Cozy sweaters, warm drinks by the fire, watching the leaves change — these are just a few of our favorite things about fall. And by far our favorite fall flavor is pumpkin spice — in and on just about everything! Sure, we all know about the lattes, but did you know pumpkin spice can add a delicious warmth and flavor to everything from breakfast sweets to party treats to savory dishes like chili? Discover ways you can pumpkin spice up your life with these simple savory and sweet pumpkin spice recipes and inspirations.
But First …
Pumpkin spice — what is it? Pumpkin spice — also known as pumpkin pie spice — is a delightful blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, cloves and — surprisingly — no pumpkin whatsoever. Mixed together, these spices perfectly mimic the smell and taste of a perfect pumpkin-flavored pie, making pumpkin spice a staple for fall recipes since the 1700s. Today, you can buy pre-made pumpkin spice or pumpkin pie spice, but you can also make you own at home with this simple fall recipe:
3 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. ground ginger
2 tsp. ground nutmeg
½ tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. ground allspice (optional)
You can adjust the spice ratio according to your taste, but be sure to store in an airtight container before and after each use!
You may think pumpkin spice recipes are all sweet as pie, but there are a ton of ways to incorporate the pumpkin-flavored spice into savory dishes. Since pumpkin spice is made up of warming spices like cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg, it goes great with dishes like jerk chicken or butternut squash chili — two fall recipes that benefit from the rich complexity of the spice mix. You can even make your own pumpkin-flavored hummus or savory pumpkin spice trail mix for a treat at your next intimate fall family gathering or outdoor celebration!
Sweets are where pumpkin spice flavors really shine. You can enjoy it in waffles, pancakes, ice cream and — of course — pie! And while you can always enjoy a classic pumpkin spice latte, you can also make a pumpkin spice creamer to enjoy with your morning coffee all season long with this fall recipe:
1 ½ cups heavy cream or whole milk
2 Tbsp. pumpkin puree
2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
½ to 1 tsp. of your pumpkin spice
1-2 cinnamon sticks (optional)
Mix ingredients together in a small saucepan over medium heat, add in the cinnamon sticks and bring to a boil for 1 minute, then remove from heat and let cool. Add as much to your coffee as you’d like and top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon for an extra treat!
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