You’re going to love how good this slow cooker pumpkin spice latte tastes. It’s even better than the pumpkin spice latte from your favourite coffee shop, so save your $5 and make this version instead. With its rich and creamy texture, juicy sweet pumpkin, vanilla extract, and warm spices, every sip of this Starbucks copycat recipe is guaranteed to make you smile.
Although the slow cooker isn’t the most common way of making coffee, it does offer the advantage of blending the flavours together slowly and beautifully. So, if pumpkin spice latte is one of your favourites, you must try this!
Why You’ll Love It
Easy: This copycat Starbucks PSL is one of the most straightforward latte recipes you can make and you don’t need a fancy espresso machine. Simply add most of the ingredients to a crock pot, cook for a couple of hours, and then add the rest of the ingredients and adjust the spices or sweetness level if needed, and that’s all!
Tasty: Delivering all the amazing flavour you expect from pumpkin spice lattes, this slow cooker pumpkin spice latte certainly won’t disappoint! Everything from the cream to the coffee, pumpkin, sugar and spices, combines wonderfully for an incredible result. This is one of the best ever drinkable pumpkin recipes.
Customizable: You can mix and match the ingredients to come up with your own pumpkin spice coffee variations, or you can make the recipe exactly as it’s written. Perhaps you want to swap the pumpkin flavour for another, or you want to use non-dairy milk. Tweak the ingredients to your liking and this could end up being one of your favorite fall drinks.
Ingredients for Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Latte
So, what do you need to make slow cooker pumpkin spice latte? You are going to need milk, cream, canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix and not pumpkin pie filling!) sugar, maple syrup, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, and coffee.
Optionally (but recommended) you can use whipped cream and ground cinnamon or ground nutmeg. You might even like to drizzle some caramel syrup over the whipped cream topping for some added indulgence, or a whole cinnamon stick for decoration.
How to Make Crock Pot Pumpkin Spice Latte
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Slow cook the PSL ingredients: Slow cook the milk, heavy cream, canned pumpkin puree, sugar, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and pumpkin pie spice for a couple of hours in your crock pot.
Add the coffee: Next, add the coffee to the pumpkin spice latte mixture and stir well.
The finishing touches: Taste the slow cooker pumpkin spice latte and add more pumpkin pie spice and/or sugar if needed, and then serve garnished with whipped cream and cinnamon or nutmeg if liked.
Substitutions and Variations
Although you can use fresh pumpkin puree in place of the canned, you can’t sub pumpkin pie filling because this isn’t the same thing, and it’s already sweetened and spiced. So use pumpkin puree, either canned or homemade, and definitely not pie filling!
You can swap the maple syrup for simple syrup or agave syrup though, or use non-dairy milk and a non-dairy “cream” to make it vegan friendly. Coconut milk would be good here, or perhaps you prefer soy milk or almond milk.
How to Serve Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Latte
Enjoy slow cooker pumpkin spice latte hot from the slow cooker, garnished with whipped cream and spices on top if you like. You can also omit the toppings. This recipe makes 4 servings, so it’s great if you have friends coming over. Use a larger slow cooker if you have lots coming over.
How to Store Pumpkin Spice Latte
Store: The copycat Starbucks coffee will last all day if you keep it in a sealed container in the refrigerator and then heat it back up or serve it chilled over ice, but it’s best served as soon as it’s ready.
Freeze: Because of the dairy content, pumpkin spice latte doesn’t freeze well and will separate if you try.
Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe FAQs
Strong brewed coffee is the best choice so the coffee flavour doesn’t get drowned out by the other ingredients. Choose from your preferred espresso or coffee, or use decaf if that’s your preference. You can use any kind of coffee you happen to have, so long as you make it strong before adding it to the crock pot.
If you have a craving for pumpkin spice latte but you want it now and not in 2 hours, don’t worry – you can make this on the stove top! Simply combine all the ingredients except the coffee and optional garnishes in a pan on the stove. Bring the mixture to a boil and then, just before it boils, stir in the coffee. Serve the copycat PSL right away. You can halve the recipe too, if you’re making it in a small saucepan and don’t want to make 4 servings.
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Latte
- 2 Cups whole milk
- 2 Cups heavy cream
- 1 Cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 Cup granulated sugar
- 2 Tablespoons maple syrup pure
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 Teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 Cup coffee strong brewed, or espresso
- whipped cream optional
- ground cinnamon or nutmeg, for garnish
- In a slow cooker, combine the whole milk, heavy cream, pumpkin puree, granulated sugar, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and pumpkin pie spice. Stir everything together until well mixed.
- Set the slow cooker to low heat and cook for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally. The mixture should be heated through and the flavors will meld together nicely.
- Once the mixture is hot and well-combined, add the strong brewed coffee or espresso to the slow cooker. Stir it in thoroughly.
- Taste the latte and adjust the sweetness or pumpkin spice according to your preference. You can add more sugar or pumpkin pie spice if needed.
- Now, it’s ready to serve! Pour the Pumpkin Spice Latte into mugs and top each with whipped cream (if desired) and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon or nutmeg.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
Give this slow cooker pumpkin spice latte recipe a try if you want to enjoy the kind of drink you’d get at an upmarket coffee shop. Now you can be your own barista and create the most delicious pumpkin spice latte you ever tasted!
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