The leaves are falling and the air is crisp. That means your favorite fall traditions—and pumpkin spice—are right around the corner.

Pumpkin spice has rightfully become the quintessential fall flavor. The combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves and ginger traditionally included in pumpkin pies now is the feature flavor in everything from lattes to fall seasonal beer.

Unfortunately, many of the popular foods that feature pumpkin spice are far from healthy and don't fit into a clean eating lifestyle—think 50 grams of sugar in a 16-ounce latte.

But pumpkin spice shouldn't be ignored out of health concerns. In fact, you should embrace it—after all, it's too delicious to avoid. The fives spices carry potential health benefits, such as reduced blood sugar levels, reduced inflammation, and improved digestion, among other benefits.

The trick is to control what you put into the recipes that include pumpkin spice. Fortunately, a Vitamix® blender allows you to create your own pumpkin-spice flavored pastries, smoothies, and desserts that are far more delicious and healthy than anything you can buy in a store.

Here are six of our favorite easy, delicious, and festive pumpking spice recipes—you can make your own pumpkin spice, too—that you can make with the help of your Vitamix® blender to gear up for National Pumpkin Day.

Carrot and Raisin Muffins

These muffins with a dash of pumpkin spice are the perfect taste of fall you'll want to enjoy on a chilly morning.

Warm Apple Ginger Smoothie

Warm and nourish your body with this deliciously filling smoothie with apple, pumpkin spice (of course), ginger and lemon flavors.

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Craving pumpkin pie? Whip together this smoothie that tastes like a pie in smoothie form.

Fall Freeze

Finish off a warm and hearty meal with this refreshing icy fall treat.

Pumpkin Brownies

Make a batch of these festive brownies to enjoy after a cozy autumn meal or your favorite fall activity.

Warm Pumpkin Latte

Now you can make your favorite fall drink at home with a simple six-ingredient recipe.