No need to run to the grocery store to pick up a jar of pumpkin pie spice – this homemade pumpkin pie spice recipe is easy to make with a handful of common spices you probably already have in your spice cupboard! Simply whisk together and keep stored in an airtight container until you’re ready to go. Use in your favorite fall recipes! This can be added to everything from pumpkin pie to your morning coffee.
Pumpkin season is (nearly) upon us once again which means it’s time to make way for all the pumpkin desserts your can imagine and by extension all things pumpkin spice!
Fortunately this DIY pumpkin pie spice is an easy recipe that can be whipped up in a matter of minutes with only a few different spices. The end result is a homemade spice blend with a delicious and robust flavor that can be added to all of your favorite pumpkin recipes this fall season!
How to Make this Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend
Altogether this is an incredibly simple recipe that can be done in two steps:
- Mix all the spices together in a small bowl or jar.
- Seal up and store in a dry place until needed.
- Cloves – The main difference between this pumpkin spice blend and others (including the McCormick version) is the inclusion of ground cloves. Some recipes include it while others don’t. Even though I’m not a big fan of cloves, I think it plays an important role in this recipe. When used sparingly, cloves add quite a bit of warmth and depth.
- Cinnamon – Ground cinnamon is the mains star of this recipe. It’s a slightly sweet and woody spice this is absolutely essential in fall baking. It’s no wonder this pumpkin pie spice is basically a mix of cinnamon spruced up with a few other spices.
- Ginger – Ground ginger is sweet and spicy with a hint of citrus. Add a couple of teaspoons ground ginger and you’re good to go!
- Nutmeg – Ground nutmeg is warm and slightly nutty spice. It’s one often found in seasonal baked goods because of its warming notes.
- Allspice – Despite the name, allspice isn’t a blend of spice, but one single spice. It gets its name from the fact that it tastes like a combination of several different spices (nutmeg, pepper, cloves and cinnamon). In this recipe, a little bit of ground allspice goes a long way.
When to Use Pumpkin Pie Spice?
Though it’s in the name you can use this pumpkin pie spice on a variety of different recipes in both sweet and savory dishes (pumpkin or no pumpkin). Get creative and go crazy! A few recipes ideas to start with:
- Baked Goods: Pumpkin Bread, Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Cake, Pumpkin Cookies, etc
- Breakfasts: Add a couple tablespoons pumpkin pie spice to pancakes, waffles and french toast.
- Drinks: Make a Pumpkin Spice Latte or Dalgona, add it to your fall smoothies or mix into your coffee grounds for a seasonal coffee.
- Savory Dishes: Add a teaspoon to pumpkin mains like in this Vegan Pumpkin Mac and Cheese or this Pumpkin Butter Curry.
- You can substitute pumpkin pie spice to any fall treat that includes cinnamon like in these roasted pepitas.
Ground spices have quite a long shelf life. You might find an expiration date somewhere on your spice jar when you first buy them, but likely not. As a rule of thumb, replace ground spices every four years (at the very least). Replace every 6-12 months for more potent flavour.
Since this is a seasonal recipe, I recommend whipping up a fresh jar of pumpkin pie spice each year. This way you ensure the freshest spice is used during the fall season.
Once made your spice in an airtight container or container with a fitted lid and keep out of direct sunlight. Keep stored at room temperature.
More Homemade Spice Blends
- 3 tablespoons ground Cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons ground Ginger
- 2 teaspoons ground Nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground Allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground Cloves
- In a small bowl or jar, combine all of your spices and stir together well until everything is combined evenly.
- Keep stored in an airtight container out of direct sunlight and enjoy.