Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte Recipe {real pumpkin}

Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte made with real pumpkin | www.foodiewithfamily.com This classic post was originally published in September of 2013. It’s officially the first day of fall, so you KNOW you tea drinkers need to get in on the pumpkin spice latte train. Oh, and my kids are no longer sick. Hooray for the passage of time.

Four out of five of my kids are sick. Snuffling, sneezing, sore throat, goobery, gloppy, walking-petri-dish, tissue-dropping sick. This comes at the end of a week that was so busy that I didn’t know whether I was coming or going two-thirds of the time. There are five kids in this house, friends, you can imagine how many extra-curricular activities we have… To cap it off, my darling Evil Genius was on a five day business trip. In fact, as I write this, I’m waiting for him to walk back in the door.

I’m planning on tackle hugging him. He’d better brace himself.

The net effect of this all is that I’ve been pooped. Super pooped. I’ve been so pooped that I kind of created my own little song about it. Any ABBA fans out there? COME ON. Admit it. I’ve been singing “Super Pooper” to the tune of “Super Trooper”. Also, remember that “I Love Lucy” skit where she got lit on Vitameatavegamin? Her line was supposed to be, “Do you poop out at parties? Are you unpopular?” After too much of the Vitameatavegamin, she slurred out, “Do you pop out at parties? Are you unpoopular?” I was totally unpoopular this week.

The one and only thing that kept me going was a steady stream of Pumpkin Spice Chai Lattes. Back in the day, I made these with a syrup made with pumpkin. The problem was two-fold… it relied on me remember to actually MAKE the syrup before a craving struck, and it wasn’t pumpkin-y enough. Where was my instant gratification fix that all those cool folks who live in places with Starbucks can get? When I saw Lori of Recipe Girl’s post of super easy and super pumpkiny Pumpkin Spice Lattes, I knew I had to modify it for the tea drinking crowd (read: ME!)

I opted to make this something I could dig into at a moments notice… Something that would be waiting for me in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks as I dipped into it as the need arose. The need arose A LOT this week.


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Here’s how the process works. Because you will be agog when you realize how fast you’ll be sipping your very own fancy-pants Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte recipe. You mix pumpkin puree with brown sugar, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, grated nutmeg, and a pinch of salt. That’s your base! After you’ve mixed it together, you scoop it into a jar with a tight fitting lid and store it in the refrigerator until you need it. Oh hey… how about you mix one up before you stash it in the refrigerator.

Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte ready to mix | www.foodiewithfamily.com

Now you’re going to brew yourself a VERY strong, rather small cup of chai tea. Yes, that is one mega mug and there’s very little tea in it… I wanted to leave mucho room for the pumpkin latte portion of the program. “Excuse me, miss. I ordered a LARGE?” (Name that movie.) Now you scoop a couple tablespoons of the pumpkin spice base into a microwave safe cup (or a saucepan). Add a cup(ish) of milk; whisk or mix in thoroughly with a fork. Heat it up in the nuker or the saucepan until it’s steamy and frothy. Pour it into the tea.

Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte | www.foodiewithfamily.com

You can serve it up as is… You wouldn’t be sorry. I promise.

It’s creamy, spicy, and oh-so-pumpkiny. But there’s a little something else you could do to take it over the top. You probably know where I’m going with this, right?

Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte with real pumpkin | www.foodiewithfamily.com

WHIPPED CREAM and LOTS of it! Don’t forget to shave a little nutmeg over the top. That you WOULD regret. Believe me. There’s one final instruction. Wrap both hands around that mug and slurp. Lick your upper lip to make sure you got all the whipped cream and nutmeg. Now tell me… do you feel happier than you did when you started?

P.S. Coffee drinkers… we tea drinkers are an accommodating crew. If you replace the specified chai with a shot of espresso or a small cup of strongly brewed coffee, you will have yourself a pretty dandy coffee Pumpkin Spice Latte, or so my dearest coffee drinkers have told me.

Looking for some great Chai? This is my preferred brand when I’m not mixing up my own blend.


