How to Make Pumpkin Spice

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Very easy-to-make pumpkin pie spice mix recipe

Learn how to make your own DIY pumpkin spice.

Homemade pumpkin pie spice

Mmmmm, Pumpkin Spice!
You can use it for much more than for just making pumpkin pie: pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffin…
This flavor has become the staple of Fall for many people!

And luckily, it’s very easy to assemble it at home.
In this post I’ll share my recipe for DIY pumpkin spice; 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 cheaper than store-bought, even using better quality and/or organic spices
  • Homemade often tastes better than many brands
  • Pumpkin pie spice isn’t so easy to find abroad

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 (Europe).

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!

Update from 2023 (2 years after originally posting this recipe):
In the meanwhile, I bought a pumpkin spice mix containing allspice so I could compare tastes… And I couldn’t really taste a big difference, so in my opinion, allspice isn’t strictly necessary!

Is pumpkin pie spice mix healthy?

If the cozy vibes weren’t enough excuse to enjoy sprinkling pumpkin spice around, it turns out, pumpkin pie spice ingredients offer you more than just great 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

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

You may also use this blend every time you would like to add some cinnamon-like flavor but with some more warmth and depth.

Here are some delicious recipes that use pumpkin spice:

How to make homemade pumpkin spice blend

Time needed: 5 minutes

How to make pumpkin spice mix

  1. Gather ingredients

    Measure ground cinnamon, ginger powder, ground clove and ground nutmeg.

  2. Put everything together

    Store in airtight container, in a dark place and away from moisture.

DIY pumpkin pie spice
5 from 6 votes

DIY pumpkin pie spice

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


  • 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

If you’re looking for a handy recipe to upgrade your spices cabinet, this is it!
This pumpkin pie spice is easy enough to make in just a few minutes and mixing your own spice blend is so fun, 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!

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you for your recipe. All the pumpkin spice mix recipes I found have allspice, but I don’t have allspice, so this recipe was perfect.

    1. I hear you, Lena! Where I live, allspice isn’t a common ingredient, but I like the taste of this mix recipe even without allspice. Thank you very much for your kind comment and star review.

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