Make this four-ingredient pumpkin pie spice mix in this holiday/fall season. Easy to make, homemade, takes less than 5 minutes, and makes a perfect gift.
Do you wonder why it is called pumpkin spice where there is no pumpkin in the spice mix?
That is because the "spice mix" is the main ingredient while making Pumpkin Pies in the fall season. The warmth and aroma in pies come from this pumpkin spice blend.
Why you will love this recipe
The pumpkin spice mix recipe is a combination of basic warm spices including, cinnamon, ginger, clove, allspice, and nutmeg. Since allspice is not easily available, you can replace it with a ground clove or completely eliminate it.
This DIY pumpkin pie spice recipe is prepared with four common ground spices. It is easy to make, takes less than five minutes, and homemade with full of fresh flavors. Use it to make baked goods or desserts.
Learn here how to make your own pumpkin spice for the upcoming fall & holiday baking, with only four ingredients.
Please check RECIPE CARD for detailed ingredients list with accurate measurement.
This homemade pumpkin spice mix is made with four basic ground spices
Traditionally there is 5th ground spice, allspice. As per Wikipedia "Allspice is the dried fruit of the Pimenta dioica plant. The fruits are picked when green and unripe and are traditionally dried in the sun. When dry they are brown and resemble large, smooth peppercorns. Fresh leaves are similar in texture to bay leaves and similarly used in cooking."
Allspice is not easily available and not a popular spice, I tried making it with commonly available spices. If you have access to allspice then add 1.5 tsp allspice in this recipe to make authentic pumpkin spice.
How to make pumpkin spice mix
It is very simple and easy to make. Let me show you how to make this 4-ingredient pumpkin spice mix at home.
Just measure all ground spices, and combine them all. This recipe yield a 14 .5 tsp spice blend. You can cut down the recipe if required.
Making your own spice mix has its own charm, you will love it with so much freshness and aroma. It is always better than any store-bought pumpkin spice.
You can store this DIY pumpkin spice mix for up to a month. I prefer to make this about ¼ cup at a time.
How to use pumpkin spice
You can use it for any recipe that calls for ground cinnamon or nutmeg. The recipe which uses pumpkin, butternut squash, adding a dash of pumpkin spice mix will add tons of flavors to it.
A variety of ways you can use this aromatic pumpkin spice
- Roasted nuts
- Pumpkin spice granola
- Pumpkin pie
- Pumpkin spice latte
- Pumpkin spice bread
Tips & FAQ's
To make the BEST pumpkin spice blend make sure that all ground spices are not very old. They lose their aroma over a period if not stored properly.
You can use ground cinnamon or nutmeg in place of it.
You can check other homemade spices and spice mix from the blog
4 Ingredient Homemade Pumpkin Spice Mix
- 3 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 1.5 tsp ground clove
- Combine all four ground spices together nicely.
- Store in an airtight container.