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DIY Pumpkin Spice Recipe

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 you get around to making my pumpkin spice blondies recipe!


DIY Pumpkin Spice Recipe

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 small jar 1x


  • 3 tbsp 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*

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


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

Curious what to make with your DIY pumpkin spice? Here are a few pumpkin spice recipes from the THM archives:

Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes
Pumpkin Spice Freezer Fudge
Pumpkin Spice Latte Overnight Oats


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    [email protected]
    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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      Davida Kugelmass
      October 22, 2014 at 9:36 am

      you are too sweet Juli!! I’m so happy you’ve been enjoying it! I wish I could ship you all the canned pumpkin in the world! You totally made my day 🙂

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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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    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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    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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    [email protected]
    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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