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Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe

Save money by making your own pumpkin pie spice with this homemade pumpkin pie spice recipe.


It’s fall, the time of year that’s all about pumpkin.  In fact, since moving from Hawaii to Washington (which actually has seasons!), I’ve become a bit obsessed with pumpkins and squash every October through December. Don’t believe me? Take a look at our front railing!



I spent a good hour at the pumpkin patch picking out the best pumpkins and squash for creating and testing recipes. I couldn’t actually carry them, but hey, I have an awesome husband who emptied them from my trunk and lined them up so nicely!

This pumpkin obsession is of great benefit to you my friends, because I can’t help but share the awesome food I’m coming up with while recipe testing.

I’ve really been struggling to blog lately because of exhaustion and intermittent bed rest due to various pregnancy side effects. Not to worry, it’s nothing serious. In fact my midwife and birthing class teacher have both praised my healthy eating and all the vitamins and nutrition I’ve been getting baby through my food. 

I passed my glucose test (what a nightmare) and anemia test with flying colors, and am gaining the pound a week so yay healthy pregnancy. I’m also falling in love more and more with my little wiggle worm every day!

When I do have the ability to get out of bed and be on my feet, I’m trying to paint the nursery and get the house ready for baby. My sister, husband and mother-in-law have both been a great help in that department.


But I’ve SO missed blogging, and I really appreciate the sweet messages I’ve gotten from several of you.


I have four or five pumpkin recipes I’ve tested and just need to photograph to share with you. UPDATE: The pumpkin recipes are photographed and posted!

I also have a few non-pumpkin recipes coming up for those of you who aren’t fans of the lovely orange globes of mega vitamins.  To kick things off, here’s my recipe for homemade pumpkin pie spice.


Making pumpkin pie spice at home is as simple as mixing a few different spices together in a jar. Plus, making your own pumpkin pie spice is not only economical, it’s also a great way to customize flavors in your holiday cooking. 

For instance, my sister has an apparent ginger allergy. I say apparent because she hasn’t been tested, not because I don’t believe her. Her tongue throat tingling and itching are a good indication of an allergy. By making homemade pumpkin pie spice, she can make skip the ginger powder. 

I also have a friend who thinks nutmeg overpowers everything so uses just a sprinkling in her pumpkin pie spice recipe.

You can also add ingredients to your pumpkin pie spice. For instance, cardamom is a highly fragrant spice that is a bit citrusry, floral, and minty. A tiny bit of that can elevate your pumpkin pie spice recipe to something truly gourmet.

Here are a few variations of pumpkin pie spice that you could try.


Follow the printable pumpkin pie spice recipe but skip the ginger. You will get 8 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice instead of 10.


Follow the printable pumpkin pie spice recipe but skip the all spice. You will get 9 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice instead of 10.


Follow the printable pumpkin pie spice recipe but skip the nutmeg. You will get 8 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice instead of 10.


Add 1/2 teaspoon of cardamom to the printable pumpkin pie spice recipe below. A little goes a long way!


Turmeric is a bit of an acquired flavor, but is loved for its anti-inflammatory properties.

You can definitely add turmeric to homemade pumpkin pie spice. It smells slightly of ginger and orange, but tastes pretty bitter. Fresh turmeric is less bitter but doesn’t work in pumpkin pie spice.

Try adding one teaspoon of turmeric to your pumpkin pie spice unless you know you love it. If you are wanting to make pumpkin spice golden milk (turmeric milk) or lattes, I suggest keeping your pumpkin pie spice as is, and grating some fresh turmeric into your drink.



This recipe is my favorite mix of spices for cooking with pumpkin.  Notice the recipe is in nice easy whole measurements?

That’s so that I can adapt the amount as needed.  I can easily use any scoop or spoon I want, so instead of two teaspoons of nutmeg, it will be two scoops. This is a great idea whenever you’re creating a spice mix recipe.

If you want to make a small recipe of pumpkin spice, just enough for a pie, use a 1/8 teaspoon to do your scoops. You’ll end up with 1 1/4 teaspoons of pumpkin spice, perfect for a pumpkin pie!

I tend to make a big jar of pumpkin pie spice the first week of October, and use it throughout the fall and winter.


Here are a few of our favorite recipes using pumpkin pie spice, from our site and from our blogging friends.

Homemade pumpkin pie spice also makes great affordable gifts!  Just package the spice mix in cute little jars (you can often get them for $1 or less at craft shops).

So next week I’ll start sharing some pumpkin recipes, the big decision now is what to share first!  Hmmm, whole wheat pumpkin muffins or homemade pumpkin spice lattes?  What do you think?

Yield: 10 teaspoons

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

homemade pumpkin pie spice jars

Save money and make your own pumpkin pie spice with this homemade pumpkin pie spice recipe.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes


  1. Mix all ingredients well and store in an airtight container. Easy as pie!


Approximate cost/serving: By getting my spices from the bulk spice section I end up only paying about 30 cents or less for 3 TBS of spice mix. I've started using organic spices which does increase the cost a bit, but it's still cheaper than buying the non-organic pumpkin pie spice in a jar on the spice aisle.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

10 teaspoons

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 6Saturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g

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12 thoughts on “Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe”

  1. I vote the latte..or a pie…oh man! I love your site hun!
    PS we need to get together…[even if its totally chill just chat time]
    PPS what is allspice? It’s the only one I don’t have!

  2. Welcome back. My kitchen has definitely missed your blog posts. 🙂 I completely understand the pregnancy exhaustion though (Just hitting the 8 month mark myself!)

    I bought a huge pumpkin the other day to make various recipes, but then I didn’t pass my glucose test. 🙁 So I’m either going to have to be very inventive in my baking or a very generous friend.

    I vote the muffins, just because I can’t wait to see how you do them. 🙂

  3. Glad you are doing ok. I have done the best rest thing, not fun! Just hang in there, it will be worth it. I vote for the latte!!! I too have missed your blogs, but I figured you were exhausted and busy getting ready for the little one!

  4. Just found your site and enjoyed your blog. I am going to try the pumpkin pie spice later. My husband and I are making apple butter right now and I was looking for different recipes to use. Blessings

  5. My mom is deathly allergic to ginger (like, gets a trace on her hands and ends up in the ER, allergic), I’d be very interested in the ginger-free pumpkin pie spice recipe! Thanks! 🙂

  6. Can I get you to post your sisters pumpkin pie spice recipe with no ginger? I am allergic to ginger as well and would love to be able to try some of these recipes!

  7. I want to make this but I don’t have any ginger, are there any subsitutes, should I go buy some or does ginger not make any difference?


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