Pumpkin spice shouldn’t be limited to just one season of the year! With this homemade pumpkin spice recipe, you can enjoy spiced recipes all year round.
Pumpkin spice is easier to make than you think. Just five spices are needed to bring together this delicious and fragrant mix.
Ingredients in Pumpkin Spice
- Ground cinnamon: ground cinnamon is the most important ingredient in Pumpkin Spice mix and gives you a wonderful earthy flavour that is reminiscent of the holiday season!
- Ground ginger: ginger is a bitey, sharp addition to your spice mix. You’ll be sure to smell the ginger wafting from the oven if you bake with your pumpkin spice.
- Ground nutmeg: for an essential warm and nutty flavour.
- Ground allspice: with a similar flavour profile to cloves, allspice has a peppery and pungent taste.
- Ground cloves: this strong and bitter aromatic spice adds spiciness and warmth to your spice mix.
- You can use any combination of allspice and cloves as long as it totals 2 teaspoons.
How to Use Pumpkin Spice
Pumpkin spice mix is perfect to flavour your favourite fall recipes. Use this mix in:
- Pumpkin pie
- Pumpkin spiced lattes
- Pumpkin spice cookies
- Cakes and cupcakes
The options are endless!
Top Tips & FAQs
Why is it called pumpkin spice?
Pumpkin spice gained its name from being a combination of spices traditionally used in pumpkin desserts, particularly pumpkin pie and pumpkin cake.
Pumpkin spice (also called ‘Pumpkin Pie Spice’) went on to be commercially produced to save consumers time and money in mixing up the spices themselves.
These days, pumpkin spice mix is used in a much wider variety of baking, snacks, and even drinks!
What is pumpkin spice in the UK and Australia?
You won’t see pumpkin spice on the shelves in the UK or Australia (even in Autumn!). However, you will always be able to find its cousin ‘Mixed Spice.’
Mixed spice has all of the same ingredients as pumpkin spice plus the addition of coriander and mace for a slightly more savoury flavour. In most recipes, mixed spice is a suitable substitute for pumpkin spice.
Pumpkin spice vs chai spice:
Chai spice shared many of the spices with pumpkin spice, such as allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and ginger. One distinct difference is the addition of cardamom in chai spice. This is what gives your chai coffees that distinct earthy, subtly sweet flavour.
The ratios of spices are also different, with chai spice containing a lot more ginger and clove. Unfortunately, you can’t substitute chai spice for pumpkin spice or vice versa!
Store this spice mix in an air-tight jar or container for up to 6 months.
This mix won’t go ‘off’ but it will lose its flavour over time.
- 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp ground allspice
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.
- Transfer to an airtight jar or container. The spice mix will keep fresh for up to 6 months.
- Keep the pumpkin spice mix stored in a jar or airtight container for up to six months at room temperature. Best kept in a cool, dark, dry place.
- Allspice: You can substitute 1 tsp of allspice with 1 tsp extra of ground cloves.
- Cloves: You can substitute 1 tsp of ground cloves with 1 tsp of extra allspice.
- Pumpkin spice is very similar to UK/AUS "mixed spice." In recipes calling for pumpkin spice, you can instead use an equal amount of mixed spice.
Nutrition Information:Serving Size: 1 teaspoon
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 6Total Fat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1.1mgCarbohydrates: 1.3gFiber: 0.7gSugar: 0gProtein: 0.1g