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DIY Pumpkin Spice + 30 Healthy Fall Recipes

September 19, 2014

Want to make all of those fall pumpkin desserts but don’t have any pumpkin spice on hand? This DIY Pumpkin Spice recipe will save the day! Recipes for a single-serve and cups worth of pumpkin spice included.

Hello from Minneapolis! I think this is my favourite time of year to visit Minnesota. The trees are just starting to change and there’s a crispness in the air that is incredibly refreshing. If winter never came I think I could stay in Minneapolis in the Fall forever.

For many, Fall means one thing: pumpkin fever. I’ll admit, I’m a trend follower and I’m all up in the pumpkin. I’m obviously not the only one since pumpkin (the canned variety) is already selling out at stores. One day I’ll tackle roasting an actual pumpkin, but until that day comes I will continue to hoard canned pumpkin when I see it. DIY Pumpkin Spice // thehealthymaven.com #recipe #diyThe only thing more difficult than finding canned pumpkin in the Fall is finding pumpkin spice. People talk about pumpkin spice as if it’s grown in their backyard and then ground up in their kitchen. They also seem to think that it is available everywhere and while maybe this is the case in AMURICA, I live in its far superior/pumpkin spice barren neighbour to the North.

Finding pumpkin spice is about as easy as getting to a Trader Joe’s aka not possible. That’s a lie. I have found pumpkin spice in Toronto but only at The Bulk Barn, which is also where I conveniently went to stock up on spices to make this DIY version and my reaction was somewhere along the lines of OBVI/FML/I’MSTILLPOSTINGTHIS. DIY Pumpkin Spice Collage-FINALMaybe you don’t have a use for a big batch of pumpkin spice. I’ve got you’ve covered on this too. My hack version which I use when I only need a teaspoon or so always does the trick. I usually ball-park it but it always turns out great. I’ll prove it to you when I get around to posting my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Blondies (sneak peek here!).


DIY Pumpkin Spice

  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes


  • 3 T ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves

For 1 teaspoon of pumpkin spice:

  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • pinch of allspice*
  • pinch of cloves*


  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and stir.
  2. Store in a sealed spice jar to keep fresh.


*I ball-park this so it ends up being very slightly more than 1 tsp but you won’t notice the difference.

As much as I love pumpkin, Fall has so much more to offer! Apples, other types of squash, our long forgotten friend, Mr. Pear and so much more! So before the Polar Vortex 2.0. comes swinging through, it’s time to start snacking. I’ve rounded up 25 Healthy Fall Recipes to cover you for the next few months!

apples and pearsApple Cinnamon Protein Breakfast Cookies (GF, V)

Apple Nachos – Lexi’s Clean Kitchen (GF, V, PF)

Apple Walnut Muffins – Southern In Law (GF)

Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips (GF, V, PF)

Crock-Pot Cinnamon Applesauce – Fit Foodie Finds (GF, V, PF)

Cardamom Apple-Pearsauce – Snappy Gourmet (GF, V, PF)

Dehydrated Pears – One Creative Mommy (GF, V, PF)

Green Apple Fruit Leathers – Oh My Veggies (GF, V, PF)

Peanut Butter Apple Oat Bars – Guilty Kitchen (GF)

Spiced Ginger Pear Energy Bites – Nutritionist In The Kitch (GF, V) Pumpkin and squash Butternut Butterscotch Latte – An Edible Mosaic (GF, V, PF)

Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Smoothie – Cupcakes and Kale Chips (GF)

Crispy Baked Butternut Squash Chips – Running to the Kitchen (GF, V, PF)

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Cups – Fit Foodie Finds (GF, V, PF)

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles  (GF)

Pumpkin Donuts Holes  (GF)

Pumpkin Pie Dessert Hummus – Fit Foodie Finds (GF, V)

Pumpkin Spice Granola -Crumb Blog (GF, V)

Roasted Butternut Squash Hummus  (GF, V)

Sweet & Spicy Pepitas – Alida’s Kitchen (GF, V) other fall foodsBaked Rosemary Beet Chips – Minimalist Baker (GF, V, PF)

Crunchy Dill Pickles (Refrigerator style) – Spicie Kitchen (GF, V, PF)

