Ahh, pumpkin spice. That aroma of ginger, nutmeg, cloves…it’s so…perfect, especially around the holidays. I like to use it year-round in pies, pancakes, smoothies, applesauce, and even mix a little into ice cream if I’ve got a fix. You can buy the stuff already mixed and packaged but the problem is compared to homemade fresh-ground pumpkin spice, it is no match. I mean, like, NO comparison!
I’ve used a lot of pre-made pumpkin pie spice mixes in my day and never will I ever use it again after making my own. It’s got a perfect hint of cloves in the forefront, a background of nutmeg, and ginger to keep it bright, along with allspice to give a perfect balance.
Have you met Allspice yet?
I learned something new about allspice. It is actually from the allspice plant. I thought that it was just a blend of spices, but nope. I guess you learn a new thing every day.
Grind it or Shake it
I have whole cloves, which I grind up fresh, but you can use pre-ground. To mix the spices I find what works best is my Magic Bullet with a flat blades. It grinds everything up into a perfect powder, and cleanup is totally easy. If you don’t have a Magic Bullet (or NutriBullet) please do invest in one. They are super handy. If you don’t have one, no sweat. You can just shake the mixture up — but if you’re doing that then you definitely want to use all pre-ground spices.
A little half pint mason jar is perfect to store your spectacular creation in.
Perfect Pumpkin Spice Recipe
- 4 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
- 2 Tbsp. ground ginger
- 2 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp. ground allspice
- Grind all ingredients in a grinder of some sort. If you don’t have a grinder, shake ingredients together.
- Store in an airtight container, in a cool, dry place.