Pumpkin spice has become as synonymous with autumn as Halloween, Bonfire Night and rustling leaves.
Believed to have originated in the US in the late 18th or early 19th century, pumpkin spice is a gorgeously aromatic blend of spices that’s taken off in a big way.
From pumpkin spice lattes to pumpkin spice cupcakes and pumpkin spice meatballs (yes, really!), the world now becomes temporarily obsessed with this blend for a few months each year.
How to Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice
Pumpkin spice mix typically contains:
- 1tbsp cinnamon
- 1tsp ginger
- 1tsp nutmeg
- 1tsp cloves
This amount should make enough for 2-3 pumpkin spice lattes – simply multiply the ingredient quantities if you’d like to make a bigger batch.
Cinnamon, ginger and cloves all have naturally antioxidant properties, and are believed to have anti-inflammatory benefits too. Meanwhile, nutmeg is thought to have benefits for indigestion.
If you don’t have all of these individual spices to hand, the Garden of Life Raw Organic Vanilla Chai Protein Powder can create a similar flavour, particularly when combined with pumpkin puree for an even more authentic taste experience.