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How To Make A Pumpkin Pie Spice Substitute

Learn how to make your very own spice blend!

Updated December 30, 2022

If you've ever been in the midst of a fall baking marathon, you've probably run out of pumpkin pie spice at one point or another. It's a seasonal staple that we can't live without, so that's why we learned How To Make A Pumpkin Pie Spice Substitute.

To make your own pumpkin pie spice substitute, combine cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and allspice. Homemade spices are often super easy to make -- it's just a matter of mixing different spices from your pantry together until you've concocted the perfect blend. How simple is that?

Pumpkin pie spice goes into most, if not all, of your favorite pumpkin recipes (and other recipes too), so it's a pretty important thing to have around the kitchen. Never run out of this easy-to-make spice again, no matter the time of year, with this substitute for pumpkin pie spice.

How To Make A Pumpkin Pie Spice Substitute

What You'll Need:

  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice

How To Make A Pumpkin Pie Spice Substitute

Is there pumpkin in pumpkin pie spice?

No! Pumpkin pie spice has no trace of pumpkin in it. If that seems weird to you, you're not the only one. This may be a no brainer to some of you, more experienced home cooks, but for others of us, we've lived our lives assuming otherwise. Silly us. Pumpkin pie spice is simply what gives all that familar, sweet and spicy flavor, that warms and comfort us deep down, to our favorite pumpkin pies, breads, cookies, cakes, lattes and other pumpkin-flavored treats.

Pros of Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

  1. You control the proportions. Maybe you are a huge fan of cinnamon -- add a little more! Don't really like the licoricey flavor of cloves? Add less or leave it out all together. This is your kitchen, and your rules. Do what tastes best to you!
  2. Save money! Buying premixed pumpkin pie spice can get expensive. Sure, buying the individual spices will cost more at first, but it will save you money in the long run, especially if you use pumpkin pie spice often.
  3. Easily season savory dishes that teeter on the edge of being sweet, like roasted butternut squash soup or a sweet potato casserole. This particular blend of spices is great for drawing out the flavors of squash, sweet potatoes, and more. Plus, you have the option of seasoning your food with the individual spices you bought to make the spice blend.

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