All of us pumpkin fanatics know that the real flavor is in the spice blend! Plain pumpkin doesn’t really taste like much of anything. It’s the warming spices that help this beloved gourd reach it’s full potential. I’m sharing my homemade pumpkin spice blend because it’s super quick, easy and you likely already have all of the ingredients in your cabinet. Plus, I add a secret ingredient that really gives it a kick!
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No reason to buy “pumpkin pie spice” at the grocery store if you have some basics laying around: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cloves. I know I only use a bit of cloves, allspice and nutmeg throughout the season so coming up with ways to use them more often in spice blends is needed. I usually get my spices at Thrive Market. They sell so many organic pantry staples nearly 30-50% percent cheaper than Whole Foods!
I also add a secret ingredient to my pumpkin spice blend…BLACK PEPPER! Yup that’s right. Just a bit adds a robust bite to classic pumpkin spice blend and really sets it off. People are always asking me, “what did you put in this? it’s SO good and spicy”. Trust me, don’t leave it out.
Making this recipe could not be easier. Simply stir them together, and you’re ready to bake up all your pumpkin spice treats. This recipe makes about 4 tablespoons, which is usually plenty to get me through the season. If you’re baking up a storm, double it. Store it in a mini mason jar or I love repurposing my empty spice jars with homemade spice blends.
Ways to Use Pumpkin Spice Blend
You can use this blend in any recipe that calls for “pumpkin spice” or “pumpkin pie spice”. You can also get creative and add some “pumpkin spice flavor” to any recipe by adding a teaspoon or two. Think pancakes, muffins, pumpkin bread, cookies or even a pinch in your morning latte. Any recipe that calls for cinnamon only or a blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, etc. is game for the same amount of pumpkin spice blend. My suggestion is to get started with this Pumpkin Pie Granola recipe. You will not be disappointed.
Homemade Pumpkin Spice Blend
- Stir all ingredients together until thoroughly combined. Store in an airtight container.