I’ve often turned to the wisdom of St. Hildegard to nourish my body and my soul, especially in the cold of winter. In the mid 12th century, she shared about the many health benefits of plants that were supportive for natural healing and healthy living. Many of the seeds that she planted back then have flourished today in the field of holistic health and wellness.
Inspired by the wisdom of St. Hildegard, I’m sharing a series of delicious and nourishing recipes to help you start the new year of 2024 feeling energized. This is the second of my series.
I’ve often enjoyed my favorite St. Hildegard’s Joy Cookies with spelt and cinnamon, but recently I wanted to try something new that was sweet and nourishing. This Spelt Cinnamon Coffee Cake is delicious, especially served with the Winter Restorative drink I shared with you recently.
First, let me share about the health benefits of spelt, an ancient cereal grain, and cinnamon, a healing spice. Then, you’ll find the recipe below.
Today, we know that spelt is one of the super grains, an ancient cereal grain. It has been grown and eaten around the world for at least 5,000 years. It has a slightly sweet and nutty flavor and is typically easier to digest than wheat given it contains low gluten content. It’s also higher in protein than wheat and rich with many nutrients such B vitamins, copper, iron, zinc, magnesium and phosphorus. It’s even beneficial for lowering blood cholesterol and regulating blood sugar levels.
St. Hildegard shared about the benefits of spelt long ago and often used it in recipes. She said, “Spelt is the very best grain. It creates a healthy body, good blood and a cheerful disposition.”
Cinnamon has been used for hundreds of years as a natural medicine. In Ayurvedic treatment, it’s often used to treat respiratory and digestive problems.
St. Hildegard even enjoyed cinnamon as a healing spice long ago, sharing that it was good for sinus issues.
Here are some of the benefits of cinnamon that we know today:
· Anti-viral and anti-bacterial
· Reduces inflammation
· Aids digestion
· Lowers blood sugar
· Supports brain health
Here’s the recipe for the Spelt Cinnamon Coffee Cake. Enjoy it with a warm drink to nourish your body and soul this season.
Spelt Cinnamon Coffee Cake
½ c. butter
2 c. brown or coconut sugar
2 c. spelt flour
1 T cinnamon
Mix together with fork until crumbly. Take out 1 c. of mixture for a crumb topping. Then mix together:
1 egg, well beaten
1 t baking soda
1 c. buttermilk
Add to the dry mixture. Put in a greased 9×15 in pan. Sprinkle a little additional brown or coconut sugar over the dough before adding the reserved crumb mixture to the top. Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes or until done.
Recipe adapted from From Saint Hildegard’s Kitchen, Foods of Health, Foods of Joy by J. Fournier-Rosset
I hope you enjoy this nourishing treat on a cold, wintry day!
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