Pumpkin Spice Syrup | 3 Different Pumpkin Sauce Recipes That Are Perfect For Coffee, Desserts, Boba, and Tea

Call us basic, but we love fall and everything that comes with it: Pumpkin Spice Lattes, pumpkin cookies, cold brews with pumpkin spice syrup, pumpkin coffees, Pumpkin Everything! That’s when we ended up working o creating our very own pumpkin spice syrup recipe. As much as we love going to starbucks or our local cafes to grab a delicious Pumpkin spice latte. It just wasn’t feasible economically or calories-wise for us to keep forking out money for something that we could probably at home for half the price and probably taste way better!

Plus, we didn’t want to just be limited to pumpkin spice lattes, we wanted this sauce and syrup to be universal enough to be used in a variety of recipes from coffee drinks, boba drinks, tea, desserts, and more! This is why creating the perfect pumpkin spice syrup is a requirement for Fall! This universal recipe can be used in a variety of recipes such as cozy cold brews, iced coffees, hot coffee, lattes, as a drizzle over desserts, and as a steeping sauce for boba! Plus, you’ll be happy to know that Pumpkin Spice may have some Health Benefits!

As you can guess, having the perfect homemade pumpkin sauce is a necessity for any home and you love having your own personal jar to grab when you need that pinch of pumpkin goodness. We also made sure to make a couple of different versions so you have choices, there’s dairy-free pumpkin spice sauce, a dairy version, and a straight pumpkin syrup recipe.

This post is all about creating the perfect Pumpkin Spice Syrup! We wanted to create versions of this popular add-on by creating three different versions that you are bound to love whether you love dairy or hate it, we got you uncovered!

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Commonly Asked Questions For Pumpkin Spice Syrup

What kind of syrup does Starbucks use for pumpkin spice latte?

Starbucks uses a milk-based pumpkin spice sauce, it gives the pumpkin spice lattes a delicious boost of pumpkin that is only really possible with the addition of some sort of cream.

Does Pumpkin spice syrup have real pumpkin?

Yes, pumpkin spice syrup contains real pumpkin puree, and starbucks list pumpkin puree as one of their ingredients.

Does Pumpkin spice sauce have dairy?

Yes, the pumpkin spice syrup from Starbucks has dairy in it, If you’re looking for an equally delicious non-dairy pumpkin spice syrup then make sure to continue reading because know a lot well not every loves the idea of dairy in their drinks, so we made three versions of this popular pumpkin spice syrup =).

Does pumpkin sauce need to be refrigerated?

Yes, either recipe that you choose will need to be refrigerated in an airtight jar. The recipes can also be frozen for a longer keep time but the consistency will look different after defrosting so keep this in mind.

What is Pumpkin Spice Sauce made of?

Pumpkin spice sauce is made of a dairy base or non-dairy base, pumpkin puree, sugar, vanilla extract, salt, and pumpkin spice powder.

What’s in Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Syrup?

Starbucks List Their Pumpkin Spice Syrup Contains sugar, condensed skim milk, Pumpkin puree, 2% or less of fruit & vegetable juice for color, natural flavors, anatto, salt, and potassium sorbate.

Can I buy starbucks pumpkin syrup only?

Unfortunately not, starbucks only sells vanilla syrup, hazelnut, and caramel syrups. Their brown sugar syrups, pumpkin spice syrups, peppermint other special flavors are not for sale to the public.

What are the differences between pumpkin syrup and pumpkin sauce?

The differences between pumpkin spice syrup and pumpkin spice sauce are not huge but they do create a difference in texture and thickness. Our pumpkin spice syrup contains no dairy and is made by simmering spices, pumpkin puree, with sugar and water to create a simple syrup consistency. While the pumpkin spice sauce is a thicker consistency, a grainier and creamy style forms a sauce. Either one can be used in drinks but if you are looking for a cream boost, we recommend using our pumpkin spice sauce.

Can you make a non-dairy version of pumpkin spice sauce?

