Looking for Healthy Recipes with Cinnamon?

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:

Cinnamon Sore Throat TeaSore Throat Tea

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.

Apple Pie Breakfast DrinkApple Pie Breakfast Smoothie

1 apple, cored and sliced

1 banana

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)

*Optional*

1 tsp honey

1 tsp chia seeds or flax seed meal

-Blend all ingredients together well.

Cinnamon ApplesauceCinnamon Applesauce Recipe

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.

Homemade Hot Chocolate MixSugar Cookies and Hot Chocolate Mix

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!

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