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This homemade pumpkin spice latte recipe is warming on a coldfall day. Switch it up with an iced latte or try a vegan option with almond milk. #PSL #pumpkinspicelatte #homemade #DIY #fall #expressi #aldiexpressi #iced #vegan

I was lucky enough to be in North America in November where I sampled many Pumpkin Spice Lattes.

There aren’t many Starbucks stores in Australia & I’m quite sure they don’t sell any of the wonderful seasonal American treats. Lucky for me, once I had tried a Pumpkin Spice Latte I had an idea of how I could replicate it at home.

For me, a Pumpkin Spice Latte tastes like a chai latte crossed with a strong coffee. And I mean strong. There is no hint of pumpkin, as with many pumpkin or pumpkin spice flavoured treats. The spices generally used are cinnamon, nutmeg & cloves.

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I was so pleased to find the Aldi make Chai Latte pods. I think they were the first brand in Australia to offer them. Many other brands have jumped on the Chai latte pod band-wagon since but I am yet to try any.

DIY Australian Pumpkin Spice Latte

DIY Australian Pumpkin Spice Latte

*You will need a milk frother & a coffee pod machine that fits Chai Latte pods
1 chai latte pod
1 coffee pod
sweetener (if desired)

  1. add milk to milk brother & turn on
  2. prepare coffee as per machine instructions
  3. prepare chai in the same mug as per machine instructions (it doesn’t matter which pod you prepare first)
  4. add frothed milk
  5. add sweetener if desired

This is best made in a large mug, unless you compromise with a lot less milk than normal. You could pair your pumpkin spice latte with homemade marmalade on toast for breakfast.

Since Melbourne is known as the coffee snob city of Australia, I have been able to order a “Pumpkin Spice Latte” at many coffee shops. I just ask for a large chai latte with a shot of espresso.

After a recent trip to America, my brother was also kind enough to bring me back a few instant sachets. This meant I was able to relive the exact flavour a few more times!