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Years ago,  the start of the fall season could have signified the beginning of many things: Halloween, breaking out our UGG boots, the leaves changing colors and falling. But nowadays, cooler weather means just one thing: Pumpkin Spice.

Don’t be naïve to think that I am only referring to the famous Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte. That might have started it all, but there’s no stopping the pumpkin spice parade now. One search on Pinterest yields tons of results ranging from baking to candle recipes.

I’ve weeded through those Pinterest pages, and I’m here to give you the ultimate (and most diverse) guide to pumpkin spicing this season:

  1. What could be better than ending your day with a Rice Krispy Treat? Ending your day with a Pumpkin Spice Krispy Treat. This recipe is simple and boasts that it’ll take you no longer than 10 minutes!

rice krispyWhat you’ll need:

 4 cups of marshmallows

  ¼ cup of pumpkin butter

 3 tbsp. of butter

 ½ tsp. of pumpkin pie spice

 6 cups of Rice Krispy Cereal

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  1. I can’t think of anything more heavenly than smelling like vanilla pumpkin spice all day long. That’s why this 5-minutes-to-make pumpkin spice sugar scrub is sheer genius. Bring it into the shower with you and you’ll be carrying the festive feeling all day long. It would also make a lovely 8 ounce gift.


What you’ll need:

  1 cup of granulated sugar

   ¼ cup of coconut oil

  2 tsp. of pumpkin pie spice

  2 tsp. of vanilla extract

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    1. Pumpkin spice + alcohol. Need I say more? Whip up this delicious drink to make a chilly night in extra special. Enter the pumpkin    spice martin

pumpkin spiceWhat you’ll need:

         3 oz of Bolthouse Pumpkin Spice Latte

 1 oz Cruzan Velvet Cinnamon (Horchata with Rum)

 1 oz vanilla vodka

 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

  ¼ cup suga

 Click here for full instructions

  1. I can’t remember the last time I had puppy chow, but this pumpkin spice puppy chow recipe has me craving it all over again.  It also alerted me that there is such a thing as Pumpkin Spice Hershey Kisses.

chowWhat you’ll need:

 6 cups Rice Chex Cereal

 1 bag Pumpkin Spice Hershey Kisses

 ¾ cups powdered sugar

 Halloween colored M&M’s (or Reese’s Pieces)

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  1. Pumpkin Spice Crunch Cake: tell me one part of that sentence that you don’t like. This recipe makes two cakes, so it’s a brilliant excuse to make one for your friends knowing that you can keep one for yourself for later.

crunchWhat you’ll need:

 20 oz. can unsweetened pumpkin

 1 box spice cake mix

 8 oz. bag toffee bits

  1 container cream cheese frosting

  2 baking pans

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  1. Next we have the perfect fall cocktail party hors d’oeuvres. Cook up some pumpkin pie spiced almonds and serve these by the handful. These will take five minutes to put together and 25 minutes to cook.


almondsWhat you’ll need:

 1 cup raw almonds

  ½ tsp. cinnamon

 1 ½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice

 ¼ tsp. sea salt

 2 tbsp. agave nectar or maple syrup

 ½ tsp. vanilla extract

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  1. I’ve already mentioned that everyone knows and loves the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice beverages, but I bet that nobody loves the 630 calories that goes into them. Make this Skinny Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino coming in at a measly 67.5 calories. This recipe will make enough for you and a friend. Get your ice cube tray ready, that’s what you’ll be freezing the ingredients in!

ccinoWhat you’ll need:

 12 oz. cold coffee
10 oz. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
¼ cup pumpkin puree
3 tbsp. pure maple syrup (honey or agave)
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground cloves
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
Light whipped cream (optional)

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  1. Want to make a scrumptious pumpkin spice dessert but have zero time as a busy college student?  These no-bake pumpkin spice cookies are here to save your life and delight your taste buds.  And don’t worry about having enough to go around, this recipe makes 55.

cookiesWhat you’ll need:

 2 cups granulated sugar

 ¾ cup butter

 2/3 cup milk
1 small box pumpkin spice pudding mix

 3 ½ cups quick cook oats
½ tsp. vanilla extract
pumpkin pie spice (for sprinkling on top)

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  1. Start the fall season (and every morning) with some whole wheat pumpkin spice pancakes. Yes, that’s a thing, and yes, you need to try it.

pumpkinsWhat you’ll need:

 2 cups white whole wheat flour

 1 tsp. aluminum-free baking powder

 ½ tsp. baking soda

 1/3 cup natural granulated sugar

 ½ tsp. fine grain sea salt

 1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice

 1 ¼ cups organic buttermilk

 1 cup pumpkin puree
2 large organic eggs, lightly beaten

 2 tbsp. butter, melted

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If these nine pumpkin spice recipes don’t get you excited about the seasons changing, then I don’t know what will.

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