Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe

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Last Updated on September 2, 2021 by Chef Mireille

Learn how to make your own Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix. Here you will learn how to make two versions – the classic version and a version with a little more pizzazz! 

This versatile spice mix can be used for both sweet and savory recipes in everything from Pumpkin Pie to Pumpkin Smoothie Bowl to Pumpkin Soup. 

All recipes should be a guide and not a rule or as I like to say – A recipe is not a bible! 

I think all recipes should be seen more as a template, where you can customize it to your own palate. 

You can stick with the Classic Pumpkin Spice Mix but especially for those of you who come from cultures with spicy food like African, Indian, Middle Eastern, Caribbean and Latin – I think you will prefer the alternate verion, which has a little more kick to it. 

ground spices in a bowl for Pumpkin Pie Spice

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How do you know it’s fall? Is it by looking at the calendar? Is it when the weather starts to chill? 

For me, it’s when all of a sudden comes the Pumpkin Spice Latte, Pumpkin Spice Donuts and all things Pumpkin Spice come out of the woodwork. 

I have always been a little reticent when it comes to Pumpkin Spice because everyone loves it so much and gets so excited about it all like they just won the lottery…and I’m always thinking to myself oh no I won’t be able to get away from Pumpkin Spice for the next 3 months!!!  

It’s not that I don’t like the spices of pumpkin spice. I think it’s just the over exposure of it that I get to feeling – Can’t I just get a slice of plain pound cake someplace? Apple cider donuts? Traditional Masala Chai? 

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Why does every fall it has to be used in excess and then no one even thinks about it for the other 9 months of the year? I just don’t get it! 

I prefer to use it in moderation throughout the whole year! 

Maybe it’s because I make pumpkin based recipes throughout the year. Coming from the Caribbean, pumpkin is a staple of our cuisine. While only recently I have started to embrace things like Pumpkin Smoothie’s and Pumpkin Overnight Oats, Pumpkin Soup, Pumpkin Curry, Pumpkin Sauce with Fried Fish and other pumpkin based dishes are things I enjoy all year from January to December. 

Also because I live in a culturally diverse area, fresh pumpkin varieties like calabaza and kabocha is easy to come by. Are you also lucky where you have access to fresh pumpkin or do you only have the option of using canned pumpkin ☹ 

In fact, I was once so surprised when I was hired to teach some ethnic recipes to a major food brand. One of the recipes I was teaching was sancocho,  a soup from the Latin Caribbean. As I started portioning out the ingredients, one of the students asked me what it was when I started to get ready to cut the pumpkin. 

When I replied, she told me that she did not know pumpkin was available in anything but a can. When I asked her about the pumpkins that are around during Halloween, she replied that she did not know those were edible. 

Let’s just say I had to diplomatically cover my shock and awe! 

Are you as lucky as me? Is fresh pumpkin something that is easy to come by where you live? Let me know in the comments.

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If it is, make your own homemade pumpkin puree for all your sweet recipes with this Roasted Pumpkin Puree Recipe

So you might be wondering what is pumpkin pie spice made of.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Ingredients - whole spices

Whether you use the Classic Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix or the Spicy Pumpkin Spice Mix, they both consist of smoky spices. 

Pumpkin Pie Spice Ingredients in wooden portion bowls on a plate

Let’s  go over the ingredients you are going to need. You probably have all of these ingredients already in your pantry.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Ingredients 

Classic Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe

  • Cinnamon 
  • Ginger 
  • Nutmeg 
  • Allspice 
  • Cloves 

New and Improved Pumpkin Spice Mix

  • Cinnamon 
  • Ginger 
  • Nutmeg 
  • Allspice 
  • Cloves 
  • Black pepper 
  • Cardamom 
Pumpkin Pie Spice Ingredients

Pumpkin Pie Spice without Cinnamon

I have met and seen comments in the blogosphere of people who don’t like cinnamon and I have even met a few people who are allergic to cinnamon. 

So here’s the formula if you prefer to make it without cinnamon! 

  • 1 tablespoon ginger 
  • 1 tablespoon nutmeg 
  • 2 teaspoons allspice 
  • 2 teaspoons ground cloves 
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper 
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom (optional) 

How to make Pumpkin Pie Spice

  • Sift all the ingredients to remove any lumps.
  • Using a funnel, transfer to an air tight jar.
Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix

Then it will be ready whenever you need it!

Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix on a spoon with whole spices in the background

Here are a few recipes you can add some of this Pumpkin Pie Spice to. 

Pumpkin Recipes

It’s also great in your morning cup of coffee or tea – or hot cocoa too!

Pumpkin Spice Mix on a spoon with a jar and a cup of coffee in the background

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Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix

Prep Time5 mins
Course: Spice Blends
Cuisine: Continental
Servings: 16 people
Calories: 7kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine all of the ground spices.
  • Sift to remove any lumps.
  • Using a funnel, transfer to an air tight jar.

Notes

Yield: Approximately 1 cup

Nutrition

Calories: 7kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 15mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Mayuri Patel

    5 stars
    With fall just round the corner, definitely making pumpkin pie spice mix at home and this time round no substituting the all spice with other ingredients as I’ll get them easily in the market. And going to try out your version with more pizzazz. Both pepper and cardamom are warm spices. Can’t wait to try this spice mixture out as I’m sure I’ll be have loads of warm/hot pumpkin foods this time round.

  2. Priya Vj

    5 stars
    Pumpkin pie spice mix is so flavorful with all exotic ingredients. This is so close to the Indian chai masala spice mix. I think I will try flavoring my chai with pumpkin pie spice mix and enjoy sipping on a chill evening

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