Spice of the Month: Ceylon Cinnamon

Spice of the Month: Ceylon Cinnamon

By Laura Coffee, Marketing & Owner Services Manager, Co-op Owner

This month we’re talking about Ceylon cinnamon. Ceylon is different from ‘regular’ Cassia cinnamon in a number of ways. If you’d like to know more about that I suggest checking out this month’s video here. At it’s core though, Ceylon is cinnamon, equally at home in sweet and savory dishes. I’ve often found it to be ‘that special something’ that people can’t put their finger on when they really love your version of a classic dish, and it adds an essential note to so many of our favorite fall foods, like apples and pumpkin and donuts. I hope you enjoy these recipes and that you’ll decide to sign up for future installments of this series with the CRDL.

They smell great!

Sweet Onion Cinnamon Flatbread


  • 2 pieces pita bread
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 tsp olive oil (plus extra for pita)
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
  • dash of salt

Preheat oven to 375. Slice onion in half, then into slices. Toss onions with cinnamon, thyme, salt, and one teaspoon olive oil in an oven safe dish. Bake for about 10 minutes, until fragrant and slightly softened. Place pitas on a baking sheet and spray or brush lightly with olive oil. Slice tomatoes and layer evenly onto both pitas. Top each one with half the onion mixture and half the feta cheese. Bake for 10 to twelve minutes, until pita is slightly crispy around the edges and the cheese begins to brown. Cut into quarters and serve.

Perfect with donuts!

Sweet Cinnamon Drink

  • 1 cup milk*
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp Ceylon cinnamon

Warm your milk of choice on the stove top or in the microwave until just steamy. Remove from heat and whisk all of the other ingredients into the milk until well combined and slightly frothy. Enjoy.

*I used unsweetened coconut milk. If you prefer non-dairy milks then coconut or oat will provide the best, creamiest, texture for this drink. If you are using dairy milk, try adding a splash of heavy cream of half & half for an extra creamy texture.

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