Halloween may have been and gone, but that doesn’t mean we have to put the pumpkins away just yet. Autumn has been declared pumpkin spice season, and the good news is that it’s really easy to make your own pumpkin spice mix at home. (Don’t worry, no pumpkins are harmed in the making of pumpkin spice mix – it’s all about getting the perfect combo of warming spices in gorgeous autumnal colours.)
If you’re anything like me, you’ll already have a stash of part-used spices gathering dust in the back of the cupboard (or on a spice rack, if you’re either really retro or really organised!). I’ll often buy a jar of a certain spice just to use a teaspoon or two in a baking recipe or spicy dish, so making your own spice mixes is a great way to use these up before they go out of date.
1-minute pumpkin spice recipe
This basic pumpkin spice mix is super-easy to make and takes no time at all. The most time-consuming part will be checking the labels on your spice jars to make sure you’re not accidentally throwing in chilli powder or paprika!
Feel free to alter the quantities to suit your own taste and use up what you have. Personally, I prefer to leave out the cloves. You could also throw in a teaspoon of ground anise, cardamom or turmeric. Play around to create your perfect pumpkin spice mix – one of the benefits of creating a home-made blend is that you can make it exactly as you like it.
Finally, add all your chosen spices to an empty spice jar (or other sealable container) and give it a good shake.
Where to sprinkle your pumpkin spice?
Now that you have your personalised pumpkin spice, you can get sprinkling! Start your day the spicy way with these filling, flavour-packed breakfast ideas:
All you really need to make overnight oats is porridge oats and fat-free natural yogurt, but the right topping can take this basic breakfast to next-level delicious. Check out our carrot cake, banana berry and hot apple pie topping ideas – they all taste great served with a sprinkling of pumpkin spice.
Baked oats, served warm from the oven, have a soft, cakey texture that’s so comforting for this time of year. SW Charley mixes pumpkin spice in with the yogurt when making her baked oats. Apple slices top off a warming breakfast that’s full of autumnal flavours.
Slimming World pancakes
Fluffy, American-style pancakes and pumpkin spice make the perfect pairing on a lazy weekend morning. Serve with a big blob of fat-free natural fromage frais, fresh or frozen berries and a decent dusting of your spicy mix.
Substitute all-spice for pumpkin spice to give the famous Slimming World banana bread a seasonal spin.
How cute are these oaty doughnuts made by target member Lowra (@lowra_eats_well)? For a similar snack, add 1 tsp pumpkin spice mix to a basic oat muffin recipe and bake in a donut tin.
In the mood for something a little lighter? Smother sliced banana with fat-free natural yogurt and a dusting of your pumpkin spice mix for a super-healthy banana split – yummy! Baking your banana will give it that gorgeously gooey texture, although cooked banana does have a Syn value, so don’t forget to count it (Slimming World members can use the easy online Food Search tool).
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