Are you in love with pumpkin spice anything and everything as soon as those leaves start changing colors? It can be hard to resist, since it follows you everywhere! After the pumpkin spice latte (also known as the PSL for hardcore believers) was invented by Starbucks in 2003, it’s been the staple Fall flavor, and its fans continue to grow in number. Doesn’t seem like that long ago, but it has made a huge impact on the food industry.
Now we see various companies following the trend by creating things like:
- Pumpkin Spice Oreos
- Pumpkin Spice Cheerios
- Pumpkin Spice Chai
- Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer
- Pumpkin Spice Bread
- Pumpkin Spice Yogurt
- Pumpkin Spice Jam
- Pumpkin Spice Pasta Sauce
- Pumpkin Spice Hummus
… and this list can go on for what seems like an eternity at this point.
But what if you DON’T want all the additives that are found in those products? Even if you buy the pumpkin pie spice at the store, you’re likely going to have to pay a LOT more money for a tiny bottle of the blend. However, chances are that most of the ingredients in pumpkin pie spice are actually found in your spice drawer already. Just throw all of the spices into a mason jar, label it, and you’re good to go! Let’s say you want something more cinnamon-y? More ginger-y? No matter what spice your hear desires, making your own pumpkin pie spice mix will help you customize it to your liking, and cater it to better suit your recipes.
Even better, if you have a particular health issue you are trying to combat, make your homemade pumpkin spice your seasonal hero! When pooling all the ingredients together, use more of the spice that helps you fix your issues. Here are the 5 warming spices in a typical pumpkin pie spice and their respective health benefits:
- What is it? Also called the Jamaica pepper, Allspice comes from the dried fruit of the pimento tree and is known for its use in Caribbean cuisine.
- How it benefits you: Leads to better digestion, dental health, and heart health. Improves immunity and blood circulation.
- What is it? It is a stick form of the inner bark of the Cinnamon tree. It has a sweet and spicy aroma, so naturally, it can be used in both desserts and savory meals.
- How it benefits you: Maintains blood sugar, lowers LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, treats your cold/cough (fights viruses), and also aids in weight loss.
- What is it? A root from a flowering plant that is used as a spice for its flavor and medicinal purposes.
- How it benefits you: Ginger alleviates nausea, menstrual cramps, chronic indigestion, muscle pain, and soreness. It can lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels. It has also been found to improve brain function.
- What is it? It’s the seed of an evergreen tree that also yields mace. This seed can be grated over Fall dishes or used in already-powdered form.
- How it benefits you: It relieves pain, maintains good digestion, improves brain function and blood circulation, detoxifies your body, hydrates your skin, and treats insomnia! However, be careful to not go crazy over this spice, as it is unsafe in large quantities.