Pumpkin pie spice is the spice blend I automatically gravitate to as soon as the first leaves change colour and fall rolls around. Happily, spices are low FODMAP and this spice blend is perfect to jazz up any dish to which you wish to add some fall flavour.
While store-bought pumpkin pie spice certainly is very convenient, I like to make my own blend. Not only is it more economical and I can make a fresh batch whenever needed, but what's most important, I can adapt the flavour of the pumpkin pie spice to the dish I want to add the spice mix to. It's so easy to just increase the amount of one spice and decrease another.
Let me show you how easy it is to make your pumpkin pie spice at home!
What's in the Pumpkin Pie Spice blend?
Pumpkin pie spice is a combination of our 5 favourite warm spices whose taste we love to find in our fall and holiday baking, drinks and desserts.
Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and allspice. However, I also like to add a smidge of cardamom. It's totally optional, but I love the underlying citrusy taste it adds to the spice blend.
How to make Pumpkin Pie Spice
It's super easy to make a spice blend. Simply measure out all the spices, add them to a small bowl and stir to combine. Then fill everything into a jar, seal it and give it a little shake just to make sure everything is evenly combined.
What makes a spice blend, such as this seasonal pumpkin pie spice blend, really unique is how you choose the ratio of each spice. I love to make cinnamon the main spice and combine it with a medium amount of ginger. I go lighter on the clove and nutmeg but add them in an equal amount. In order to round it all off and deepen the flavour, I add a little allspice and a smidge of cardamon.
The result is a quick, homemade spice blend that adds the flavour of fall into all my autumn baking and cooking.
Sometimes I customise the spice blend to change it up a little. Try it out! Experiment and change up to ratio of the spices to highlight or deepen other flavours.
How to use Pumpkin Pie Spices
There are so many ways to use this pumpkin pie spice blend and I love how it adds the taste of fall and the holidays to the dish. Here are some of my favourite ways to us it:
- Sprinkle some over my latte macchiato or coffee in the morning.
- Add a heaping tablespoon to my overnight oats.
- Make pumpkin-spiced chia seed pudding.
- Make my low FODMAP pumpkin spice latte.
- Pumpkin spiced bliss balls
Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- ½ tsp ground allspice
- ¼ tsp ground cardamon - optional
- To a small bowl or plate, add cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove, allspice, and cardamom (optional). Stir to combine.
- Smell and taste test the spice mix and adjut according to personal preferences. Add more cinnamon for a sweeter note, ginger and cardamon for spice, nutmeg for a more earthy and nutty note, clove and allspice for pungency.
- Store the pumpkin pie spice mix in a sealed container for up to 6 months.