Pumpkin Spice Steamer

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This Pumpkin Spice Steamer will warm you on a cold, autumn day. The drink is rich and creamy with flavors of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.

Pumpkin Spice Steamer in a glass mug.
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  1. Ingredients
  2. Starbucks Copycat, but Better!
  3. Health Benefits of Pumpkin
  4. Tips and Variations
  5. Frequently Asked Questions
  6. Warm Up with More Delicious Drinks this Season
  7. How to Make Pumpkin Spice Steamer
  8. Pumpkin Steamers Recipe

So many local cafes and bakeries, as well as Starbucks, carry a pumpkin spice steamer drink around this time of year, and while they are delicious, they can get a little pricey when everyone in the family wants one! From what I can tell, most places use a pumpkin flavoring, not pure pumpkin. You can really taste the difference!

This recipe uses real pumpkin! You can use 100% pure pumpkin from a can or you puree your own from a cooked pumpkin. That may not sound too appetizing, but if you like pumpkin pie, you will LOVE this drink. It is so flavorful and comforting. I highly recommend you make up a batch of Pumpkin Spice Steamer on Halloween night to keep your trick-or-treaters warm and toasty.

Ingredients

Get ready for a mug of deliciousness! These ingredients are pantry staples and easy to whisk together. Create one of the most popular drinks from Starbucks right in your own home.

  • Milk – I like the balance of the 2% milk with some heavy cream. I tried this recipe the first time with straight 1% milk and skim milk, trying to stay on the healthy side, but the consistency and flavor of the drink were too weak.
  • Heavy cream – Your dairy mixture is going to be thick and creamy, just the way you want it.
  • Pumpkin puree – Is rich, soft, and made from a real pumpkin. You will not want to use pumpkin pie filling. But real pumpkin puree adds authentic pumpkin flavor to this homemade pumpkin spice latte.
  • Brown sugar – Light brown sugar or dark brown sugar both work for this recipe.
  • Sweetened condensed milk – You can’t go wrong with extra sweetness to a hot beverage!
  • Pumpkin pie spice – This adds all the fall feelings!
  • Vanilla extract – Always adds in a dash of flavor!
  • Whipped cream – Top off the drink with a light and airy cream for an extra creamy texture.
  • Cinnamon – Gives a hint of spice!
Pumpkin Spice Steamer ingredients including pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, brown sugar, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, heavy cream and milk.


Starbucks Copycat, but Better!

If you’re obsessed with Pumpkin Spice latte drinks from Starbucks, you will love this version. Pumpkin drinks on the menu at Starbucks can be expensive, and even if they are full of fall flavor, they can empty your bank account fairly quickly. So instead of swinging through a drive-thru, whip up a batch of this delicious comfort drink to satisfy that fall beverage craving. It has a similar flavor to the pumpkin spice crème Frappuccino. So delicious!

Health Benefits of Pumpkin

There truly are great health benefits that come from eating pumpkin – and this Pumpkin Spice Steamer drink uses real pumpkin. Pumpkin has a squash-like taste and texture, and whenever pumpkin is added it brings a lot of flavor to recipes. It’s worth giving it a try to get the boost of vitamins and antioxidants pumpkin provides.

  1. Better Eyesight – One cup of cooked pumpkin contains more than 200% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin A. Vitamin A aids vision, especially vision in dim lighting.
  2. Weight Loss – One cup of cooked pumpkin has 3 grams of fiber and only 49 calories! This makes you feel a little better when you eat that slice of pumpkin pie, right? Fiber makes you feel fuller longer, so you eat less.
  3. Possible cancer and wrinkle prevention – Like carrots, sweet potatoes, and butternut squash, pumpkin is loaded with beta-carotene. According to the National Cancer Institute, beta-carotene may play a role in cancer prevention. Health Magazine also reported that the carotenoids in pumpkins can also help keep skin wrinkle-free.
  4. Energy – Pumpkin contains more potassium than bananas! Potassium restores electrolyte balance after a workout and keeps muscles functioning at their best.
Spoon full of Pumpkin Spice Steamers.

Tips and Variations

This creamy pumpkin spice steamer is always a popular drink in the fall. Make this drink just the way you like it with the best tips and extra variations to help create the drink of your dreams. Soon you will be enjoying the rich pumpkin spice flavor and a dollop of whipped cream on top, this drink is sure to be the best!

  • Dairy – When you are making this recipe, you can play with the balance of milk and heavy cream, or even try half and half or whole milk depending on how creamy you like your hot drinks. If you’d rather make it dairy-free, you can try oat milk or almond milk instead.
  • Cooking – It is best to simmer the warm drink in a heavy bottom saucepan on low heat. Depending on how much you are making you can use either a small saucepan or medium. Make sure to stir so the milk it doesn’t scald or boil.
  • Almonds – Rather than having dairy, change the flavor with almonds, almond milk, and add some shredded toasted coconut or a dollop of coconut whip on top. Using this variation basically alters the taste and flavoring of the drink.
  • Pumpkin pie spice – Make your own homemade pumpkin pie mix with cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Give it an extra kick with some allspice too.
  • Add a drizzle of honey or maple syrup for extra sweetener.
  • Turn your steamer into an iced pumpkin spice latte by adding ice to the drink, and give it a little shake.
  • Since this drink doesn’t have coffee, you can enjoy it caffeine-free.

