How to Make Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix
I’ve always had a bit of a problem with buying pumpkin pie spice. Why should I spend the extra money when I already have the spices in my pantry?! After all, there’s no need to buy another new bottle of spices when I can easily make my very own substitute for pumpkin pie spice right at home.
But wait – let’s back up a sec.
What is pumpkin pie spice, you ask?
Pumpkin spice lattes? They’re so not about the pumpkin, my friends. They’re about the spice.
I suppose more abstract definition of pumpkin pie spice would be “fall in a bottle.” See also: Pure autumn magic.
So what’s in it, and how exactly do you make it for yourself? (Hint: It’s simple and easy!)
I use just four pumpkin pie spice ingredients:
- Ground cinnamon
- Ground ginger
- Ground nutmeg
- Ground cloves
That’s it! Okay, I might also add a smidge of allspice if I’m feeling it. Others might throw in a bit of mace (the aromatic spice, not the spray.)
It’s so easy to throw together, and, yeah – definitely convenient for when you’re making all those wonderful fall-ish pumpkin recipes.
Oh, and if you’re feeling especially DIY-ish today, how about making your own homemade pumpkin puree while you’re at it? Also totally worth it!
How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix
Save money and make your own pumpkin pie spice mix with the spices you already have in your cupboard!
- 1/4 cup ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice (optional)*
- In a small bowl, mix all spices together.
- Pour into an airtight container (a spice funnel or even a regular funnel helps keep the mess in check).
- Use anytime a recipe calls for pumpkin pie spice mix – or even in most pumpkin recipes that call for similar spices.
* Definitely optional, but I love the earthiness it adds. So if you have some lying around, why not?!
NEED LESS PUMPKIN PIE SPICE?
Because of the smaller quantities, these aren’t perfect ratios when compared to the original recipe – but they’re close (and will still taste great!)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger
- 1/8 heaping teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/8 scant teaspoon cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- 1/4 heaping teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon cloves
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon cloves
Yield: About 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons), Serving Size: About 1 tablespoon
- Amount Per Serving:
- Calories: 17 Calories
- Carbohydrates: 4g
- Fiber: 2g