I recently read somewhere that pumpkin spice is on the way out. You know what?
I’ve been a fan of pumpkin spice since before it ‘became a thing’. I mean I’m the kind of pumpkin spice fan who likes it used in baking, in drinks or coffee. I’m not the kind of person who likes it in some sort of weird concoction – but hey, I’ll give anything a try at least once!
I think that as long as pumpkin pie is a thing, pumpkin spice will be a thing!
This post is for a recipe I’ve been working on for quite a while now so I could get it just right, and my goodness, I think I’ve gotten it almost spot on.
I present to you my homemade instant pumpkin spice latte mix recipe!
When I say I’ve been working on this recipe for a while, I really mean it. I wanted to make sure I got my pumpkin spice latte mix exactly the way I wanted before posting it.
I started working on this recipe during the summer when I was visiting my family in New Brunswick so they could be my taste testers. Also, partly because my sister Jill is a big fan of pumpkin spice and I didn’t want her to miss out. The recipe has changed a little bit from when I was testing during my visit and I am extremely pleased with the results.
The mix contains a combination of instant espresso powder, some powdered coffee creamer, French vanilla powdered drink mix, sugar and of course some pumpkin spice and a little bit of cinnamon.
One of the reasons why this recipe took so long to develop was because I wanted to get the ratios of ingredients just right.
I wanted this to produce a beautiful velvety and creamy drink that packs a good punch of caffeine along with its warming pumpkin spice flavours – and I think I did just that!
I’m a big fan of coffee and pretty much any caffeinated drink so the espresso powder that I used in this recipe was of course caffeinated. You can use a decaf version of instant espresso powder if you’d like to. I do recall seeing a decaf version of espresso powder on the shelf when I was shopping so it is possible to make a decaf version if you prefer.
Creating this mix is super easy since all you have to do is combine the ingredients in a food processor until it’s mixed very finely. Then store in an airtight container for when you have a pumpkin spice craving. 🙂
I should note that this recipe creates a large amount of mix – about 7 ½ cups – so feel free to half the recipe if it suits you better.
Once your pumpkin spice latte craving hits, all you have to do is add 2 heaping tbsps of the mix to a little over 1 cup of hot water and stir.
If you’re looking to make the drink something really special, you can top it with some whipped cream, a sprinkle of cinnamon and some toffee bits (like I did with my drink in the photos).
I’m SUPER excited to share this recipe with you and I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! 😀
- 1 ¼ cups French Vanilla Powdered drink mix (I used Maxwell House International Cafe French Vanilla Mix)
- 1 ½ cups instant espresso powder
- 4 ¼ cups powdered coffee creamer
- 3 Tbsps + ¼ tsp Pumpkin Spice
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 ¼ cups sugar
Optional Topping Ingredients:
- Whipped Cream
- Sprinkle of cinnamon
- Toffee bits (I used Skor pieces)
- Combine all ingredients in a large processor until fine. Your may need to stop the processor every so often and push down the powder down from the sides so that everything mixes well.
- Transfer contents of the processor into an air tight container and store in a cool dry place.
To Mix a Drink:
- Combine 2 heaping tablespoons of the pumpkin spice latte mix with about 1 ¼ cups of hot water in a mug.
- Stir it up so everything is well combined.
- Top with whipped cream, a sprinkle of cinnamon and some toffee bits.
Tip: For an even richer drink, try adding half hot coffee and half hot water in your mug and combine with the powdered mix!
If you enjoyed this recipe, you'll also love me recipe for Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Ice Cream!