I can think of many favorite desserts that highlight cinnamon.
Cinnamon Rolls, Cinnamon Ice Cream, Snickerdoodles, etc.
But I’m trying to curb some of my sugar addiction and as much as I love these treats, I don’t feel exceptionally healthy after eating them. I’ve been trying out some different recipes lately and here are a few of my favorites:
I found this recipe on Sip and Om when I had a horrible sore throat from a bad cold. It’s wonderful!!! In fact, it’s so comforting that I found myself making it when I wasn’t sick anymore just because I enjoy it so much. I don’t use regular milk for this because I’d always heard that dairy can cause your body to make more mucus – thus making more sore throat-causing drainage.
8oz (1 c.) non-dairy milk, like almond milk, rice milk, soy milk, coconut milk
1/2 tsp cinnamon (remember to use ceylon cinnamon!)
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 Tbs honey
-Heat the “milk” until hot but not boiling and then stir in the remaining ingredients.
1 apple, cored and sliced
1/4 c. almonds
1/2 c. plain yogurt
1/2 c. milk (dairy or a non-dairy milk)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Ice cubes, to taste (I tend to like a little less ice in this so it’s more of a drink and less of a smoothie)
1 tsp honey
1 tsp chia seeds or flax seed meal
-Blend all ingredients together well.
8 apples, peeled/cored/sliced
1/3 c. apple cider
1 Tbs lemon juice
1/4 c. packed brown sugar
1/4 – 1/2 tsp cinnamon (to taste)
-Combine apples and cider in a saucepan and bring to a boil under high heat.
-Cover, lower heat to medium-low and cook for 15 minutes until apples are tender.
-Stir in cinnamon and sugar until the sugar dissolves.
-At this point, either run apples through a blender/food processor for a fine-textured sauce or use a potato masher for a chunky sauce.
Okay, okay, so this one isn’t super healthy but it isn’t horrible for you either. It’s actually less sugary than the store-bought packets and oh so much tastier. I credit the cinnamon. Check out my post on this Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix!