Learn how to make your own homemade holiday spices, including homemade pumpkin pie spice, homemade gingerbread spice, homemade chai spice, and homemade apple pie spice.
Making your own homemade holiday spices is easy. Here I share my spice recipes for pumpkin pie spice, gingerbread spice mix, Chai spice mix, and apple pie spice. Use them to flavor recipes such as my pumpkin smoothie, my apple banana smoothie, and in fact many of my holiday dessert recipes. And how perfect to give these fresh spice mixes in a jar with a festive and personal homemade label!
Why You'll Love Making Homemade Spices
Because it's easy and cost effective! Throw together just enough mix needed per recipe. Or make them in bulk and store.
I provide my three favorite spice mix recipes below, but there is lots of room in each for your own personal customization.
But first, let me tell you a bit of detail about spices, their history and characteristics of the most popular and useful spices to have on hand.
History of Baking Spices
Spices are used in the culinary world all year round, of course, and the holidays just ramp up their importance. And though we all know spices are attractive for scent and flavoring, they are also known for supporting good health and disease-prevention. For instance cayenne pepper is considered a metabolism booster, and cloves are useful as antiseptics. Read more about the benefits of spices in an NIH study here.
So I personally began this year using spices more often, more of them, and in unlikely places, such as five-spice in a latte, and black pepper on cookies!
There are also other spice-like ingredients that deserve a place in your pantry that aren't spices exactly, but certainly make an important flavorful and healthy contribution.
A Few Showcase Spices
A spice close in taste to licorice and actually bears a close resemblance to the spice fennel. Anise can be used as a whole star seed, or ground into powder. It is a strong antioxidant. Anise has anti fungal and anti-candida properties as well.
This spice is often confused as a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, but it is actually a spice on its own from a berry of a pimento tree of Jamaica. This fragrant spice is high in vitamin C.
Used as a ground powder or whole seeds, this spice delivers a haunting dusty sweet flavor that enhances recipes with chocolate and cinnamon, and is also a strong antiseptic and powerful immune booster
This familiar spice has a sweet scent, great for both sweet and savory recipes, and excellent at balancing blood sugars. I actually add 2 teaspoon daily to my morning coffee.
With a flavor both sweet and bitter, like cinnamon, this spice is great in both sweet and savory recipes. Healthy wise, this spice is high in antioxidants and great for digestion and anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal power.
This spice is actually a collection of anise, cloves, Chinese cinnamon, sichuan pepper and fennel. Normally found in savory Asian recipes, recently this spice is being used to add spicy heat to holiday dessert recipes.
Ginger is both an herb and a spice, and has so many well-known healthy benefits - including detox and digestion support. Use it fresh or powdered.
Earthy, nutty and with a hint of sweetness, this spice is so high in minerals, including magnesium, potassium and zinc. It makes a great home remedy for relaxation and sleep.
Recipes to Use Spices
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Homemade Holiday Spices
Homemade Gingerbread Spice Mix
- 2 tablespoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoon ginger
- 2 teaspoon allspice
- 2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon cloves
- pinch black pepper
Homemade Chai Spice Mix
- 2 teaspoon cardamom green cardamom is best
- 5 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoon ginger
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon fennel
Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix
- 6 tablespoon cinnamon
- 3 teaspoon ginger
- 3 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- ½ teaspoon cloves
Homemade Apple Pie Spice Mix
- 4 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon allspice
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1 ½ teaspoon cardamom
- To make ½ cup of any of these homemade spice recipes, stir together ground versions of the spices. If you want to use fresh seeds, grind the amount you need in a coffee grinder dedicated to spice grinding.
- Store each mix in a dry weck jar or mason jar, and spoon it into all kinds of recipes, including smoothies, overnight oats, even my coffee!