If you love that fall flavor, you should know that you can make it yourself! It’s good with pies, sweet and savory, lattes, and even teas! One of the ingredients is allspice, now did you know that allspice is actually a berry and not a mix of spices? However, the good news is if you cannot find it, it’s very similar to the rest of the spice here, it just gives that slightly deeper, fuller taste. That is actually how it got its name cos people thought it was a mix of spices! We will give options if it is hard for you to come by allspice so keep reading!
Mix everything together and you’ve got your pumpkin spice done. Easy right? Now the measurements are there to guide you. Just remember that cloves have the strongest taste there, but if you do enjoy them go harder on them. Same goes with nutmeg, it’s the second strongest taste, however, if you like more of it, feel free to adjust your recipe accordingly. It’s the main benefit of doing your own spice, after all, you can fix it to be the perfect taste you want for your dishes or beverages!
Now if you don’t have allspice, you will be missing some depth to your mixture. It has a very faint peppery taste so a dash of your mildest peppers might help give that rounder flavor, and some very faint citrus notes so a dash of cardamom could also give some extra depth to your spice.
My favorite use for this is homemade pumpkin latte! It might be easy to find a pumpkin spice latte, but if you want it sugar-free, or low-fat, it’s easier to find a non-flavored latte or cappuccino and then just add a teaspoon of your favorite, personalized mix. You can also make it stronger or lighter when you’re adding the spice yourself, so that is one more bonus! You can also add a drop or two of vanilla and some honey if you would like it sweeter! I like to use roasted almond milk for this particular latte, it brings out the nutmeg nutty flavor so nicely!
Hope you give it a go and maybe tell us your favorite hacks for a better-tasting spice than the store-bought one!