As the weather cools, I love to warm up with a pumpkin spice chai latte, made with chai tea instead of coffee, infused with the warming cozy flavors of pumpkin spice.
Fall is just around the corner and you know what that means?
It’s time for Starbucks to roll out the pumpkin spice everything.
Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte
For years, I felt left out of the whole pumpkin spice craze. It seemed like everywhere I looked you could get a pumpkin spice latte made with coffee.
But what if you love tea, but coffee not so much?
Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte Starbucks
Thankfully, Starbucks listened to all their tea-loving customers and created a pumpkin spice chai latte made with chai instead of coffee.
Here’s what Starbucks has to say about their pumpkin spice chai tea latte:
Our beloved Chai joins our other fall fan favorite: Pumpkin Spice. Two flavors in one winning combination that delights and comforts as the cooler weather sets in.Starbucks
The Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte contains
- Chai Tea Concentrate (black tea and chai spices)
- Sugar, Honey
- Pumpkin Spice Sauce (sugar, condensed milk, pumpkin puree)
- Pumpkin Spice Topping (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves)
Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte Calories
A grande pumpkin spice chai tea latte from Starbucks made with 2% milk has a whopping 310 calories along with 58 grams of sugar (!).
Which brings me to another reason I love to make these popular tea drinks at home: I can control the type of milk and level of sweetness so I can still get that authentic pumpkin spice taste, without packing on the calories and sugar.
My recipe tastes just as authentic as the pumpkin spice chai latte from Starbucks and only has 141 calories.
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Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Latte Ingredients
There are only a few ingredients you need to make an authentic pumpkin spice chai latte:
- 100% pure pumpkin puree.
- Pumpkin pie spice
- Brown Sugar
- Chai tea bags
- Any type of milk
Pumpkin Puree vs. Pumpkin Pie Mix
My recipe calls for 100% pure pumpkin puree. This puree is basically cooked pumpkin in a can, with no additional ingredients.
When you go shopping, make sure you look carefully at the label because you can also find “pumpkin pie mix” on the grocery store shelves.
This mix is full of sugar and you definitely don’t want to use it for this recipe. So make sure you look for 100% pure pumpkin on the label.
What is Pumpkin Pie Spice?
Pumpkin pie spice is a pre-made mixture of spices you’d put in pumpkin pie. Pumpkin pie spice usually consists of:
You certainly could mix up your own blend of spices, but I like the ease of pumpkin pie spice on hand.
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How To Make Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte
Making a pumpkin spice chai latte at home is so easy you’ll wonder why you ever shelled out the money for the Starbucks version.
It’s important to use low heat for this recipe to keep your milk from scorching.
- In a saucepan over low heat, mix the pumpkin puree with the spices, brown sugar and vanilla.
- Whisk in milk until blended while you continue to heat the mixture.
- Add tea bags and steep for 5 minutes.
- Stir occasionally to keep milk from scorching.
- After the tea has steeped for 5 minutes, remove from heat.
- Remove tea bags and pour into mugs.
- Add frothed milk and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice if desired.
Pumpkin Spice Tea Recipe
- 3 tablespoons canned 100% pure pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups milk of your choice
- 2 chai tea bags
- In a saucepan over low heat combine the pumpkin puree with the pumpkin pie spice, brown sugar, and vanilla.
- Whisk in the milk until the mixture is blended.
- When the mixture is hot, add tea bags and set a timer for 5 minutes.
- Keep whisking occasionally to keep the milk from scorching.
- When 5 minutes is done, remove from heat, remove tea bags and pour into two mugs.
- If you'd like a layer of frothed milk, heat a bit of milk and use a handheld frother to froth. Spoon over the finished pumpkin spice chai lattes.
- Sprinkle with a dash of pumpkin pie spice.
- Make sure to only use low heat and stir occasionally to make sure the milk doesn't scorch.
- Check the labels carefully to make sure you're using pure canned pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie mix.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 141
Nutrition information assumes the use of non-fat milk.