DIY pumpkin pie spice with just 5 ingredients! This version includes cardamom for a floral, unexpected twist on the seasonal staple.
This is a bit like a cross between pumpkin pie spice and sweet Hawaij (a Yemeni spice blend), because of the added cardamom and lack of allspice, and makes a wonderful slightly floral alternative to standard pumpkin pie spice.
Cardamom-scented pumpkin pie spice can be used in just about anything that tastes good with a little extra spice. Try it with our vegan carrot cake in place of the cardamom, in pumpkin cinnamon rolls, in a latte, or the obvious classic, pumpkin pie.
This easy mix needs just five ingredients, and you can easily double, triple, or octuple the recipe and store it in a jar with your other spices to keep it on hand. Our version is a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves – easy on the cloves – cardamom, and dried ginger.
- Ground ginger
Simple place all of the ingredients into a container or jar and mix until well combined. If you’re using whole spices, grind them very finely before mixing.
Store the mix as you would any other spices, in a tightly sealed container in a cool, dark, dry place. It will keep for a month or two if stored properly.
Tips and Notes
For maximum flavour, definitely grind your own spices! This is especially true for nutmeg and cardamom, which, like black pepper, both have significantly different flavour profiles when buying whole vs ground. Nutmeg can be grated with a very fine zester and cardamom can be ground in a mortar and pestle or (cleaned) coffee grinder.
This makes a really lovely gift, not only in the fall, but also right through winter. Think of it as something to add to any baking, and lots of drinks and other sweet recipes – not only recipes with pumpkin!
Play around with the amounts based on your personal preference, and add or leave out spices as you wish. Go a little more lebkuchen-esque with star anise and mace, or add a little white pepper for something closer to speculaas.
- 3 tablespoons cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon cardamom
- 1 teaspoon cloves
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- If using whole spices, grind in a mortal and pestle or finely grate to get the desired amount.
- If using ground spices, add all of the ingredients to a small container and mix until combined. Seal and store for up to one month in a cool, dry place.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 4Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g
This is an approximation of the nutrition offered in this recipe, and is created using a nutrition calculator.