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The Only 5 Spice Blends You’ll Need This Fall + 2 Recipe Ideas

January 13, 2020

It seems there are two types of people in the world: pumpkin spice for life(rs) and those who are over it. No matter where you fall, read on for five craze-worthy, warming spice blends that are long overdue for some love. For fireside sips, nothing beats a pinch of cloves, allspice, and cinnamon. To flavor meat entrees, try Chinese five spice blend or advieh, a Persian mix made with aromatic spices like cardamom and turmeric. Chai spices are a great seasonal way to upgrade your morning latte (or even coconut milk ice cream), and last but certainly not least, apple pie spice gives everything an autumn-inspired twist.

Mulled Spices With Apple Cider

Yield: 6 servings
Active time: 5 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

2 Cinnamon Sticks, crushed
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 teaspoon allspice berries
2 teaspoons dried orange peel
8 cups apple cider

Instructions

Add all spices to a small airtight container and shake gently to combine. When ready to use, spoon 2 heaping tablespoons into a sachet. Add apple cider to a large saucepan and bring to a simmer. Off heat, add herbs and steep 5 to 10 minutes. Ladle into cups and serve.


Chinese Five Spice Blend

Yield: ¼ cup
Active time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

1 tablespoon fennel seeds
1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
1 tablespoon ground anise
2 teaspoons Simply Organic Ground Ceylon Cinnamon
1 teaspoons ground cloves

Instructions

Add fennel and peppercorns to a spice grinder and pulse until fine; pour into a small bowl. Whisk in anise, cinnamon, and cloves. Store in an airtight container for several months.


Advieh Spice Blend

Yield: ½ cup
Active time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

2 tablespoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons Simply Organic Ground Ceylon Cinnamon
2 tablespoons dried rose petals, ground
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
½ teaspoon ground cloves

Instructions

Whisk all ingredients in a small bowl. Store in an airtight container for several months.


Chai Spice Blend

Yield: ⅓ cup
Active time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

¼ cup Simply Organic Ground Ceylon Cinnamon
2 tablespoons Simply Organic Ground Ginger Root
1 tablespoon ground cardamom
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cloves

Instructions

Whisk all ingredients in a small bowl. Store in an airtight container for several months.


Apple Pie Spice Blend With Apple Crisp

Yields: 6 servings
Active time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

For the spice mix:
1 tablespoon Simply Organic Ground Ceylon Cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ tsp ground ground allspice

For the apple crisp:
5 apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
½ spice mixture
½ cup coconut sugar
1 teaspoon sea salt
Juice of half a lemon

For the topping:
½ spice mixture
½ cup rolled oats
½ cup coconut sugar
½ cup almond flour
½ cup pecans, finely chopped
½ cup coconut oil, melted

Ice cream or whipped cream, for serving (optional)

Instructions

Make the spice mix:
Stir spices in a small bowl.

Make the apple crisp:
Preheat oven to 400°F and grease a 9-inch cast-iron pan with cooking spray. Add apples, half of spice mixture, coconut sugar, salt, and lemon juice to a large bowl; toss to coat. Pour into skillet and spread evenly.

Make the topping:
To the same bowl you used for the apples, add all topping ingredients and mash with a fork until crumbly; sprinkle evenly over apples. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until apples are soft and topping is golden. To serve, scoop into bowls and serve with ice cream or whipped cream, if desired.

Recipes by Megan Mitchell

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Nicole Gulotta

Nicole Gulotta is a writer, author, and tea enthusiast.

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