The best DIY recipe adds cozy fall flavor to pumpkin pie, muffins, cakes, and more – with just four spices you likely have on hand!
Beyond cooler weather, shorter days, and football games, the arrival of fall means apples, pumpkins, and a host of other delicious fall fruits and vegetables.
This is often the time of year I find myself baking more and enjoying the spicy, sweet aromas that waft out of the oven. Many of these seasonal recipes call for warm flavor notes of pumpkin pie spice.
Years ago, when I began buying my spices from a vendor at our local farmers market, I noticed what he did when I requested pumpkin pie spice: he simply dumped a little cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice onto his old-fashioned scale, stirred them together, and bagged them up.
Of course, I knew that pumpkin pie spice was a blend of these spices – although some people do use cloves instead of or in addition to nutmeg – but it suddenly occurred to me that I could do this at home with the spices I already had in my cupboard!
Moreover, I could adjust to the proportions I really liked and make as little or much as I needed. Once you make it yourself, you may never purchase pumpkin pie spice again.
Favorite ways to use pumpkin pie spice:
- Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal
- Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte
- Pumpkin Pie Cake
- Pumpkin Spice Delicata Squash
- Overnight Crunchy Top Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins (Grain-Free)
- Pumpkin Bran Muffins and Baked Pumpkin Pancakes— in these recipes, you may replace the cinnamon and nutmeg with equal amounts pumpkin pie spice
- Pumpkin Peanut Butter Skillet Cookie – use pumpkin pie spice in place of the cinnamon, if desired
- Healthy Pumpkin Snack Cake (Gluten- & Grain-Free
- Pumpkin Spice Chia Pudding & Parfaits
- No-Bake Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites
- Coconut Pumpkin Granola
- Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats
- Nutty Coconut Pumpkin Smoothie — in this recipe you may also substitute pumpkin pie spice for the cinnamon
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- 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 1½ teaspoons (½ tablespoon) ground nutmeg (see notes)
- 1½ teaspoons (½ tablespoon) ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well.
Store in air tight container and use wherever pumpkin pie spice is called for.
- If possible, freshly grating the nutmeg will provide an extra flavor boost. And while this recipe is a great way to “clean out” your spice cabinet, fresh spices will yield the most flavor.