If you're caught up in the buzz of all things pumpkin spice, it's likely that you're missing out on another seasonal spice blend: apple pie spice. And I'd love to help you change that right now. We most commonly pick up a jar of this seasonal spice blend — a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice — when it comes time to bake up an apple pie. But instead of stashing back in the pantry where it's sure to be forgotten, I urge you to put it work as much as possible.
1. Mix it into whipped cream.
Everyone loves a generous dollop of homemade whipped cream on dessert, and more so when a sprinkle of apple pie spice is involved. A little goes a long way so you don't need a lot. Start with about 1/4 teaspoon of seasoning for every 1/2 cup of cream, and add more as desired.
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2. Sprinkle it over yogurt.
Try this breakfast hack once, and you'll be doing it all throughout fall. Why not double down and add some sliced apples to your yogurt, too?
3. Add it to oatmeal and porridge.
Along with a few chopped apples, a sprinkle of apple pie spice is the most wonderful way to give a steaming-hot pot of oats or porridge a fragrance and taste reminiscent of apple pie.
4. Stir it into muffins, scones, and quick bread.
Apple pie spice is a welcome addition to any and all baked goods, especially muffins, quick bread, and scones. If a recipe calls for cinnamon, swap in an equal amount of apple pie spice; otherwise mix in about 1 teaspoon.
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5. Sprinkle it over ice cream.
While vanilla is the obvious choice, apple pie spice is also a magical addition to maple walnut, butter pecan, salted caramel, and sweet cream ice cream. Bonus points if your ice cream is perched on a bowl of warm apple crisp!
6. Use it to coat a batch of snickerdoodles.
Calling all snickerdoodle-lovers! Use apple pie spice to coat your cookies instead of cinnamon and you will not be disappointed.
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7. Blend it into smoothies.
This fragrant spice blend is your ticket for bringing a seasonal kick to your morning smoothie. It's obviously a natural fit with apple smoothies, but there are so many other ingredient combos you'll love it with, too.
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8. Spice up French toast and pancakes.
Instead of mixing the apple pie spice into the custard or batter, where it can get clumpy or unevenly distributed, sprinkle over slices of French toast or pancakes when they're cooking on the stovetop.
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9. Stir it into warm apple cider.
Grab a mug! This is the ingredient that makes our favorite fall mainstay even better.
10. Toss it with roasted sweet potatoes.
We already know that sweet potatoes love some cinnamon, and the same goes for this seasonal spice blend. Add about a teaspoon per pound when you coat the cubed potatoes with oil. And if you really want to go all out, add a tablespoon or two of honey.
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