New Territory- Attempt #1

 

I am pretty good at clean substitutions when it comes to most recipes, but there is one that I hadn’t yet ventured into until today.


CINNAMON ROLLS.

Like how the heck do you even start making cinnamon rolls “healthier”?? Is there such thing? Surprisingly, YES!

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Disclaimer: These do not taste like those store bought overly processed sugar saturated ones (that I will admit I love the taste of)- but these are definitely good to be such a better choice! My extremely picky four-year-old had two of them!

I tried to take some step by step pictures to help you along your journey when I could. I will also warn you that they are kind of messy, have some odd ingredients, and are more of a cake consistency- nonetheless- GOOD!

Here goes nothing!

Ingredients

For the dough:

  • 1 cup organic almond flour
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 3 Tblsp full fat cream cheese
  • 1 Tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tblsp Stevia
  • 1 Tblsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tblsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tblsp butter (melted)
  • Stevia and cinnamon to sprinkle (inside the dough)
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  1. Mix the first 7 ingredients in a large glass bowl. BE SURE NOT TO INCLUDE THE EGG IN THIS STEP. Microwave this mixture on high for one minute. This will soften the cheese and allow for a dough ball to be formed! FOLD FOLD FOLD until it comes together like this.  image4[1]
  2. Add the egg. Incorporate it well, then transfer the dough to a parchment paper lined baking sheet. (I also added a little coconut oil to the parchment before transferring. The dough is very sticky!)
  3. Press the dough into a rectangular shape (THIS is the messy part!) I used my fingers and a silicone spatula to complete this step. Experiment and see what works for you!  image3[1]
  4. Drizzle the melted butter over the dough, then add more cinnamon and Stevia sprinkles. Add the optional walnuts or pecans here too!
  5. Roll the dough to the best of your ability! This is where that oiled parchment came in handy!!  image2[1]
  6. Cut into rolls using a dough divider/scraper or string.
  7. Arrange in a glass baking dish or cake pan, again I coated my pan with coconut oil to keep them from sticking!
  8. Bake until the edges are brown and they are done in the center. (Start with 12 minutes and go from there.)

While they are baking mix the icing:

  • 3 Tblsp full fat cream cheese (softened)
  • 2 Tblsp organic heavy cream
  • 1 Tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Tblsp pure honey
  1. Combine all ingredients in mixing bowl and mix until smooth and creamy.
  2. You can add organic full fat milk if you want it thinner!

Once cinnamon rolls are done baking, let them cool for at least 5 minutes.

Lather on the icing and ENJOY!

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Finding “healthier” alternatives to everyday foods we love has become a hobby of mine. These will stay on my list of things to make for slow, lazy days (def not a quick fix!)

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Love and Balance,

Balanced Baking Mama

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