While researchers have found that cinnamon may help lower blood sugar in folks with diabetes, it’s not likely you’ll be chasing your next meal with a teaspoon or two—the amount found to have an effect. No, cinnamon is best mingled with milk and sugar in custards or tossed with apples and oats in a pie.
Here we’ve paired it with healthy oats, honey and dried fruit for Chewy Granola Bars and swirled it with brown rice and milk for a sweet custardy rice pudding that works just as well for breakfast as it does for dessert. A spoonful of cinnamon may just be the medicine in these yummy recipes.
FACTOID What we know as cinnamon (and find on the spice shelves) is actually cassia. True cinnamon, or Ceylon cinnamon, comes from Sri Lanka, and while not as strong, it is more complex.
—Recipes by Serena Ball, M.S., R.D.