If you miss cinnamon, this non-stimulating spice mix is for you. I use this in my raisin walnut bread, cinnamon-ish buns, oatmeal, and more places where I miss cinnamon flavor. I truly enjoy this recipe as it satisfies any of my desires for cinnamon, without jeopardizing my health.
If you want cinnamon taste for things unlike raisin bread or cinnamon buns, then please see my spice resource on my resource page. Corriander replaces cinnamon really well in most dishes. You can also follow the various mixtures on the page for pies, cakes, and main dishes. This recipe is really just for desserts that have heavy cinnamon.
I use coconut sugar because of its low glycemic index. In general, I love sugars that have nutrients in them. You may use whatever sweetener you like, but be sure to adjust for taste. Coconut sugar is not as sweet as agave, honey, or even organic cane sugar, but it does really well in my bread recipes.
The cayenne pepper is purely optional. Remember cayenne is a stimulating spice, though it should not be treated as other stimulating spices, which irritate the stomach or make the blood impure (See Back to Eden, p. 106, p. 694), I do not advocate using it routinely. Also, pay close attention to the heat unit of your cayenne. If the cayenne is from a health food store, it may have a higher heat unit (i.e., 90,000 Scoville Heat Units [SHU] or above). If using a higher heat unit cayenne, only a tiny pinch will do for this recipe. I generally leave it out when making this mix for my raisin walnut bread.
Cinnamon-ish Spice Mix
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar (or sweetener of choice)
- 1 Tablespoon coriander, grounded
- 1 teaspoon anise seed, grounded
- 1/8 teaspoon cardamom, grounded
- pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
Combine all ingredients with a whisk. Use as a substitute for a sweet cinnamon mix.