Dirty Chai Latte with Pumpkin Recipe

A healthy dirty chai latte with pumpkin sprinkled with cinnamon with coffee grounds and a pumpkin in the background

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dirty chai latte with pumpkin belongs on the fall menu at every coffee shop. This low sugar version is the perfect fall drink recipe to cozy up with on the couch on a Sunday morning or fun way to spice up your weekday at work!


Units Scale
  • 3/4 cup (6 ounces) boiling water
  • 2 chai tea bags
  • 1-2 shots of espresso, depending on your preference
  • 3/4 cup (6 ounces) milk of choice (I recommend low-fat cow's milk or soy milk for a creamier texture!)
  • 1 Tablespoon pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 Tablespoon pure maple syrup or honey (more or less depending on your sweetness preference)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric, optional
  • Dash of black pepper, optional*


  1. Boil water and pour into a mug or liquid measuring cup. Steep chai tea bags for 6-8 minutes (the longer you steep, the stronger the tea will be).
  2. Prepare espresso while tea is steeping. Once it's ready and tea bags have been removed, pour espresso into the mug with chai tea. Set aside.
  3. In a separate glass or liquid measuring cup, combine milk, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, and spices.
  4. Froth until mixed and foamy.
  5. Pour into mug with espresso and chai tea.
  6. Garnish with a dash of cinnamon and enjoy!


    • *The black pepper addition sounds strange, but necessary to get the antioxidant benefit from turmeric! Piperine is a compound in black pepper that enhances the antioxidant capacity of turmeric so I like to combine both when using turmeric. I only add a small dash, not enough to actually taste pepper!
    • You don't need a fancy milk frother to make the pumpkin spice milk. Simply combine the ingredients in a separate glass or the measuring cup used to steep the tea and stir well with a whisk!
    • I love using a low-sugar vanilla protein shake for extra protein and a hint of sweetness. Be mindful of which protein shakes you use, as a lot can be high in sugar and less than ideal ingredients.
    • You can use your milk of choice in this recipe: cow's milk, almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, oat milk, etc.!
    • If you don't want the "dirty" part of this latte, you can omit the espresso to make a a hot or iced pumpkin chai latte.
    • I love serving this dirty chai latte with pumpkin with a dash of cinnamon top or a cinnamon stick in it.
    • This pairs well with cinnamon pecan granola on top of yogurt, banana pumpkin muffinspumpkin baked oatmeal, or a handful of candied pecans!
    • If you happen to have some leftover, you can store it in an airtight container (like a resealable bottle of some sort) for up to 4 days. Be sure to stir it before warming up and drinking, as the pumpkin and spices will settle at the bottom.
    • To reheat this dirty chai latte, you can either warm it up in a microwave-safe mug or glass in the microwave or pour it in a small saucepan on the stove over low medium heat to warm up! Be sure to watch it, no matter how you decide to warm it up, as the milk may burn.


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