Of course! We made a plant-based version of our delicious creamy pumpkin spice sauce! The trick is using plant-based milk with heavy fat content, such as coconut milk cream or coconut milk condensed milk, don’t try to cut calories by switching it out for a fat-free version or, worse regular coconut milk otherwise, your pumpkin spice sauce is going to be bland and very watery.

3 Delicious Pumpkin Spice Syrup And pumpkin Spice sauce recipes you need during the fall season!

Why You’ll Love These Recipes

  • Versatile and customizable recipes that fit almost any diet preference, you can easily swap around measurements for thinner or thicker consistencies, increase sugar or decrease, and swap out different kinds of milk to really makes it your own.
  • The Syrup version and sauce version will both be perfect for drinks and desserts!
  • Homemade means you can whip this up whenever you feel like it!
  • the syrup version keeps for up to 2 months if omitting pumpkin puree and increasing pumpkin spices
  • All versions can be frozen for longer keep times


Pumpkin puree –

Vanilla extract –

Brown sugar-

lemon juice –

pumpkin spice –

condensed milk or coconut condensed milk –

Creamy Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Sauce Recipe

We used this recipe in our delicious Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew Recipe! Also, works perfectly in Pumpkin Spice Lattes!


  • Saucepan
  • measuring spoons
  • measuring cups
  • stirring spoon
  • airtight container for storage

Recipe calls for

  • 1/2 cup Heavy cream, or half and half, a thicker base such as heavy cream will give your creamer a thicker creamier consistency.
  • 1/2 cup of condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt

How to make Creamy Pumpkin Spice Sauce

  1. Place sugar and cream and simmer over low heat for 5 minutes until fully dissolved.
  2. After dissolved, add the rest of the ingredients and raise them to medium and simmer for 10-15 minutes until desired consistency is reached.
  3. Turn off the burner, take off the burner and let the mixture cool down.
  4. When completely cooled down, pour into a container and cover with a lid, and place in the fridge for 7 days or 1-2 months in the freezer depending on ingredients and brands used.

Recipe Notes:

Sweet and Spiced Pumpkin Spice Syrup | Dairy Free


  • Saucepan
  • measuring spoons
  • measuring cups
  • stirring spoon
  • airtight container for storage

Recipe calls for

  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 tablespoons of pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cloves

How to make sweet and spiced pumpkin syrup

  1. In a small saucepan place sugar and water and bring to a medium temp and stir until it dissolves.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer over low-medium temp until it begins to thicken around 15-20 minutes and stir continuously.
  3. After its thickened to your liking, remove it from heat and allow it to cool completely, only if you prefer a textured syrup
  4. If you prefer a smooth syrup, strain the mixture immediately after reaching the consistency you like by using a fine mesh strainer (Be careful the mixture is very hot!)
  5. After the mixture is completely cooled, pour it into a jar with a lid and store it in the fridge for up to 7-10 days. (make sure to check the consistency after day 7 and smell, if it looks weird or smells weird toss, different ingredients used can length nor shorten the timeframe of syrups so keep that in mind).

Recipe Notes:

Creamy and Plant-Based Pumpkin Spice Sauce Recipe


  • Saucepan
  • measuring spoons
  • measuring cups
  • stirring spoon
  • airtight container for storage

Recipe Calls For

  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of coconut milk (full fat)
  • 1/2 cup of coconut condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt

How to make creamy and plant-based pumpkin spice sauce recipe

  1. Bring brown sugar and coconut milk to a low simmer for a few minutes until fully dissolved
  2. Add remaining ingredients and stir the mixture over a medium temp for around 10-15 minutes, make sure to stir or it will stick
  3. When reaching the right consistency, turn off the heat and take off the burner and let cool
  4. when cooled down, place in a jar and cover with a lid when room temp. Can be stored for up to a week in the fridge, or placed in the freezer for around 1-2 months depending on ingredients and brands used.

Recipe Notes:

That wraps up our post on creating the perfect pumpkin spice sauces and pumpkin spice syrups for this upcoming fall season! We hope you enjoyed this post and if you did, dont forget to pin this for later!

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