Cinnamon is a spice that comes from the inner bark of tree branches from the Cinnamomum species. This popular spice has been used to regulate blood sugar and is known for its anti-diabetic effects. It works by lowering your fasting blood glucose which helps to avoid blood sugar spikes. Even smelling this spice can increase brain activity so it’s a great add to your morning coffee. Cinnamon is a delicious addition to everything from fall baking, to smoothies, to oatmeal, and even your hot chocolate.  Here’s a delicious recipe for you to enjoy!

Sweet and Vicious Hot Chocolate
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups whole milk
  2. 2 tablespoons grated piloncillo (unrefined Mexican sugar found in the ethnic section of the grocery store/can substitute brown sugar)
  3. ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  4. ¼-1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chili powder
  5. 5 ounces (130 g) high-quality extra dark chocolate (over 70%), chopped
  6. 2 pinches of flake sea salt
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the milk, piloncillo, cinnamon and pepper until warmed through and the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Whisk in the chocolate and cook, whisking constantly, until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is steaming hot and beginning to thicken (about 3 minutes).
  3. Serve and enjoy!
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