You can use cinnamon throughout the year but it’s sweet and spicy taste and warming nature is especially nice to chase the chill during these colder months. Try this elixir that pairs a winter favorite (apples!) with cinnamon and other superfoods. Make yourself a mug, curl up in a cozy blanket by the fire, and keep warm from the inside out.


  • 2 cups strong red rooibos tea hot
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk or cashew milk
  • 2 cinnamon sticks plus two for garnish
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp maca optional
  • 1 Tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 small sweet apple, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp collagen optional
  • liquid stevia around 5 drops or raw honey to taste


  • Steep tea for 5-10 minutes.
  • In a small saucepan, gently simmer milk, cinnamon sticks (snapped in pieces), ground cinnamon, and maca (if using) for 5 minutes.
  • Remove cinnamon sticks and blend simmered cinnamon milk, chopped apple, apple cider vinegar, and collagen (if using) until smooth.
  • Add to brewed tea and sweeten to taste. Top with sliced apple and an additional cinnamon stick if desired.
  • This recipe serves one large mug or two small. You can decide if you’re willing to share it with a favorite friend or prefer to keep it all for yourself. (I won’t tell!)

Recipe courtesy of the Functional Nutrition Alliance. More great info about the health benefits of cinnamon can be found at:

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