Don’t have pumpkin spices, or realized you’re all out while you’re making a recipe? Here’s the best substitute for pumpkin pie spice.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Substitute

Making a recipe that calls for pumpkin pie spices and don’t have it? Don’t worry, there are lots of options that are perfectly suited as a substitution! Pumpkin pie spices are a blend of spices used in the American traditional dessert, pumpkin pie. It usually includes cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves, and often allspice. There are many different variations on this spice, and you can usually find it in the spice aisle at your grocery.

Are you all out, or is your grocery out of stock? (This has happened to us often during pumpkin season!) Don’t worry: there are lots of good substitutes.

Best substitute for pumpkin pie spice

1. Homemade pumpkin pie spice

The best substitute for pumpkin pie spice? The homemade version! You can make your own pumpkin pie spice and store in a sealed jar for up to 6 months. Here’s how to make ¼ cup of pumpkin pie spice:

  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

2. Cinnamon + any of the other spices

Don’t have all of the above spices? You can approximate a substitute. Here are some various combinations. For 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, substitute:

  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon + ¼ teaspoon ginger, allspice, cloves, or nutmeg (whatever you have!)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon + ¼ teaspoon each of any of the two above

3. Cinnamon

Pumpkin pie spice has a large percentage of cinnamon, so in a pinch you can also use just cinnamon as a substitute. It won’t have nearly the complexity of the other spices, but it works.

4. Half the quantity ginger or allspice

Don’t have cinnamon? (Gasp!) If not, you can also substitute half the quantity of pumpkin pie spice with ginger or allspice. These spices are stronger than cinnamon, which is why you’ll need less.

Here are some recipes where you could use this substitution:

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Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe

Pumpkin Pie Spice Substitute


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: ¼ cup 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This pumpkin pie spice substitute is everything fall in a jar! It’s fun to make this beautiful blend and makes great gifts.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a spice jar and shake! Keeps for up to 6 months.
  • Category: Essentials
  • Method: Spices
  • Cuisine: Spices

Keywords: Pumpkin pie spice substitute

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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  1. Thanks for this information! I have cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I don’t want to go back out tonight!