I hummed and hawed a bit trying to figure out which spice to settle on for today’s MoFo theme.
27 Favorite herb or spice?
If you like adding a little flavour, sass & kick to your food, you may have had a hard time settling on just one herb or spice. I really enjoy adding fresh & dried dill to soups, salads & stirfries. Oh and cilantro/coriander gets put on so many things in this household. Yum! Ginger adds a nice flavour to teas and bowls. But my favourite? CINNAMON!
It is amazingly versatile! You can have it at breakfast, lunch and/or dinner. It’s great on snacks and can liven up a boring dish.
I love putting it in my breakfast porridge, overnight oats and sometimes even smoothies. It adds a wonderful sweetness to curries and pairs extremely well with coconut. I always add it to raw crust when making cheezecakes or other desserts. Just the smell alone is dreamy…
A few years ago, I wanted to swap out refined sugar and I find that cinnamon really is a fantastic substitute =)
I like adding it to hot chocolate and warm tea. And it is great to sprinkle on sweet snacks.
3 medjool dates
1 tbsp of nutbutter of choice
a few nuts of choice
a sprinkle of cinnamon
Gently cut open the dates and pull out the pit. Lay them down and add a bit of nutbutter of your choice and half of a nut of your choice (I used pecan for both). Sprinkle on some cinnamon to balance out the sweetness and intensify the caramel flavour.
Cinnamon Fun Fact: Did you know that cinnamon actually helps to regulate blood sugars? It can help lower your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. Something I found very interesting while studying nutrition. It helps lower fasting blood glucose and total cholesterol (it lowers the bad LDL cholesterol, while helping to raise good HDL cholesterol). Be sure to find good quality cinnamon, and make sure it is pure. I have actually seen some with sugar added. And a sprinkle is enough – eating it in large quantities can have bad effects.
What herbs & spices do you fancy?