Good cinnamon substitutes include nutmeg, allspice, whole cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, pumpkin spice mix, mace, cloves or cinnamon sugar. Each of these substitutes has a different flavor and way to add value to the dish you are cooking.
Cardamom offers a deep, minty, citrus like flavor which offers warmth and aromatic properties to a dish. Cinnamon is woody with a deep spice and citrus flavor, warm and sweet. Cardamom is the seed from within a pod that we use and cinnamon is the dried bark of an evergreen tree, as sticks or powder.