Pumpkin Spice — How to Make Everyone’s Fall Fave

As the leaves start to change and the weather starts to cool, something new appears in stores: pumpkin spice. While pumpkin spice isn’t new, it seems that there’s an endless array of products and treats with this beloved ingredient. What better way to celebrate fall than with a few delicious pumpkin spice recipes? You can even make your own pumpkin spice and use it in anything you want, from smoothies to baked goods. You may even be tempted to stir it into a cup of greek yogurt or in a dish of oatmeal. Let’s break down what pumpkin spice is, how to make it, and everything else you need to know about this fall staple. 

Pumpkin Spice is Actually Healthy – Really!

Now while you may think that pumpkin spice is just a delightful scent and taste, think again. There are actually valuable benefits hiding in pumpkin spice. Pumpkin spice is created with a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice. That’s the traditional mixture and 

Now don’t go downing a 20 oz pumpkin spice latte and calling it a healthy choice — unless you want to do. You do you, just know that along with that pumpkin spice comes a heap of calories. However, when you use a pumpkin spice in various dishes, you’re reaping a nice health benefit from each one. 

  • Cinnamon – Cinnamon is packed with antioxidants, and these help protect your body from free radical damage. A 2005 study on the effectiveness of cinnamon along with 25 other spices found that cinnamon was the best antioxidant of them all.
  • Ginger – Ginger has long been held as one of the most powerful ingredients for its anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also good for nausea, reducing pain, and may improve heart disease risk. A 2015 study found that 2 grams of ginger powder lowered blood sugar by 12% in individuals with type 2 diabetes.
  • Allspice – Allspice can reduce bloating and also has antioxidant properties. You’ll enjoy anti-inflammation and digestive aid as well. A 2002 study on plant essential oils found that it’s a powerful immunity booster for forms of stomach bacteria such as E. Coli.
  • Nutmeg – Nutmeg is another great anti-inflammatory but it has a lot of other benefits as well. Studies show that it has its use for heart health and improving blood sugar control. 
  • Cloves – Last but not least, cloves are another great anti-inflammatory. 

Making Your Own Pumpkin Spice

Now that you know all of that great benefits of pumpkin spice, let’s make up a homemade batch of this fall favorite!  You can purchase it in the spice aisle, but if you’re a fan of the homemade stuff, read on. Keep these ingredients on hand and you’ll never run out —- perfect when the local grocery has a run on the spice come Thanksgiving!

Homemade Pumpkin Spice

3 tablespoons of cinnamon

2 teaspoons of ginger

1 ½ teaspoons of allspice

2 teaspoons of ground nutmeg

Then simply mix and store in a clean airtight container for up to 6 months.

Pumpkin Spice Cookies

These taste like pumpkin goodness but without the actual pumpkin!  Whip up a batch and get in the fall mood with these delicious cookies.

  • 1 cup of softened butter
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of homemade pumpkin spice
  • 3 ¾ cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup of pure pumpkin (I like Libby’s)
  • 1 egg

Mix flour, baking powder, and pumpkin spice together in a small bowl then set aside.

Stir butter and sugar until you have a fluffy mix in a large bowl. 

Add in egg, vanilla extract and pumpkin, then beat. 

Stir in flour and spice mixture, then mix thoroughly. 

Form resulting dough into bowls, then roll out. Use your favorite pumpkin cookie cutter to create fun shaped cookies. 

Bake in the oven on 350 feet for 8-10 minutes, checking once to ensure softness.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Here’s how you can save money and calories with a homemade pumpkin spice latte. 

  • 1.5 ounces of brewed espresso
  • ¼ teaspoons of homemade pumpkin spice
  • 2 tablespoons of pure pumpkin (canned, Libby’s is a great choice)
  • 2 tablespoons of white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (Vanilla syrup will work just as well)
  • 1 cup of milk (or milk substitute)

Take brewed espresso and set aside. Mix together pumpkin, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, and milk in a pan while stirring on medium. 

Stir until it forms a frothy mix, continuing to stir well or you’ll have lumps. Once mixed to the right consistency, pour your espresso in a clean mug. 

Add pumpkin spiced milk over it. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

You can buy pumpkin pancake mix, or you can make your own. As for me, I’ll take the homemade route. There’s something that’s just delicious to enjoy when it cooks and sizzles in the pan.

  • 1.5 teaspoons of pumpkin spice
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 ¼ cups of flour
  • ½ teaspoons of salt
  • 1 cup of milk
  • ½ cup of pure pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 1 egg

Combine the flour, sugar, pumpkin spice, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. 

In a new bowl, mix milk, pumpkin, butter, and egg together until combined.

Stir in the milk mixture into the flour mixture, stirring once.

Prepare your pan or skillet with grease of choice, then pour batter, cooking on medium.

Flip pancake once, letting each side cook for just over 2 minutes.

Top with a delicious homemade cream cheese icing or butter.

 

Homemade Cream Cheese Icing

This icing or frosting is also perfect for the pumpkin spice cookies above!

  • 8 ounces of cream cheese, softened
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 4 cups of confectioner’s sugar
  • ½ cup of softened butter

Beat butter and cream cheese together, then stir in sugar and vanilla until you have a creamy mix. Top anything you want with it! 

 

 

 

 

 

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