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With all the pumpkin recipes on the blog, it’s about time I share this timeless, use-it-for-everything pumpkin spice recipe. All you need is 5 minutes and 5 simple ingredients.
If you’re looking for a pumpkin pie spice substitute that doesn’t contain any sugar or weird ingredients, you’ll want to learn how to make pumpkin pie spice yourself! It comes together so quickly, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do this sooner.
(FYI: You don’t have to be on any special diet to use this spice blend. It works perfectly for all pumpkin recipes!)
What Is Pumpkin Pie Spice?
What is in pumpkin pie spice? Pumpkin pie spice mixture is a blend of spices made with a base of ground cinnamon and ginger, along with other warming spices. It can be used to flavor pumpkin pie, of course, but also cake, cupcakes, pumpkin breads… just about anything pumpkin flavored!
Pumpkin Pie Spice Ingredients
What spices are in pumpkin pie spice? This pumpkin pie spice blend is made up of just 5 simple spices:
- Cinnamon – This is the base of the DIY pumpkin pie spice. Make sure your cinnamon is fresh so that it has all of its flavor!
- Nutmeg – Nutmeg has distinct flavor (you’ll recognize it!) and is slightly sweet. Found in many baked goods and eggnog.
- Ground ginger – Ginger has spicy and sweet notes, and used in everything from teas, to baked goods, to Asian dishes.
- Ground cloves – Cloves are another warming spice found in baked goods and definitely necessary in homemade pumpkin pie spice.
- Ground allspice – Allspice is a single spice that is often confused for a spice blend. It’s a key ingredient in Caribbean food.
The amount of each ingredient are on the recipe card below.
How To Make Pumpkin Pie Spice
It couldn’t be easier to make this pumpkin pie spice recipe. Simply stir together the 5 ingredients above!
TIP: I like to use a mini whisk to stir. This helps break up any clumps of spices.
How To Store DIY Pumpkin Spice
Store this homemade pumpkin spice mixture in an airtight jar in the pantry. It will last 2-3 years.
Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice FAQs
Is there a pumpkin pie spice substitute?
If you’re looking for a pumpkin pie spice substitute, you can use cinnamon and nutmeg, or as many of the spices as you have.
Basic pumpkin pie spice substitutes won’t have nearly the same complexity of flavors, but will work in a pinch.
TIP: Cinnamon is the most critical component, since that makes up the majority of the spice blend.
Is pumpkin pie spice healthy? Keto friendly? Gluten-free?
Yes, because the pumpkin pie spice ingredients are just spices, it’s naturally gluten-free and keto friendly.
Does pumpkin pie spice have sugar?
No, this pumpkin pie spice mix doesn’t have any sugar. Some store-bought versions do contain sugar or sweeteners, or sometimes starches, which is one of the reasons I prefer to make my own!
How much pumpkin pie spice to use?
Most pumpkin baking recipes will use between 1-3 teaspoons for the entire recipe. That’s an estimate, but for best results, just follow the recipe you are making.
On the recipe card below for this homemade pumpkin pie spice, a serving is 1/4 teaspoon, which is a common amount in a single serving of a pumpkin dessert.
10 Healthy Recipes That Use Pumpkin Pie Spice
Now that you know how to make pumpkin pie spice, here are 10 (!!) healthy ways to use it:
- Keto Pumpkin Spice Latte – Tastes just like the one from the coffee shop, without the sugar!
- Keto Coffee Creamer – It’s easy to make your own keto-friendly creamer, and tastes SO much better. Five flavor options, pumpkin spice included!
- Keto Pumpkin Cookies – Chewy and soft, these healthy cookies are made with simple ingredients.
- Low Carb Pumpkin Pie – A must for your Thanksgiving table, this one is made with just a few ingredients.
- Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes – Mini pumpkin pies in cupcake form! Topped with a cinnamon crumble, these are dairy and nut-free and paleo, too.
- Keto Pumpkin Cheesecake – The ultimate fall dessert.
- Low Carb Pumpkin Muffins– Super moist and made with coconut flour and almond flour. Options for paleo and nut-free!
- Healthy Pumpkin Bars – These bars are low carb and made with healthy and natural ingredients. Just 10 minutes to prep.
- Low Carb Pumpkin Bread – Just 10 minutes prep. Tastes like the real thing, but is sugar-free and gluten-free.
- Chaffles – Five ways to make these… including a pumpkin flavor!
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Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe
Learn how to make pumpkin pie spice with just 5 simple ingredients! Use this easy DIY pumpkin spice recipe for every pumpkin recipe out there.
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Serving size: 1/4 tsp
Makes 1/2 cup spice mix. Most pumpkin baking recipes use 1-3 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice for a batch of cookies, muffins, cake, pie, etc.
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Nutrition Information Per Serving
Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database. You can find individual ingredient carb counts we use in the Low Carb & Keto Food List. Net carb count excludes fiber, erythritol, and allulose, because these do not affect blood sugar in most people. (Learn about net carbs here.) We try to be accurate, but feel free to make your own calculations.
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