What many may not realize is how much common kitchen herbs and spices not only improve our foods, but also our health. Cinnamon contains many vitamins and minerals and therefore comes with a great deal of health benefits, ranging from being an all-natural anti-inflammatory to being able to assist with lowering blood sugar levels. Cinnamon was once so highly-prized that wars were fought over it, and it was even used as currency. (For more very interesting facts on the history of cinnamon, see:
"Studies have shown that just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower LDL cholesterol.
Several studies suggest that cinnamon may have a regulatory effect on blood sugar, making it especially beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes. In some studies, cinnamon has shown an amazing ability to stop medication-resistant yeast infections. In a study at
With all these benefits and the wonderful flavor that cinnamon imparts, it makes sense to add it as part of a healthy diet.The next time you are unsure which spice to pick from the spice rack, just think, "cinnamon"! It’s health benefits alone are a good enough reason to use the spice, but it will also add a wonderful scent and flavor to your food. (I even use it in homemade chili and in cheese dip! ... Try it sometime!)
Today, as I share the recipe for "Gorilla Bread" with you, I do so knowing that you can literally have your treat and enJOY it's health benefits, too! So, let's get started! (I've included the complete recipe below at the end of this post, but you can also find this recipe on page 82 of "A Pinch of This... A Smidgen of That" Cookbook. The same recipe with a different title --- "Gorilla Breakfast Bread"--- appears on page 72. When you get old, you get confused! Some of you will understand this! :-) (Maybe I enJOYed this recipe so much that I thought I needed to include it TWICE! :-)
Blessings to you!
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
2 cans biscuits (8 or 10 count) (Pillsbury Grands Flaky Butter are good)
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped pecans