I love autumn – the cold mornings and warm hazy sun in the afternoons. It’s also a good excuse to start making comfort food and drink lots of hot chocolate with cream or a coffee with freshly milled coffee beans. And all of these yummy things can be always improved with a hint of pumpkin pie spice!
If your recipe calls for ‘pumpkin pie spice’ and you don’t have any in the cupboard, I want to show you how you can make the spice mix really quickly from spice that you probably already have at home.
One slightly confusing thing that I found (similarly like with my recipes for the gingerbread spice mix, mixed spice mix and apple pie spice mix) is that there are quite a few versions of the pumpkin pie spice mix and the final version depends on your personal preference. If you have a bit of a pumpkin pie spice emergency and you don’t have all the ingredients (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger), just use the one you have.
You might sometimes see all spice mentioned in the recipe mix, but I’ve checked shop bought packaging and it’s not included. All spice (or mixed spice) is a similar mix of cinnamon and other warming spices.
There is always more of cinnamon than any other spice as it’s mild in flavour. If you want your spice to be more fiery, use extra teaspoon of ground ginger, but don’t overdo it with ground cloves and nutmeg. These two are quite strong in flavour and you don’t want to overpower your taste buds.
Once you are happy with your pumpkin pie spice mix, keep it in the small glass jar and use it within 3-6 months. You can of course keep the spice mix for longer, but the essences and flavours tend to disappear after a year or so.
One thing, I’ve found making this spice mix, is that it can be difficult to buy ground cloves. One guy at my local farmer’s market spice stall told me that cloves are very hard to grind and they don’t have the right equipment to make the spice mix very fine.
I managed to buy a packet of ground cloves in another health shop and I made sure I bought two packs as I knew that normal supermarket won’t have them. All the other spice is easily available in ground form in your local supermarket.
Recipes & ideas to use pumpkin pie spice mix
- Use as a topping for a cream on a hot chocolate drink
- Add a sprinkle to your morning porridge (especially good with apple or if you have a pumpkin puree)
- Use to bake cakes, buns and tray bake
- Make a pumpkin pie spiced hot milk
- Sprinkle on a morning yoghurt bowl
- Add to breakfast smoothies
Recipes with pumpkin pie spice mix
- Pumpkin & Oats Breakfast Smoothie >>
- Sweet Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls >>
- Cinnamon & Sugar Roasted Pumpkin Seeds >>
- Traditional Pumpkin Butter >>
- Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Muffins >>
- Pumpkin Pie >>
- Pumpkin & Biscoff Cheesecake >>
- Pumpkin Roll with Cream Cheese Filling >>
- Gluten- Free Pumpkin Donuts >>
- Pumpkin & Chia Breakfast Smoothie >>
- Pumpkin Pie Spice Oatmeal with Greek Yoghurt >>
- Pumpkin & Banana Breakfast Smoothie >>
Homemade pumpkin pie spice mix recipe
- 4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- Mix everything together and place in a small glass jar or an empty spice container.
- Label and use within 6 months.