The #PSL craze may have turned you slightly cynical when it comes to pumpkin spice.
However, the delicious, warming blend of spices has been a dreamy part of experiencing autumn for a really long time, and we’re not going to let a Starbucks craze ruin that.
Plenty of others feel the same way, and there are now all kinds of nutrient-dense foods you can buy with pumpkin spice on the clean ingredient list. We picked out a few favorites along with some of our favorite pumpkin spice recipes so you can get your fix in many ways, throughout the season.
If the spice isn’t really your thing but you love creamy pumpkin, we totally support adding the orange veggie to every meal, too. And stay tuned for our spice guru’s take on how to make your own pumpkin spice blend, coming soon. Just think: If you make a massive jar, you could just sprinkle it everywhere like fall fairy dust.
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5 Healthy Ways to Get Your Pumpkin Spice Fix
Purely Elizabeth Pumpkin Spice Grain-Free Superfood Granola
Purely Elizabeth mixes pumpkin spice flavor into a hearty, crunchy, gluten-free granola made with pumpkin seeds (how appropriate), sunflower seeds, cashews, coconut oil, and the popular adaptogen ashwagandha.
Pumpkin Spice Latte Protein Balls
Nutritious Life Certified yogi Danielle Diamond created these to satisfy a craving for sweetness and give you a protein boost (instead of a sugar crash). They’re the perfect pre- or post-workout snack and kids will love them in their lunchbox, too.
Simple Mills Pumpkin Muffin & Bread Almond Flour Mix
Baking from a box is healthy when you do it this way, which is kind of awesome considering how busy we all are. Simple Mills’ gluten-free mix is made with whole food ingredients—including both pumpkin spice and pumpkin itself—and all you have to do is add oil, eggs, and water. The final product is perfectly moist and hits the perfect sweet-and-savory balance.
Wild Friends Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter Blend
I mean, it’s kind of crazy there aren’t already a million of these out there. Peanut butter and pumpkin spice just kind of sound like a match made in heaven, right? Wild Friends’ jar is made with healthy ingredients and is crazy delicious. Just watch the portion size, as it does contain added sugar, and it’s easy to get crazy with just one more spoonful.
Mini Pumpkin Pie Bites
Turn your pumpkin pie into “bites,” and you’ve got automatic portion control built into the delicious dessert. These also come with healthy chia and flax in the crust and are just super cute, and with holiday foods, looks do matter.