Discover how to make pumpkin spice at home with this simple 5-spice blend. Perfect for fall desserts, drinks, & more. Let’s spice it up!
We’ve all been there: craving that distinct autumn flavor, only to realize we’re out of pumpkin spice. The solution? Make your own! Not only is this DIY blend an absolute lifesaver when you’re in a pinch, but it’s also incredibly easy to whip up.
The best part? It’s versatile. Whether a recipe calls for pumpkin pie spice or pumpkin spice, this homemade blend can be used at a 1:1 ratio, ensuring your spiced creations always have that perfect hint of fall.
What is in Pumpkin Spice?
Often referred to as pumpkin pie spice, is a blend of warming spices that capture the essence of fall and are commonly used to flavor pumpkin pie, among other autumnal dishes and beverages. Despite its name, pumpkin spice does not contain any actual pumpkin. Instead, it is typically comprised of:
- Ground cinnamon
- Ground ginger
- Ground nutmeg
- Ground cloves
- Ground allspice
This blend evokes the cozy, aromatic flavors associated with pumpkin dishes, especially traditional pumpkin pie, and has become a popular flavor profile for a variety of products, from lattes to candles, during the fall season.
Does Pumpkin Spice Have Pumpkin in It?
Contrary to its name, pumpkin spice doesn’t actually contain any pumpkin. Instead, it’s a blend of warming spices that evoke the flavor and feeling of fall. Think of it as the essence of a cozy autumn day, captured in a spice mix. It is often paired with pumpkin recipes such as my 1-Hour Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Rolls or these Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars.
What’s the Difference Between Pumpkin Spice and Allspice?
While they both have ‘spice’ in their names, pumpkin spice and allspice are not the same. Pumpkin spice is a blend of several spices (as listed above), designed to complement pumpkin and other fall treats. On the other hand, allspice is a single spice derived from the dried berries of the Pimenta dioica tree, boasting flavors reminiscent of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg combined.
What Can I Substitute in Place of Pumpkin Spice?
If you don’t have all the spices to make your own blend, consider using a blend of the spices you do have: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice. You can adjust the ratios based on your preferences or what you have on hand.
You will see in my recipe below that the dominate spice in this blend is cinnamon then ginger and nutmeg. Clove and allspice only make up a small amount of the spice blend because of their unique and strong flavors. If you are to only add one spice in place of a pumpkin spice blend I would choose cinnamon as it’s the most dominate spice in the blend.
- Container: Use an airtight jar or container to maintain the spice blend’s freshness.
- Shelf Life: According to the USDA, ground spices can last up to 2 to 3 years if stored properly. So this pumpkin pie spice blend can last 2 to 3 years. Please note that it’s crucial to check the expiration dates of the individual spices you’ve used. Your blend’s longevity will be determined by the “oldest” spice in the mix.
- Location: Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight.
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Endless Possibilities Await:
Now that you’ve learned how to make pumpkin spice, it’s time to try it for yourself. Imagine gifting this aromatic blend to friends and family, adding a sprinkle to your morning toast, or even enhancing your favorite desserts. From breads to beverages, the applications are endless. No need to make a trip to the store… just head to your spice cabinet because you know how to make pumpkin spice in a pinch!
- 3 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 1 Tablespoon ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground clove
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
In a bowl, blend all spices together using a whisk.
Store in an airtight jar, bottle or container.
This spice blend can last up to 2 to 3 years. The date at which you start the countdown will be based on the oldest spice you use. Make sure to check the expiration of the spices you use.