Pumpkin spice-flavored everything is back, in calorie-bomb coffees and cringe-worthy cookies. But you don’t have to destroy your diet with processed treats to enjoy this fall favorite; instead, try real pumpkin pie spice. Here’s what it is and how to use it:
Traditionally, pumpkin pie spice is a blend of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and sometimes allspice. You can find it premixed in the spice aisle of most grocery stores, or you can make your own by combining 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon, 2 teaspoons ground ginger, 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg, 1 ½ teaspoons ground allspice and 1 ½ teaspoons ground cloves.
When it comes to using pumpkin pie spice, the sky’s the limit. Use your creativity! Some ideas for a fall flavor burst:
- Stir it into a bowl of oatmeal or yogurt.
- Sprinkle it on a baked sweet potato with a dollop of vanilla yogurt.
- Bake muffins, breads and cookies.
- Shake it into coffee.
- Mix it into pancake batter.
- Flavor plain canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix, but plain pumpkin), sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs and warm in the microwave with a dash of sugar for a healthy sweet treat.
Tell us how you use pumpkin pie spice! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your best tips and tricks, and we’ll feature them in future newsletters!