20 Ways to Use Homemade Pumpkin Spice Recipe

Pumpkin Spice blend in white bowl with silver spoon on counter with mini pumpkins, cloves, and measuring spoons. This Pumpkin Spice Recipe has 4 simple ingredients and takes minutes to make! PLUS, here are 20 EASY WAYS TO USE this Spice blend, many with no baking at all!

Homemade Pumpkin Spice is so easy to make and this recipe is not necessarily anything new or very different from others that are out there.  However, what is new and different in this post is that it gives you 20 EASY WAYS TO USE this amazing Pumpkin Spice Blend – most of which require no baking at all!

Let’s face it, not all of us have the time or energy to be baking homemade pumpkin pies or pumpkin breads.  But we all have 5 minutes to measure out 4 spices (you might already have in your house) and mix them together!  I am here to tell you that you can still enjoy this wonderful and magical Pumpkin Spice Blend without baking or even the pumpkin!  Some of these ideas are simple ways to jazz up things you already eat and have in the house.  Other ideas may require some new fun purchases, but again, will be EASY for you to jazz up!  All ideas are fun and delicious.

Pumpkin Spice sprinkled on top of whipped cream on hot cocoa. Spice blend in a sifter to the right and in a bowl in background. Recipe has 4 simple ingredients and takes minutes to make! PLUS, here are 20 EASY WAYS TO USE this Spice blend, many with no baking at all!

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MAKING YOUR PUMPKIN SPICE BLEND

Spices on plate, clockwise: Cinnamon, Ginger, Clove, Nutmeg. This Pumpkin Spice Recipe has 4 simple ingredients and takes minutes to make! PLUS, here are 20 EASY WAYS TO USE this Spice blend, many with no baking at all!

Here is what you need, knowing that you can make more or less in the same proportions depending on how many ideas you want to tackle!  You can give this wonderful spice blend away as gifts too, so think about how much you want to make to start gifting!!

  • 4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg

Feel free to play around with these ingredients too!  If you like a little more nutmeg or ginger or cloves, just add them as the Cinnamon is the Hero in my version, but make it your own!

I had whole cloves, so I simply add them to a coffee grinder to grind them up into a powder.

Cloves ground in a coffee or spice grinder. This Pumpkin Spice Recipe has 4 simple ingredients and takes minutes to make! PLUS, here are 20 EASY WAYS TO USE this Spice blend, many with no baking at all!

TIP:

After pouring out the clove, you will have some grounds left in the grinder.  I love to immediately grind up coffee blending it with the remaining clove grinds and it adds such amazing flavor!!!

Final Pumpkin Spice Blend in a white bowl with spoon on counter. Recipe has 4 simple ingredients and takes minutes to make! PLUS, here are 20 EASY WAYS TO USE this Spice blend, many with no baking at all!

TIP:

if you don’t already have a fine mesh strainer, get a mini one for sprinkling on this Pumpkin Spice Blend.  It’s also great for adding powdered sugar to the top of desserts.  Simply add a teaspoon of the spice blend and shake or lightly tap the strainer over the food and you get a lovely even coating.  Here is the one that like:  OXO Good Grips 3-Inch Mini Strainer

20 EASY WAYS TO USE YOUR HOMEMADE PUMPKIN SPICE

#1.  In coffee or latte – Duh, not too terribly inventive right?  But, consider adding it to the grounds when you are brewing vs. trying to sprinkle it in after.  Or add it to your milk and warm it in the microwave before adding to your coffee.

#2.  Over kids rice cereal or Cheerios – this is an awesome one!  I try not to buy super sugary cereals, but they beg and I given in sometimes (of course).  Everyday cereal in our house is Cheerios, Rice Chex, or Rice Krispies.  I swear, if you add a sprinkle of this Pumpkin Spice, it takes the cereal over the top!  I mean, they LOVE it!!!  And they feel like it’s a special treat – and I am Super Mom 🙂

#3.  In oatmeal – This is such an easy thing to add to overnight or quick cooking oats when making your oatmeal.  It feels extra warm and special.

Pumpkin Spice sprinkled on apple slices fanned out on a plate with a bite taken from one slice. Recipe has 4 simple ingredients and takes minutes to make! PLUS, here are 20 EASY WAYS TO USE this Spice blend, many with no baking at all!

#4.  Sprinkled over Apple Slices – My kids unenthusiastically eat apples.  But!  When I add this spice blend to apple slices, it’s like a whole new world.  They consider it a dessert vs. a snack.  It makes the apples somehow taste sweeter even though you have not added any sugar.  Yum!  This is one of my favorites because it’s just so darn simple!

#5.  On baked biscuits – You can make biscuits from scratch and add it to the batter or sprinkle the spice blend on top before or after baking.  I highly recommend working it into the baking process because the amazing smell that will come out of your oven is to die for.

