Spice-spice, baby!



There are few spice blends that I use more than Pumpkin Pie. It’s so good in everything – from my Pumpkin Protein Shake, to Greek-style yogurt, cheesecake, quick breads, spice cookies, sprinkled on oatmeal…the list goes on and on.

The one that you can buy is good in a pinch…but nothing beats the hand-picked cinnamon, freshly grated nutmeg, high-quality ginger and all the LOVE that goes into making your own!

I know there are higher-end places you can buy spices, but I love Penzey’s. They are super fresh and affordable, and have a big variety.

Making your own blend means you can choose the flavors you love to dominate, add just a touch of this or that and go heavy on something else. This recipe is the ratios that I love – add, subtract…use a stronger or milder cinnamon – whatever makes you happy in your heart!
For the standard, Libby’s-everybody-loves-it pumpkin pie recipe (two pie-big can) I use 3 1/2 teaspoons of the mix.
12 teaspoons China Cassia cinnamon (this is my fave, but any will work)
6 teaspoons ground ginger
3 teaspoons cloves
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 rounded teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg  (makes a huge difference!)
Combine all and store in an airtight container.  Keeps at least six months.





7 Comments Add yours

  1. Amber says:

    You are a godsend! I am in Sweden and can’t get the spice and really didn’t know what all was in it.

    1. Linda says:

      Oh, Amber…You’ll love it! I’m glad to be of help!

  2. Leah says:

    Do you have recipe for pumkin and greek yoogurt? I’d love to try that!


    1. Linda says:

      I have one that I think would work great.

      Making the Pumpkin Whip (link below), but instead of using whipped cream use Greek yogurt. Might have to add a little more sweetener, but WOW, would this be good!!


  3. jaduncan12 says:

    Linda I followed you several years back when cooking for my husband. He had diabetes, MS and eventually Alzheimer’s. He was so healthy when he passed except mentally. I want to start cooking that way again…for myself. I learned so much, not only wonderful recipes but all about changing the products that I bought to cook with. I’ve been searching for “Your Story” and can’t find it. I’d like to share with some friends that shared a similar story.

    1. Linda says:

      So, so sorry to hear that your husband passed away. I know you did the best for him and I’m sure he had a better quality of life because of your efforts. When this blog-site changed I lost some features, but I do have my story and updates for about a year after my surgery on Obesity Help. This is the link – https://www.obesityhelp.com/members/lilacs/blog/2009/10/05/my-journey—/
      I hope you can find some things on here that you love making and eating! I haven’t been posting as much as I should. We moved states, I’ve had some grand-kids, and some other health situations (but am better now!) and life just moves on…
      Thank you for reaching out and I wish you all the best!

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