This sweet pumpkin spice sauce is the best way to welcome the fall season. It's incredibly easy to make and can be used in so many ways (it's even gluten free). I especially love adding it to homemade coffee and espresso beverages that rival Starbucks at a fraction of the cost. Skip the coffee shop and save that money!
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Fall is my favorite time of year! Joy fills my heart when pumpkin spice season rolls around. I love Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes, but I don't always like the effect they have on my bank account.
If you don't feel like spending money or just don't want to leave the house, this sauce is your saving grace. It's perfect for making a homemade version of this delicious, seasonal beverage.
Why You'll Love This Easy Recipe
Quick: the best thing about this sauce? You can whip it up in five minutes with only seven simple ingredients.
Versatile: there are many delicious ways to use this sauce. Make a homemade pumpkin spice latte or mix it with cold brew! Drizzle it on pancakes, French toast, ice cream, etc. Use your imagination and bring extra autumn joy to some of your favorite foods.
Great flavor: in contrast to Starbucks (and other coffee shops) this sauce has more natural flavors because it's made with real pumpkin puree.
Reduce food waste: this recipe only calls for ½ cup of pumpkin. Therefore, it's great for using up puree when you've made a recipe that calls for less than one full can (like these pumpkin zucchini muffins)!
Sauce Ingredients & Substitutions
All of these items are likely going to be located in the baking isle at the grocery store, which is super convenient!
- Canned pumpkin purée: our main ingredient and star of the show! If it's sold out at the local grocery store (which can often happen in the fall months), you can make your own homemade pumpkin puree.
- Sweetened condensed milk: creamy and delicious! Substitute sweetened condensed oat milk or sweetened condensed coconut milk for a dairy free/vegan option. Non dairy options are more likely to be found at health/alternative foods store like Whole Foods. You can also make your own.
- Warm spices: ground cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves (autumnal favorites).
- Vanilla extract: pure is best, but imitation will do the trick!
- Salt: adds nice depth and complexity to the flavors in your sauce.
How To Make Pumpkin Sauce
Keep scrolling for the full recipe card and measurements. We’ll start here with a quick overview:
- Measure pumpkin puree, condensed milk, spices, vanilla and salt into a small bowl.
- Use a whisk to mix everything together.
- Once ingredients look smooth and are well incorporated, you're done. It's really that easy! Now you can add sweet pumpkin flavor to your favorite fall foods.
Step By Step Photos
Place sauce in an airtight food storage container or lidded mason jar and store in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.
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Pumpkin Spice Sauce Recipe (Better Than Starbucks)!
- Small bowl
- 1 - 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk *see note below
- ½ cup pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract *pure is best, imitation will also work.
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon *see note below
- ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- ¼ teaspoon salt
Recipe notes:Sweetened condensed milk: sub sweetened condensed oat milk or sweetened condensed coconut milk for a dairy free/vegan option. You can also make your own dairy free condensed milk. Cinnamon/spices: if you don't have individual jars of ground cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves - sub pumpkin pie spice! I recommend adding ½ teaspoon at a time and doing a taste test until you get the flavor you prefer.
- Measure sweetened condensed milk, pumpkin puree, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt into a small mixing bowl.1 - 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk, ½ cup pumpkin puree, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg, ¼ teaspoon ground cloves, ¼ teaspoon salt
- Use a whisk to mix ingredients until well combined.
- Transfer sauce to an airtight container or lidded glass jar. Store in the refrigerator for 5-7 days and use as a topping/flavoring for all kinds of treats! My favorite way to use this sauce? Coffee! It's great mixed into cold brew, regular hot coffee or espresso drinks.
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