Anything-But-Coffee Pumpkin Spice Recipes
The moment that September rolls around, coffee shops everywhere start stocking up on their pumpkin spice products. There is almost no other autumn fixture that sparks as many debates as the pumpkin spice takeover, but the controversy doesn’t stop fans from inhaling as many lattes as they can squeeze in before the winter holiday flavors take over.
If you love pumpkin spice, you’ll probably be thrilled to know that the flavor isn’t only for coffee. Here are a few of our favorite anything-but-coffee pumpkin spice recipes. (Even if you hate the signature latte, give these a try. You may be surprised at how great the flavor is when it’s not combined with coffee beans!)
Pumpkin Spice Pumpkin Seeds
Do you love the ease of snacking on sunflower seeds during the summer months? Pumpkin seeds are your autumn equivalent, and they’re a lot tastier when you hit them with some pumpkin spice flavoring. Simply toss the seeds of one large pumpkin with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, your favorite sweetener (sugar or stevia work great), and a bit of olive oil. Then roast in a 350-degree oven for about 20 minutes. After they’ve cooled, you have a healthy snack that reminds you of your favorite latte without all the extra calories.
Pumpkin Spice Baked Apples
Sometimes it’s hard to choose between the two iconic flavors of autumn, so why not do both at once? Core an apple, and then fill with dried cranberries and a small amount of honey or maple syrup. Then sprinkle the top with pumpkin spice (or make your own with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and sugar), and bake the apple at 350 degrees until it is fork-tender. Depending on the size of the apple, this should take about 20 minutes. Cut it open and toss on a few walnuts if you like. This is a great dessert to serve at a family event, especially if you’re trying to avoid the pie and cookies this year.
Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake
If you’re craving a sweet dessert right now, there’s nothing more satisfying than a mug cake. This simple one-person treat can be made in your favorite mug, and takes less than five minutes to make, cook, and consume. For this recipe, it’s important to measure all ingredients exactly. Mix the following list of ingredients into your mug:
- 4 tablespoons flour
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
- ½ teaspoon vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
- 1/8 teaspoon each of cinnamon and nutmeg
- 1/16 teaspoon each of ground ginger and cloves
Once these are mixed into your mug, just microwave for one minute and 15 seconds. It’s best to eat mug cakes right away, or within a few minutes. Try squeezing on some caramel or chocolate syrup to make this cake even more divine.
Get Your Fix Without Hurting Your Wallet or Your Waistline
It’s no secret that the infamous pumpkin spice latte is full of calories, or that it’s usually a pricey drink. Luckily, pumpkin spice flavoring is easy to make at home, and you can shake a bit into your coffee or tea if you’re really craving a fix. Just combine a 1:1 ratio of cinnamon and nutmeg, and then add half as much ground ginger and ground cloves (each). Toss in some sweetener if you like, to taste, or just leave the spice mixture as is, and add sweetener to whatever recipe you use the mixture for.
When you’re getting your pumpkin spice fix at home, nothing says you have to stop when the holiday season hits! Enjoy your pumpkin spice love all the way to spring with these simple recipes.