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Don’t you just love the smell of cinnamon rolls in the morning? The fun spiral shape of the roll with icing that that just melts away from the heat of the roll can get anyone excited when they walk downstairs to see a cinnamon roll on their plate. You have yourself one delicious breakfast. Why not start off your day with a meal that is fun shaped, tasty, and gets you excited to begin the day?

Below is a recipe for a healthier version of a cinnamon roll that is soft on the outside and gooey on the inside with a taste of cinnamon. This recipe is sweet and gooey without icing, although you could add icing if you choose to do so (Icing Recipe: Who doesn’t love when the icing is melted into the cinnamon roll and adds a sweeter flavor to your breakfast? Follow the recipe below to make some healthy cinnamon rolls for you and your friends and family.


For the dough

  • 2 – 2 ½ cups (240-300g) whole wheat flour
  • 2 ¼ tsp (7g or one ¼-oz package) dry yeast
  •  2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup (180mL) warm nonfat milk (100-110°F)
  • ½ tbsp (7g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp (12g) coconut sugar

For the filling

  • 5 tbsp (60g) coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tbsp (7g) unsalted butter, melted



  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F, and lightly coat a 9”-round springform pan or cake pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. To prepare the dough, whisk together 1 cup of flour, yeast, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. In a large bowl, stir together the milk, butter, and sugar. Mix in the prepared flour mixture. Continue to mix in the remaining flour, 2 tablespoons at a time, until the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface, and knead for 3-5 minutes or until the dough springs back most of the way when you gently press your index finger into it. Let the dough rest while preparing the filling.
  4. To prepare the filling, stir together the coconut sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
  5. On a clean, well-floured surface, roll the dough out into a 16×10” rectangle. Brush with the melted butter (from the filling ingredients), leaving a 1” border on the two longer sides. Sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar, leaving a 1” border on the two longer sides again. Carefully roll up the dough into a log, starting at one long edge and rolling towards the other one. Pinch the free end onto the roll to seal. If the dough won’t stick together, gently brush the second longer edge with water before pinching to seal.
  6. Slice the log into 12 pieces using dental floss or a sharp serrated knife. Place the rolls into the prepared pan. Bake the cinnamon rolls for 17-20 minutes or until the filling is bubbling and the sides feel firm. Cool in the pan for at least 10 minutes before serving.

When you want to serve something fun and delicious for breakfast, make some cinnamon rolls that will sure put a smile on everyone’s face. They’ll look forward to waking up in the morning to the smell of cinnamon rolls cooking and to run downstairs in excitement to see a fresh batch of cinnamon rolls on the table ready to be eaten. Make the whole family happy in the morning by making them a batch of healthy cinnamon rolls.

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