Along with its delightfully festive aroma, cinnamon has impressive health benefits, including improving blood sugar and lipid levels in people with type 2 diabetes, Prized as a food and medicine for thousands of years, this tasty spice also fights inflammation and oral bacteria, which may help prevent periodontal (gum) disease, according to research published in Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice.
Here’s a delicious, easy and vegan-friendly way to enjoy cinnamon in your holiday meal. For a flavor variation, substitute golden raisins for dried cranberries.
- 1/2 cup water
- 6 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Toast nuts over medium-low heat in a skillet for 6-8 minutes, stirring frequently to toast evenly. Remove from skillet and set aside. Add water, apples, cranberries, and cinnamon to skillet. Cover and cook over medium-low heat until apples are softened (6-10 minutes). Divide mixture into four serving bowls and top with toasted nuts. Makes 4 servings.