Cozy and warm, cinnamon is the bear hug in the spice drawer. Plus, research has linked cinnamon to improved blood sugar control and reduced cholesterol. Get your fix with these recipes.
Vegan Caramel Apple Cheesecake
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Sweet, creamy, caramely... and VEGAN? This cinnamon-packed no-bake cheesecake is a heavenly creation made of luscious cashews and a salted date caramel. Serve them as individual cheesecake cups and get into the cool-weather spirit.
Get the recipe: Vegan Caramel Apple Cheesecake
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Apple Cranberry Mini Pies
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Healthy Cinnamon Rice Pudding
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A lightened-up version of your grandmother's rice pudding, this recipe is made with no heavy dairy or processed sugars. This creamy and dreamy dessert is a combination of citrus, vanilla, honey and a healthy sprinkle of cinnamon. Go ahead, eat it for breakfast.
Get the recipe: Rice Pudding
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Pumpkin Gingerbread Cookies
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These pumpkin spice gingerbread cookies are packed with winter flavor from the cinnamon and a healthy dose of fiber from the fresh pumpkin.
Get the recipe: Pumpkin Spice Gingerbread Cookies
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Made with just egg whites, almonds, and lots of cinnamon, these pretty little cookies are a spicy winter treat.
Get the recipe: Star Cookies
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Grain Doughnuts with Chocolate Glaze
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Doughnuts? Healthy? You heard that right. These doughnuts are packed with fiber thanks to the whole-grain oats and flaxseed, and a dose of cinnamon gives them a flavor boost.
Get the recipe: Grainy Doughnuts with Chocolate Glaze
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Dessert Cocoa Balls
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These cinnamon cocoa balls are made of wholesome ingredients with a load of protein and healthy fats—perfect for a hit of energy on the go. (Also try these 7 Irresistible Recipes for Protein and Energy Balls.)
Get the recipe: Dessert Cocoa Balls
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Gooey Flourless Cinnamon Toffee Blondies
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These blondies are Paleo, vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free—and STILL taste unreal thanks to the sweet cinnamon spice.
Get the recipe: Gooey Flourless Cinnamon Toffee Blondies
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Carrot and Parsnip Cake
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Made with root vegetables, almond flour, dates, and a load of body-warming cinnamon, this is one winter cake you can feel good about eating.
Get the recipe: Carrot and Parsnip Cake
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Baked Butternut Squash French Toast
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Cinnamon is a stand-out spice in this nutritious baked French toast. Alongside nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice, it perfectly flavors the fiber-containing butternut squash, while allowing for less added sugar.
Get the recipe: Baked Butternut Squash French Toast
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Chocolate Pear Bread
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Want to fill your house with the sweet smell of cinnamon and chocolate? Make this! This chocolate pear bread not only smells and tastes amazing, but is also a good source of fiber and calcium thanks to the whole-grain flour, fresh pears, and low-fat yogurt.
Get the recipe: Chocolate Pear Bread