Pumpkin Pie Spice is the best DIY spice mix substitute and tastes great in pies, cookies, muffins, and breads. This fall seasoning blend only has 5 ingredients, is easy to make, and can be stored for up to a year.
Pumpkin Pie Spice – Best when Homemade!
You were out of pumpkin pie spice?!
Or maybe you went to the grocery store the day before Thanksgiving only to find…
All of the pumpkin spice jars were gone?!
Not to fret, my friend.
You can easily make a this Fall blend at home and it is a great substitute for the store bought kind!
Only five spices go into it and they can all easily be found at your local grocery store.
Not to mention, when you make your own at home, it has SO much more flavor!
What is Pumpkin Pie Spice?
Pumpkin pie spice, or sometimes simply called pumpkin spice, is a blend of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and sometimes allspice.
This mix can either be purchased at the grocery store or made at home.
What is in it?
Typically you will find 4-5 different spices in store bought and homemade.
(See recipe card below for ingredient amounts.)
What Spices are in it:
- Ground Cinnamon – has a warm and woody, sweet and slightly spicy flavor. It makes up a large majority of the blend. Do not substitute this for any of the other spices.
- Ground Nutmeg – Sweet and nutty in flavor, this also contributes a lot to the flavor profile.
- Ground Ginger – The same amount of this zesty spice goes into the blend as nutmeg.
- Ground Cloves – When pumpkin pies or recipes are a bit on the pungent side, you can thank cloves for that. A little goes a long way, so please adjust
- Ground Allspice – This spice is optional and is not found in all pumpkin pie spice recipes. It also has a peppery bite, so feel free to leave it out if you want to tone down your mix.
Cook’s Tip: You can substitute the ground cloves for allspice, or vice versa.
How to Make
Much like other homemade seasoning mixes, this recipe is very quick and easy to make.
- Add all ingredients to a small bowl.
- Whisk together until well combined.
- Use pumpkin spice immediately or store until ready to use.
Storing Homemade Blends
Store the glass container in a cool, dry space. A spice cabinet (NOT over the stove!) or a dry pantry will work great.
You do not want too much open space in the container. It is best to choose one that just barely fits all of the seasoning mix.
A store bought pumpkin pie spice is a great substitute if you don’t have time to make it from scratch.
Mccormick’s is the easiest kind to find at your grocery store.
If you prefer an organic variety, Simply Organic is my favorite brand to buy. It tastes very similar to this homemade recipe.
What can I substitute for Pumpkin Pie Spice?
Apple Pie Spice can be a substitute.
However, allspice is not a good substitute for pumpkin spice.
Does It Ever Go Bad?
Homemade seasoning mixes will never go bad, but they will lose their potency over time.
Make sure you store in an airtight container for best results.
How Long Does Pumpkin Pie Spice Last?
Pumpkin spice will last for up to 1-2 years if stored at room temperature in a cool, dry place.
Want to start putting that homemade pumpkin spice mix to good use?
Here are a few of my all-time favorite healthy pumpkin recipes that use this pie spice:
- Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Pumpkin Overnight Oats
- Healthy Pumpkin Muffins
- Keto Pumpkin Cheesecake
- Paleo & Vegan Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe
Pumpkin Pie Spice is the best DIY spice mix substitute and tastes great in pies, cookies, muffins, and breads. This pumpkin spice recipe only has 5 ingredients, is easy to make, and can be stored for up to a year.
- 3 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp. ground nutmeg
- 1 Tbsp. ground ginger
- 1 tsp. ground cloves
- 1 tsp. allspice
This recipe yields ~6 tablespoons of pumpkin pie spice.
Ground cloves and allspice can be substituted for each other.