Recently I had an urge to bake something special using the leftover apples from all that homemade applesauce, but I didn’t have any apple pie spice on hand.
A quick store run reminded me how pricey a tiny container of apple pie spice was – nearly $3 for just over an ounce!
Cheaper and Better Apple Pie Spice
I could totally make this myself for less money, I thought.
I flipped the container over to read the ingredients.
Just cinnamon and nutmeg – really? No cloves? No ginger? No cardamom?
Now I was convinced – I could make this myself for less money…and it would taste better!
So over to the bulk aisle I went, scooping out tiny spoonfuls of five different ingredients I thought would make the perfect blend of hot apple pie flavors.
I won’t share just yet what I ended up baking – that’ll be a fun surprise later this week! For now, I’ll just tell you the depth of flavor in this DIY apple pie spice blend beats the store bought version by a long shot!
Plus, my ingredients cost less than a third of the tiny container on the grocery shelf!
How to use DIY Apple Pie Spice
We all know apple pie spice makes the perfect apple pie and the perfect Apple Pi……oh, gosh – I almost spilled the beans on Thursday’s recipe! *wink*
***(Update – you can now click to get the recipe for my Apple Pie Cookie Bites!)***
Anyhow, here are a few really wonderful non-pie uses for this DIY apple pie spice:
Sprinkle it on cooked oatmeal
Stir it into pancake batter
Stir some into maple syrup as a pancake topper
Add it to softened butter and spread on toast or English muffins
Sprinkle it over coffee grounds before brewing
- 4 Tbsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- heaping 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- heaping 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container until ready to use.
Perfect for apple pies and other baked goods, but also an excellent addition to yogurt or cooked oatmeal!
If your local store doesn’t carry all of these ingredients, you purchase them online using the links below. You won’t get the added savings of purchasing only the amounts you need from a bulk bin, but the remainder could be stored for later use.
Do you have a favorite use for Apple Pie Spice? Have you ever made it yourself?