How to make pumpkin spice

Super easy to make homemade pumpkin pie spice

Learn how to make your own DIY pumpkin spice. You can use it for much more than for just making pumpkin pie!

Homemade pumpkin pie spice

Mmmmm, Pumpkin Spice!
Pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffin… this flavor has become the staple of Fall for many people.
You can enjoy this delicious smell in coffee shops, restaurants and homes all around this time of year. 

This year, learn how to make your own Pumpkin Spice mix at home; you will be surprised at how good it is!

What is pumpkin spice?

Pumpkin and spices in Fall

Pumpkin spice is a blend of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and sometimes allspice mixed together to form an incredible taste.

Pumpkin spice blend also smells great too which makes this spice blend so desirable this time of year.

How does pumpkin spice taste?

No wonder this spice mix is so popular: it has the perfect balance between the sweetness of cinnamon with spiciness of ginger and the alluring depth of clove and nutmeg.

The spices complement each other without ever feeling overwhelming.

And it’s not only about the taste: pumpkin pie spice leaves you feeling warm all over in a very pleasant way.

The perfect blend for those looking to cozy up!

Reasons to make your own pumpkin pie spice

It’s not so easy to buy pumpkin pie spice blend in Europe.
But the good news is, it’s really easy to make homemade pumpkin spice, and it tastes much better as the one I bought!

Also, it’s much cheaper, even using all organic spices.

So, no matter where you live: time to spice up your autumn with this homemade pumpkin spice recipe!

Can you make pumpkin pie spice blend without allspice?

Ground cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves

While many pumpkin spice blends contain allspice, I skip it for our homemade pumpkin spice mix because it’s not easy to find it where I live.
Plus, there is a general consensus that allspice tastes like a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove, ingredients that are in this homemade spice blend!

Benefits of pumpkin pie spice mix

You can enjoy the wonderful taste that comes with adding this seasoning mix into your favorite recipes or using it on top as an accent for comforting foods. 

But pumpkin pie spice ingredients offer you lots more than just an added flavor:

  • CINNAMON is a potent antioxidant that may fight infections, protect the brain and lower blood sugar levels.
    It’s always better to choose Ceylon cinnamon since it has less coumarin, which could be harmful. [1]
  • GINGER is a superfood that may ease pain, digestive issues, help lose weigh, fight cancer cells, and avoid infectious deceases. [2]
  • NUTMEG has antibacterial properties, enhances mood and improves sleep quality [3]
  • CLOVES are specially high in antioxidants, can kill bacteria and protect the stomach [4]

Ideas to use pumpkin spice

Feel free to use this blend every time you would like to add some cinnamon-like flavor but with some more warmth and depth.
Pumpkin spice tastes awesome in every pumpkin recipe but also to spice up desserts and drinks.

Here are some awesome, healthy-ish recipes that use pumpkin spice:

The pumpkin spice recipe below works as a pumpkin pie spice substitute, so you can use it 1:1 as swap for commercial spice blends.

How to make homemade pumpkin spice blend

For this pumpkin pie spice recipe, just gather 4 spices together in an airtight container.

And the measures are very easy: all you have to do is use whole teaspoons or tablespoons.

DIY pumpkin pie spice
5 from 3 votes

DIY pumpkin pie spice

How to make a delicious pumpkin spice blend without allspice
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Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:0 mins
Total Time:5 mins


  • Airtight small container or spice jar


  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon (Ceylon is recommended) (6 teaspoons)
  • 1 tbsp ginger powder (3 teaspoons)
  • 2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground clove


  • Gather the ingredients in a small container.
    Self mixed pumpkin spices
  • Mix the spices and use as desired (this blends substitute comercial pumpkin pie spice)
    DIY pumpkin pie spice


Calories: 6kcal
Course: Dessert, Drinks, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: spices
Servings: 12 teaspoons
Calories: 6kcal


Pumpkin pie spice is a blend that tastes slightly sweet and warm (and it’s packed with antioxidants!).
It matches many dishes and drinks and it’s very easy to make your own mix at home.
You’ll just need ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground nutmeg and ground cloves (many recipes also add ground allspice, but also tastes great without).

If you’re looking for a handy recipe to upgrade your spices cabinet, this is it! It’s easy enough to make the pumpkin pie spice yourself in just a few minutes. You’ll never want store-bought again!

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  1. 5 stars
    Thank you very much for showing how easily pumpkin spice can be prepared at home. I love cinnamon in almost every sweet drink, so I can imagine I’ll love this blend!

    1. 5 stars
      Thank you for your comment! I am sure you’ll like the blend; it’s similar to cinnamon but with some depth.
      Let me know how you used it when you make the mix!

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