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.
Like how the heck do you even start making cinnamon rolls “healthier”?? Is there such thing? Surprisingly, YES!
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!
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.
- 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.
- 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!)
- 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!
- Drizzle the melted butter over the dough, then add more cinnamon and Stevia sprinkles. Add the optional walnuts or pecans here too!
- Roll the dough to the best of your ability! This is where that oiled parchment came in handy!!
- Cut into rolls using a dough divider/scraper or string.
- Arrange in a glass baking dish or cake pan, again I coated my pan with coconut oil to keep them from sticking!
- 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
- Combine all ingredients in mixing bowl and mix until smooth and creamy.
- 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!
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