Cinnamon rolls are another food I have gone without for a long time. How could we make cinnamon rolls without sugar? We have not eaten refined sugar in over 6 1/2 years. As I get braver and experiment more, I am finding ways to make our favorite treats that fit within our whole foods diet.
When my oldest son was in elementary school he would sometimes buy school breakfast. A side note: I did not know he was doing this for a long time. He would eat breakfast at home, then go to school and eat their breakfast if it was good. I would ask him why the lunch money was going so fast, and then finally the school asked me if I knew that he was eating breakfast at school. So funny what kids will do.
Anyway, he loved the cinnamon rolls at school. He told me he liked them because they were huge. So, my goal was to make them huge! The only way I knew to do it was to let them raise longer. One time my mother-in-law told me she didn’t think you could let something raise that long. We haven’t died yet, so if you would like let them raise all night. 🙂
When our kids were young we would make cinnamon rolls on Christmas Eve but not cook them until Christmas morning. It was the best to enjoy opening presents and the excitement of Christmas and also a yummy breakfast with no effort!
I use white whole wheat berries and grind them with a grain grinder. This is my favorite grinder.
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Whole wheat flour is so much better for you than white flour!
Also, there are a lot of health benefits to cinnamon! Cinnamon contains anti-inflammatory properties, protects heart health, helps diabetes and lowers cancer risk.
So grab a cinnamon roll and enjoy without feeling guilty!
Healthy Cinnamon Rolls
4 cups whole wheat flour
2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast
1 cup whole milk
2 Tblsp. raw honey
1/3 cup butter
1 tsp. salt
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup raw honey
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 tsp. vanilla
- In medium saucepan melt butter and honey. Add milk and stir. Remove from heat.
- In Bosch or Kitchen Aid mixer, with dough hook, combine 2 cups flour, yeast, and mixture from saucepan. Mix.
- Add salt and eggs. Mix until well mixed.
- Mix in remaining flour until dough pulls away from sides. Knead for 5 minutes.
- Place dough in a greased bowl. Cover and let rise until double (about an hour). (If letting raise overnight skip this step)
- Roll dough out on lightly floured counter into rectangular shape.
- Melt 1/4 cup butter and 1/4 cup honey. Mix in cinnamon.
- Spread mixture onto dough. Roll up jelly roll style beginning from longest side. Cut roll into about 1 inch thick sections. Place in a greased baking pan. Cover and let rise until double or several hours (overnight if desired).
- Bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.
- Beat together all ingredients. While cinnamon rolls are rising and baking refrigerate icing.
- Once rolls have cooled slightly drizzle with icing.