As soon as August approaches, we’re ready for one thing and one thing only: the fall season. Or, more accurately, we’re ready for pumpkin everything.
This has quickly become everyone’s favorite flavor, whether we’re talking about pumpkin pie that we all want several slices of at Thanksgiving (with whipped cream on top, please) or the infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks. We can’t go through the autumn season without this ingredient. We just can’t.
There are so many pumpkin spice recipes, and while many aren't as famous as the Starbucks PSL, they are worth taking a look at. Here are 10 pumpkin spice recipes that will outshine the Starbucks PSL.
10 Pumpkin Pie Mug Cake: The Kitchn
Have you been introduced to the magic of the mug cake yet? It’s a super great invention: all you do is combine ingredients in a mug (of course) and then put it in the microwave. You have cake in minutes.
This Pumpkin Pie Mug Cake from The Kitchn has pumpkin puree along with pumpkin pie spice, brown sugar, one egg, milk, butter, and gingersnap cookies. It’s an easy way to get the flavor that we know and love, and while baking a pie is always an amazing afternoon activity, this is faster.
9 Pumpkin Spice Pancakes With Maple Caramelized Pears: Kale And Caramel
If pumpkin spice is delicious in latte form, just imagine what it can do for pancakes. Yup, it’s going to make regular old pancakes seem like the worst idea ever, and this is the only way that we want to make pancakes from now on.
This recipe for Pumpkin Spice Pancakes With Maple Caramelized Pears from Kale and Caramel sounds insanely good. The pancakes are made with spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice, along with coconut flour, almond milk, and of course, pumpkin puree. The pears are made with coconut oil, sea salt, and maple syrup. Good ingredients all around.
The pancakes are gluten-free, too.
8 Healthy Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal: Eating Bird Food
For many of us, breakfast is better than any other meal. There is literally not one breakfast food that we hate (except maybe bran muffins… those aren’t that much fun).
Oatmeal has become a popular breakfast food and we think that adding pumpkin pie spice to it sounds almost too good to be true. But it’s totally real. Thanks to Eating Bird Food, we have this recipe for Healthy Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal. It has the goodness of cinnamon plus pumpkin pie spice, and we can’t wait to start the day with this. What’s even more awesome than pumpkin pie spice in oatmeal? Making it in the slow cooker.
7 Pumpkin Spice Crumb Muffins: Tutti Dolci
What’s better than a Pumpkin Spice Latte? All of those flavors in a muffin.
Muffins are one of the best treats ever and many of us crave them in the afternoon. They’re great to enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea, and if we warm them up and add a pat of butter, they’re even better.
This recipe from Tutti Dolci for Pumpkin Spice Crumb Muffins sounds delicious. They have the traditional pumpkin pie spices ginger, cloves, and cinnamon, and a crumb topping, too. How excited are we to try these out? That’s a rhetorical question, right? These will make a great snack or dessert this fall season.
6 Pumpkin Spice Granola: Food Fanatic
If we love pumpkin oatmeal and pumpkin pancakes, which of course we do because those things are delicious, then we’re definitely going to love pumpkin granola.
Pumpkin pie spice is the magical ingredient in this breakfast recipe from Food Fanatic. All you need are rolled oats, maple syrup, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin puree, raisins, cashews, and a few pantry staples, and you’re good to go.
Who says that pumpkin spice is only for drinks? It’s for sure the perfect flavor for breakfast, too (and snacks… since snacking on granola is the best thing ever).
5 Gluten-Free, Vegan Pumpkin Spice Waffles: Keepin’ It Kind
Do you like pancakes or waffles better? For some people, this is a massive debate and there is a right answer and there is a wrong answer, too. For others, they love these both equally, like peanut butter and jelly.
We’re going to say that we need both of these carb and sugar-loaded beauties in our lives. This recipe for Gluten-Free, Vegan Pumpkin Spice Waffles from Keepin’ It Kind is perfection and it’s a perfect breakfast or brunch. It proves that this spice combo belongs in waffle form. With some gluten-free flour, coconut flour, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, and a few other ingredients, we’re going to be very happy.
4 Dairy-Free Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer: Running With Spoons
Since the PSL is so popular, we know that we all love coffee and we definitely love coffee that tastes like pumpkin pie. How could we not? We can keep that flavor experience going strong and try out this recipe for Dairy Free Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer from Running With Spoons.
With dates, nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin puree, light canned coconut milk, vanilla, salt, and hot water, we can create this amazing coffee creamer and have the fall coffee that we have always dreamed of. Does it get much more fun than this? Nope. Let’s make this ASAP and enjoy.
3 Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes: Table For Two
Yes, these are cupcakes that bring the familiar and beloved flavors of the Pumpkin Spice Latte into a baked good. Yes, these sound absolutely incredible. And yes, we are so happy that this recipe exists because we can’t wait to get into the kitchen.
With pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice, along with espresso powder and some typical baking ingredients such as flour and eggs, this recipe from Table For Two is a great way to indulge this fall season. These cupcakes also have caramel and whipped cream on top, just like the PSL.
2 Vegan Pumpkin Spice Cookies: Dishing Up The Dirt
By now we’ve established that there are so many delicious recipes that can be made with both canned pumpkin puree and the spices found in pumpkin dessert, and these Vegan Pumpkin Spice Cookies from Dishing Up The Dirt are no exception. Even just this recipe title is enough to make us want to make them.
These amazing cookies combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and a few other ingredients. They are vegan, too, which is good news if we are vegan or vegetarian, or if we’re baking for friends or family members who don’t eat dairy. Instead of butter, these cookies are made with coconut oil.
1 Pumpkin Spice Latte Donuts: A Happy Food Dance
And finally, we have another incredible recipe that will remind us of the PSL and make us very happy: Pumpkin Spice Latte Donuts from A Happy Food Dance.
OMG is all we have to say about these. The icing is a mix of espresso and confectioner’s sugar and even that combination alone is enough to make us psyched to whip these up. Add pumpkin puree, spices, and all the sugary ingredients that we find in a donut recipe (like sugar, of course), and we’re into it.
Can we even handle how good these sound?! Probably not. But that’s okay. That just means that we’ll have to make these immediately… and bask in the fall pumpkin vibes.