Apple Pie Spice {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

Apple Pie Spice {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

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Apple pie spice, like pumpkin pie spice and several others, can be made from spices that you already have on hand. While it is easier to buy it, making your own not only saves you money, but you can also customize the spice ratios to your liking. This apple pie spice comes together in less than 5 minutes, and will definitely make enough to get you through the fall baking season!

What can be used in place of apple pie spice?

If you don’t have nutmeg or allspice on hand, you can just substitute 1:1 with cinnamon, since apple pie spice largely consists of cinnamon.

Is apple pie spice the same as pumpkin pie spice?

No! If you read the ingredient labels of store-bought apple pie spice, the ingredients are cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, in that order. Whereas for store-bought pumpkin pie spice, the ingredients are cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and sulfiting agents (YUCK!), in that order. Occasionally, homemade recipes will also add in cardamom and cloves. So basically the differentiating spice between the two, is the addition of ginger (and sometimes cardamom and cloves) to pumpkin pie spice.

How do you make allspice?

If you were to smell allspice, it would smell like a combination of cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pepper. Despite the many recipes online for making homemade allspice, its actually not a mixture of spices at all. According to this article by The Spruce Eats, “…allspice is a spice made from the dried berries of a plant known as Pimenta dioica.” The berries resemble black peppercorns! To make the ground allspice that is sold in stores, the berries are picked from the tree before they are ripe, dried, and ground up. This is a spice I recommend everyone having on hand in their spice cabinet, as you can use it to make other homemade spice mixtures. However, if you ever find yourself without it, you can always make a mixture that mimics the taste by combining equal parts ground cloves, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg. I might also toss in a very small amount of finely ground black pepper.

How to Make Apple Pie Spice: Step-by-Step

Step 1. In a small storage container (I used a mason jar), measure out all of the spices into the jar.

Cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice in a small glass jar on a wood plank background,

Step 2. Secure the lid and shake to mix everything together. Store for up to one year.

Apple pie spice in a small glass jar on a wood plank background, In the upper left is the lid.

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A teaspoon of apple pie spice sits in the foreground, with a jar of the spice, four apples, and two cinnamon sticks sit in the background. The jar and the teaspoon sit on a red and white checkered kitchen towel, whereas the apples and cinnamon sticks sit on a wood plank background. This is the vertical image.

Apple Pie Spice {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

This apple pie spice recipe comes together in under 5 minutes! It saves you money, and you can also customize the spice ratio to your liking.
4.7 from 7 votes
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Course: Homemade Mixes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fall, gluten-free, vegan
Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Servings: 4 teaspoons
Calories: 7kcal
Author: The Panicked Foodie


  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/8 teaspoon ground allspice


  • In a small storage container (I used a mason jar), measure out all of the spices into the jar. Secure the lid and shake to mix everything together. Store until the earliest expiration date of the spices used.
Nutrition Facts
Apple Pie Spice {Vegan, Gluten-Free}
Amount Per Serving (1 teaspoon)
Calories 7 Calories from Fat 2
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.2g0%
Saturated Fat 0.1g1%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 0.1mg0%
Potassium 11.6mg0%
Carbohydrates 1.9g1%
Fiber 1.2g5%
Sugar 0.1g0%
Protein 0.1g0%
Vitamin A 7.3IU0%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 21.5mg2%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Nutritional information on The Panicked Foodie is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site.
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