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Pumpkin Pie Spice is a seasoning recipe substitute for store-bought listing what’s in it, how to make it, and how much you’ll need to make all your favorite Fall and Winter dishes! Once you try making a batch for yourself, we think you’ll agree that making your own pumpkin pie spice seasoning mix beats buying it, big time!

Why is learning how to make your own spice blend better than buying a pre-made pumpkin pie spice mix?

Well, for one, we like that you can adjust each spice’s amounts. Being able to adjust each spice to taste allows you to find the perfect balance of spices according to your specific taste.

And second, the half teaspoon measurement increments make it super easy to do the math to double or triple this recipe. We’ve gotten into the habit of doubling it to have a little extra on hand to use in our next recipe.

Oh, and last but not least, making your own blend is much less expensive than buying a pre-made spice mix. Cha-ching!

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Fast & Simple Substitute for Store-Bought Pumpkin Pie Spice!

Have you ever been in a situation where you have everything ready to make a recipe, but you’re missing one crucial spice? 

For some reason or other, maybe it’s because it’s a bit of a seasonal need, I always seem to find myself out of pumpkin spice. 

Is it just me, or does it feel like the worse thing ever when you end up having to haul yourself back to the grocery store after it’s forgotten? 

Or no, worse still, you forgot it, you go back only to find that they’re sold out of the brand you trust because it’s that most wonderful time of the year when everyone and their grandmother is cooking something from scratch.

Man, what a lifesaver this recipe is!

I’ve got to tell you, since landing on this simple blend, Mike and I no longer buy pumpkin pie spice. We make a double of triple batch of this pumpkin pie spice recipe using the spices we almost always have in the pantry. Our hope is that this simple recipe comes in handy for you, too!

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What is in Pumpkin Pie Spice?

We’re rather proud of the fact that our recipe for pumpkin pie spice blend is super simple. Our recipe requires only four ingredients. Compared to other recipes, ours is the quickest, easiest, and delivers on flavor, BIG time!

You’ll need only four common spices to make our delicious blend: 

  • cinnamon – loaded with anti-inflammatories and antioxidants, and is said to lower blood sugar and so much more
  • ginger – calms nausea, especially morning sickness, and so much more
  • nutmeg – lowers high blood pressure, strengthens cognitive function, reduces insomnia, increases immune system function, and so much more
  • cloves – high in antioxidants, keeps blood sugar in check, blocks bacteria, improves sperm mobility, and so much more!

We couldn’t resist sharing a few details about how these lovelies offer much more than great flavor!

We suggest reading this article about cinnamon to learn even more about savory spices and seasonings’ benefits. Facts gleamed from this article is one reason why we use more cinnamon than any other ingredient in our blend.

By the way, if you do not have cloves on hand but do happen to have allspice, feel free to substitute the allspice for the cloves in this recipe. We tried it both ways and preferred the cloves but allspice does get the job done, so to speak. We wouldn’t hesitate to use allspice on the occasion of being out of ground cloves.

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How Much Pumpkin Pie Spice Do You Need?

It doesn’t get any easier or more budget friendly than mixing up a little pumpkin spice blend as you need it.

But better still is when you think ahead and double or triple the recipe to have some spice on the ready!

Then, whenever a recipe calls for pumpkin pie spice, BAM – the measuring is already done! Mix in a scoop, taste, and add a little more if you want, according to your preference.

And if you ever need to figure out how much pumpkin pie spice to use instead of individual spices called for in a recipe, here’s what we suggest.

When a recipe calls for individual spices, and you want to save time and money by using a scoop or so of this spice blend instead, do the following:

First, check to see how much cinnamon the recipe requires. If the recipe calls for one teaspoon of cinnamon, we recommend using about 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons of our pumpkin pie spice blend recipe.

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5 Creative Ways to Use Pumpkin Pie Spice

We’ve started keeping a jar of our spice blend ready to go because its tasty uses are endless! We know you’re going to appreciate these clever uses for homemade pumpkin pie spice.

  • Try adding this blend to your favorite chocolate cake. Adding about half a tablespoon to cake batter gives you a beautifully spiced cake just right for Fall and Winter!
  • Or how about sprinkling a bit on applesauce to liven things up!
  • Put some of this seasoning on oatmeal to add an earthy, warm, and cozy seasonal spin. 
  • Sprinkle some on your cappuccino or make a pumpkin spice latte.
  • Or add a little oomph and seasonal flair to a bowl of frozen banana nice cream!
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Our pumpkin pie spice substitute for store-bought makes everything it touches taste like Autumn!

And if you’re in search of spectacular recipes using pumpkin pie spice flavors and nutritious and seasonal pumpkin and seeds to round out your Fall, Winter and holiday meal planning, be sure to try the following recipes. You can trust that very single recipe we create for you is one hundred percent whole food plant-based, vegan, oil-free, and naturally gluten-free!

No-Cook Pumpkin Chia Overnight Oats

Pumpkin Seed Veggie Burgers

No-Cook Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites

Pumpkin Power Breakfast Worthy Cookies 

No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake with ‘Aquafaba’ Whipped Cream

Pumpkin Cinnamon Spice Cake with Cashew Cream Cheese Glaze

Cauliflower, Kale & Carrot Chopped Salad

Easiest Granola Recipe

Vegan Yogurt with Granola and Toasted Coconut

I’m sure we’ll all find even more uses for our homemade spice mix. We’ve been so pleased with this blend that we’re continually thinking of new ways to let it shine. And like I said above, we always have a jar ready to go!

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Thank You for Sharing this Foodie Adventure!

We’re so glad you’re here and want you to know, as always, that sharing our recipes with you is a pleasure.

Mike and I make time to talk each day about new ideas and recipes, and man, we’re so enjoying the journey of finding tasty new ways to use this substitute for pumpkin pie spice!

We also dream about, discuss, and plan what’s next for this mindfully healthy recipe site, about what more we can do to make cooking healthier more than doable for you.

And of course, being the foodies that we are, then we chat endlessly about what’s for dinner.

Happy Eating!

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Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe | 4-Ingredient Seasoning Substitute

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  • Yield: 3 Servings

You can make your own EASY pumpkin pie spice blend with spices you may already have on hand.  Use this recipe as a substitute for that store-bought mix you forgot to purchase or because you enjoy saving some money. Tweak this recipe to your liking by adding a pinch more cloves or a tiny bit less nutmeg, and such!  And then, use it in everything—from vegan pumpkin pie, bread, oatmeal, cheesecake, pumpkin spice lattes, and other warm and soothing, seasonally spiced recipes! This recipe makes about three teaspoons of beautifully balanced Pumpkin Pie Spice Seasoning.



  1. In a small bowl or jar, combine all four spices and store them in an airtight container.


  • We think it's worth mentioning that you may substitute allspice for the ground cloves.
  • The nutritional information is for one teaspoon of our spice blend.  Who knew a few seasonal spices could provide so many vitamins and minerals?


% DV

Calories Per Serving: 21
  • Total Fat 0.6 g 1 %
  • Saturated Fat 0.4 g 2 %
  • Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
  • Sodium 3.8 mg 0 %
  • Carbohydrates 5 g 2 %
  • Fiber 2.8 g 11 %
  • Sugar 0.2 g ---
  • Protein 0.4 g 1 %
  • Vitamin A 0 %
  • Vitamin C 0 %
  • Iron 4 %
  • Calcium 5 %

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