Hands down my favourite dessert growing up was a caramel slice. One of the best slices I ever had was at a café near my Grandad’s house in Spain. I have no recollection of how old I was, or what we were discussing, just the taste of the perfect caramel slice; a slim biscuit base, a thick caramel layer and a generous amount of chocolate.
My mum used to buy mini caramel bites from the supermarket for school snacks, but I had ZERO portion control and would eat half the pack as soon as it was opened. To be honest, they weren’t even that tasty, not a patch on these cinnamon caramel slices, but I was addicted to sugar and used to eat so much processed food. Young(er) me would not believe I was eating nuts and seeds as dessert!
Now that I’ve cleaned up my diet, I’m finding it really fun to create all my favourite ‘unhealthy’ foods with wholesome healthy ingredients that aren’t going to upset my gut or cause my skin to break out in cystic mountains.
The first thing I recreated was chocolate, because chocolate is life…duh. My chocolate obsession is closely followed by my cinnamon obsession. I add cinnamon to ALL sweet things: fruit, raw treats, bakes and my smoothies. That’s why when I was blending up the caramel for this slice, I couldn’t help myself but add in some ceylon cinnamon.
WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT CEYLON CINNAMON?
Whilst cassia cinnamon (the standard type you get in the supermarket) has benefits, Ceylon cinnamon (a.k.a true cinnamon) contains 250 times less coumarin.
Coumarin is a potentially toxic flavouring substance (and ingredient in the blood thinning medicine Warfarin) that can cause liver damage in sensitive individuals. Don’t panic! It’s only an issue if, like me, you eat A LOT of cinnamon on the regular.
WHY I LOVE ME SOME CEYLON CINNAMON:
ANTI-INFLAMMATORY helping to reduce inflammation in the body associated with auto immune diseases
ANTI-OXIDANT to fight ageing free radicals, making it great for your skin
REGULATES BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS making it great for diabetics, and reducing sugar spikes
ANTI-MICROBIAL to fight unwanted bacteria and fungal infections