This Homemade Apple Pie Spice Recipe is just what you need to add the finishing touch to your favorite apple recipes or fall-season baked goods. The cozy fall flavors smell amazing and it’s such an easy recipe that will help you skip a trip to your local grocery store.
If you love making your own spice blends, you will love adding this recipe to your spice cabinet. It’s super easy to make if you have all the right ingredients and can even make extra to give out as gifts during the holiday season.
Ingredients Used In This Recipe
There is something so comforting about a homemade spice blend. The smell of this apple pie spice alone is enough to give a warm and cozy feeling. Here are the ingredients you will need to make your own apple pie spice mix:
- Cinnamon: This is the base of this easy homemade apple pie spice. I use cinnamon for so many recipes so I always have a large container from Costco on hand. It can be Saigon Cinnamon or regular Cinnamon. Both will work just fine for this DIY blend.
- Nutmeg: Aromatic, sweet, and nutty. The perfect companion to cinnamon and all things apple.
- Allspice: A multi-dimensional spice that adds a hint of clove and pepper to this blend.
- Cardamom: A versatile spice that has earthy and fruity notes. Not always a traditional ingredient in apple pie spice, but trust me, it’s such a nice touch to this apple pie spice blend.
- Ginger: Sweet, yet also spicey. Ginger really rounds out this blend with a nice pop of bold flavor.
How Do I Store My Homemade Spice?
It’s best to store your freshly made apple pie spice in an airtight container. Depending on if you make the recipe below or double it will change the size of the container needed. A small mason jar or large spice jar would work well. If you don’t have either of those you could also use a small Tupperware container. Or you could purchase some really cute spice jars and make a large batch to give out as gifts during the holidays. Homemade spice mixes make such fun presents for hosts or as stocking stuffers.
Expert Tip: I also recommend storing this in your spice cabinet or pantry away from direct sunlight to preserve freshness.
What’s The Difference Between Apple Pie Spice & Pumpkin Spice?
The biggest difference between apple pie spice and pumpkin spice isn’t much honestly. Both use very similar ingredients including cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger. However, in my recipe for apple pie spice I’ve included cardamom which is a common ingredient and pumpkin spice has ground cloves traditionally and no cardamom. So, that’s all that is different between the two.
How Do You Use Apple Pie Spice?
Apple pie spice is such a versatile blend of spices that compliment so many different things. You can use a dash of it with your morning coffee or tea, as a topping on yogurt, oatmeal, or ice cream, or in a variety of baked goods like my french toast or low-carb apple crisp!
Is Apple Pie Spice The Same As Cinnamon?
Apple pie spice and cinnamon are not the same. This is because the base of apple pie spice is cinnamon but it also includes other ground spices like nutmeg, allspice, cardamom, and ginger.
How Much Spice Do I Use?
The amount of apple pie spice you choose to use will vary depending on the recipe or its use. For example, if you’re using it with overnight oats, I would suggest just 1/4 teaspoon. But if you’re using it in a baked good you might use one tablespoon.
Is This Spice Diabetic-Friendly?
Yes! Apple pie spice is absolutely diabetic-friendly. It contains zero carbohydrates so you can use as much as you like without worry. I find adding spices to my meals helps keep things flavorful and fun without the need for tons of sugar.
What Are The Ingredients In McCormick Apple Pie Spice?
If you’re looking to make an apple pie spice that’s similar to store-bought McCormick seasoning here are the simple ingredients they include cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. That’s it! So if you don’t have cardamom or ground ginger at home you can omit those two ingredients from my recipe and you will have the same ingredients as McCormick. But I promise the cardamom and ginger really bring this blend of warm spices to life.
How To Make Homemade Apple Pie Spice
- 3 tbsp Ground Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Ground Nutmeg
- 1 tsp Allspice
- 1/2 tsp Cardamom
- 1/4 tsp Ground Ginger
- Start by measuring all of the spices together in a small bowl. Use a small wooden spoon or small whisk to gently blend all of the ingredients together.
- Transfer to an airtight container or spice jar and store in a cool, dry place like your spice cabinet.
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