Learn how to make homemade pumpkin pie spice with simple spices you already have. This easy recipe takes less than 5 minutes to make.
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Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe
Pumpkin Pie Spice is a staple pantry ingredient during the fall baking season. Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Cake, Pumpkin Cookies, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and all of the other glorious pumpkin treats we love are all flavored with pumpkin pie spice
Even my highly addicting Gluten Free Chocolate Pumpkin Cake is baked with the warm, flavorful spice blend.
Pumpkin on its own has very little flavor. It tastes similar to butternut squash and has a savory, almost earthy flavor to it. The natural sweetness of pumpkin comes out once it’s cooked but it’s fairly subtle and still has an overall squash-like taste.
This is where pumpkin pie spice comes in. It’s the ingredient that flavors pumpkin to the recognizable pumpkin taste.
If you truly want to take your sweet pumpkin baking up a notch, be sure to pair it with Vanilla Extract. A touch of vanilla really balances the flavor of warm spices and pumpkin.
Why Should I Make Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Instead of Buying It?
Why spend $5 on a pre-made spice blend when you already have the ingredients in your spice cabinet? Making your own spice blends from your pantry is a super budget-friendly option.
Ingredients You’ll Need
This is a typical mix of warm spices used in pumpkin pie spice. Occasionally, you’ll see black pepper or Mace. I prefer pumpkin spice without pepper and Mace isn’t as common of an ingredient to have on hand as Allspice.
Allspice by itself has a flavor profile similar to the mixture of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. When paired with those spices, the flavors intensify to give your pumpkin baked goods a little flavor boost.
*Be sure to read the full recipe card below for exact measurements and step-by-step instructions.
How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice
Step 1. Add all of the spices to a small jar or resealable, air-tight container.
Step 2. Mix well to combine.
Note: You can mix the ingredients together in a small bowl instead of a jar. Just use a funnel to help transfer the spice blend to the jar for storage.
How to Store Homemade Spice Blends
Store homemade spice blends in an airtight container for up to 1 year. My favorite type of jar for homemade spice blends has wide mouths that are large enough to fit a tablespoon.
These are my favorite jars.
Using Pumpkin Pie Spice in Recipes
Pumpkin Pie Spice can be used in any recipe calling for pumpkin pie spice.
This recipe was first created to use in my recipes for my cookbook, The Gluten Free Quick Breads Cookbook. There are several pumpkin recipes in the book that use this homemade spice blend.
I’ve also listed four incredibly delicious gluten free pumpkin recipes above (in one of the first paragraphs) where pumpkin pie spice will shine. I highly recommend you start with any of those as they’re all simple recipes to make that score high in the flavor department.
This homemade pumpkin spice recipe will also be published on my sister site, Lowcalicious, if you’re looking for low calorie pumpkin recipes.
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Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Add all of the spices to a small jar or resealable, air-tight container.
- Mix well to combine.
- Use in recipes calling for pumpkin pie spice and store in an airtight container for up to 1 year.
- You can use a small funnel to transfer your spice mix to a jar if you mix it in a bowl instead of the spice jar you’ll be storing it in.
- This recipe is a small batch recipe and makes just under 10 teaspoons. Feel free to double, triple, or quadruple the recipe as needed.
- Use this homemade pumpkin pie spice in these Gluten Free Pumpkin Recipes.
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Nutrition Facts are estimated and aren’t always accurate. Please consult a doctor or nutritionist if you have special dietary needs.
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