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Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice – Easy DIY Spice Blend Recipe

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Evoke the taste of autumn with homemade pumpkin pie spice, an aromatic mix of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice. This warm DIY spice blend recipe adds delicious fall flavours to baking projects and seasonal desserts, from latte to cookies, cakes and muffins. Quick and easy to make, homemade pumpkin spice is naturally vegan, gluten free, grain free, low carb, paleo and keto friendly.

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Homemade pumpkin pie spice recipe

My
cousin Michael lives in New Jersey. He and I have a little autumn tradition: He
buys and sends me a jar of pumpkin pie spice every year come fall. McCromick Pumpkin Pie Spice was the first
product he ever sent and it’s still one of my favourites.

At
first, I didn’t understand what all the fuss was about. It’s a just a spice
blend for fall. But when I received my first shipment of pumpkin spice a few
years ago, I became hooked to the point that I now season everything with
pumpkin pie spice from September to November.

How to
make pumpkin pie spice

Are you
on board with pumpkin season and pumpkin spice everything? Even mean pumpkin
spice memes can’t scare you off?

Good,
you’re in the right place!

Fragrant
pumpkin pie spice is the ultimate seasoning to capture the flavors of fall. And
this year, I wanted to surprise Michael with my own homemade pumpkin pie spice.
And since sharing is caring, I’ll also post my recipe for how to make pumpkin
spice from scratch here on the blog.

What is
pumpkin pie spice made of?

Do you
love making your own spice blends? This homemade pumpkin pie spice is so easy
to make. All it takes is to measure and mix the ingredients. But before we whip
up a batch, let’s talk about what is homemade pumpkin pie spice made of. Here
are the essential pumpkin pie spice ingredients:

Cinnamon

The earthy flavour of ground cinnamon provides warmth and sweetness. Use 3 to 4 teaspoons cinnamon. When shopping you may find two types of cinnamon: Ceylon and or Vietnamese cinnamon. Cleylon is the sweeter, less bitter of the two and preferable for this recipe.

Ginger

Ground ginger brings a welcome spiciness and
pungency to this homemade seasoning blend. Measure out 1 to 2 teaspoons ginger.

Nutmeg

Ground nutmeg creates a warm, nutty aroma
that pairs perfectly with the sweet flavor of cinnamon. You need 1 to 2
teaspoons nutmeg for the recipe.

Allspice

The
peppery, sweet aroma of ground allspice
gives a little edge and rounds out the flavour profile of this pumpkin pie
spice DIY. 1/2 to 1 teaspoon is enough for this autumn spice blend.

And
since we’re on the topic of allspice: Allspice is a single spice, not a spice
blend, and so all spice isn’t the same as pumpkin spice.

I prefer
to make pumpkin pie spice organic, but non-organic ingredients are fine as
well.

How can I customize this DIY pumpkin pie spice recipe?

A huge
benefit of making your own pumpkin pie spice, is that you know exactly what’s
in it. Another benefit is that you can adjust the taste according to your
liking. Hate allspice? Use ground cloves instead and simply make pumpkin pie
spice without allspice. Want more zest? Amp up the amount of ginger.

I guess
the perfect pumpkin pie spice ratio is a matter of personal preference. Here
are a few suggestions how you can customize this homemade pumpkin pie spice
recipe:

Cloves

You can
easily customize your homemade pumpkin spice mix recipe with 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves. Cloves are also a substitute
for allspice in case you prefer to make homemade pumpkin spice without
allspice.

Pumpkin
pie spice recipe with cardamom

Cardamom offers a warm, sweet and also spicy
flavour with a hint of lemony undertones. Add up to 1 teaspoon for a nice
variation on the traditional pumpkin spice flavoring.

Dried
citrus peel

Ground
dried lemon or orange peel adds a wonderful fresh, citrusy note. You can buy dried lemon peel or orange peel, or make your own by letting the
peel of 1 organic lemon/orange airdry for several days. Then simply pulse in a
blender.

