Let's face it, the world hasn't been making it easy for us to run and grab a Cinnamon Roll whenever we feel like it and even if we could... we probably shouldn't as they aren't super healthy for us. I thought I'd give you an alternative! Drum roll please... introducing the Cinnamon Roll Smoothie.
Before we jump into this awesome smoothie and the health benefits of the ingredients that go into it, did you know the history of the Cinnamon Roll?
Cinnamon rolls – or buns – are a breakfast favorite and can be found in every pastry shop. It's easy to just eat them and not think twice about how it all started but boy wait until you hear this! They are called Kanelbullar and this yummy roll originated in Sweden! This Kanelbullar was created after the First World War but, the ingredients (flour, sugar, egg, butter, cinnamon and cardamom) were expensive and hard to find, so the Cinnamon Rolls didn't become popular until the 1950s.
Are you ready to find out why this smoothie is perfect to add to your morning routine? Here are why some of the ingredients are great for your body.
Greek Yogurt – Oh we have a whole blog on the benefits of yogurt! Check it out here.
- Cinnamon – packed with antioxidants that protect your body from oxidative damage. As far as antioxidants go, cinnamon is the winner when compared to 26 other spices. It even outranked superfoods like garlic and oregano. It also has anti-inflammatory properties to help your body fight infections. I also learned something new about cinnamon, I had no idea it was the inner bark of a tree.
Coconut sugar – There are a ton of sugar options out there including coconut sugar but did you know that this naturally made sugar actually has iron, zinc, calcium, potassium, polyphenols and antioxidants. Not only that it contains insulin which might slow glucose absorption. With that said, coconut sugar is very high in calories and you’d need to eat a lot of it to actually benefit from the nutrients I mentioned above. Still it’s another option for sweetening if you aren’t worried about adding the calories.
Banana – Baking or making a smoothie, banana's add a creamy sweetness that can't compare to anything else! Because its sugar content is balanced with fiber, it can help maintain a healthy blood glucose level, making it okay for people with diabetes to use. Fun fact: an unripe banana is mostly starch but as it ripens it turns into a natural sugar with potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, Magnesium and more!
Oats – Extremely healthy as they have a large amount of protein and a good amount of vitamins, including vitamin B and magnesium.
- Pecans - Rich in magnesium, and also an excellent source of vitamin-E, vitamin-A, zinc, folate and phosphorous. Pecans have helped people with losing weight as they enhance satiety and increase metabolism.
Don't forget to add your S'moo, to help balance your hormones!
Total Time 5 minutes
- 1 scoop of S'moo
- 1 cup Milk of choice
- 1 cup Greek Yogurt
- 1/2 cup Rolled Oats
- 1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon Ground Vanilla Bean Powder or Vanilla Extract
- 1 frozen Banana
- 1 TBSP coconut sugar or your favorite low-calorie sweetener (add based on taste)
- Optional 1/4 cup Pecans