Healthy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin season is the best season in my opinion! A Pumpkin Spice latte is one of my favorite drinks during the fall. My wallet doesn’t love them so much though and let’s be real there is way more sugar in one Venti PSL than I should consume in a day. I actually like to order my PSLs with only two pumps because the full five pumps is just too much for me. So in an effort to keep money in my wallet and cut back on the extra sugar, I’ve started making my own pumpkin spice lattes at home with collagen and MCT oil added in!

Healthy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte // The Krystal Diaries


Healthy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte // The Krystal Diaries

Healthy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

A healthier alternative to coffee shop PSLs!
Course Drinks


  • 1 cup non-dairy milk I use almond or oat
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 - 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice & ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup strong coffee
  • 1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
  • 1 tbsp MCT Oil


  • Add milk, pumpkin puree, and maple syrup to a pot and simmer on a medium heat whisking frequently. Heat until it’s hot but not at a boil - about five minutes.
  • Remove from heat and mix in vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, collagen powder and MCT oil.
  • Pour mixture into a blender (I use my Ninja 16oz cups) and blend until frothy and well mixed. Instead of a blender you can use a handheld frother too!
  • Pour pumpkin spice mixture into coffee.
  • Top with extra cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice and enjoy!

This version is a healthier option with the added collagen and MCT oil than the beloved Starbucks PSL and uses real pumpkin. I know Starbucks changed up their PSL recipe to use real pumpkin but it’s still kind of questionable how much of it is “real”. I love Starbucks drinks but it’s nice to make my own version at home every now and then.

Healthy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte // The Krystal Diaries

I’m not a morning person so you’re not going to catch me throwing this together Monday through Friday when I’m trying to rush out the door but I do like to make it on the weekends or at night when I’m ready to curl up for the night with a book. Yes, I drink coffee at night sometimes, I know I probably shouldn’t but it really doesn’t keep me awake at night. 

Healthy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte // The Krystal Diaries

If you’re in a pinch and craving pumpkin spice every day I suggest looking for Starbucks’ in-store ground coffee I shared last month. It’s a great substitute for busy mornings when I don’t have the time to froth up my milk and make lattes.

If you opened an entire container of pumpkin puree check out some of these other pumpkin recipes. I personally love adding pumpkin puree to my smoothies and oatmeal.

Healthy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte // The Krystal Diaries

Good to Know:

If you want that extra pumpkin flavor you can use Starbucks® Pumpkin Spice ground coffee

I use this organic MCT oil from Nutiva and these collagen peptides from Vital Proteins.

If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice you can create your own using, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice and ground cloves.


This post is not meant to be a substitute for informed medical advice from a doctor. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.

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  1. Looks amazing I need a sip to try lol

    Posted 11.6.17 Reply
  2. Valerie wrote:

    Great timing on this post – the PSL is no longer available for another year! I’m going to have to try this one to get my fix 🙂

    Posted 11.6.17 Reply
    • Krystal wrote:

      I️ was a bit sad last week when it wasn’t on the Starbucks menu anymore. I’m not ready to let go of pumpkin season lol

      Posted 11.6.17 Reply
  3. sweetbasilthyme wrote:

    I love homemade pumpkin spice lattes, so much cheaper and healthier than Starbucks! And I don’t have to leave the house for them 🙂

    Posted 11.6.17 Reply
    • Krystal wrote:

      It does keep more cash in my pocket and keeps me in my PJs!

      Posted 11.6.17 Reply
  4. Andolina wrote:

    This looks delicious, but do you think it would taste good without the syrup?

    Posted 11.6.17 Reply
    • Krystal wrote:

      I️ think so! I️ just like a bit of sweetness in my lattes and the syrup gives it that without being too sweet

      Posted 11.6.17 Reply
  5. PSL are a great way to enjoy your caffeine. I never indulge in coffee on the outside except for a rare occasion. Your PSL looks amazing and inviting I will use that recipe.

