What Is Allspice And How To Make A Substitute

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Are you curious about what is allspice? Learn more about this interesting spice and how to make your own allspice substitute for your recipes.

How To Make An Allspice Substitute

As you are preparing for your fall and holiday baking sessions you will probably come across allspice listed in the ingredients of many recipes.

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But do you know what allspice is?

You might think that it is a combination of spices that are mixed together, something like pumpkin pie spice but no that’s not it!

Allspice is a unique spice that is actually a dried berry from the Pimenta silica plant grown in the West Indies and it’s often used to add flavor to fall dishes like cider.

It’s sold as both dried berries and as a ground spice.

Why Is It Called Allspice?

Allspice gets its name from the unique aroma it has. Allspice smells like a combination of spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves.

What’s The Difference Between Allspice And Mixed Spice?

Allspice is a dried berry that is a single spice that has the scents of many fall and holiday spices.

Whereas Mixed Spice is a blend of several spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander seed, caraway, ginger, and cloves. Mixed spice is traditionally used in British cooking and is similar to pumpkin pie spice.

How To Use Allspice

Ways You Can Use Allspice

Allspice is a very unique spice in that its flavors are similar to other fall spices that are commonly used like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.

You might not know that you can make a substitute for allspice with these 3 spices if you can’t find allspice at the store or just ran out while you were baking.

This also means that you can use allspice as a substitute for cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves in your baking as well!

Allspice is perfect for making spiced apple cider, and making fall and Christmas treats both sweet and savory.

The whole berries can be added to teas and cider while they are steeping to give it a warm flavor. Whereas the ground spice is better for baking with.

What is allspice and what are its health benefits.

Health Benefits Of Allspice

Now that you know what allspice is and how handy it is to have on hand here are some health benefits of this spice you might not know about.

Improve Your Immunity

Eating lots of whole foods is a great way to start boosting your immune system naturally. You can add fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices to your diet.

Allspice is a great one to start with because it has natural antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Reduce Inflammation

If you have arthritis like I do or other types of join pin caused by inflammation, there are many spices that are good to help relieve the inflammation. Allspice is one of many spices that has natural anti-inflammation benefits.

Increasing Antioxidants

We all know that antioxidants are good for us and I love to eat a variety of foods to get these health benefits.

Allspice contains some antioxidants including tannins, eugenol, and quercetin. These are helpful in making allspice good at preventing infections and illnesses.

Improve Circulation

Allspice is also a great spice for helping to improve your circulation because it contains minerals like copper and iron.

When you have good circulation, you are promoting good red blood cell growth in your body and that gives you more energy and boosts your overall health.

Now that you know what allspice really is, make sure to pick some up for your next cooking session!

What is allspice and how to make your own substitute

How To Make An Allspice Substitute

If you don’t have any allspice on hand and are making a recipe that calls for it you can make your own allspice substitute.

It’s really easy to make and is a lot cheaper than buying allspice too!

To make your own allspice substitute blend together 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. of nutmeg and 1/2 tsp. of ground cloves.

This blend works great in baking recipes that need allspice. If you prefer a spice blend that isn’t as strong you can reduce the nutmeg and ground cloves to 1/4 tsp.


Easy Allspice Substitute

Need allspice for your holiday baking recipe but don’t have any? No problem! Make your own allspice substitute and enjoy your holiday baking.

  • Author: Kim Mills @ Homestead Acres
  • Prep Time: 00:05
  • Cook Time: 00:00
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/2 teaspoons


  • 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. of nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. of ground cloves


  1. Combine the cinnamon, nutmeg and ground cloves together in a small bowl and mix together well.
  2. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.


This blend works great in baking recipes that need allspice. If you prefer a spice blend that isn’t as strong you can reduce the nutmeg and ground cloves to 1/4 tsp.

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Kim Homestead Acres

Kim Mills is a homeschooling mom of 6 and lives on an urban homestead in Ontario, Canada. Blogging at Homestead Acres she enjoys sharing tips to help you save money, grow and preserve your own food.

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  • Annette says:

    I had planned to read this back when you first wrote it but life happens eh? It’s funny, I’m reading this post and I had remnants of mom talking to me about all spice and how to use it and therefore some of what you said was like “Oh, I know that”, and then you added new information and I learned new things. It’s SO GOOD to do that. And now I know what to use as a substitute for the days I run out!