For some people, fall is the season of pumpkin spice recipes. Pumpkin spice lattes. Pumpkin spice muffins. Let’s not forget the original dish that started the craze – pumpkin pie. Did you know there’s more than one way to make your own pumpkin spice seasoning? Did you know there are pumpkin spice recipes for dinner dishes, too? Read on to learn ways you can add a pumpkin spice flair to your dinner meals.
The Science Behind Pumpkin Spice Recipes
The trick to making your own pumpkin spice seasoning is in realizing two facts. First, there is no actual pumpkin in pumpkin spice recipes. Second, according to an article published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), commercial companies that make seasonal favorites – such as pumpkin spice lattes – do not use the same seasoning blends that individuals making it at home would use.
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In fact, certain chemicals such as cinnamic aldehydes – which gives lattes a cinnamon flavor – are used instead. While this is certainly not the most appetizing reality check, it’s important to understand that, despite your best attempts, your pumpkin spice recipes might not taste the same because you’re not using these chemicals in your recipes at home.
What’s In Pumpkin Spice?
According to My Baking Addiction, there are five basic ingredients to pumpkin spice seasoning: cinnamon, allspice, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. What you might not realize about these five ingredients, is that they all have health benefits, too. Ginger is commonly known to aid with nausea. But, ginger also helps with muscle pain and soreness, according to Healthline.
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Nutmeg can boost the immune system and improve blood circulation, according to Dilmah. Allspice, according to Very Well Health, can ease cramps. With so many wonderful benefits packed into this seasoning blend, one has to wonder if pumpkin spice is a superfood contender.
5 Pumpkin Spice Recipes
When it comes to mixing your own pumpkin spice seasoning, there’s really no right or wrong way to do it. But, just for fun, we found some pumpkin spice recipes with a few different ingredients. If you want to give your pumpkin spice blend some flair, check out these recipes!
Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice By Live Well Bake Often
For the traditionalist at heart, Live Well Bake Often has the classic recipe for pumpkin spice seasoning. It uses the five traditional pumpkin spice ingredients: cinnamon, allspice, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. This recipe makes 5 tablespoons of pumpkin pie spice, perfect for making a bunch of different pumpkin spice recipes.
DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice By Minimalist Baker
The Minimalist Baker puts a spicy twist on this recipe by adding pepper to the mix. Cardamom also is added to this recipe for a broad “depth of flavor.” Of course, both ingredients are optional but definitely worth trying.
Easy Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe By Nellie Bellie
If pepper isn’t not enough to satisfy your taste buds, Nellie Bellie’s recipe for pumpkin spice will crank up the heat and open your nasal passages. She cuts out the allspice completely and adds a dash of cayenne pepper to her seasoning blend.
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If you’re suffering from congestion this fall and winter, Nellie Bellie’s seasoning blend is just what the doctor ordered. You can use it to make amazing desserts and stews. The cayenne-enhanced pumpkin spice seasoning is terrific sprinkled on yogurt or ice cream, too!
How To Make Pumpkin Pie Spice By CopyKat
CopyKat keeps this pumpkin spice blend simple by using mace instead of cloves. Mace is the coating found on nutmeg seeds. CopyKat also provides a handy tip: If you don’t have allspice when mixing up your favorite pumpkin spice recipe, you can use cloves or cardamom in its place.
Everything-But-The-Kitchen-Sink Pumpkin Pie Spice By Food52
Last on our list of DIY pumpkin spice recipes is Everything-But-The-Kitchen-Sink Pumpkin Spice by Food52. This recipe pulls out all the stops adding cardamom, fennel, and ground star anise to the mix. If this recipe doesn’t suit your taste buds, visit Food52 for a few more unique pumpkin spice recipes.
5 Dinner Dishes Using Pumpkin Spice
Now that we know how to make our own pumpkin spice blend, let’s talk about dinner. After all, when it comes to pumpkin spice recipes, why should breakfast and dessert get all the glory? We found four dinner dishes and one savory snack that all use pumpkin spice.
Sweet Spiced Roasted Butternut Squash Soup by Jeanette’s Healthy Living
Jeanette, the author of Jeanette’s Healthy Living, is responsible for the warm and creamy goodness known as Sweet Spiced Roasted Butternut Squash Soup. Her roasted butternut squash soup is vegan and uses pumpkin pie spice and maple syrup to give this dish all of its fall feelings. While her instructions do call for baking the butternut squash in the oven for an hour, we wanted you to know about one other option. Butternut squash can also be cooked in a pressure cooker. Follow the instructions provided by Simply Recipes for more details.
Pumpkin Spice Chicken Tacos By Cake ‘N Knife
Pumpkin spice is all things nice! Who would ever think of using it with chicken tacos? Cake ‘N Knife did and we’re grateful to them for creating this innovative dish. This super easy meal is made with chicken, pumpkin spice, cayenne pepper, and more!
Toppings are always optional but Cake ‘N Knife suggests black beans and avocado. Last but not least, a dreamy combination of sour cream and adobo sauce drizzled over the top makes the perfect garnish. This dish is guaranteed to bring life to your family’s Taco Tuesdays during those chilly fall nights.
Pumpkin Spice Chicken Curry By A Duck’s Oven
The perfect cure for a cold, winter day is always curry. A Duck’s Oven has made curry even better by creating this Pumpkin Spice Chicken Curry dish. Serve it with a side of naan bread or rice. A Duck’s Oven promises that this dish is even better the next day. They recommend you double the recipe, so you have plenty for lunch the rest of the week.
Pumpkin Spice Roasted Chickpeas by Home & Travel Cafe
For the career-snackers, we found this yummy treat. Home & Travel Cafe roasted chickpeas and then tossed them with a pumpkin spice blend that included honey and olive oil. The Pumpkin Spice Roasted Chickpeas are high in fiber and protein, this is the perfect, guilt-free snack to make on a cold day.
Pumpkin Pie Spice Chili By Savory Spice
No winter recipe list is complete without chili and this is the final dish on our list of pumpkin spice recipes. Unlike the other pumpkin spice recipes mentioned, Savory Spice uses an actual pumpkin to make this dish. The pumpkin spice blend is added to the chili mix. Serving the Pumpkin Pie Spice Chili becomes a work of art when it is scooped onto sliced pumpkin wedges that have been baked in the oven.
Pumpkin spice recipes no longer have to wait for fall. Indulge your tastebuds year-round by making your own seasoning blends. Thanks to the creativity of multiple food bloggers, you can now have pumpkin spice seasoning with every meal: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Add your own flair to pumpkin spice recipes by adding your own secret, delicious ingredient making your pumpkin spice seasoning uniquely yours.
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Sources: Institute of Food Technologists | My Baking Addiction | Healthline | Dilmah | Very Well Health | Live Well Bake Often | Minimalist Baker | Nellie Bellie | CopyKat | Food52 | Jeanette’s Healthy Living | Simply Recipes | Cake ‘N Knife | A Duck’s Oven | Home & Travel Cafe | Savory Spice