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Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte {real pumpkin}
Tea drinkers rejoice! We can get in on the pumpkin spice latte train! Make this beautiful Pumpkin Spice Base and store it in the refrigerator for up to two weeks to whip together a creamy, pumpkiny, sweet cup of chai whenever the craving strikes. P.S. Coffee drinkers, I suppose you can use it, too. xoxo Adapted from and with thanks to Lori The Recipe Girl
For the Pumpkin Spice Base:
  • 1 cup real pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 pinch of salt
For the Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte:
  • 2 tablespoons Pumpkin Spice Base
  • 1 cup milk (whole, 2%, skim, almond, coconut, soy, what have you...)
  • 1 chai tea bag. I like Stash Chai Spice best.
Optional for serving:
  • Whipped Cream
  • fresh nutmeg
To Make the Pumpkin Spice Base:
  1. Mix all of the base ingredients together until it is evenly coloured and darkened. Scrape it into a clean jar with a tight fitting lid. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
To Make a Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte:
  1. Pour about 4 ounces of boiling water over the chai tea bag (unless you're using green or white chai, in which case you use under-boiling water!) Let it sit while you prepare the pumpkin milk.
  2. Stir the Pumpkin Spice Base and the milk together in a microwave safe 2 cup container or a saucepan until smooth. If microwaving, heat on high until steamy and frothy. If heating in a saucepan, heat over medium high heat until steaming hot.
  3. Pour the hot milk into the tea. You can leave the tea bag in if you'd like it very strong or remove it according to your own preference. Serve as is or top with a thick cap of whipped cream and a few scrapings of nutmeg. Say ahhhhhhh.

This post was originally published September 21st, 2013.


  1. Dianne says

    Ok, I am officially making this today. Because I’m looking for a pumpkin “treat” that I can enjoy without wrecking my blood sugar, I will be subbing coconut sugar for the brown sugar. Can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Traci says

    Oh yum!!! I will be making this!! I love me some pumpkin spice..but a lot of the “coffee shop” drinks taste SO SO SO faux!! And I do believe I have everything I need to make one today..WIN! Thanks :)

  3. Julie B. says

    So I Married An Axe Murderer! HELLO! One of my favorite movies. Now I need to watch it with a large cup of pumpkin spiced chai tea! Or the Cubby Wubby Womb Room 😉

    Thanks for this recipe, I’ve been looking for a good pumpkin spiced mix for tea and coffee!

  4. Andrea says

    Sipping right now! Made it as soon as I saw it, 2 babies napping – this is the perfect treat! Question- I only have black tea, can I just up the spices in the concentrate and then use it with reg black tea you think?

  5. Shira says

    Hi there.. I love this.. I don’t drink coffee and no lie when I saw that other recipe you linked to I thought “I wonder if that would work with chai tea?!”
    And then I found this yay.. Just made with almond milk, so amazing.
    And also unbelievably happy about your movie quote.. My sister and I had So I Married an Axe Murderer on vhs (one of like 2 tapes we owned) and can basically recite it to this day.. “Wooooooooo- MAN” 😉
    Makes this Canadian proud to see it getting some love!! Thanks for the awesome recipe!

    • says

      Hooray! You DO realize there is a quote fest waiting to happen here. I’m pretty certain that if you sat my siblings down and properly caffeinated us we could recite it from start to finish!

      I’m awfully glad Team Tea has some serious Pumpkin Spice love going for us now. 😀

  6. Carol Gindt says

    My husband, daughter and I live north of the Arctic Circle (Kotzebue, Alaska). The only way to get to our location is by air….there are no roads traveling in our out of this location. I am so happy I “stumbled” upon your blog. Your writing is entertaining and the recipes are delightful :) Today my daughter made the Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte (minus a couple of ingredients our grocery store was sold out of) recipe…..words can express how much we enjoyed our “cup of yup” thanks to you! Fall foods and recipes are something my daughter and I have enjoyed together for years – especially the flavor of pumpkin. We are making a trip to Anchorage in 2 weeks (540 miles from Kotzebue by air) and have our long grocery list made (with key ingredients from your recipes). Thank-you for the time you put in your writing and for sharing tried and true recipes!
    Carol Gindt, Kotzebue Alaska

    • says

      Hooray, Carol! I’m so glad I could bring some fun your way. Alaska is one place I’ve always wanted to visit that I’ve not seen. Desperately! You must have some serious pioneer spirit living there! I can’t wait to hear what else you’ve tried from FwF!

