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30 Amazing Recipes No Cinnamon Lover Can Miss

30 Amazing Recipes No Cinnamon Lover Can Miss

In case you haven’t noticed, cinnamon is pretty amazing. However, since you’re here, you probably already know that. What you may not know is just how many recipes use cinnamon in incredible and unique ways. You should destroy your kitchen and try them all–immediately. Somebody else can clean up.

1. Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

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    Pumpkin. Cinnamon. Rolls. Have you ever heard three more beautiful words? This recipe just screams, ‘chilly weather and a fireplace.’

    2. Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls

     

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      Is pumpkin not really your thing? No problem, simply stop reading and go rethink your life. I kid! A great alternative are these delectable chocolate cinnamon rolls.

      3. Cinnamon Infused Hot Chocolate

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        Speaking of cold weather, this recipe is the perfect way to put a twist on an old and much beloved classic. Any excuse to indulge in a mug of hot chocolate, or five, right?

        4. Cinnamon Orange Hot Chocolate with Cinnamon Tinted Mexican Wedding Cookies

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          Yeah, that’s right. Things just got real up in here. In case you thought the hot chocolate was mere child’s play, here’s not one, but two recipes that are exploding with cinnamon. You’re welcome.

          5. Baked Churros

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            A slightly healthier version of the traditional fried churros. Very slightly, and also very tasty.

            6. Cinnamon and Banana Cookies


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              This sound like an odd combination. In fact, I don’t think I’ve even heard of a banana cookie before. It certainly sounds good, and surely Donna Hay wouldn’t steer us wrong!

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              7. Cinnamon Cider Sticks

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                Just when you thought that cider couldn’t get any better!

                8. Cinnamon Ice Cream

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                  I know it’s winter for all of you Northern Hemisphere folk, but I’m currently boiling my little Australian butt off and desperately need some ice cream. Besides, is it ever too cold for ice cream?

                  9. Mulled Wine Recipe

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                    In case my ice cream rant has left you a little chilly, this mulled recipe will certainly warm you up. It’s the festive season, after all, so get yourself a cheeky little liquid cheer.

                    10. Ooey Gooey Cinnamon Cake

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                      This is a seriously simple, but delicious cake that can be easily thrown together with what you have on hand, at home. Perfect for a last-minute dinner party or just when you have a sugar craving.

                      11.  Seared Salmon with Cinnamon and Chili Powder 

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                        Alas, it can’t all be sweets. The good news is that cinnamon is far more versatile than you may have first expected. This recipe is simple, but incredibly fresh and vibrant.

                        12. Baked Cinnamon Donuts

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                          A classic favourite that’s baked, not fried. That means that I can have 5 of them, right?

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                          13. Pumpkin Spice Latte Cheesecake

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                            In case I was a little too subtle earlier, I should establish that I love pumpkin. A lot. Two of my other favourite things are coffee and cheesecake, so basically the Pumpkin Spice Latte Cheesecake is my spirit animal. I know that this makes me sound crazy, and I’m comfortable with that.

                            14. Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread

                               

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                              Oh, banana bread, you saucy minx. You’re good at anytime of day, particularly toasted at breakfast time. The generous cinnamon addition only makes you more delectable.

                              15. Cinnamon Sugar Scones

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                                What’s better than a lovely afternoon tea, featuring scones? That’s right, cinnamon sugar scones.

                                16. Cinnamon French Toast

                                   

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                                  Hey, since we’re already on the breakfast train, I decided to make it a trio.

                                  17. Hot Buttered Apple Cider with Rum


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                                    So what if this is the second alcoholic beverage on the list? It sounds incredible, and all work and no play makes Tegan a dull girl.

                                    18. Apple Pie Tiramisu

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                                      I’m almost weeping at the mere existence of this thing. Apple pie. Tiramisu. Together. What kind of wizard conjured such a culinary masterpiece? Can I marry that wizard?

                                      19. Pumpkin Brown Butter Cupcakes with Cinnamon Frosting

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                                        I thought we’d been over this. Pumpkin and cinnamon are a match made in heaven. And by ‘heaven,’ I mean my stomach.

                                        20. Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns

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                                          Christmas has just ended, which means we’re probably about two weeks away from seeing Easter eggs hit the supermarket shelves. Okay, so that may be a slight exaggeration, but we all know that I’m not far off. My philosophy is that if the shops can celebrate early, so can my taste buds.

