll want to froth it now. This is totally optional and we often add sugar-free whipped cream on top instead of frothing the milk.
- Add the hot espresso or coffee and mix it into the milk mixture.
- Add sugar-free whipped cream if desired and sprinkle with cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice.
The recipe makes what's known as a short latte, which is an 8 oz latte. Whether you add one shot of espresso or two is what makes it a single short or single double. To make a single tall or double tall latte, which is more common at Starbucks, you can just use an oversized coffee mug and increase the recipe by 50%.
To make a lighter and less rich drink, you can replace the heavy whipping cream with more milk.
One great thing about making your own drink at home is that you can easily add more sweetener or more of any ingredient you love.
Buy a sugar-free whipped cream or make our homemade keto whipped cream recipe.
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Nutrition InformationYield 1 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 163Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 38mgSodium 27mgCarbohydrates 8gNet Carbohydrates 4gFiber 2gSugar 3gSugar Alcohols 2gProtein 2g