Salted Caramel Pumpkin Chai Latte

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I have a problem with things in my coffee, which means I really dislike all those fancy caramel/mocha/pumpkin type drinks! Every time pumpkin lattes come into a conversation, I keep quiet and try not to say anything. Whenever I’m put on the spot and people find out I don’t like flavored coffee drinks, the reaction is always the same – ‘what is wrong with you’!!! But you see… I was predisposed to be a ‘coffee snob’, with a great local coffee roastery where I learned to enjoy coffee just as it is.  I really don’t mean to be a ‘snob’ or anything which is why I usually try to stay quiet on the subject, I just know exactly how I like my coffee and it’s definitely not with pumpkin in it!

Anyways, this year as the pumpkin latte craze whipped into full force again, I thought why not make it a pumpkin chai latte? I thought chai spices and pumpkin would be meant for each other, and it turns out they are! My first rendition of this recipe happened over a month ago as a way to use up the extra pumpkin from my Double Pumpkin Granola, but my first version didn’t have the pizazz I hoped for. Next thing you know I got sidetracked, (by Peanut Butter Granola Bars) until last week when I decided to give it another go, only this time with some salted caramel thrown in for good measure!

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Chai Latte | Get Inspired Everyday!

The final product is seriously delicious – addicting really, and ultimately comforting with a warm spice infused pumpkin base topped off with whipped cream and salted caramel! And… it’s a fancy drink I actually like – I’m still not budging on pumpkin in my coffee though! I’m really at a loss for why I hate, (and I do mean hate) flavors in my coffee – but for some reason it’s completely fine when you combine it with tea?!? People are right – what’s wrong with me anyways, or maybe I’m not the only one?

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Chai Latte | Get Inspired Everyday!

A number of years ago a friend and I were visiting San Francisco, and of course we spent every day sampling as much food as possible! Our first morning there we stopped in a great looking coffee shop for espresso and pastries. I asked for a croissant and a macchiato, (equal parts espresso and steamed milk) – the man behind the counter asked me if I wanted that ‘Starbucks style” – I stared at him blankly and asked him to repeat the question. He gave me a funny look but repeated the question – I was still at a loss for an answer and finally had to admit that I didn’t know what that meant! This apparently was bizarre and he asked me ‘where are you from’ – to which I replied, ‘Montana, we don’t have a Starbucks in my town, I’ve never even been in one’! My answer of course was ‘shocking’ because everyone’s been to Starbucks right? (For the record we’ve had a local Starbucks now for a few years.)

The long and short of it is – ‘Starbuck’s style’ means their caramel macchiato which I find unbearably sweet and lacking in true coffee flavor (see there’s that opinionated side coming out again – someone please stop me)! But, I really think it’s because I first loved my coffee black – no cream, sugar, or flavorings. Tea on the other hand has never been my thing, with chai tea sneaking in only when I’ve reached my coffee limit! Over the last while I’ve been branching out of the coffee world a bit, and I’ve found chai tea to be infinitely compatible with all sort of sweets. It’s flavors are so perfect for all kinds of fruits and flavors!

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Chai Latte | Get Inspired Everyday!

So all coffee partiality aside, I hope you enjoy this latte – I can’t think of a better way to cozy up on a chilly fall day!

P.S. Do you like flavors in your coffee, and what’s your favorite drink?

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Salted Caramel Pumpkin Chai Latte | Get Inspired Everyday!

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Chai Latte



Pumpkin Chai Latte Base:

  • 2 Teaspoons ground Indian Chai tea mix*
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 6 Tablespoons of maple syrup
  • a pinch of sea salt – less than 1/8 Teaspoon
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla

Optional but delicious toppings:


  1. Whisk together all the ingredients for the pumpkin latte base in a medium sized pan.
  2. Heat the mixture over medium-high heat for 6-10 minutes or until the mixture is hot but not boiling.
  3. To make the latte frothy, you can whisk it vigorously while it’s heating up and there will be a layer of foam on top, or you can place it in a blender to add more foam. If you have an espresso machine or a milk frother that’s the best option for good thick foam.
  4. After frothing, pour the finished latte mixture into 4 glasses, top with whipped cream and drizzle with caramel sauce.
  5. For added presentation, you can ‘paint’ lines of caramel sauce up the sides of each glass for a striped look.
  6. I make the soft version of my coconut whipped cream for drinks because the firmer version tends to sink right into your drink!


*It’s important that the chai tea you’re using doesn’t have any added sugar or dairy, you want a mix with just the spices and tea!
You will have leftovers of both the whipped cream and the caramel sauce, but it’s no problem finding a use for them! The caramel sauce makes a good sweetener for an apple crisp, and you can use the whipped cream for topping it.
I’ve made this latte several times without the toppings, and it’s good that way as well if you’re not in the mood to make the toppings!

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins


10 thoughts on “Salted Caramel Pumpkin Chai Latte”

  1. as i’m stuck currently in Dallas, TX, we are overloaded with Starbucks, *like a bar on every corner in Dublin, Ireland* When i moved back here to be with family, i’d been spoiled rotten living in many cities around the country-& despised Starbucks. Caribou Coffee was my favorite in Atlanta, GA and had a little place in Pittsburgh when i lived there. that’s changed unfortunately – simply for the trouble it is to find decent coffee mom & pop shops. starbux moved in near all the decent ones in Dallas, put most out of business. sooooo…. i love a great homemade recipe!! I came for a chocolate recipe (pB cheesecake) a friend of mine “liked” on fB…. and then saw this posting. I’m stoked! can’t wait to try it! thx for keeping us all trying new fun things, ESPECIALLY in chocolate!!!

    • I totally hear you about Starbucks, it seems that I end up caving out of convenience especially when we’re traveling where coffee shops are few and far between! We’ve been lucky enough to live near great coffee though so I can’t complain. 🙂 Let me know how it goes with the Peanut Butter Cheesecake – it’s a favorite of my family and friends! If you’re looking for a quick and easy chocolate recipe, try the Chocolate Chunk Salted Caramel No-Bakes – they’re super fast, easy, and richly satisfying!

    • Hope you enjoy it! We’re a little spoiled around these parts with so many great local coffee shops, but every once in a while I still end up at Starbucks! 🙂

  2. There’s nothing like cozying up to a steamy, frothy drink on a cold winter day (that and cuddling up to a warm and inviting Dachshund). Anyhow, this drink looks splendid and so much cheaper and healthier than any Starbucks spin off. My husband was a caramel macchiato addict, then I showed him how many calories were in a large macchiato and he backed off! This chai latte looks like the perfect way to kick back with a good book and a little afternoon siesta!

    • My husband’s drink used to be a caramel macchiato too – that’s how I ended up tasting one! Anyways, he doesn’t like them anymore and can’t stand anything in his coffee – must be hanging around me too much! 🙂


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