Get a Healing Makeover with a Banana Cinnamon Smoothie

Ditch the morning caffeine and enjoy a banana cinnamon smoothie instead.  This is breakfast and coffee all rolled into one, combining all the favors of a chai latte with the health benefits of bananas.

Cinnamon has a delicate, sweet and subtle aroma that pairs wonderfully with other spices, such as ginger, cloves nutmeg and cardamom.  Think of all those wonderful holiday spices that you use to make your gingerbread and other goodies.  In fact this makes a great holiday smoothie to enjoy over the festive season.  Adding bananas makes your smoothie extra creamy, while also complementing the sweet flavor of this wonderful spice.

Cinnamon comes from the bark of an evergreen tree belonging to the Lauraceae family or laurel.  A tropical plant, it is native to Sri Lanka, but is also grown in other South East Asian countries.  

Modern research is confirming what alternative medicine practitioners have known for centuries, spices such as cinnamon aren’t merely flavorsome, they’re healthy too.  Cinnamon stimulates the vital functions of the body, counteracts congestion, aids circulation, eases nausea and may be useful in the treatment of osteoarthritis and type 2 diabetes.  Adding a pinch to your smoothies may help reduce cholesterol levels and calm the stomach.

Adding Cinnamon to Smoothies

Add between ½ to 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon to your blender.

Vanilla Cinnamon Smoothie

Vanilla extract and cinnamon are classic sweeteners and when combined together give exactly the same sweetness as sugar, but without the calories.

vanilla cinnamon smoothie

Ingredients

2 frozen bananas
1 cup almond milk
½ cup vanilla yogurt
1 tablespoon almond butter
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon cinnamon

How to Make

Add the bananas, almond milk, vanilla yogurt, almond butter, vanilla extract and cinnamon to your blender and blend on high until everything is smooth and creamy.

Makes two generous glasses.


Spicy Banana Cinnamon Smoothie

Ingredients

2 frozen bananas
1 tablespoon almond butter
1 cup almond milk
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
Pinch of ground nutmeg
2 Medjool dates

How to Make

Blend together the bananas, almond butter, almond milk, chai spice mix and Medjool dates until your smoothie is frothy and creamy. 

Pour into two your favorite glasses or jars and enjoy.

Chocolate Cinnamon Banana Smoothie

chocolate cinnamon banana smoothie

Ingredients

2 frozen bananas
1 ½ cups coconut milk
½ cup vanilla yogurt
1 tablespoon cacao
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons cinnamon

How to Make

Add all ingredients to your blender and mix together until you have a cool, creamy smoothie.

Pour into two glasses.


Peanut Butter Cinnamon Smoothie

This may seem like an unusual combination, but trust me, this is delicious!

cinnamon smoothie with banana and peanut butter

Ingredients

2 frozen bananas
1 cup almond milk
½ cup vanilla yogurt
2 tablespoons peanut butter
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon ground cardamom

How to Make

Combine the bananas, almond milk, peanut butter and chai spice mix in a blender then blend together on high until smooth and creamy.

Makes two glasses.




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