Cinnamon Pancakes, a Wintery Pleasure You Don’t Want to Miss
In the cold winter days, there is nothing more pleasing than just sitting in a cozy sweater by the fireplace, drinking hot tea and eating a tasty dessert. And what says winter better than cinnamon? In my book, nothing! This past week I have been obsessing about some easy pancake recipes/MyGreatRecipes.
Why Make Cinnamon Pancakes
The obvious reason is: you will never get a pancake stack with a sweeter aroma. But, the great thing about cinnamon is besides making every dish tastier, it is packed with tons of health-promoting features.
Cinnamon is known to lower the LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, while simultaneously increasing the HDL, the “good” cholesterol. Together with the blood pressure reducing properties consuming this aromatic spice on a daily basis will substantially lower the risk of heart disease.
Cinnamon has also shown blood sugar lowering properties. This is because of its ability to lower the amount of glucose in the bloodstream after a meal, but an even greater feature of cinnamon is it contains a compound that although at a slower rate, still can have the same impact on cells as insulin.
As a bonus, cinnamon will provide you with the sweetest breath and reduce tooth decay.
Cinnamon Pancakes and How to Prepare Them
To prepare the best cinnamon pancakes in the whole world, make sure to prepare some cinnamon sugar. Add 4 teaspoons of cinnamon into a 1⁄4 cup of brown sugar and use this instead of refined sugar in your regular pancake batter.
Use cinnamon oil instead of regular oil or butter in the batter. This way you will enhance the cinnamon feel, and also make use of all the benefits of this oil.
Make sure not to overcook the pancakes, though, because many of the health-promoting features vanish when cooked for too long or at too high a temperature.
Pancake Varieties and Toppings
Another great feature of this lovely spice is it pairs perfectly well with so many different ingredients.
Apples. This is a combination that is proven but still never seizes to surprise me. Since apples vary in their sweet to tangy taste, each time I prepare them and add cinnamon it feels like I am trying a whole new recipe.
Pumpkin. Another old but gold combination. Be it in pies or other pastries, or in this case in pancake recipes, pumpkins and cinnamon are a match made in heaven! Your pancakes will be as fluffy as ever and their aroma will be ridiculously sweet.
Sweet potato. A strangely great combination. Who would have thought that sweet potatoes make for such great pancakes? Well, this surely is the case! Add cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg to the equation and what you will get is a whole wintery palate of flavors.
As for the toppings, cinnamon pancakes will always go great with shredded nuts on top. Go for walnuts, pecans or hazelnuts, either way, you will end up with a tasty, crunchy stack of awesomeness.