Cinnamon Roll Smoothie

cinnamon1Yum a cinnamon roll.  Who doesn’t love a cinnamon roll, right?!  Well, when you dig in you find them to be full of processed sugars and chemicals whether you get the ones that smell so good in a mall or make them at home from that can that pops open.  They just aren’t good for you and, oh ya, there is no nutrition in them by the way!  So here is a smoothie that I tried this morning.  I love-love it! This is a great dessert or a perfect smoothie breakfast for the morning.  Of course I added the Vital Whey to mine for the morning protein boost, but you can skip that if it’s more of a dessert.

Cinnamon is great for blood sugar.  It helps to balance blood sugar and improve insulin sensitivity which helps to keep insulin secretion down which we all need to be healthy and maintain a healthy weight.  It also helps to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol. It helps improve blood circulation, improve alertness and is a great digestive aid. Plus it just tastes so good!

I have also thrown in a date.  I really like the medjool dates to add sweetness and a ton of fiber.  In the past I used a lot of stevia, but I am leaning more toward the date as it is a real whole food and gives additional health benefits over just being sweet. I pretty much keep a container in my refrigerator at all times so it’s handy for recipes as well as snacks with my nut butters.

 

 

cinnamon4Alright on to the recipe:

 

1 cup of Milk (raw, almond or coconut)

1 large frozen banana (pre-slice & freeze for smoothies)

1 1/2  tsp  of Cinnamon

1 Medjool Date (pitted)

1 Tbsp of Almond Butter

1/4 cup Gluten Free Rolled Oats (Bob’s Redmill)

1 Tbsp  Cacao Nibs (I used a rounded tablespoon, I like chocolate!)

1 scoop Vital Whey Vanilla (optional) OR 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Blend & Enjoy!

I just want to let you in a little secret thing I do to make my smoothies smooth and creamy.  I’ve purchased ball canning jars and fill them with my milk and throw them in the freezer.  At night before bed I take one out and put it in the refrigerator.  In the morning it is a slushy consistency.  Plus, once a week I slice bananas and put them in the freezer.  Because I do these two prep rituals, I always have creamy thick smoothies.  The bonus here and what prompted this is that recipes always tell you to add ice.  To me ice just waters down the flavor and it does nothing for the smooth consistency that we love in smoothies.  So give it a try.  It doesn’t matter what milk you use whether raw milk, almond or coconut, it will all be better if it’s slushy going in the blender.

This entry was written by Dr. Shelly Masters , posted on Tuesday October 07 2014at 02:10 pm , filed under Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

One Response to “Cinnamon Roll Smoothie”

  • Mary Rulli says:

    Shelly, the Cinnamon Roll Smoothie was great. I also added the Glutamine and Chia seeds as well. Still tasted good.

    Thanks.

    Mary

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