Should I use fresh or ground spices for homemade pumpkin pie spice?

You can
mix pumpkin pie spice with both whole or ground spices. You probably already
have most of the ingredients in your cupboard, so work with what you have at
hand. Just make sure that the spices are fresh. Spices lose their aroma over
time and stale spices will never make for flavour pumpkin pie spice.

That
said, freshly ground whole spice will always provide the best aroma. Here are a
few tips to grind whole spices:

How long
can I store pumpkin pie spice?

Store
pumpkin pie spice in an airtight container and keep away from heat, sunlight
and moisture.

The
shelf life of homemade pumpkin pie spice is six to nine months.

How to
use pumpkin spice

Want to
know how to use pumpkin spice? While the traditional use for pumpkin pie spice
is in pumpkin pie, you can use this homemade spice blend to for many pumpkin
spice desserts and pumpkin spice drinks.

But your
are by no means limited to sweet food. Use your pumpkin pie spice mix to season
hearty autumn soups,
stews
and meat dishes, or sprinkle a dash over fall
salads and roasted
vegetables.

When
seasoning recipes with pumpkin pie spice, start with a small amount and check
if you like the taste. You can always add more later on.

Can I
substitute pumpkin pie spice for cinnamon?

Absolutely!
If a recipe calls for cinnamon and you want to give it an autumn twist or if
you’re looking for a cinnamon substitute, using pumpkin spice instead of
cinnamon is perfectly fine. Just keep in mind that ginger and allspice add a
more zesty and spicy flavour than just cinnamon.

Recipes
with pumpkin pie spice

Here are
a few recipes with pumpkin spice and pumpkin spice products:

  • pumpkin pie
  • DIY pumpkin spice latte
  • pumpkin spice coffee
  • pumpkin spice cookies
  • pumpkin spice syrup
  • pumpkin spice creamer
  • pumpkin spice cake
  • pumpkin spice cupcake
  • pumpkin spice muffins
  • pumpkin spice frosting
  • pumpkin spice truffles
  • pumpkin spice donuts
  • pumpkin spice pancakes
  • easy pumpkin pudding
  • pumpkin bread
  • pumpkin soup

Homemade pumpkin pie spice – a cute and easy food gift idea for fall

Homemade
spice blends are excellent DIY food gift idea and if you browse Amazon you can
see that pumpkin spice gifts, and pumpkin
spice things in general, are on the rise.

I filled
my homemade pumpkin pie spice blend into these cute 2 oz mason shot jars. They look super
adorable and make a great fall food gift for your friends, family, neigbours,
and coworkers.

You can also put the DIY pumpkin spice into 4 oz quilted mini mason jars or lovely clip top spice jars. The printable labels come in different sizes so that you have a packaging option for various jars and containers.

You can download the free printable labels after the recipe card. And don’t forget to grab this set of free printable fall gift tags, too.

Yield: 1/8 cup /45 g / 1.6 oz

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe


Evoke the taste of autumn with homemade pumpkin pie spice, an aromatic mix of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice. This warm DIY spice blend recipe adds delicious fall flavours to baking projects and seasonal desserts, from latte to cookies, cakes and muffins. Quick and easy to make, homemade pumpkin spice is naturally vegan, gluten free, grain free, low carb, paleo and keto friendly.

Prep Time
5 minutes
Total Time
5 minutes

Instructions

  1. Add the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and other optional spices into a small mixing bowl and whisk until combined.
  2. Transfer the pumpkin spice blend into a small airtight jar or container and closely tightly with a lid.

Notes

How to use pumpkin spice

When seasoning recipes with pumpkin pie spice, start with a small amount and check if you like the taste. You can always add more later on.

Storage and shelf life

Store pumpkin pie spice in an airtight container and keep away from heat, sunlight and moisture. The shelf life of homemade pumpkin pie spice is six to nine months.

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Over to you!

Do you like pumpkin spice season and what is your favourite pumpkin spice recipe? Leave me a comment, I’d really love to know!

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