This easy homemade 3-ingredient pumpkin spice simple syrup recipe without pumpkin puree is vegan and refined sugar free. Perfect for making homemade PSL (pumpkin spice latte), kid's pumpkin spice steamer, syrup for pancakes or waffles or to top your fall oatmeal!
If you're looking to infuse more pumpkin spice in your life, make these vegan pumpkin pie baked oats for breakfast this week.
🧄 Ingredient notes
This healthy pumpkin spice syrup recipe calls for just 3 ingredients, including water!
- Coconut sugar - A malty, rich granulated sweetener that is not as refined as cane sugar or brown sugar. It is the closest in taste to brown sugar from the list of natural, unrefined sweeteners.
- Pumpkin pie spice - Traditionally used to flavor pumpkin pie, pumpkin pie spice is a combination of warming spices: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. It is sold already mixed together, so you just have to buy one spice, instead of four. This adds loads of flavor to our syrup.
📋 Substitutions and variations
Here are some suitable substitutions for the ingredients:
- Coconut sugar - You can substitute brown sugar, raw sugar or cane sugar for the coconut sugar, but then it will not be refined sugar free. You can also substitute maple syrup for up to half of the coconut sugar.
- Pumpkin pie spice - Instead of pumpkin pie spice that's already mixed, you can use a combination of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves to replace it. See below for exact measurements.
Want to switch it up? Try one of these variation for fall-inspired warm spice syrup:
- Chinese five spice syrup - Instead of pumpkin pie spice, use Chinese five spice powder for a delightful variation on this sweet syrup.
- Apple pie spice syrup - Instead of pumpkin pie spice, use apple pie spice to make the syrup for a change.
How to make homemade pumpkin pie spice
If you don't have store-bought pumpkin pie spice already mixed together, then add the following spices to this syrup. This is a direct substitution for 1 tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice.
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
Here's how to make pumpkin spice simple syrup without pumpkin puree.
Full instructions for this refined sugar free pumpkin spice syrup are below in the recipe card.
🥡 Make ahead and storage tips
This pumpkin spice simple syrup will keep in the fridge for at least 3 months (longer probably since sugar is a preservative, but that's up to you). And, it's refined sugar free by using coconut sugar. Yippee!
👨👩👦👦 Serving suggestions
How to use homemade pumpkin spice syrup
- #1: Pumpkin Spice Lattes (hello, homemade psl syrup!)
- Kids Pumpkin Spice Steamed Milk (lovingly known as Autumn Bombs in this house)
- Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal
- Syrup for Pancakes
- Syrup for Waffles
- Anything maple syrup would go in that you want to taste like fall
Most pumpkin spice syrup does not contain any pumpkin. The flavor you love from a pumpkin pie mostly comes from the spice mix, and that's what's included in most pumpkin pie syrups.
This syrup will keep in the refrigerator for a long time, up to 3 months, since the ingredients are all long-lasting ingredients. You may want to try keeping it at room temperature, but I have not tested this, so cannot recommend it.
No. The pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks contains dairy in the syrup. So, even if you order it with coconut milk or a non-dairy milk, it's not 100% vegan.
🗺 Cultural influences
Fall. Autumn. I'm talking sweater weather. Socks and boots. Changing of the leaves and all that jazz. Basically, a respite from the heat and our beautiful, chilly transition to winter. Yay!
Along with fall comes everything pumpkin.
And, who doesn't love a good PSL? (That's pumpkin spice latte, by the way) It's almost synonymous with the season here in the US.
But, at $5 a pop, they don't come cheap. And, I recently found out that there's no way to make a truly dairy-free, vegan pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks. The pumpkin spice syrup they use has dairy in it.
The good news is that it's pretty darn easy to make your own pumpkin spice syrup at home. It's delicious and requires just 3 ingredients, including water!
This syrup is great for, you guessed it, pumpkin spice lattes! But, it's great on other things, too!
My boys have been making their own coffee-less kids pumpkin spice "lattes" with this syrup, which are basically warm, delicious autumn bombs.
Warm milk + pumpkin spice syrup + marshmallows.
A kid-friendly "latte" that's easy enough for them to prepare themselves. Plus, tell a kid it's called an autumn bomb and they'll automatically like it. Promise.
This syrup is also delicious over oatmeal, pancakes and waffles!
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Pumpkin Spice Simple Syrup
- Sauce pan
- Whisk or fork
- Whisk all ingredients together in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, whisking frequently to prevent burning.1 ½ cup coconut sugar, 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice, ¾ cup water
- Simmer for 3-5 minutes to dissolve the sugar and slightly thicken the mixture.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool.
This recipe was modified and updated on March 19, 2021.The recipe has been simplified. In case you're looking for the previous ingredients, they were:
½ cup pumpkin puree
4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice powder
1 ½ cup water
½ cup maple syrup
1 cup coconut sugar