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Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe (DIY Spice Mix)

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Learn how to make pumpkin pie spice with just a few simple everyday spices you might already have on hand. This simple pumpkin seasoning can be used for all your pumpkin recipes this fall. Whip up your own pumpkin pie spice blend and store it in the pantry until ready.

Pumpkin pie spice seasoning mixture in a white bowl with spoon inside.

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The best part is that you can control the ingredients used and how much of each. So, if you like cinnamon, you can add a little extra. Create a homemade pumpkin pie spice blend that fits your exact preference.

I particularly love to use this pumpkin pie spice with my pumpkin banana breadpumpkin French toast casserole, or even my pumpkin spice whoopie pies!

If you love the idea of making your own pumpkin pie spice mix, you could also try making your own apple pie spice mix!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Customizable: Easily adjust the spice levels to suit your personal taste preferences. Add more cinnamon if you prefer it spicier, or dial back on the nutmeg if you find it too overpowering.
  • Convenient: Mix up a large batch and store it in an airtight container. This way, you always have homemade pumpkin spice ready to elevate any of your favorite fall recipes.
  • Cost-Effective: Making your own spice blend can save you money compared to buying pre-made mixes from the grocery store, especially since you likely already have the spices on hand.
  • Versatile: This homemade pumpkin pie spice can be used in a variety of dishes, from classic pumpkin pie to smoothies, lattes, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin bars, and even savory dishes.

What Is Pumpkin Pie Spice?

Pumpkin pie spice is a seasoning blend that uses simple spices to complement the pumpkin flavor. It is used a lot in drinksfall dessertsbaked goods, and more. The possibilities with this homemade spice blend are endless.

What’s In This Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe

Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice in separate small bowls.
  • Ground Cinnamon: This warm and sweet spice is a staple in many autumn recipes. It adds a comforting aroma and flavor that pairs perfectly with pumpkin.
  • Ground Ginger: With its slightly spicy and zesty notes, ginger brings a bit of heat to the spice mix, enhancing the overall complexity of the blend.
  • Ground Nutmeg: Nutmeg contributes a nutty and earthy depth to the mix, rounding out the flavors with its distinct and slightly sweet taste.
  • Ground Allspice: Often described as a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, allspice introduces a robust and spicy element that enriches the seasoning blend.

The complete list of ingredients, quantities, and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Cloves: If you love a stronger, more pungent flavor, you can add ground cloves to the mix. Cloves offer a sweet yet spicy kick that complements the other ground spices beautifully.
  • Cardamom: For a unique twist, consider adding cardamom. This spice has a complex flavor profile that combines citrus, herbal, and spicy notes, making your pumpkin pie spice blend truly special.
  • White Pepper: A dash of white pepper can be incorporated for subtle heat. It adds a mild peppery kick without overwhelming the other flavors.
  • Reduce Sugar: If you prefer a less sweet blend, reduce or omit sweet spices like cinnamon or nutmeg. This makes the spice blend more versatile for savory dishes.
  • DIY Spices: If you have whole spices on hand, consider grinding your own for a fresher and more intense flavor. Freshly ground cinnamon sticks, nutmeg seeds, and ginger roots can elevate your spice mix to a new level.
  • When you make your own spice blends, make sure to use fresh spices, as this will ensure the quality and longevity of the blend.
  • I recommend shaking the bottle a bit before using it to ensure all the seasonings are mixed together well.
  • If you like or want less of each ingredient, feel free to create your own custom blend with each spice.
  • The allspice and cloves offer a nice bite of flavor. To add more zest, use 1/4 teaspoon more of each spice.
  • Keep the spice blend in a sealed jar or airtight bag. Otherwise, your pumpkin spice will lose much of its flavor.
  • Double or triple this easy recipe to have extra or to make a great gift to others.

How To Make Spice Mix For Pumpkin Pie (step-by-step directions)

Collage of pumpkin pie spices in a bowl being mixed, and in a jar.
  1. Combine all items in a small bowl. (Photo 1)
  2. Mix thoroughly. Store in a sealed spice jar, or use the spice immediately. (Photos 2 & 3)
Spice seasoning mixture in a white bowl.

