Step aside PSL, this creamy pumpkin spice milk is about to seduce your tastebuds. Made with real pumpkin, cozy spices, and a dreamy, whipped topping, this delicious pumpkin milk is sure to be a favorite fall drink.
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Homemade pumpkin milk
Do you smell the crisp autumn air? The second fall rolls around, I whip up a batch of homemade pumpkin pie spice and look for any excuse to sprinkle it on desserts, cakes, and drinks.
I know it looks unassuming, but this pumpkin milk recipe is what autumn dreams are made of. Loaded up with real pumpkin, a sweet touch of honey, and of course, a delicious blend of warming spices, this easy fall drink recipe is perfect for all your pumpkin cravings.
Are you ready for all things pumpkin spice? Fall is one of my favorite seasons and a great time to enjoy pumpkin spice in so many different ways. Be sure to try our iced pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin white chocolate cookies, easy pumpkin pudding, and pumpkin pancakes as well.
What is pumpkin spice milk?
Pumpkin spice milk is a beverage made with milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and a sweetener like honey or maple syrup. It tastes almost like pumpkin pie in a mug and can be served as a hot pumpkin drink or enjoyed cold.
Because pumpkin milk doesn’t contain coffee, it’s kid-friendly, and everyone in your family can enjoy it! And you can serve it at any time of day, be it for breakfast, as a satisfying snack, or a tasty nightcap before bedtime.
Is pumpkin milk the same as pumpkin spice latte?
No, they are 2 different fall drinks. As I’ve just explained, pumpkin spice milk is a milk-based drink. A caffeine-free pumpkin spice latte if you will. Pumpkin spice latte is made with coffee.
Can you get a pumpkin spice latte without coffee?
Yes, this recipe is essentially a pumpkin spice latte without coffee! I might be a rare breed, but I don’t drink coffee. This coffee-free pumpkin spice latte is easily my favorite fall beverage, followed by this mulled apple cider.
Pumpkin spice milk benefits
Is pumpkin milk good for you? Yes, pumpkin milk is good for you. Pumpkin is highly nutritious and packs many vitamins (especially vitamin A and C) and antioxidants that may boost your immune system.
Making pumpkin milk is also an excellent opportunity to use up leftover pumpkin puree from other recipes. Plus, it’s cheaper to whip up this warm pumpkin milk at home than buying the expensive pumpkin beverages at Starbucks.
Pumpkin milk ingredients
You’ll need just a few simple, wholesome ingredients for this pumpkin spice drink recipe. Here’s your grocery list:
- Milk: Prepare this recipe with your favorite dairy or dairy-free milk of choice. Full fat and skim milk, almond milk, and oat milk are all good options.
- Pumpkin puree adds a delicious natural pumpkin flavor. Canned pumpkin or homemade pumpkin puree works well.
- Pumpkin pie spice gives the drink warmth and depth. If you don’t have any at hand, try my pumpkin spice recipe. Or simply mix 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground nutmeg + 1/8 tsp ground cloves.
- Honey provides a touch of natural sweetness. Swap in maple syrup if preferred.
- Heavy cream (optional): I like to top my pumpkin spice milk with a dollop of fluffy whipped cream. Feel free to skip the whipped topping for a lighter version.
How to make pumpkin spice milk
You can prepare pumpkin milk in 2 different ways, hot or cold. Let me walk you through the easy process:
- Cold pumpkin spice milk. Add the milk, pumpkin puree, honey, and pumpkin pie spice into a blender. Blend until smooth. Alternatively, put the ingredients into a large jar and blend with an immersion blender.
- Warm pumpkin milk. If you desire a hot pumpkin drink, put all ingredients (except the garnishes) into a small saucepan. Heat on the stovetop over medium-high heat until warm and steaming. Whisk until everything is well combined.
- Garnish. Pour the pumpkin milk into a glass or mug. You can serve as is or optionally top with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice for garnish.
- Serve. Serve right away and enjoy!
Pumpkin milk variations
- Vanilla pumpkin milk: Stir 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract into the milk before serving.
- Chocolate pumpkin milk: Whisk 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder into the recipe. If you like a hot chocolate pumpkin spice drink, heat the ingredients + 1 tbsp semisweet or milk chocolate chips in a saucepan until the chocolate has melted.
- Peanut pumpkin spice milk: Place the ingredients into a small saucepan. Add 1 tbsp peanut butter and warm over moderate heat on the stovetop until the peanut butter has melted and everything is well combined.
- Toffee pumpkin milk: Warm all ingredients + 1 tbsp butterscotch chips in a small saucepan until warm and liquid. This version is on the sweeter side. Skip or reduce the honey if you prefer your pumpkin drink less sweet.
FAQ and tips for the best pumpkin spice milk
How many servings does the recipe yield?
This is a single-serve recipe and makes 1 serving. Simply double or multiple the ingredient amounts to prepare more servings.
Can I use other sweeteners?
Of course! Swap out the honey for maple syrup, rice syrup, date, syrup, agave syrup, or this keto sweetener if you need sugar-free pumpkin milk.
Can I make this fall drink without canned pumpkin?
Yes! To make pumpkin spice milk without pumpkin, omit the canned pumpkin from the recipe and create the recipe with just spices. Now you have a delicious pumpkin spice drink!
Can I use this as a pumpkin spice coffee creamer?
Sure. Prepare the recipe with half-and-half instead of regular milk. Also, double or triple the amount of honey if you like your coffee on the sweeter side.
Can I turn this into pumpkin spice latte?
Yes! Swirl 1 /4 to 1/2 cup espresso or dark coffee into your pumpkin-flavored milk, and you have a delicious pumpkin spice latte.
Can I turn this into a pumpkin smoothie?
Yes, it’s easy. Add all ingredients plus 1/2 frozen banana into a blender and process until smooth. Serve immediately.
How do you make keto pumpkin milk?
For keto pumpkin spice milk, prepare the recipe with almond milk or coconut milk. Use this sugar-free simple syrup to sweeten your low-carb fall drink recipe.
How do you make vegan pumpkin spice milk?
Simple! Prepare the recipe with your favorite dairy-free milk (e.g., almond milk or oat milk) and sweeten your vegan pumpkin drink with maple syrup or agave syrup.
How to store pumpkin milk
Store this pumpkin milk drink recipe in the refrigerator. Stir or whisk before serving to redistribute the pumpkin.
How long does pumpkin-flavored milk last?
Pumpkin milk will last for 2 to 3 days. Be sure to store the milk in an airtight glass jar, so it doesn’t pick up any funky smells from the fridge.
Can you make the recipe ahead?
Sure, you can make the recipe a few days in advance – or just prepare it fresh. It’s ready in less than 5 minutes!