Easy Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe – Simple & Easy DIY Spice Blend

Learn how to make your own pumpkin pie spice in less than 5 minutes with just a few common spices. Perfect for fall cookies, bread, pies, DIY beauty recipes and so much more!

This fall spice blend is easy to make at home! You will never use store-bought again!

Quick and easy to make, the homemade pumpkin pie spice recipe is naturally vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, low carb, paleo, and keto-friendly.

How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix from Scratch

Why It’s Time to Make Your Pumpkin Pie Spice?

While store-bought is convenient, it’s nice to make your own blend, to save money, make it fresher, and customize the flavor by simply increasing your favorite spices and decreasing ones that aren’t preferred.

A few years ago, I found myself in the middle of a fall baking marathon and realized I was out of Pumpkin Pie Spice.

My first instinct was to head to the store – but it was so cold outside in and I figured – wait a sec, I bet I can make this myself. And I did and it was splendid.

Let me show you how easy it is to make pumpkin pie spice at home.

What is Pumpkin Pie Spice Made Of?

The words “pumpkin pie spice” are everywhere starting as early as late August these days, but how many of us really know what is in pumpkin pie spice?

The most common spices in pumpkin pie spice are:

Ground cinnamon

At the end of the day, cinnamon is one of the most delicious and healthiest spices on the planet. It can lower blood sugar levels, reduce heart disease risk factors, and has a plethora of other impressive health benefits. Use 3 to 4 teaspoons of cinnamon. When shopping you may find two types of cinnamon: Ceylon and or Vietnamese cinnamon. Ceylon 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 calm, and nutty aroma that pairs perfectly with the sweet flavor of cinnamon. Use 1 to 2 teaspoons of nutmeg.

Allspice

Allspice combines the flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and pepper. It can be used for many purposes that those warm spices are used, or as a substitute for them.

Despite its name, allspice isn’t a universal blend of multiple spices. It is actually the dried unripe berry of the Pimenta dioica tree, which is indigenous to an area of the Caribbean, as well as Mexico and Central America

But I also throw in some optional black pepper and cardamom for even more flavor and a little bite/heat.

pumpkin pie seasoning from scratch

How to Make Your Own Pumpkin Pie Spice

Making your own pumpkin pie spice mix costs less than buying a jar at the store. I bet you have all of the spices in your cabinet now: ground cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg, ground allspice, and ground cloves. You just have to put them together!

I measure all of the ingredients into a small Weck jar, seal it up and give it a good shake to ensure it’s well incorporated. Then you can smack a label on it and you’re good to go

The ratio of spices is really what makes DIY blends unique. I like to go heavy on the cinnamon, medium on the ginger, light on the clove and allspice, and include some (optional) black pepper for heat, plus cardamom for a floral quality and depth of flavor.

The result is a custom, quick, DIY pumpkin pie spice perfect for all your fall and holiday baking that will stay fresh for up to 6 months!

You’ll love this homemade pumpkin pie spice because it’s:

  • quick & easy
  • customizable
  • spicy
  • perfect for fall baking
pumpkin spice mixture

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp gound ginger
  • 2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 ½ tsp ground allspice
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cloves (optional)
  • 1 tsp pepper (optional)

Instructions:

  1. To a small bowl, add cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, black pepper (optional), and clove (optional) and stir to combine.
  2. Taste test and adjust according to personal preference, adding more cinnamon for sweetness, ginger for spiciness, nutmeg for nuttiness, black pepper for spice, or clove, or allspice, for pungency.
  3. Store in a sealed container up to 6 months or in the refrigerator for longer.

I guess the perfect pumpkin pie spice ratio is a matter of personal preference. You can easily customize your homemade pumpkin spice mix recipe with 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves.

For a warm, sweet, and also spicy flavor (with a hint of lemon undertones) you can add 1 teaspoon cardamon. Ground dried lemon or orange peel adds a wonderfully fresh, citrusy note.

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

Gift-Giving Season has officially opened.

If you are anything like me, I love giving homemade gifts — the easier, the better.

This homemade pumpkin pie spice blend is an 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.

If you put this homemade pumpkin pie spice in a cute mason jar with a printable tag, you’ve got yourself an excellent hostess gift, teacher gift, neighbor gift, foodie gift, or stocking stuffer this holiday season.

how to make homemade pumpkin spice

FAQs

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

The great thing about homemade pumpkin pie spice is you have that extra bit of control over the spice blend. Also, you can make sure to use fresh spices.

I’m sure you already have most of the ingredients in your cupboard, so work with what you have. Just make sure all the spices are fresh. Spices lose their aroma over time and stale spices will never make for flavor pumpkin pie spice.

What can I use instead of pumpkin pie spice?

If you don’t have all the ingredients for the full recipe, you can substitute any combination of ground cinnamon plus the ingredients you do have. It will be missing some of that true pumpkin spice flavor, but it will work in a pinch.

I wouldn’t try substituting for pumpkin pie spice without cinnamon.

Is allspice the same as pumpkin pie spice?

Nope.

Pumpkin spice is a blend of several spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ground ginger, allspice, mace…some combination of these, usually heavy on the cinnamon.

Allspice is made from ground allspice berries, so it is not a blend of spices, it is a singular spice.

I’ve love to hear from you about this homemade pumpkin pie spice recipe, do you think this was helpful to learn how to make your own pumpkin pie spice blend?

xo,

Lora

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Easy Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe

how to make homemade pumpkin spice

Learn how to make your own pumpkin pie spice in less than 5 minutes with just a few common spices. Perfect for fall cookies, bread, pies, DIY beauty recipes
and so much more! This fall spice blend is easy to make at home! You will never use
store-bought again!

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cloves (optional)
  • 1 tsp pepper (optional)

Instructions

    1. To a small bowl, add cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, black pepper (optional), and clove (optional) and stir to combine.
    2. Taste test and adjust according to personal preference, adding more cinnamon for sweetness, ginger for spiciness, nutmeg for nuttiness, black pepper for spice, or clove, or allspice, for pungency.
    3. Store in a sealed container for up to 6 months or in the refrigerator for longer.

Notes

For a warm, sweet, and also spicy flavor (with a hint of lemon undertones) you can add 1
teaspoon cardamon.

You can easily customize your homemade pumpkin spice mix recipe with 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves.

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