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What’s Not to Love About Pumpkin?

create pumpkin spiceWith Thanksgiving right around the corner, pumpkin is quite popular and it seems that every brand offers a seasonal “pumpkin spice” flavor. Pumpkin is not only highly nutritious but is also an excellent addition to baked goods. It adds rich flavor and creates a moist product. However you probably wouldn’t want to eat pumpkin right from a can, it needs a little flavor. One great way to add some flavor to pumpkin is with a little pumpkin pie spice of course. Pumpkin pie spice is simply a combination of spices that you probably already have in your spice cabinet, so just make your own for the upcoming holidays. You can use this in pumpkin breads, muffins, lattes/coffee, oatmeal, custards/puddings, yogurt, sweet potato dishes, butternut squash soup, baked apples/applesauce, and of course pumpkin pie. Each of the ingredients listed for pumpkin pie spice may offer additional health benefits as well, so go ahead and spice things up! You can use pumpkin puree right out of the can or you can buy your own pumpkin, slice it in half, bake with flat side up for ~45 minutes or until very tender, scrape out the flesh and puree in blender/ mash with fork.  Pumpkin is a great first food for baby (6 months or older) and is an excellent source of vitamin A. Vitamin A is fat-soluble vitamin which is important for normal vision gene expression, reproduction, embryonic development, growth and immune function.


Pumpkin Pie Spice

  • 4 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 4 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 3 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 4 teaspoons ground ginger


Blog post provided by:
Katie Foster, RDN, LD
Nutrition Services
Hannibal Regional



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