                                          21. Snickerdoodles

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                                            This classic cookie is always a crowd pleaser.

                                            22. Homemade Cinnamon and Lemon Crumpets with Raspberry and Honey

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                                              Speaking of breakfast recipes, this is another gorgeous choice that’s absolutely perfect for a lazy Sunday morning.

                                              23. Cinnamon-Chip and Pecan Loaf Cake


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                                                This recipe blew my mind, not only due to how tasty it sounds, but also because I had no idea that cinnamon chips were a thing. Well played, America.

                                                24. Praline Topped Sweet Potato Casserole

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                                                  Because sometimes you shouldn’t have to choose between sweet and savoury.

                                                  25. Cinnamon Babka

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                                                    “You can’t beat babka” – Seinfeld

                                                    26. Lahmahjoon Pizza

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                                                      Literally spice up your pizza with this delicious Middle Eastern recipe.

                                                      27. Cinnamon Sugar Pinhwheels

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                                                        These bad boys look a lot more delicious than the pinwheels you put in your hair.

                                                        28. Cinnamon Sugar Waffles

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                                                          Who doesn’t love waffles? The best part is that the heat from the waffle iron converts the cinnamon into an extra crunchy topping.

                                                          29. Spiced Peaches


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                                                            The inclusion of fruit makes this recipe healthy, right?

                                                            30. Beef and Quince Stew

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                                                              Another great example of how savoury and sweet belong together.

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                                                              Last Updated on June 20, 2019

                                                              Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

                                                              Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

                                                              There’s nothing quite like picking up a guitar and strumming out some chords. Listening to someone playing the guitar can be mesmerising, it can evoke emotion and a good guitar riff can bring out the best of a song. Many guitar players find a soothing, meditative quality to playing, along with the essence of creating music or busting out an acoustic version of their favourite song. But how does playing the guitar affect the brain?

                                                              More and more scientific studies have been looking into how people who play the guitar have different brain functions compared to those who don’t. What they found was quite astonishing and backed up what many guitarists may instinctively know deep down.

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                                                              Guitar Players’ Brains Can Synchronise

                                                              You didn’t read that wrong! Yes, a 2012 study[1] was conducted in Berlin that looked at the brains of guitar players. The researchers took 12 pairs of players and got them to play the same piece of music while having their brains scanned.

                                                              During the experiment, they found something extraordinary happening to each pair of participants – their brains were synchronising with each other. So what does this mean? Well, the neural networks found in the areas of the brain associated with social cognition and music production were most activated when the participants were playing their instruments. In other words, their ability to connect with each other while playing music was exceptionally strong.

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                                                              Guitar Players Have a Higher Intuition

                                                              Intuition is described as “the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning” and this is exactly what’s happening when two people are playing the guitar together.

                                                              The ability to synchronise their brains with each other, stems from this developed intuitive talent indicating that guitar players have a definite spiritual dexterity to them. Not only do their brains synchronise with another player, but they can also even anticipate what is to come before and after a set of chords without consciously knowing. This explains witnessing a certain ‘chemistry’ between players in a band and why many bands include brothers who may have an even stronger connection.

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                                                              This phenomenon is actually thought to be down to the way guitarists learn how to play – while many musicians learn through reading sheet music, guitar players learn more from listening to others play and feeling their way through the chords. This also shows guitarists have exceptional improvisational skills[2] and quick thinking.

                                                              Guitar Players Use More of Their Creative, Unconscious Brain

                                                              The same study carried out a different experiment, this time while solo guitarists were shredding. They found that experienced guitar players were found to deactivate the conscious part of their brain extremely easily meaning they were able to activate the unconscious, creative and less practical way of thinking more efficiently.

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                                                              This particular area of the brain – the right temporoparietal junction – typically deactivates with ‘long term goal orientation’ in order to stop distractions to get goals accomplished. This was in contrast to the non-guitarists who were unable to shut off the conscious part of their brain which meant they were consciously thinking more about what they were playing.

                                                              This isn’t to say that this unconscious way of playing can’t be learnt. Since the brain’s plasticity allows new connections to be made depending on repeated practice, the guitar player’s brain can be developed over time but it’s something about playing the guitar in particular that allows this magic to happen.

                                                              Conclusion

                                                              While we all know musicians have very quick and creative brains, it seems guitar players have that extra special something. Call it heightened intuition or even a spiritual element – either way, it’s proven that guitarists are an exceptional breed unto themselves!

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