    Posted 11.7.17 Reply
  6. Well, considering the way that i feel right now, this sounds like it would hit the spot 🙂

    Posted 11.7.17 Reply
  7. Cecil wrote:

    Great recipe for the PSL, will definitely make them for guest this Thanksgiving. Also, great suggestion for adding the pumpkin to oatmeal, excited about trying this out as well.

    Posted 11.7.17 Reply
  8. Stop trying to make me drink coffee again! Lol. I’m trying not to drink it while I nurse and attempt to lose baby weight, but this is so tempting.

    Posted 11.7.17 Reply
  9. Taylor Aube wrote:

    I love this imagery, and this latte sounds so good! I could use one of these like right now, haha!!

    Posted 11.7.17 Reply
  10. streetsmartnutrition wrote:

    I usually love the DIY version of most drinks better than the original! This is great for swapping ingredients and adjusting the flavor to get it just right. Beautiful photos too!

    Posted 11.7.17 Reply
  11. theclutterboxblog wrote:

    OH I am going to make this except skip on the pumpkin (I’m allergic) I love to make drinks at home that taste amazing!

    Posted 11.7.17 Reply
  12. Shannon wrote:

    This recipe is absolutely amazing. I am definitely a fan and will be trying this out very soon.

    Posted 11.7.17 Reply
  13. Looks super good! If you like coconut milk, which I DON’T, coconut milk takes this over the top! It adds a touch of sweetness and is creamy, oh my!

    Posted 11.7.17 Reply
  14. I’ve been seeing so many great coffee drinks this fall but haven’t tried any yet. I think I “need” this one. I love that you’ve added collagen and MCT oil! I drink them in my coffee sometimes too.

    Posted 11.7.17 Reply
  15. tpicou10 wrote:

    I love this recipe! It’ll save me a lot of money plus healthier.

    xx Tatyanna

    Posted 11.7.17 Reply
  16. Stephanie | You Are My Son Shine wrote:

    This sounds so fun to make! I don’t drink coffee, but my husband and his brother do and I bet they would love this!

    Posted 11.7.17 Reply
  17. Joline wrote:

    LOL our wallets are not friends with PSLs too. But they are soo good aren’t they?? Cannot wait to try making these at home.

    Posted 11.7.17 Reply
  18. Cathy Mini wrote:

    I think I’m in the minority here…I have literally never tried pumpkin spice latte!!! I don’t get everyone’s obsession with it but it’s all good I’m not about to tell people what they should & shouldn’t stan lol

    Posted 11.7.17 Reply
  19. Love the colder weather as we can enjoy so many good hot drinks latte is always my favorite. Thanks for sharing =)

    Posted 11.7.17 Reply
  20. Cassie Liz wrote:

    Alright – lucky I’ve found this recipe because I’ve been wondering for so long what the heck a pumpkin spice latte tastes like! I’m in Australia and we don’t have them – making this one ASAP

    Posted 11.7.17 Reply
  21. This is a good way to mask the collagen. At the same time it is so belongs to the fall season… I have to try this.

    Posted 11.8.17 Reply
  22. I’m really curious about that MCT oil and I would love to check it out and maybe give it a try. I think it’s really awesome that you shared this recipe, I love that it’s a healthier and lighter version!

    Posted 11.8.17 Reply
  23. Julie Syl wrote:

    This is totally looks good! I wanna grab it right now! I’ll have to try this fantastic recipe.

    Posted 11.8.17 Reply
  24. thefashionableaccountant wrote:

    One of my girlfriends is a barista and she would love this! I haven’t actually had one yet this season lol.

    Posted 11.8.17 Reply
  25. Shell wrote:

    Oh my I’m so excited to make this for my family! It sounds absolutely delicious!!

    Posted 11.8.17 Reply
  26. chelseajacobs wrote:

    This looks so good!!

    Posted 11.9.17 Reply
  27. Jaleby wrote:

    Wow that looks really yummy !! I will share this recipe to my wife.

    Posted 11.10.17 Reply
  28. Love this! Gotta try this at home 🙂

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    Posted 11.13.17 Reply

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