Recipe Tips

  • When you make your own spice blends, make sure to use fresh spices, as this will ensure the quality and longevity of the blend.
  • I recommend shaking the bottle a bit before using it to ensure all the seasonings are mixed together well.
  • If you like or want less of each ingredient, feel free to create your own custom blend with each spice.
  • The allspice and cloves offer a nice bite of flavor. To add more zest, use 1/4 teaspoon more of each spice.
  • Keep the spice blend in a sealed jar or airtight bag. Otherwise, your pumpkin spice will lose much of its flavor.
  • Double or triple this easy recipe to have extra or to make a great gift to others.

Storing Tips 

Once you have mixed your own diy pumpkin pie spice, place it in a sealed small jar or bag that seals; remove as much air as possible in a bag.

Then store it in the cabinet or even a pantry for up to a year. When you are ready to use it, just pull it out, measure it, and use it as the recipe directs.

Spice seasoning mixture in an airtight container with the lid removed.

Serving Suggestions

You will find this fall spice mixture is used in so many recipes, from creating a pumpkin spice lattes to dusting the top of whipped cream on top of a dessert or drink. Or you can use this spice in any recipe you would like.

Here are a few of my favorite recipes that call for pumpkin spice: pumpkin snickerdoodlespumpkin swirl cheesecake bars, or my famous pumpkin truffles. All are great options for using some of your pumpkin spice mix.

Recipe FAQs

Can I use pumpkin spice seasoning in recipes other than pumpkin desserts?

Pumpkin spice seasoning is a very versatile spice blend that can be used in baking recipes and drinks, as well as sprinkling on roasted vegetables.

Are there any allergens or common dietary restrictions associated with pumpkin spice seasoning?

This is a gluten-free spice mixture and dairy-free. If you buy the spices, make sure they are made in nut-free or gluten-free areas, as they could be an allergen if they are not.

Can I use pumpkin pie spice in savory dishes?

Absolutely! While pumpkin pie spice is often associated with sweet treats, it can also add a unique depth of flavor to savory dishes. Try adding it to roasted vegetables, soups, or even as a rub for meats to bring an unexpected twist to your meals.

How can I tell if my spices are still fresh?

Spices typically start to lose their potency after about six months to a year. To check if your spices are still fresh, give them a sniff. If the aroma is strong and vibrant, they’re good to use. If the scent is weak or stale, it might be time to replace them the for best results in your recipes.

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5 from 6 votes

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe (DIY Spice Mix)


Author: Kim Schob
Course: Spices
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 1 minute
Yields 6 tablespoons
Learn how to make pumpkin pie spice with just a few simple everyday spices you might already have on hand. This simple pumpkin seasoning can be used for all your pumpkin recipes this fall. Whip up your own pumpkin pie spice blend and store it in the pantry until ready.

Ingredients 

  • 3 ½ Tablespoons Cinnamon
  • 2 ½ Teaspoons Ginger
  • 2 ½ Teaspoons Nutmeg
  • 1 ½ Teaspoons Allspice

Instructions

  • Combine all items in a small bowl.
    3 ½ Tablespoons Cinnamon,2 ½ Teaspoons Ginger,2 ½ Teaspoons Nutmeg,1 ½ Teaspoons Allspice
  • Mix thoroughly. Store in a sealed spice jar, or use the spice immediately.

Notes

  • When you make your own spice blends, make sure to use fresh spices, as this will ensure the quality and longevity of the blend.
  • I recommend shaking the bottle a bit before using it to ensure all the seasonings are mixed together well.
  • If you like or want less of each ingredient, feel free to create your own custom blend with each spice.
  • The allspice and cloves offer a nice bite of flavor. To add more zest, use 1/4 teaspoon more of each spice.
  • Keep the spice blend in a sealed jar or airtight bag. Otherwise, your pumpkin spice will lose much of its flavor.
  • Double or triple this easy recipe to have extra or to make a great gift to others.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1 Calories: 18kcal (1%) Carbohydrates: 5g (2%) Protein: 0.3g (1%) Fat: 0.4g (1%) Saturated Fat: 0.2g (1%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.02g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.04g Sodium: 1mg Potassium: 32mg (1%) Fiber: 3g (13%) Sugar: 0.4g Vitamin A: 17IU Vitamin C: 0.4mg Calcium: 52mg (5%) Iron: 0.5mg (3%)

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5 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I love this! I’m a big fan of making my own spice blends rather than buying them, and I use pumpkin spice in a lot of things. Fantastic!

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