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DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe (GMO-Free!)

DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe (GMO-Free!)

Fall is coming, and for a lot of us that means delicious fall flavors, like cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and pumpkin. But wait! That innocent-looking pumpkin spice latte might just be hiding GMOs.

It’s a little bit of a buzzkill, I know, but those delicious mugs of pumpkin spice latte most likely contain GMO ingredients. Sarbucks doesn’t seem to list the specific ingredients on their site, but here’s what they say is in their Pumpkin Spice Latte (along with which ingredients are likely GMO):

  • espresso – no worries here!
  • pumpkin-flavored syrup – artificial flavoring aside, there are two potential GMOs here. If the syrup is made from corn syrup, you’re looking at GMO corn. If it’s made from sugar, that sugar most likely comes from GMO sugar beets. A lose-lose.
  • milk or soy milk – Starbucks doesn’t serve organic milk, so those cows most likely grew up eating GMO corn and alfalfa. I’ve seen organic soy milk at some Starbucks, but if they’re serving up conventional soy milk, it’s almost certainly made with GMO soybeans.

You might be feeling a little bit blue right now, but don’t worry – I can help! You don’t have to order a tall mug of spicy GMOs. Make your own pumpkin spice latte. It’s cheaper, healthier, and you can make it totally GMO free!

Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

makes 2 servings

pumpkin spice latte pumpkinNot only is this recipe GMO free, it actually includes real pumpkin, unlike most pumpkin spice latte recipes at big coffee shops.


  • 1 cup almond milk (or your favorite soy-free milk alternative)
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup of good, strong coffee (or two shots of espresso, if you have access to an espresso machine)
  • maple syrup, to taste


1. In a small saucepan, heat the first four ingredients on medium low heat, stirring constantly. You want to heat the milk and dissolve the pumpkin puree, but you don’t want it to boil. Stir until it’s heated through and there are no pumpkin lumps remaining.

2. Divide the coffee between two large mugs. Top off with the pumpkin-milk mixture, and sweeten with maple syrup to taste, if you want.

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Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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12:52AM PDT on Nov 1, 2014

Thank you!

12:14AM PDT on Oct 9, 2014

I don't think I'll participate in this latest craze - my taste buds tell me !

I love pumpkin - probably because of the added spices and the aroma - but South African pumpkin fritters still take the cake !

6:59AM PDT on Oct 8, 2014

Here you go Laura. I mix my own because it tastes better and ends up far less expensive. Here is the Recipe I use:

Pumpkin Pie Spice

1/3 cup ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon ground nutmeg or mace
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
1-1/2 teaspoons ground allspice

I mix these together and store them in a container with a tight fitting lid. I like to use about 1 1/2 teaspoon of it when I am making a pumpkin pie, or even in my pumpkin bread. It is wonderful and far less expensive than buying the premix.

11:07PM PDT on Oct 7, 2014

What is this "pumpkin pie spice"?
I'm not in North America, there is no tradition of pumpkin pie around here, so... no pre-made stuff for pumpkin pie in the markets or grocery stores either.

6:07PM PDT on Sep 28, 2014

Love all the recipes on here. Definitely trying this one!

9:52AM PDT on Sep 27, 2014

Thank you, thank you, the real thing for this time of year!

7:52AM PDT on Sep 27, 2014


7:22AM PDT on Sep 27, 2014

I don't drink it.

6:55AM PDT on Sep 27, 2014

I stopped going to Starbucks when I learned that their profits contribute towards buying bombs to drop on Palestinian children.

10:46PM PDT on Sep 26, 2014

Sounds great and without all those lethal additives that Starbuck's uses! Thank you!

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