Flourless Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies – The Hummusapien (GF, V, PF)

Healthy Breakfast Cookies with Cranberries and Almonds – Food Faith Fitness (GF)

Microwave Chipotle Sweet Potato Chips – Nutmeg Nanny (GF, V, PF)

Morning Glory Muffins (GF)

Raw Fig Bars (GF, V, PF)

Single-Serve Carrot Cake – Fit Foodie Finds (GF)

Spicy and Cheesy Kale Chips – Eating Bird Food (GF, V, PF)

Quinoa Cornbread Muffins with Black Bean Arugula and Parmesan – Inspired Edibles (GF)

labelsHave you had a hard time finding pumpkin spice? What’s your favourite fall snack?


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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    September 19, 2014 at 5:16 am

    I didn’t even know pumpkin pie spice existed until I went to America- pinning that first picture, it’s genius!

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    Tina Muir
    September 19, 2014 at 7:06 am

    I guess I take it for granted that I am living in America, and it can be found anywhere….you mean the rest of the world does not have pumpkin spice creamer, and pumpkin spice oreos? hahahah. However, I do have all those ingredients, so I could make my own for much cheaper now, so thank you!

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      Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut
      September 19, 2014 at 4:50 pm

      I’m with you Tina! I never even think twice about picking up pumpkin spice from the store and there is definitely pumpkin spice creamer in my fridge right now!

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    GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth
    September 19, 2014 at 7:22 am

    The first time I tried to make pumpkin spice cuz I couldn’t find it at the grocery, I went to bulk barn too. I portioned out the nutmeg, allspice and cloves into those little baggies and was looking for ginger when I sae the pumpkin spice. I was highly unamused lol

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness
    September 19, 2014 at 7:34 am

    WAIT?! You can’t find pumpkin spice?! Come visit – I have 100 jars! 😉
    And thanks for sharing my cookies! Pinned!

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    Jen @ Bagels to Broccoli
    September 19, 2014 at 7:54 am

    This is amazing!! Thanks for the awesome roundup!

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    September 19, 2014 at 8:07 am

    I don’t think pumpkin spice is available here in Germany at all. Probably because pumpkin is not that big of a thing here either. Ground ginger isn’t easily available either but maybe in health food stores.
    Thanks for the fall recipe list, especially the ones with apple which is my favourite fruit all year round but even more in fall. An apple a day… 🙂

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    September 19, 2014 at 8:52 am

    How profesh are your pictures?! LOVE DEM. Thanks for including my cooking, doll 🙂 Hope you’re having the bestest time with Lee!

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    Lexi @ Lexi's Clean Kitchen
    September 19, 2014 at 9:22 am

    LOVE!!!! We think alike my friend, I have a pumpkin spice coming as well 🙂 Thanks for including my apple nachos!! <3 Hope you ladies are having a great week!

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health
    September 19, 2014 at 9:58 am

    while i havent seen any trees changing colors yet i love the way air smells (does that even make sense, say yes)…i have to stock up on my pumpkin spice but you just inspired me to make my own (a big batch of it actually).

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    September 19, 2014 at 11:13 am

    I’m so glad you have apple recipes, too. (I don’t like pumpkin – shocking but true.)

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food
    September 19, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Love the recipe roundup! And don’t even say the words polar vortex to me. I don’t think I can handle a repeat of last winter!

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    Jen @ Chase the Red Grape
    September 19, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Thank you so much for the spice blend! Does not exist anywhere in the UK! Will be making a big batch of this to add to everything! 🙂

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    shashi @ runninsrilankan
    September 19, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Like you, I have been makin my own version of pumpkin spice too! And what a collection of fall recipes – yum!

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    September 19, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    What a helpful post!! I never have pumpkin spice in my cupboard this makes life so much easier! Happy fall 🙂

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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    September 19, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    I’m with you, I love pumpkin & pumpkin pie spice! I haven’t gotten on the pumpkin train yet, but I certainly will be obsessed within a couple of weeks.

