There’s nothing that screams “Halloween” and autumn more than pumpkin. We’ve rounded up 5 of our favorite healthy pumpkin recipes that feature pumpkin puree, pumpkin seeds, and/or pumpkin spice.
Recipe #1: DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice
Fall is definitely pumpkin spice time! While lots of stores sell pumpkin spice (aka pumpkin pie spice) ready-made, it’s super simple to make your own from spices you may already have on hand.
What is in Pumpkin Pie Spice?
Pumpkin spice is generally a combination of:
Some recipes you’ll find online exclude the clove and/or the allspice, so it’s really all a matter of personal preference. The good thing is a spice blend is pretty hard to mess up. Just remember that nutmeg, clove, and allspice all have very intense flavors. If you find your blend too strong, simply add in more cinnamon to tone down the intensity. Below is an easy pumpkin pie spice recipe we like.
TIP: To preserve the freshness and maximize the health potential of all your spices, keep them in sealed glass jars away from heat and light. When cooking with dried herbs & spices, never add them by holding your spice bottle above a steaming pot. The steam will condense inside the spice jar and grow mold or otherwise break down the herb or spice. Instead, measure your spices away from the steam into your hand or a small bowl and THEN add to your dish.
Pumpkin Pie Spice Serving Ideas:
Pumpkin spice not only tastes great sprinkled on coffee or in smoothies, but it can also usually replace plain cinnamon in baking. It goes particularly well with any recipe that features fall fruits and veggies including pumpkin, squash, sweet potato, apple, and pear.
- 4 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 2 Tablespoons ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon allspice (optional)
- Mix all the spices together in a bowl
- Store in a sealed glass container (e.g., recycled spice bottle or small Mason jar)