Pumpkin spice usage has blown up in recent years.
Gone are the days where you only needed it for Pumpkin Pie. Now people make and eat pumpkin flavored everything. Lattes, Ice cream, Cookies, and Baked goods are all jazzed up with Pumpkin Spice.
If you've caught onto the craze like I have, you'll be making some of these treats at home, and that means you need your own recipe for Pumpkin Spice.
I know it seems easier to just buy a premade 'Pumpkin Spice' mix at the store, but ...
- It's not that much more work to make your own.
- You get to customize the spice mix so it's completely you.
- Its better for your health. More on that in a minute....
I find a lot of premade mixes have too high of a clove or all spice ratios. When those spices are too strong it's off putting and can ruin your recipe. When you buy a premade mix you have no control of the spice ratio.
It also insures you're using the right kind of Cinnamon.
True Cinnamon is called Ceylon Cinnamon and it's sweeter than the more common Cassia or Chinese Cinnamon. Other than flavor, why is this important?
Because all varieties of Cinnamon contain a natural compound called Coumarin which is known to cause liver and kidney damage when consumed in high quantities. Research has found that Cassia, on average, contains 63 times more Coumarin than Ceylon. That means you can safely eat more Pumpkin spice goodies if they are made with Ceylon Cinnamon.
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So, go forth with your Pumpkin Spice loving and do it right. Make your own and use real Cinnamon...
Pumpkin Pie Spice
Using the correct Cinnamon and balancing the spices makes this Pumpkin Pie spice mix perfect for all your Pumpkin Spice needs.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Category: Appetizer, Breakfast, Dessert, Drinks, Side Dish, Snack, Soup, Spice
- Cuisine: American
- 4 tsp Ceylon Cinnamon (Ground)
- 2 tsp Ginger (Ground)
- 1 tsp Nutmeg (Ground)
- ½ tsp Clove (Ground)
- ⅛ tsp All Spice (Ground)
- Gather and measure your ingredients
- Place all the spices in a small bowl and using a spoon or small whisk, mix until well combined
- Pour or spoon spice mix into a spice jar. Label with contents and date.
- This mix will keep for 1-3 years depending on how new the spices you use are (ground spices have a shelf life or 2-3 years). Depending on how much you love your pumpkin spice you will probably use it all before then.
Keywords: dairy free, Gluten free, Paleo, Pumpkin, Spice, Vegan