“This is literally fall in a cup! Loved the cozy flavors in this. Will definitely be making again once it gets colder 🙂”

-Emily
Cinnamon on top of Pumpkin Spice Steamer.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Starbucks pumpkin spice steamer?

A pumpkin spice steamer is a milk-based beverage that has steamed milk with pumpkin pie spice mix. Add whipped cream on top and dust extra fall spices to make this a delicious hot beverage.

How do you serve this drink at a party?

I like to leave the drink in a slow cooker during a party on the warm setting. Throughout the party, I will make sure to go and stir it together so the spices don’t settle at the bottom.

What do you serve with pumpkin spice steamer?

I love to serve these drinks with our Pumpkin Cobbler, Pumpkin Coffee Cake or in the mornings with Pumpkin Waffles. It can also be served with our Fall Trifle Recipe for an easy to make dessert combo.

What do you use pumpkin in?

Pumpkin can be used in a lot of different recipes. My favorite pumpkin recipes are desserts, of course, but pumpkin is also very good in soups and casseroles. A couple of my favorite pumpkin recipes to make in the fall are Dinner in a Pumpkin, Pumpkin Juice, and Pumpkin Cobbler.

Warm Up with More Delicious Drinks this Season

Make the drink the star of the party! We all love to celebrate and when we do so, we have a cup in our hand. Celebrate any holiday big or small with a fun beverage that is delicious and beautiful!

How to Make Pumpkin Spice Steamer

Pumpkin Spice Steamers in mugs with whipped cream.

Pumpkin Steamers

5 from 16 votes
These Pumpkin Steamers will warm you on a cold, autumn day. The drink is rich and creamy with flavors of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Blend all ingredients together in a blender. Blend until smooth and frothy.
    Blender with combined Pumpkin Spice Steamer ingredients.
  • Pour into a large pot and heat on medium high, stirring constantly until warmed through.
    Pot warming Pumpkin Spice Steamer.
  • Pour into mugs, and top with whipped cream.
    Pouring Pumpkin Spice Steamer in a mug.
  • Sprinkle cinnamon on top of cream.
    Whipped cream on Pumpkin Spice Steamer.

Notes

How to Serve this drink at a Party

I like to leave the drink in a slow cooker during a party on the warm setting. Throughout the party, I will make sure to go and stir it together so the spices don’t settle at the bottom.
  • Dairy – When you are making this recipe, you can play with the balance of milk and heavy cream, or even try half and half or whole milk depending on how creamy you like your hot drinks. If you’d rather make it dairy-free, you can try oat milk or almond milk instead.
  • Cooking – It is best to simmer the warm drink in a heavy bottom saucepan on low heat. Depending on how much you are making you can use either a small saucepan or medium. Make sure to stir so the milk it doesn’t scald or boil.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 435kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 9gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 108mgPotassium: 484mgFiber: 1gSugar: 44gVitamin A: 6017IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 329mgIron: 1mg

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Echo lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah with her husband, Todd, who works in advertising, and her four kids: two girls and two boys. She deploys her accounting degree as the blog’s resident problem solver. In her time outside the kitchen, Echo loves to get away from the phones and busy schedules and spend quality time with the family. Anywhere’s great – but getting out into nature in the mountains or on the beach – is the best kind of getaway.

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  1. 5 stars
    This is delicious!
    I want to make it for a party of about 40 people. What would you suggest for the spices? Should I add less pumpkin pie spice? I’ve noticed that sometimes there is a point where you don’t actually need the full amount of spices.
    I will probably 5x the recipe in 2 different crock pots.

  2. 5 stars
    Huh… never heard the word steamer! Very interesting drink, seems so delicious and warming! Thank you for the recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    This is literally fall in a cup! Loved the cozy flavors in this. Will definitely be making again once it gets colder 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    My daughter loves when I make steamers for her and this pumpkin one was so good!! We will be making this on repeat all Fall!

  5. 5 stars
    nice, love that you’re using the real thing! The flavoring definitely has a “flavoring” aftertaste that gives it away as artificial, also good idea to serve it in a slow cooker and finally, good to know which milk fat works best, thank you for all for all of this!

  6. This sounds wonderful. Does it keep in the refrigerator for a few days? I’m the only one in my household who would drink it but don’t think I want to drink 4 cups in one day:) Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Cheryl, Yes, it will keep for a few days in the fridge. You will just want to make sure you stir it very well before pouring out a cup to reheat. Enjoy! It is delicious!

        1. You don’t have to use heavy cream. It will taste really good and it be really creamy if you do. You can substitute half and half or add more whole milk, or even skim milk. It will change the richness and even the taste of the drink some, but it will still have the delicious flavor of the pumpkin and the spices. Good question. Thank you for asking!

          1. I can’t have dairy, but do ok with butter and goat cheese. Any tips because I’ve heard goat milk is pretty strong… I hated drinking milk as a kid and my parents were uneducated on allergies, to say the least. 🤦🏼‍♀️ Am I completely out of luck? I’m 57, and pumpkin pie is my fave, but I don’t have much any more, and I can’t cook which makes matters worse. 😢

          2. You can make this with almond milk and it will turn out great. It might not be as thick and creamy, but you could use a non-dairy cream substitute to make it more creamy. Good luck!