#6.  On Pancakes – In Pancake batter or sprinkled on top in the skillet or after they are done cooking.  Or you can mix it into the syrup and warm it up!

Still with me??

#7.  Make Pumpkin Spiced Black Baked Beans – Simply add a can of drained black beans to a sauce pot with 1/2 cup water, and a 1/2 tsp salt.  Then start with a 1/4 tsp of the Pumpkin Spice blend.  Taste and add more to your liking!

Pumpkin Spice sprinkled on top of whipped cream on hot cocoa. Spice blend in a sifter to the right and in a bowl in background. Recipe has 4 simple ingredients and takes minutes to make! PLUS, here are 20 EASY WAYS TO USE this Spice blend, many with no baking at all!

#8.  In and sprinkled on top of Hot Cocoa – Make a hot drink that you can share with the kids!  Mix a sprinkle of the spice blend into the hot cocoa or sprinkle on top of the whipped cream.

#9.  In Sauerkraut – What???  Yes, my friends, my father-in-law grew up outside of Baltimore and apparently Sauerkraut is a Thanksgiving Side Dish tradition.  So jazz add this spice blend to it to holiday-ify it!

#10.  Add it to Mashed Yams – If Sauerkraut is not your thing, try Pumpkin Spice in this more traditional Thanksgiving Side Dish.

Halfway There!!

#11.  In a Smoothie – Try a Blended Frozen Banana, Plain or Vanilla Yogurt, milk, Kale, and a sprinkle to taste of the PUmpkin Spice Blend.

#12.  Mix it into yogurt – Add it to your favorite yogurt with a little granola and diced apple.

Pumpkin Spice on yogurt on toast with yogurt tub in background. Recipe has 4 simple ingredients and takes minutes to make! PLUS, here are 20 EASY WAYS TO USE this Spice blend, many with no baking at all!

#13.  On yogurt or cream cheese on toast – Spread yogurt or cream cheese on whole wheat or gluten free toast and then sprink the spice blend over top.

Pumpkin Spice on Buttered Toast with Spice Blend in background in bowl. Recipe has 4 simple ingredients and takes minutes to make! PLUS, here are 20 EASY WAYS TO USE this Spice blend, many with no baking at all!

#14.  Sprinkle it on buttered toast – so simple, just toast your bread, spread a little butter and then sprinkle on the spice blend.

#15.  Roast it on Squash or Sweet potatoes  – toss in olive oil and a little spice blend, then roast in oven.

#16.  Add it to Chili for a holiday twist!  – Making a big pot of chili?  Try adding a 1/2 teaspoon of Pumpkin Spice for a whole new taste.  Add more to taste.

#17.  Mix it into Almond or regular Milk – Turn milk into a a spiced treat either cold or warmed up.

#18.  Mix it into or sprinkle it on Vanilla frosting for your cake or cupcakes.

#19.  Add it to a regular yellow or vanilla cake batter – Whether you make the cake from scratch or buy a cake mix, add a 2 tsp of this spice blend to have a Pumpkin Spice Cake!

Pumpkin Spice on vanilla ice cream with spice blend in background in bowl. Recipe has 4 simple ingredients and takes minutes to make! PLUS, here are 20 EASY WAYS TO USE this Spice blend, many with no baking at all!

#20.  Sprinkle on vanilla Ice cream – Sprinkle over vanilla or your favorite ice cream for a super holiday treat!

There you have it!!  DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER IDEAS TO ADD TO THIS LIST??  PLEASE LEAVE ME A MESSAGE IN THE COMMENTS!

ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Final Pumpkin Spice Blend in a white bowl with spoon on counter. Recipe has 4 simple ingredients and takes minutes to make! PLUS, here are 20 EASY WAYS TO USE this Spice blend, many with no baking at all!
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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Recipe

This Pumpkin Spice Recipe is not rocket science, nor is it terribly different or inventive.  But, it is easy!  And not everyone knows the 4 simple spices that go into it or the measurements to make it just right.  So I am putting in this recipe, but be sure to refer to the rest of this post, because the true value here is HOW TO USE this amazing Pumpkin Spice blend 20 different EASY WAYS.

Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Keyword Cinnamon, Cloves, Fall desserts, fall recipes, ginger, Nutmeg, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, Pumpkin spice, spice blends
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 7 teaspoons
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 tsp Ground Clove
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix together.  Store in a sealed container.  You can store this tightly sealed for months up to a year, but trust me, it will not last that long as you will want to put it on everything!

3-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches

Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches with Sprinkles and chocolate chips stacked on top of each other. Banana Ice Cream is literally just 2 ingredients, Frozen Bananas and Almond Milk.  Add in crunchy Graham Crackers as the 3rd ingredient and you have a delicious healthy Banana Ice Cream Sandwich! 

Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches with Graham Crackers are a healthier delicious frozen treat!

Banana Ice Cream is literally just 2 ingredients, Frozen Bananas and Almond Milk.  Add in crunchy Graham Crackers as the 3rd ingredient and you have a delicious healthy Banana Ice Cream Sandwich!  Ok, Sprinkles are an extra ingredient, but absolutely not necessary for this delicious ice cream sandwich!  If you havn’t tried banana ice cream, you are in for a treat!  It tastes just like soft serve ice cream and comes together in seconds in a food processor or blender.

My girls looooovvvvee ice cream!  If they could eat it all day every day, they would.  I supposed that is like most kids, right?  So, I really wanted to find a healthier option to give them their frozen treat fix.  Banana ice cream is it!  I literally couldn’t even finish this photo shoot without my 6 year old stealing one of these 🙂

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Child's hand taking part of the banana ice cream sandwich away. Banana Ice Cream is literally just 2 ingredients, Frozen Bananas and Almond Milk.  Add in crunchy Graham Crackers as the 3rd ingredient and you have a delicious healthy Banana Ice Cream Sandwich!  If you have never tried banana ice cream, you are in for a treat!  It tastes just like soft serve ice cream.

Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  But, I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR COOKING ‘KIT’

You are busy, so these are the steps you can do a day or two in advance to prepare food ahead!  (See the recipe below for more details)

Mini Food Processor on counter with frozen bananas in baggies and almond milk carton. Banana Ice Cream is literally just 2 ingredients, Frozen Bananas and Almond Milk.  Add in crunchy Graham Crackers as the 3rd ingredient and you have a delicious healthy Banana Ice Cream Sandwich!  If you have never tried banana ice cream, you are in for a treat!  It tastes just like soft serve ice cream.

This Banana Ice Cream literally has only 2 ingredients: Frozen Bananas and Almond Milk.  My younger daughter is dairy free, so I used Almond Milk, but you can use any milk you have in your house.  To prep ahead, you do need to slice and freeze the bananas, but that’s really it.  This is easiest to do the night before you make them, but in a pinch, they can usually freeze in just a few hours.

I like to buy lots of bananas…some we can peel and eat and others that I let get really ripened and then slice and freeze for smoothies and this ice cream.

Tip: When you slice the bananas, put them into a plastic freezer bag and then slide the slices around into a single layer.  This prevents the slices from sticking together in a big clump and allows them to blend up much easier in the blender or food processor.

MAKING YOUR BANANA ICE CREAM SANDWICHES:

Once the banana slices are frozen, add 2 cups frozen banana slices to a food processor or blender with 1/2 cup Almond milk (or any milk you have on hand).  Pulse to get the blending started and once you see it starting to come together you can just blend.  If it is still way too thick and not really blending smooth, you can add another tablespoon of milk but be careful not to add too much liquid as you want it to be thick like soft serve ice cream.

Pouring milk over frozen Bananas in a food processor. Banana Ice Cream is literally just 2 ingredients, Frozen Bananas and Almond Milk.  Add in crunchy Graham Crackers as the 3rd ingredient and you have a delicious healthy Banana Ice Cream Sandwich!  If you have never tried banana ice cream, you are in for a treat!  It tastes just like soft serve ice cream.

Banana Ice Cream blended in food processor. Banana Ice Cream is literally just 2 ingredients, Frozen Bananas and Almond Milk.  Add in crunchy Graham Crackers as the 3rd ingredient and you have a delicious healthy Banana Ice Cream Sandwich!  If you have never tried banana ice cream, you are in for a treat!  It tastes just like soft serve ice cream.

Next, break your graham crackers in half so that you have 2 rectangle pieces per sandwich ‘slice’.  Place one graham ‘slice’ down on a sheet pan.  TIP: I like to cover the sheet pan with parchment so that the sandwiches are less likely to stick and it’s easy clean up for me.  Add a scoop of banana ice cream to the graham cracker bottom, then top with the second graham ‘slice’.

Close Up of Banana Ice Cream sandwich from side view with graham cracker top. Banana Ice Cream is literally just 2 ingredients, Frozen Bananas and Almond Milk.  Add in crunchy Graham Crackers as the 3rd ingredient and you have a delicious healthy Banana Ice Cream Sandwich!  If you have never tried banana ice cream, you are in for a treat!  It tastes just like soft serve ice cream.6 Graham Cracker and Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches on parchment paper. Banana Ice Cream is literally just 2 ingredients, Frozen Bananas and Almond Milk.  Add in crunchy Graham Crackers as the 3rd ingredient and you have a delicious healthy Banana Ice Cream Sandwich!  If you have never tried banana ice cream, you are in for a treat!  It tastes just like soft serve ice cream.

