Pumpkin Pie Spice is perfect for Fall baking and beyond. It’s a blend of warm seasonal spices: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves. A flavorful combination that will make your cookies, breads, pies, and cakes taste just delicious.
There’s something special in Autumn. Nature’s beautiful colors, the smells of fallen leaves, cold mornings touched by frost, and warm afternoons bathed with the sun. I’m excited about this time of year because of the obvious – pumpkins. But also because of the sweet-scented spices swirling around my kitchen.
The most popular spice in the kitchen right now is, obviously, cinnamon, followed by aromatic ginger and strongly scented cloves. It’s an overture to the Christmas season, and I absolutely love it.
But the most used spice BLEND in the cabinet is definitely a Pumpkin Pie Spice. The fragrant combination of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger and allspice. I always prepare one jar and keep it in my cabinet and (over)use it throughout the whole season. Pumpkin Pie Spice is great addition to seasonal desserts and treats.
It’s aromatic, sweet, and perfectly scented. Filled with Autumn flavors and the perfect addition to autumnal moods outside. But this Pumpkin Pie Spice mix goes beyond its taste. It is filled with spices that possess many health benefits too.
Pumpkin Spice ingredients
To make Pumpkin Pie Spice blend, you’ll only need a few simple spices that you probably already have in your spice cabinet.
- CEYLON CINNAMON: Ceylon cinnamon, also known as “true” cinnamon, is a highly flavorful and delicious spice. Cinnamon is made by cutting the stems of cinnamon trees. The inner bark is then extracted and the woody parts removed. When it dries, it forms strips that curl into rolls, called cinnamon sticks. These sticks can be ground to form cinnamon powder. The distinct smell and flavor of cinnamon are due to the oily part, which is very high in the compound cinnamaldehyde, responsible for most of cinnamon’s health benefits. Cinnamon is loaded with powerful antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties. (1, 2) It reduces levels of total cholesterol, “bad” LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, while “good” HDL cholesterol remains stable. (3) Cinnamon is well known for its blood-sugar-lowering properties.
- GINGER: Ginger is among the healthiest (and most delicious) spices on the planet. It’s loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain. The unique fragrance and flavor of ginger come from its natural oils, the most important of which is gingerol. Gingerol is the main bioactive compound in ginger, responsible for much of its medicinal properties. It has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. (4)
- NUTMEG: Nutmeg is a popular spice made from the seeds from a tropical evergreen tree native to Indonesia. It can be found in whole-seed form but is most often sold as a ground spice. Although it’s more commonly used for its flavor than its health benefits, nutmeg contains an impressive array of powerful ant-inflametory and anti-bacterial properties. (5)
- CLOVES: Cloves are the flower buds of the clove tree. In addition to their sweet, aromatic flavor, cloves are known for their potent medicinal properties. Cloves are rich in antioxidants and have strong anti-bacterial properties. (6)
How to make Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Prepare and measure all other ingredients using measuring cups.
- In a small glass bowl or jar mix together 6 teaspoons Ceylon cinnamon, 2 teaspoon ground ginger powder, 1 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg powder, 1 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice powder, and 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves powder.
- Mix the spices together using the small whisk or a spoon.
- Transfer the spice mixture to a spice glass jar with lit. Seal it.
- Store in a cool, dry place for up to six months.
Tips for using
Don’t forget there are other powerful spices in this blend too. Pumpkin Pie Spice has many uses beyond pumpkin pie. This warm combination of autumn spices can be used in dishes both savory and sweet. Like:
- Add it to coffee.
- Mix it into coffee creamer.
- Season sweet vegetables like winter squash, sweet potatoes, and carrots when roasting.
- Stir it into pancake batter.
- Dash it over popcorns.
- Make a spiced nuts.
Don’t forget, this spice mix is very flavorful so little goes a long way when using.
Pumpkin Pie Spice recipe
Pumpkin Pie Spice is perfect for Fall baking and beyond! It's a blend of warm seasonal spices: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves.
- 6 teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoon ginger powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg ground
- 1 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon cloves ground
Prepare and measure all other ingredients using measuring cups.
In a small glass bowl or jar mix together 6 teaspoons Ceylon cinnamon, 2 teaspoon ground ginger powder, 1 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg powder, 1 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice powder, and 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves powder.
Mix the spices together using the small whisk or a spoon.
Transfer the spice mixture to a spice glass jar with lit. Seal it.
Store in a cool, dry place for up to six months.
Disclaimer: The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but I have endeavored to be as accurate as possible.
Recipes using Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Pumpkin Spice Latte
- Pumpkin Granola
- Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
- Pumpkin Overnight Oats
- Pumpkin Roll Cake
- Pumpkin Pie Energy Balls
- Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins
- Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies
- Pumpkin Oatmeal Smoothie
- Pumpkin Loaf Cake
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