Pumpkin Spice Blend


I love when readers request recipes, and this one was an easy request to fulfill.

I’m surprised you haven’t included a recipe for pumpkin spice. I  consider spice mixes to kind of be your thing! It’s my favorite thing that I’ve learned from you and in this case really necessary — I live in the UK and (shock! horror!) we don’t get pumpkin spice mixes. I don’t even know what’s in them or what they taste like (although I can guess), so I’d love to know if you do have your own spice mix!

So here it is: my take on Pumpkin Spice Blend plus suggestions on how to use it to add a lovely taste of autumn to your favorite dishes. 

Pumpkin Spice Blend

Makes 1/4 cup | Prep 3 minutes | Whole30 compliant

  • 3 tablespoons cinnamon

  • 4 teaspoons ginger

  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1 teaspoon cloves

  • 1 teaspoon allspice

  • Make it spicy! Add 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (Great for savory dishes!)


Place all the spices in a small bowl or jelly jar. Mix until combined. Store covered and sprinkle with abandon.

Tasty Ideas

Rule of thumb for use: Use about 1 teaspoon per pound of meat and a pinch for individual servings of stuff, like 1/2 sweet potato or an apple. This is a broad generalization, so rely on your taste buds to guide you.

Use it to make Spicy Pumpkin-Spiced Pepitas.

Make sweet potato home fries: Sauté cubes of cooked sweet potato in your favorite cooking fat (lard, duck, coconut oil, ghee) with chopped scallions and Pumpkin Spice Blend.

Replace the Ras el Hanout in Sweet Potato Soup with Bacon with Pumpkin Spice Blend

Sprinkle on roasted winter squash: butternut, delicata, acorn

Make Autumn Hash: Sauté an onion in your favorite cooking fat until soft. Add some Pumpkin Spice Blend, then toss in cooked protein — roast chicken or turkey, beef or pork roast, ground beef — and cubes of roasted winter squash or sweet potatoes.

Spread a banana or apple spices with Sunbutter and sprinkle with Pumpkin Spice Blend.

Print this recipe
These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: Ras el Hanout

Ras el Hanout is a spice blend from the Middle East and North Africa. Spice market vendors all claim their version to be the best,...

Read More
Spicy Pumpkin-Spiced Pepitas

This week, I caught "MAKE EVERYTHING WITH PUMPKIN SPICE"-Fever. So I roasted pepitas with ghee and a pumpkin spice blend, amped up with a smidge...

Read More