Now comes the optional part…SPRINKLES!  My little puts sprinkles on everything…pancakes, waffles, ice cream, cupcakes, cookies… My older one loves mini chocolate chips.  Really its up to you what you prefer to add – or add nothing at all!  You could even dip these into hot fudge!!!

Dipping a banana and graham cracker ice cream sandwich into rainbow sprinkles. Banana Ice Cream is literally just 2 ingredients, Frozen Bananas and Almond Milk.  Add in crunchy Graham Crackers as the 3rd ingredient and you have a delicious healthy Banana Ice Cream Sandwich!  If you have never tried banana ice cream, you are in for a treat!  It tastes just like soft serve ice cream.

Hand holding a Banana Ice Cream Sandwich with rainbow sprinkles. Banana Ice Cream is literally just 2 ingredients, Frozen Bananas and Almond Milk.  Add in crunchy Graham Crackers as the 3rd ingredient and you have a delicious healthy Banana Ice Cream Sandwich!  If you have never tried banana ice cream, you are in for a treat!  It tastes just like soft serve ice cream.

That’s it!  ENJOY!

😍 CarrieBanana Ice Cream sandwiches with graham crackers, sprinkles, and chocolate chips stacked on plate on counter. Banana Ice Cream is literally just 2 ingredients, Frozen Bananas and Almond Milk.  Add in crunchy Graham Crackers as the 3rd ingredient and you have a delicious healthy Banana Ice Cream Sandwich!  If you have never tried banana ice cream, you are in for a treat!  It tastes just like soft serve ice cream.

3-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches

Banana Ice Cream is literally just 2 ingredients, Frozen Bananas and Almond Milk.  Add in crunchy Graham Crackers as the 3rd ingredient and you have a delicious healthy Banana Ice Cream Sandwich!  If you have never tried banana ice cream, you are in for a treat!  It tastes just like soft serve ice cream.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword bananas, ice cream
Prep Time 25 minutes
Freeze Bananas 4 hours
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 2 Bananas
  • 1/2 cup Almond Milk Any milk you like
  • 3 Graham Cracker sheets, 4 rectangles each

Instructions

Prep Ahead

  1. Freeze Bananas: Peel and slice the bananas, put them into a plastic freezer bag and then slide the slices around into a single layer. This prevents the slices from sticking together in a big clump and allows them to blend up much easier in the blender or food processor.  They need probably 4 hours, but easiest to freeze them overnight.

    Mini Food Processor on counter with frozen bananas in baggies and almond milk carton. Banana Ice Cream is literally just 2 ingredients, Frozen Bananas and Almond Milk.  Add in crunchy Graham Crackers as the 3rd ingredient and you have a delicious healthy Banana Ice Cream Sandwich!  If you have never tried banana ice cream, you are in for a treat!  It tastes just like soft serve ice cream.

Make Your Banana Ice Cream and Sandwiches

  1. Once the banana slices are frozen, add 2 cups frozen banana slices to your food processor or blender with 1/2 cup Almond milk (or any milk you have on hand). Pulse to get the blending started and once you see it starting to come together you can just blend. If it is still way too thick and not really blending smooth, you can add another tablespoon of milk but be careful not to add too much liquid as you want it to be thick like soft serve ice cream.

    Pouring milk over frozen Bananas in a food processor. Banana Ice Cream is literally just 2 ingredients, Frozen Bananas and Almond Milk.  Add in crunchy Graham Crackers as the 3rd ingredient and you have a delicious healthy Banana Ice Cream Sandwich!  If you have never tried banana ice cream, you are in for a treat!  It tastes just like soft serve ice cream.
  2. Break your graham cracker sheets in half so that you have 2 rectangle pieces per sandwich ‘slice’. Place one graham ‘slice’ down on a sheet pan. TIP: I like to cover the sheet pan with parchment so that the sandwiches are less likely to stick and it’s easy clean up for me. Add a scoop of banana ice cream to the graham cracker bottom, then top with the second graham ‘slice’.

    Close Up of Banana Ice Cream sandwich from side view with graham cracker top. Banana Ice Cream is literally just 2 ingredients, Frozen Bananas and Almond Milk.  Add in crunchy Graham Crackers as the 3rd ingredient and you have a delicious healthy Banana Ice Cream Sandwich!  If you have never tried banana ice cream, you are in for a treat!  It tastes just like soft serve ice cream.
  3. Optional Step: Roll in sprinkles or mini chocolate chips.

    Dipping a banana and graham cracker ice cream sandwich into rainbow sprinkles. Banana Ice Cream is literally just 2 ingredients, Frozen Bananas and Almond Milk.  Add in crunchy Graham Crackers as the 3rd ingredient and you have a delicious healthy Banana Ice Cream Sandwich!  If you have never tried banana ice cream, you are in for a treat!  It tastes just like soft serve ice cream.