Inside: Learn how to make healthy pumpkin pie spice in 5 minutes or less. Boost your health and take your fall pumpkin treats to the next level… even if you’re in a hurry.
When it comes to making all things pumpkin in the fall, there are two things you must have if you want your pumpkin recipes to be the talk of Thanksgiving dinner.
- homemade pumpkin puree
- homemade pumpkin pie spice
Now I know what you’re thinking. “I don’t have time to make everything from scratch!” And you know what, I totally hear you because I often feel that way during the holidays.
There’s so much to do to get ready to go somewhere. I mean, just getting my kids dressed in outfits that match, with clean faces, and combed hair is a struggle. Getting them out the door, in the car, buckled up, and not forgetting to dress myself, is a whole other thing. (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked out of the house to go to church with my house shoes still on.)
So yes, I totally get the whole “I don’t have time thing,” but thankfully, some homemade staples are quick and easy to make… like healthy pumpkin pie spice. And not only is it quick to make, but it’s healthier, will save you money, and help your fall treats to taste better too.
Save Time, Money, & Your Healthy By Making Your Own Spice Blends
Making your own homemade spice blends often takes less than 5 minutes. When it comes to making healthy pumpkin pie spice, it’s best to make it before you start your fall baking. Simply make a quick batch, store it in a glass storage jar, label it, and use it as needed.
Making your own homemade spice blends also saves you money. Have you price-checked a jar of pumpkin pie spice from the store lately? Amazon has name-brand non-organic pumpkin pie spice priced at $3.48 an ounce and name-brand organic pumpkin pie spice at $2.30 an ounce. Making your own healthy pumpkin pie spice using organic herbs bought in bulk will come out to be much cheaper!
SAVE YOUR HEALTH
Making your own homemade spice blends will also save your health. If you didn’t already know it, conventionally grown spices can often times contain harmful ingredients (like preservatives and anti-caking agents), are treated with chemicals (like ethylene oxide) and radiation (known as irradiation), and can contain common GMOs (like corn and soy fillers) (Campbell, 2015; Hari, 2014; Donsky, n.d.). The best thing you can do to remove toxins and chemicals from your spice cabinet is to make your own homemade spice blends using organic herbs (or buy organic spices from brands you trust).
Plus, the spices used to make pumpkin pie spice have many medicinal properties. You can learn more about those in this post, Spices That Heal: A Closer Look at Pumpkin Pie Spice by Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, M.D..
How To Make Healthy Pumpkin Pie Spice In 5 Minutes
Now that you know how making your own healthy pumpkin pie spice can save you time, money, and keep you healthy, let me share how to actually make it with you.
If you’ve never made homemade pumpkin pie spice before, you’re going to love how easy this is. And, all you need are 5 ingredients.
- 3 tablespoons powdered cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons powdered ginger
- 2 teaspoons powdered nutmeg
- 1 1/2 teaspoon powdered allspice
- 1 1/2 teaspoon powdered cloves
- Combine spices in a bowl and mix well.
- Bottle, label, and store.
And there you have it. Healthy pumpkin pie spice made with 5 ingredients in 5 minutes to use it in your favorite pumpkin recipes.
Happy fall, mama!
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- Campbell, A. (2015). Conventional spices treated with hazardous chemicals. Retrieved October 27, 2016, from http://www.naturalhealth365.com/spices-irradiation-ethylene-oxide-1585.html
- Donsky, A. (n.d.). Spicy Shocker: You Will Not Believe What’s in Conventional Spices. Retrieved October 27, 2016, from http://naturallysavvy.com/eat/spicy-shocker-you-will-not-believe-what-s-in-conventional-spices
- Hari, V. (2014). Are There Harmful Ingredients Lurking In Your Spice Cabinet? Retrieved October 27, 2016, from http://foodbabe.com/2013/12/01/are-there-harmful-ingredients-lurking-in-your-spice-cabinet/