Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

Halloween and Thanksgiving are on their way, and everyone knows what that means. Pumpkin spice overload! Ever since pumpkin pie was invented, pumpkin spice and pumpkin flavored everything seemed to be inevitable. Something about that warm, sweet smell and that cinnamon-y, tangy taste just gets you right in the warm and fuzzies.

Yet with Starbucks’ massive amount of pumpkin spice everything and the progression of pumpkin flavored goodies from pumpkin spice Oreos to pumpkin spice flavored Twinkies, many think the whole fad has gotten terribly out of hand.

And while you might color yourself uninterested and sick of the pumpkin obsession, I’ve compiled a list of pumpkin spice goodies you might enjoy on your cheat day. From pastries to Word of Wisdom approved drinks (meaning without coffee), this list will satisfy your pumpkin spice cravings even if you’re too hipster to admit you need a little pumpkin to spice up your life.


**NOTE** Some of these recipes call for coffee, however if you replace it with one of our favorite coffee substitutes, you can still enjoy the great steamy taste of these beverages. For WoW approved drinks at Starbucks, check out our other article, The Mormon Guide to Starbucks.

Common Coffee Substitutes:

Two clear mugs are filled with pumpkin spice latte and topped with whipped cream and spices. They're placed side-by-side upon a twine-like place mat


Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte: Enjoy one of the holiday season’s common faves in the comfort of your own home. Watch the video provided on the website, or simply follow the recipe below it, and enjoy!





A Short and rounded glass cup is filled with pumpkin frappe and surrounded by colorful straws and cinnamon sticks. They are all placed upon a folded place mat and a pumpkin pie pure can is visible in the background

Skinny Pumpkin Frappuccino: When making Frapuccinos, one common piece of advice is to be sure to use concentrated coffee for stronger flavor. Delishably.com has a great section about how to do this with regular instant coffee, so a bit of trial-and-error might be a part of the process for this beverage with substitute coffee, but it’s definitely worth it.


A large mug is filled with white liquid and topped with whipped creme. The mug is surrounded by ingredients such as cinnamon sticks and creamer, and a crock pot sits in the background.



Crockpot Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate: Crock pots are the best for cooking while away. Stick this recipe in your crock pot before church, and you’ll return home to a warm, delicious beverage that will soothe you on those cool fall afternoons.



A small, round glass cup is filled with an orange colored smoothie and topped with whipped creme, spices, and a striped straw. The cup is sitting on a colorfully striped place mat.



Healthy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie: For those of you counting those calories and that sugar content, this recipe might be just what you need in order to get your seasonal pumpkin fix.





Two slices of pumpkin spice crunch cake sit atop each other with the baking dish visible in the background


Pumpkin Spice Crunch Cake: This crunch cake is like nothing you’ve seen or tasted before. Give it a try and you’re sure to melt you and your family’s taste buds within seconds.


7 muffins are visible in a muffin tin and they are a swirled mix of orange and white coloring



Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Muffins: If you’re not already salivating just from reading the title, I don’t know what else to tell you except start cookin’.




Mini (roughly the palm of your hand size) pumpkin pies are spread out upon a table


Individual Pumpkin Pies: These little babies are great treats for the whole family that the kids can join in to help with. I know that sounds messy, but hear me out, and give it a try!



Pumpkin pie dump cake is in a large bowl with ice cream and caramel drizzle on top


Crockpot Pumpkin Spice Dump Cake: This little slice of heaven is another time-saver where you need only cook the main dish in a crock pot, stir, and slap some ice cream & drizzle on top to serve.

A small pumpkin pie bite topped with whipped cream is held between two fingers with more bites blurrily visible in the background.




Easy Pumpkin Pie Bites: Another quick treat using muffin tins and whipped cream. Bake enough for everyone and then some because there’s definitely plenty to go around.




Round white balls with crushed wafers on top sit wrapped in white ruffled paper holders on top of a table



No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Bites: Anything with “no-bake” in the title is my saving grace. This recipe is simple and delicious. Just be sure to plan ahead in order to cool these little devils properly for that perfect, crisp first bite.




A pitcher of syrup is surrounded by cinnamon sticks, nuts, pumpkins and other spices


Pumpkin Spice Simple Syrup: I simply had to add this item to our list because the possibilities are endless! Pour a bit of this on top of your waffles, pancakes, ice cream, frappuccino, and more to get that pumpkin pizzazz going all season long.


A unique shaped bowl (divited edges) holds pumpkin pie dip with a vanilla wafer at it's apex


3-Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Dip: Just three simple ingredients and you’ve got yourself a great pumpkin pie dip that could totally add to your Thanksgiving spread.


Squares of pumpkin spice pecan fudge are arranged into a pyramid atop a square-shaped plate



Easy Pumpkin Spice Pecan Fudge: Fudge usually intimidates me because I’ve always heard it’s hard and complicated to make. However, this recipe has easy in the name and is a great recipe to calm even the most anxious baker. I’m dying to try this one out myself and hopefully elevate my competent cook status level. Join me!



Pick one or more of these delicious beauties and let me know which ones are your favorites! Do you have one you’d like to add to our list? Comment below with a link to the recipe. The more the merrier! Happy Fall!

Camille Beecroft is a senior at Utah Valley University Studying English with an emphasis in Writing Studies. She loves to speak and learn different languages, always searches for ways to satisfy her wanderlust and connect with people, and compulsively buys/watches movies when she gets stressed.