When I think of flavor flavors, all I think of is cinnamon. And lots of it.
Cinnamon in Fruit Crisp, Granola, and Breakfast Bread:
Most of all, though, I think of cinnamon with warm and tender apples and sweet potatoes.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples
~This recipe requires minimal effort. The measurements do not have to be exact. Simply throw in the amount of potatoes and apples you have. Dairy-Free, grain-free, gluten-free, vegan, soy-free, and, of course, sugar-free!
5 medium-sized sweet potatoes, chopped with skin on
3 medium-sized apples, chopped with skin on (any variety works. I prefer a sweeter apple like gala, but tart apples like granny smith work well, too)
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 Tablespoon coconut oil, or oil of choice
Preheat oven to 400*. Toss the apples, sweet potatoes, and nuts with the oil and cinnamon until evenly coated. Spread evenly on a baking sheet. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until soft and golden brown.
You may serve this hot or cold. It tastes great hot on cold days, but I also love snacking on it when cold. It would be a great side dish for a Thanksgiving dinner, or even a main course for a light dinner or lunch.
Cinnamon: Studies have shown that it can help lower LDL cholesterol, help regulate blood sugar levels, has anti-clotting effect on blood, and it can boost cognitive function and memory.
Pecans: They help boost your immune system, reduce LDL cholesterol, and protect against Breast Cancer because of the high levels of oleic acid. It contains vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc and fiber, as well as antioxidants.
Walnuts: Rich in fiber, protein, vitamin B, Omega-3s, magnesium, and antioxidants. Walnuts have also been shown to aid in the lowering LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) and the C-Reactive Protein (CRP). CRP was recently recognized as an independent marker and predictor of heart disease. Walnuts have often been thought of as a “brain food,” not only because of the wrinkled brain-like appearance of their shells, but because of their high concentration of omega-3 fats. Your brain is more than 60% structural fat. For your brain cells to function properly, this structural fat needs to be primarily the omega-3 fats found in walnuts.
Sweet Potatoes: Click HERE for a post I wrote about the benefits of Sweet Potatoes.
Apples: “An Apple a day keeps the doctor away!” a flavanoid called phloridzin that is found only in apples may protect post-menopausal women from osteoporosis and may also increase bone density. Boron, another ingredient in apples, also strengthens bones. The pectin in apples lowers LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. The pectin in apples supplies galacturonic acid to the body which lowers the body’s need for insulin and may help in the management of diabetes.
When baking this, the smell of cinnamon drifted throughout the house. All I wanted to do was curl up in a soft sweater, drink hot cocoa, read a nice book, and devour this dish!
When you think of Fall, what flavors do you think of?