When it comes to dessert, there are a few flavors that go hand-in-hand with fall. There’s the warm, complex layers of spices in chai, the reigning king of fall flavors, pumpkin spice, and of course, the spice you can find in both: cinnamon. Whether you’re adding ground cinnamon to your baked goods or mulling apple cider with a whole cinnamon stick, this spice is fantastic. It is so good, we often don’t need to mix it with other spices to make it the star ingredient — cinnamon rolls, anyone? All you need is a little bit of sugar to complement the spiciness.
The cinnamon that we use in cooking is derived from the bark of trees in the genus Cinnamomum, but only a few of them are commercially grown for producing spice. There are two main genuses: Cinnamomum verum, known as “true cinnamon,” and cassia. It is said that cinnamon was imported to Egypt as early as 2000 B.C. and was so highly valued among ancient cultures that it was reserved for the upper crust and as a gift to the gods. Greek Historian Herodotus wrote that cinnamon was guarded by winged spirits and it’s said that the phoenix built its next from cinnamon and cassia.
We can’t argue with ancient civilization — they knew cinnamon was something special. Whether it’s in your coffee, oatmeal, or dessert, cinnamon is a wonderful spice. So, in honor of its greatness, we’ve gathered up 15 of our best cinnamon desserts that you have to try this fall.
1. Cinnamon Coconut New York Style Cheesecake
This Cinnamon Coconut New York Style Cheesecake is nut-free, oil-free, tofu-free, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and raw. No cashews, oil or tofu in this baby, like you typically see in vegan cheesecakes/desserts. Not to mention, it has that firm, yet fluffy texture you get from a real New York cheesecake. Coconut butter is the secret ingredient to this wonderful creation.
2. Cinnamon Banana Walnut Bars With Peanut Butter Frosting
These tasty Cinnamon Banana Walnut Bars With Peanut Butter Frosting are a combination between banana bread and breakfast muffins. If you feel up for some easy baking this weekend, these are definitely a must try. The maple peanut butter frosting is to die for. Even if you don’t feel like baking these banana bars of goodness, make the peanut butter frosting and eat it with a spoon.
3. Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread
This Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread is ideal for breakfast or to be enjoyed as an afternoon treat. Soy milk gives it its soft fluffy texture, and it is then swirled with cinnamon, studded with raisins, brushed with vegan butter, and then sprinkled with some more cinnamon and sugar. Serve warm with a hot cup of coffee.
4. Cinnamon Caramel Protein Tart
There are few things better than getting your nutrition in dessert form. This Cinnamon Caramel Protein Tart begins with an oat-coconut-date crust held together with maple syrup and coconut oil and has a rich date caramel filling that is given a boost of protein via powder. It’s gooey, it’s sticky, and it’s good for you!
5. Banana Cinnamon Cheesecake
These creamy mini Banana Cinnamon Cheesecakes are the perfect light dessert to satisfy your sweet craving without completely derailing your day. They’re raw, made with wholesome ingredients, and filling. Top these adorable cheesecake cups with coconut yogurt, cacao nibs, and banana chips for added decadence!
6. Glazed Cinnamon Bun Cookies
You love cinnamon cookies and cinnamon buns, but did you know you can have both in the same dessert? Aw yeah. These Glazed Cinnamon Bun Cookies will have your entire kitchen smelling like an autumnal bakery while they’re in the oven. Without the glaze, they’re crunchy, and with the glaze, they’re delightfully chewy. Either way, they’re delicious!
7. Cinnamon Apple Roses With an Apple Butter Filling
If you’re craving a light and beautiful dessert that doesn’t disappoint, then you have to give these Cinnamon Apple Roses With an Apple Butter Filling a try. In this recipe, juicy red apples are sliced thin, coated in cinnamon, and then rolled up with a sheet of puff pastry to create an adorable rose shape. It’s then baked until the puff pastry is flaky and the edges of the apple slices are just a little brown. Serve these apple roses with a spoonful of the accompanying apple butter for a treat that’s truly amazing.
8. Cinnamon Chickpea Blondies
These Cinnamon Chickpea Blondies will be your go-to treat for fall! They are moist and tender in the center with just a bit of a crackly crust on top. They are perfectly sweet, healthier than your average blondie recipe and, oh-so-addictive! While these do contain a good amount of sugar, they are also packed with protein, fiber, folate, and iron, so you can feel good about your new afternoon treat! Oh, and guess what? They are gluten-free and oil-free, too!
9. Sweet Potato Cinnamon Muffins
You will be amazed that both these Sweet Potato Cinnamon Muffins with caramel sauce are made from just eight ingredients, total. By using both the same ingredients in the muffins and caramel, it makes this recipe ridiculously easy and fabulous. These are pillowy soft and have a wonderful cinnamon flavor that is complimented by the natural sweetness of sweet potatoes and coconut sugar. They are then draped with an out-of-this-world sweet potato caramel glaze that makes them more unique and delicious than any muffin you have had before.
10. Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding With Salted Caramel Sauce
Oh, my. This Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding With Salted Caramel Sauce is so good! The flavors in this bread pudding work perfectly together. Apple, cinnamon, and maple are nestled all warm and cozy together in a perfect individual serving then drizzled with the creamy, sweet, slightly salty caramel sauce. You’ll want to devour this dreamy bread pudding morning, noon, and night.
11. Cinnamon Apple Dessert Tacos
These Cinnamon Apple Dessert Tacos are the kind of indulgent treat you’d encounter at the world’s greatest food festival … Except you can make these at home and the only line you’ll be waiting on is the one at the grocery store. They have a crispy fried tortilla shell that sparkles from the cinnamon sugar coating, a warm apple pie filling, and a topping of coconut whipped cream dusted with cinnamon that you should absolutely go overboard on. Crunchy, sweet, warm, and indulgent, this dessert is absolutely unforgettable.
12. Cinnamon Spice Spaghetti Squash Cake
This Cinnamon Spice Spaghetti Squash Cake is a game changer, folks! If you thought you had nothing left to do with squash, you clearly haven’t tried this cake yet. The squash, once baked, is quite sublime and really the only flavor that really shines is the cinnamon and spices. It’s such a warming snack cake and is a pretty interesting way to use up some leftover squash.
13. Superfood Cinnamon Rolls
Chewy and almost like bread on the outside, warm, sweet, and gooey on the inside — that’s these Superfood Cinnamon Rolls. Everybody wins here. Th exterior is made from a blend of brown rice flour, amaranth flour, and quinoa and the center is made from cinnamon-spiced dates. These cinnamon rolls would make a fantastic breakfast or a lovely brunch on any weekend.
14. Apple Cider Protein Doughnuts
These cinnamon-spiced Apple Cider Protein Doughnuts are springy in texture — the perfect balance between dense and light. They’re moist from the apple cider vinegar and they get their additional sweetness from vanilla protein powder, coconut sugar, and an optional topping of cinnamon sugar. Don’t wait until after a workout to grab a bite one of these because they make a great breakfast.
15. Cinnamon Waffle Cupcakes
These Cinnamon Waffle Cupcakes are a three-in-one: gluten-free cupcake, maple buttercream frosting, waffle bits. The end result is a cozy, cinnamon-sugared treat that looks like you put more effort (and unhealthy ingredients) into it than you did. Plus, they look adorable!
Lead image source: Sweet Potato Cinnamon Muffins