While temperatures are still in the 70s around campus, Starbucks marked the unofficial start to fall on August 28. The Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL) is back, and your empty wallet along with it.

Starbucks' fall-themed, "basic" drink doesn't even have real pumpkin in it, so what are you paying $5 for? Keep reading for an easy recipe on how to make a pumpkin spice latte in your dorm room microwave.


  • Prep Time:3 mins
  • Cook Time:2 mins
  • Total Time:5 mins
  • Servings:2
  • Easy


  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 heaping spoonfuls pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coffee
  • Whipped cream if desired
Leah Sheltry
  • Step 1

    Add the milk, pumpkin, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla extract to a large mug and stir well.

    Leah Sheltry
  • Step 2

    Microwave the milk and pumpkin mixture for 1-2 minutes.

    Leah Sheltry
  • Step 3

    Remove the mug from the microwave and whip the mixture with a fork to create a foam.

    pumpkin, vegetable
    Katherine Jenks
  • Step 4

    Brew strong coffee or fill 1/2 a mug with coffee from the dining hall. Fill the rest of the mug with your warm milk and pumpkin mixture and top off with whipped cream.

    Leah Sheltry