Sounds Yummy but why no spices?

This recipe contains no spices? No cloves, cinnamon, etc.? Not even vanilla, etc.?

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No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
Recipe question for: No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

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AntoniaJames August 2, 2021
I, for one, am not terribly fond of pumpkin, just out there without any spices, so if you, like me, don't love the way this recipe sounds as written, go ahead and add some! I would add more than the 1/2 teaspoon - which frankly I'd hardly notice - suggested by the author. I'd go all in with at least a teaspoon, or 1 1/2 teaspoon of blend full of ginger and cloves.

I realize that sort of defeats the purpose of the minimalist, "pumpkin forward" approach here, but I, for one, would find this quite bland. If I wanted to enjoy the taste of winter squash (what's in every can of canned "pumpkin"), I'd roast some squash and put a touch of butter and salt on it - not serve it like this for dessert. But that's just me. To each, his or her own. ;o)
 
AntoniaJames August 3, 2021
And how about this, for timing? An article on making your own pumpkin pie spice!
https://food52.com/blog/24599-how-to-make-pumpkin-pie-spice
I added my own $.02 in the comments, FYI, re the blends I like.
This discussion has me wanting to make these bars (can't say "no" to no-bake!), but I will certainly be adding some spice! ;o)
 
702551 July 31, 2021
Don't ask us, *READ* the recipe author's headnote:

"You’ll notice that, like my no-churn pumpkin ice cream, I skip the pumpkin pie spice here. While a lot of people associate this spice blend (usually with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves) with pumpkin (or really any autumn) desserts, I find it distracting. Pumpkin has a lot more to say, all on its own, than we give it credit for. But: If you can’t imagine a pumpkin cheesecake without it, add it!"
 
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