Have you gotten into the fall mood and want to surround yourself with the scents of vanilla, cinnamon, pumpkin, and hot chocolate?
We totally understand; and so do we! If, until now, we were still hoping for a few days of sunshine and warmth, now it has become clear that it’s time to dig out the scented candles, fluffy blankets, and coats.
When it comes to food and snacks, pumpkin spice recipe will become your best friend. It’s simple and versatile, easy to prepare, and offers you plenty of delicious variations for breakfast, snacks or even lunch.
Pumpkin spice recipe: How to prepare the base
You’ll need the following ingredients:
- A large pumpkin (or two smaller ones)
- 2 teaspoons sunflower oil
- A pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon cardamom
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon aniseed
- 1 teaspoon cloves
- 1 tablespoon honey
Wash the skin of the pumpkin, cover with a paper towel, then cut it in half vertically and remove the seeds. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and place baking paper in a flat baking tray.
While the oven is heating, brush the pumpkin flesh with a little oil, and then place the pumpkin, with the skin facing up, on the baking paper. Using a knife, prick the skin here and there to allow the heat to circulate.
Leave the pumpkin to bake for half an hour or until the flesh is soft when pierced with a fork. Turn off the heat, turn the squash upside down and let cool to room temperature. Using a spoon, scoop out the flesh and transfer into the bowl of a blender. Season with a pinch of salt.
Blend all the dry spices in a bowl. Add a small amount to the blender over the pumpkin, and blend. Taste the mixture and adjust the flavors to taste. You can add more honey or more spices.
Transfer the pumpkin puree to a jar and seal tightly with a lid. You can keep the puree in the fridge for a few days or even a week.
How to use pumpkin spice puree
Pumpkin spice latte
Of course, this pumpkin spice recipe is perfect for the most famous drink of the season. Put a teaspoon of puree in your coffee, add vegetable milk and blend it all up in your blender.
Baked oat pudding with autumn flavors
Here’s the ideal breakfast for a cool, rainy morning. Blend the oats with vegetable milk, add 1-2 tablespoons of pumpkin puree, your favorite fruit, and chia seeds and bake for 20 minutes.
Pumpkin spice pancakes
If you’re bored of the classic American pancake, delicious pumpkin puree pancakes will brighten your mornings. Simply replace mashed banana or applesauce with pumpkin spice puree in your favorite pancake recipe. Serve with maple syrup, baked nuts, and banana slices.