Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Latte is a delicious blend of milk, chai tea, and real pumpkin puree with a hint of pumpkin pie spice. Try this Starbucks copycat drink this fall (vegetarian, gluten-free, and can be easily made vegan).
About Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte
Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Latte is a Starbucks copycat drink that is a twist on Pumpkin Spice Latte by replacing coffee with chai.
Made from scratch, this fall favorite is a beautiful blend of chai tea (Indian milk tea, masala chai), real pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and milk of your choice. It has an utterly cream texture and comforting flavors from the warm spices.
This homemade chai latte tastes exactly like Starbucks’ pumpkin spice chai tea – rich, spicy, and perfectly sweet. So next time you crave one, you know it is easy to make at home!
This chai tea right here is nothing close to regular Indian milk tea, but I am sure you will love its distinct taste and aromatic flavors.
My homemade pumpkin spice chai latte recipe is vegetarian, gluten-free, and can be easily made vegan. It can be doubled or tripled too.
Here are some more pumpkin recipes that you must try this fall
- Thai Pumpkin Curry
- Pumpkin Juice
- Pumpkin Hummus
- Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
- Pumpkin Spice Granola
- Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte
- Pumpkin Apple Soup
- Pumpkin Pie Spice Martini
- Pumpkin Chia Seed Pudding
- Pumpkin Spice Butter
Milk – I like to make pumpkin chai latte with whole milk (full-fat milk) as it makes the drink rich and creamy but you can use any milk of your choice. Use skim or low-fat milk to make the drink healthier.
Use plant-based milk (dairy-free milk) like almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk, oat milk, etc to make this drink vegan.
Chai Tea – Buy any Indian black tea leaves to make this chai Latte. I like to use black tea bags as it makes the process easier but you can also use loose tea leaves.
Pumpkin Puree – Make pumpkin puree at home with fresh pumpkins using my pumpkin puree recipe or buy a can.
Pumpkin Spice Mix – Make a batch of pumpkin pie spice at home or buy a bottle.
Dark Brown Sugar – Use dark brown sugar for a deep caramelized taste. Maple syrup or honey are good alternatives in case you want to avoid sugar.
Vanilla Extract – Add in the best quality one for the aromatic flavor.
You can also add chai spices like a pinch of black pepper powder, crushed green cardamom pods, and crushed ginger root for a spicy kick. You can also add ½ teaspoon of my Chai Masala Powder.
How To Make Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Latte
- 2 cups milk
- 2 chai tea bags
- 2 tablespoon pumpkin puree
- 2 tablespoon dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
in a saucepan.
Note – If you like stronger tea flavor, then double up the tea bags!
Heat the mixture over medium-low heat for 5-6 minutes.
Discard the tea bags, add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract to the pan, and stir well.
Froth the mixture using an electric frother, a handheld electric or manual frother, or a French press.
Pour into two cups and serve hot.
Frequently Asked Questions
To make it with loose tea, brew the tea with milk for 2-3 minutes, strain it, and then mix it with other ingredients – pumpkin puree, dark brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spice. Cook it for another 3 to 4 minutes, add vanilla extract, and stir well. Froth the mixture, pour into cups, top with whipped cream, and serve immediately.
You can froth the milk using a frother of a coffee machine, a handheld electric or manual frother, an immersion blender, or a French press. Make sure the milk is hot when you froth it.
To froth in a French press, pour the drink into one, filling it halfway. Put the lid on and pump the plunger a few times until the drink doubles in volume.
To make an iced chai latte, pour the drink into a glass filled with ice cubes.
This Pumpkin Spice Tea is the ultimate beverage for your fall tea parties.
Teacakes or homemade cookies can be served with this refreshing and warm beverage.
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Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Latte Recipe
- 2 cups whole milk (full-fat milk) (or skim, low-fat or plant based milk)
- 2 chai tea bags
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
- 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar (or maple syrup, honey)
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice mix
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Stir together milk, chai tea bags, pumpkin puree, dark brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spice in a saucepan.
- Heat the mixture over medium-low heat for 5-6 minutes.
- Discard the tea bags and add vanilla extract and stir well.
- Froth the mixture using an electric frother, a handheld electric or manual frother, or a French press.
- Pour into two cups and serve hot.