  7. Carol says

    Just tried this. Delicious. Thank you. Was sad when I kept seeing PSL at the coffee shop. I am not a coffee drinker, so this was a great gift.

  8. Sue T. says

    Holy smokes, this is soooo good!! Perfect blend and flavor. It is my new favorite after dinner treat, plus I am upping my calcium, so it has to be healthy, right??? No more spending $4 for a mediocore PSL!

  9. sue Lee says

    Not pumpkin pie filling…
    Do they sell pumpkin puree in the store or will I have to make my own? It sounds wonderful! I’m going to make some today! Thank you for the recipe!

  10. sue Lee says

    Not pumpkin pie filling? Do they sell pumpkin puree in the store or will I have to make my own? It sounds wonderful! I’m going to make some today! Thank you for the recipe!

  11. Kathy says

    I just made a batch and have to tell you how good these are!! You can really taste the freshness of the pumpkin and it has to be healthier than the syrup used at Starbucks!

  12. Danae F. says

    I made this today because my Pumpkin Spice Chai craving is getting out of hand. This is so much better than Starbucks and way cheaper!!! Love it thank you so much!!!

  13. Tiffany K. says

    Ohh-Mmmm-Geeezzzzyyy! Delicious! And it was so easy to make! Wondering if the pumpkin base freezes well?!?! Thinking about freezing it in an ice cube tray and pop ’em out as I need ’em!

  14. Georgia says

    Made this up in about 20 minutes while my kids were busy eating cereal. Sooo good. Used Rooibos Chai. I’m thriller for a recipe that uses real ingredients instead of pumpkin “flavor,” and without coffee since my pregnant tummy doesn’t seem to like it. No more gazing lustfully at the seasonal drink posters hanging in my local Dunkin’ Donuts window. Thanks!

  15. Miranda says

    I looooove this! Thank you!
    I was on the hunt for a recipe that isn’t syrups but real pumpkin, and came across this one on Pinterest!
    I tried it as per instructions the first couple times and I am in looove BUT I decided to try it with coffee too, and it’s just as good! Love it both ways!
    Thank you sooo much for sharing. You have made my fall pumpkin obsession just that much better 😉

  16. Llamasmama says

    Made this with a splash of almond rum last night. What a treat! Think my hubby fell in love with me all over again. ;).

  17. Jodie says

    Amazing!!! I brewed up a bit of Chai from Teavana (Maharaja Chai Oolong) and the result was the best Pumpkin Chai Latte I ever had! Before I would buy the Tazo Pumpkin Chai concentrate at 7 dollars a box! This is way better and way cheaper! Thank you so much for posting :)

      • Beth Gerrish says

        My hero! I was *just* wondering if anyone had invented pumpkin chai! The clincher…your siggy is like mine. Plus, you & my dd share a name. Thank you for posting this!
        xo Bethie

  18. Brit Jones says

    Just made this!! YUM!! I wish I could make it more frothy.. guess I may need some kind of special machine for that? This is great!

  19. Kendra says

    I was dubious, but this is delicious!!! Whenever I try to make drinks at home it never tastes quite as good as store bought, but this is amazing! And healthier! I will drinking a LOT of this.

  20. says

    Yum!! I searched Pinterest for a great Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte recipe, and this one sounded the best. So I made it right away! Totally enjoying a cup right now :)
    And if you enjoy chai outside of Pumpkin Pie, you should try Celestial Seasonings India Spice Chai and Bengal Spice Chai (herbal, non-caffeinated version but just as yummy). I get those for when I don’t have access to the loose leaf tea paraphernalia to make the Masala Chai I get from the local, non-franchised, Tea Shoppe. I drink the loose leaf version several times a day, lol!


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