Pumpkin Spice is Nice When it’s Homemade

Starbucks reports over $80 million in annual sales of pumpkin-spice-flavored drinks. Their oh-so-seasonal syrup combines natural flavors (including a touch of pumpkin purée to satisfy the literal-minded) with a few “other” things, like caramel coloring. If you like the pumpkin spice phenomenon but prefer to tickle your tastebuds with something entirely natural, try this homemade spice mix recipe. You’ll soon be sprinkling it over the fresh apple slices in your lunch pail, or on top of servings of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream – or in with the coffee grounds of your kitchen coffee maker for an aromatic eye-opener.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Recipe


5 tsp ground cinnamon
3 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground allspice
1 ½ tsp ground cloves
½ tsp ground nutmeg


Blend all spices together and store in airtight container for up to six months.

Suggested uses:

Mix 1 tsp of spice mix with ½ tsp sugar and sprinkle over fresh apple slices for a breakfast or lunchtime treat.

If you add a dollop of whipped cream to any fall dessert, sprinkle a bit of spice mix on top.

Cut an acorn squash in half and remove seeds. Rub ½ tsp olive oil on the yellowy flesh. Sprinkle with salt and pumpkin spice mix. Bake until edges are golden and serve with roast pork or chicken.

Recipe and Story by Victoria Bradley / Photography by Adam Milliron / Styling by Ana Kelly 

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