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Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew in the fall is LIFE. But you don’t have to head to Starbucks every time you want one. You can make them right at home, and there are a variety of ways that you can do it.
Spooky season especially calls for more of these tasty sweet treats, and I am all about them!
Why make your cold brew at home?
I started making them at home because I wanted to know exactly what I was putting in my drink. Also, you can’t get these sweet treats year-round at Starbies, unfortunately. Additionally, I wanted something low carb friendly.
We’re going to make this tasty recipe both ways – with normal ingredients, AND with low carb ingredients as well.
What you’re going to need to make a Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew at Home:
Now that you’ve got your ingredients, let’s get started!
Important Note: Since we’re doing regular & low carb options, be sure to read the recipe notes below the recipe card to get the best tasting Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew.
Easy Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew – Regular or Low Carb
- Immersion Blender or Frother
- Coffee Cup or Mug
- Glass Measuring Cup or Bowl for blending the cold foam
- 1 Cup Cold Brew Coffee
- 2-3 Pumps Vanilla or Sugar-Free Vanilla Syrup to taste
- Ice optional
Pumpkin Cold Foam Base
- ⅓ Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
- 1 tbsp Canned Pumpkin
- ½ tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Sugar or Sugar Substitute See Below for Options
For Regular Pumpkin Cold Foam, Use:
- 2 tsp Sugar
For Low Carb / Keto Pumpkin Cold Foam, Use:
- ¾ tsp Granular Pyure Sweetener or converted ratio of other sweetener – see Recipe Notes for more
- Pour your cold brew coffee into your coffee mug or other cup of choice – with or without ice, your choice.
- In a separate glass measuring cup or a bowl, add in your heavy whipping cream, canned pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, & sugar or Pyure / sugar substitute.
- Using your immersion blender or brother, blend / froth until it creates your desired consistency of cold foam.
- Pour or spoon it over the top of your cold brew, and add an extra sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice on top if desired.
Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew Recipe Notes
Be sure to check these notes out to make sure you get the best tasting cold brew!
Cold Brew Coffee
You can use store bought cold brew, or you can make your own. I do both – and with this recipe using the Starbucks cold brew or making your own with Starbucks coffee beans really kicks the taste up a notch. However, I my cold brew still tastes great if I use another brand.
Sweetened vs. Unsweetened Cold Brew: If you’re buying premium-made cold brew at the store, you may be wondering which you should use: Sweetened, or Unsweetened.
- If you’re making a regular cold brew: You can use either, but you will likely prefer the sweetened. You can also get different flavors of cold brew (like vanilla or caramel) if you’d like an extra kick of flavor!
- If you’re making a low carb cold brew: Only use the unsweetened. The sweetened packs in extra carbs and sugars.
How Much Cold Brew Should You Use?: This recipe calls for 1 Cup – approximately the amount that will fit inside of a small mug.
- If you’d like more, click the 2x or 3x button on the recipe to see the ingredients doubled or tripled.
Vanilla or Sugar-Free Vanilla Syrup
You may be wondering what vanilla syrup you should use. Here is what I would recommend:
- If you’re making a regular cold brew: Starbucks has their own brand of vanilla syrup that you can get, or you can use Torani, or another brand of choice.
- If you’re making a low carb cold brew: I prefer the Skinny Syrups Keto Vanilla Bean with MCT Oil. If you prefer it more sweet, & don’t care about what type of sweetener is in the syrup, get either the regular Sugar-Free Vanilla or Vanilla Caramel Creme Syrup by Skinny Syrups, or the Torani Sugar-Free Vanilla.
How Much Syrup is in 1 Pump?: Approximately 1/4 – 1/2 tbsp. I’d recommend starting out with less syrup in your coffee, and add it to taste.
I always use the plain canned pumpkin, not the puree – it comes without added sugars, etc. If you’re not following the low carb diet, you can use pumpkin puree if you want vs. plain canned pumpkin.
- Want more of a pumpkin taste? Add in a little more pumpkin!
Pumpkin Pie Spice
You can get this in your spice section at the grocery store – it’s nothing fancy, just the same old pumpkin pie spice that you’d use in other recipes.
Sugar and/or Sweetener
If you prefer more sweetness to the foam, you can add a little more than directed in the recipe. I prefer mine moderately sweet vs. super sweet.
- If you’re making a regular cold brew: Just use plain old granulated sugar.
- If you’re making a low carb cold brew: I prefer the Pyure granulated sweetener, but you can use any granular sweetener / sugar substitute that you’d like that is keto / low carb approved. Just be aware that you may need to adjust the measurement.
- Not all sweeteners measure the same – they usually have a conversion chart online or on the box / bag, so use the sugar measurement as your conversion baseline.
Immersion Blender or Frother
Wondering which you should use? Well, for starters – use what you already have. Whether it’s an immersion blender, a frother, or a regular blender – you can make cold foam with any of them.
- The immersion blender is going to get you to your destination quicker with the cold foam, and blends the pumpkin nicely while giving you control over the density of the foam.
- If you’re using the frother, you may want to use a spoon and stir in the pumpkin a bit by hand first to break it up and disperse it better.
- If you’re using a regular blender, don’t blend for too long or you’ll end up with pumpkin whipped cream!
Can you make pumpkin cream cold foam with regular hot coffee?
- Just be aware that regular coffee is much less strong than cold brew, so if you’re looking for that strong, bold taste – use cold brew.
- Also, be aware that the heat will melt your cold foam into the coffee fairly quick.
- You can also add the foam to iced coffee – again, it will just be less bold
Bonus Tip: If you’re using regular coffee, try the Starbucks or other brand of Pumpkin Spice flavored coffee to give it an extra kick!
How to get more pumpkin flavor in your cold brew:
If you REALLY love pumpkin, you can add a pumpkin flavored syrup to your cold brew in addition to the other ingredients. You just may want to adjust your vanilla syrup amount, as they both will have sugar / sweetener and may become too much if you add both in.
See the next note for an additional tip!
How to get a creamier cold brew:
You can make extra cold foam to add on top. OR you can add a splash or two of heavy whipping cream directly to your coffee & froth or stir it before you top it with the cold foam.
Bonus Tip: If you want more pumpkin flavor AND extra cream in your coffee, try lightly blending a little heavy whipping cream OR condensed milk (1-2 tbsp) with 1/2 – 1 tbsp of pumpkin & adding it to your coffee before topping it with cold foam.
How to order a Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew Low Carb or Keto at Starbucks
- 1 pump of pumpkin sauce
- 3 pumps of sugar-free vanilla syrup
- a splash of heavy cream
- Sugar-free foam
- Pumpkin spice topping
This order tip is via ketostarbucksdrinks on Instagram.