Healthy Cinnamon Rolls without yeast, refined grains, or refined sugar. Doused with an optional greek yogurt cream cheese frosting!
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Alright now onto these amazing cinnamon rolls because Mr. Hungry has been BEGGING me to make him cinnamon roll for ages. The thing is, yeast is an issue for him probably more so than anything else. It’s showed up on just about every test he has ever taken, including the MRT testing I do with my clients (see What You Need to Know About Food Sensitivity Testing Options).
Bakers yeast, brewers yeast, it doesn’t matter his body HATES it. I find that too be true for many of my MRT/LEAP clients, yeast is sometimes a bigger culprit than gluten/wheat. They start eating gluten free and they feel SO MUCH better, but that’s because they took the main foods that have yeast in the diet out.
I’m not saying gluten isn’t an issue, it’s an issue for Mr. Hungry too, I’m just saying sometimes yeast is a bigger issue. So basically yummy cinnamon rolls, alcohol, and donuts are gut bombs if you have a yeast sensitivity.
So finally I decided to try and make a version of my own that would satisfy Mr. Hungry’s cinnamon roll cravings. Yeast is an important part of cinnamon rolls, it makes them rise.
I knew without the yeast they wouldn’t rise, so I asked him what the most important part of a cinnamon roll was to replicate. He said it needed to be cinnamony, goey, and covered in frosting! So that’s exactly what these are!
I basically hit a home run on the first try, I was pretty proud of myself, it can only go up from here! The only problem is I didn’t freeze them like I normally do with blog treats I don’t have anyone to feed but us, which means I’ve been eating them every day, at least they are healthier right?
I feel like it’s that time of year again that I need to give my “why I cook with almond and coconut flour” speel again. For those of you that missed it, here is the gist.
When you make treats for the holidays you typically pile them refined sugar on top of refined grains. Using almond and coconut flours is tricky but it balances out the treat a little bit. In other words, I think it’s healthier. For a longer explanation, I’ll refer you to last years post about why I cook with almond flour.
Healthy Cinnamon Rolls
Now go make yourself some delicious cinnamon rolls and impress all your friends! PS I know that the ingredient list looks long but they come together pretty quickly.
Use your food processor to make the dough, wipe it out and make the filling, roll up your cinnamon rolls and bake! I promise it’s pretty easy or I wouldn’t do it!
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Healthy Cinnamon Rolls
- 5 ounces whole milk greek vanilla yogurt
- ½ cup whipped cream cheese
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- Combine all ingredients for crust in a food processor. Once a dough forms, place it in a bowl in the freezer while you make the filling.
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line a cast iron pan or a 9-inch pie dish with parchment paper. (You don’t have to use parchment paper, but I always do because I hate scrubbing dishes.)
- Clean out the food processor (just wipe it clean) and then add Medjool dates, cinnamon, and maple syrup until a syrupy/pasty mixture forms.
- The longer you freeze the dough, the easier it will be to work with. I worked with 1/3 of the dough at a time which worked well. You'll want to flatten it out to ¼ inch thick (kind of like in my fig newton bars) so that you have vertical sheets, then slather it with filling. If desired, you can also sprinkle the pecan pieces in the cinnamon rolls as well. Then, you will roll the dough into logs; the dough may break while you roll it, that's okay just keep rolling.
- Slice the logs into 1-inch cinnamon rolls and place them in the pan. You can place them right up next to each other because they don’t have yeast they won’t rise.
- Repeat step four until you have used all the dough.
- Bake cinnamon rolls for 35-40 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
- While your cinnamon rolls are baking, make the frosting by combining all the frosting ingredients until you get a frosting!
- If you plan to serve these immediately, go ahead and drizzle them with the frosting. However, because of the yogurt in the frosting, it doesn’t taste the best when heated. If you plan to reheat the cinnamon rolls, hold off on frosting them! Enjoy!
- Don’t forget to garnish with more pecans if you are using them!
Looking for more healthy treats? Check out one of these below or my recipe index!