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    September 19, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    I love love love pumpkin but I do think it totally overshadows the awesomeness of apples that, to me, scream September way more than pumpkins do! I totally understand your spice frustration. When I lived in Aus, I could never get the American spice blends I liked. It was honestly one of the most frustrating things. I know, I have a lot of big and important problems in my life.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      September 21, 2014 at 12:31 pm

      I’m legit stocking up on US products from TJs this week. I can’t imagine if Canada wasn’t as close to the US as it is. I legit feel for my Australian friends!

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    Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl
    September 19, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    this could not have come at a better time- I’m all out of pumpkin spice and my local Trader Joe’s hasn’t stocked up yet! Love your pics too!!

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    Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
    September 19, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Love all of these recipe recommendations! Enjoy your weekend in Minnesota. I have heard it is such a fun city!

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    Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut
    September 19, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Fall is the best here! I really hope winter will wait a little bit so I can enjoy the pretty leaves and perfect running weather! How long are you in town? So sad I missed the shindig last night! I’ll buy ya a pumpkin spice latte if you’re here Monday! 🙂

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    Nicole @ Squash on Squash
    September 19, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Thanks for this! I usually just throw a bunch of nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves together and try and make it work.

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    September 19, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    I literally just left the Bulk Barn and didn’t get pumpkin pie spice. dammit. I’ll have to go all DIY 😉 and thank you for letting me know that peanut butter pumpkin cups exist! Need!

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    GiGi Eats
    September 19, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    I’m going to do the Pumpkin Pie Spice challenge……..

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    September 20, 2014 at 7:58 am

    I’ve managed to find pumpkin spice at Loblaws (it’s the brand in the little red tins – I forget what it’s called and I’m too lazy to go look in my cupboard haha) but it’s crazy expensive at like $4 or $5 for the smallest amount. Your version would be like 10x cheaper!

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    Kim @ BusyBod
    September 20, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Prepare to be shocked: I, the poster child for kitchen intimidation, have cooked with real pumpkin. I know! Crazy, right?! John and I carved pumpkins two years ago and I was determined to use the insides for something. The internet told me you couldn’t cook with carving pumpkins, so I said “FU internet, watch me!” and proceeded to make pumpkin muffins with the pile of goop and they tasted like HEAVEN. I mean, I followed a recipe so it wasn’t exactly creative, but this was at a time where “cooking” meant boiling water for pasta or microwaving a bowl of frozen peas (peas have protein, that was totally a legitimate dinner and I stand by it), so it was very impressive for me. Plus, no roasting necessary (that sounds intimidating and impossible). I did roast the seeds though. Does that count?

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      Davida Kugelmass
      September 21, 2014 at 12:24 pm

      After reading this I turned to Lee and asked her if she’d ever roasted a pumpkin. Neither of us have…you are a CHAMP!

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    September 21, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Oh no, you didn’t just go AMURICA on us. I’m afraid this is going to put a damper in our relationship. I don’t know if we’ll be able to recover. So sad……

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    Alex @ Alex Runs For Food
    September 22, 2014 at 10:16 am

    My favorite thing about fall is everything pumpkin! I LOVE pumpkin. I can find pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice EVERYWHERE…. thank you america!
    One of my goals for this fall is to roast my own pumpkin. It’s super easy so I just need to find the time to try it out!

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    September 22, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    I have pumpkin spice but for some reason I feel like my Gram randomly bought it and sent it to me for something? I was going to buy cardamon at the store yesterday… that shit was $15, so no.

    Um I really hope your pumpkin blondies are what’s coming tomorrow.


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    Betty Kozanecki
    October 3, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Here in Sydney Australia pumpkin comes from the fruit market not in cans.. We mostly use butternut squash or a variety called Jap. Deliceous roasted with meat and potatoes, also cooked alongside potatoes for mash. Not to mention pumpkin soup. Thanks for the spice recipe as pumpkin spice is unheard of here.

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    October 22, 2014 at 8:08 am

    It still seems like magic that you can buy canned pumpkin in USA and Canada. We have nothing alike. And we only get pumpkins for a super short time. The season starts in September and is over in November. So we’re already facing sad times 😉 Pumpkin spice is the same. I was thrilled when you posted the recipe and I made it immediately. I already used up the first batch. I add it to way too many dishes. Thanks for sharing, this made my entire fall 😀

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      October 22, 2014 at 9:36 am

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