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Clean Eating No-Rise Whole Wheat Cinnamon Rolls

Victoria is a stay-at-home mom, author, educator, and blogger at Healthy at Home. She currently lives in Colorado with her family.

These cinnamon rolls are healthier than most, but they still taste fantastic.

These cinnamon rolls are healthier than most, but they still taste fantastic.

We love cinnamon rolls in our house. About a decade ago, before our children came along, my husband and I would buy those wrapped packages of Pillsbury cinnamon rolls by the case and eat them just about every morning. Boy, were they delicious! There's just something about cinnamon, sugar, and icing that wakes you up and gets you downstairs a bit faster.

When I started cooking cleaner (aka no processed foods), we stopped eating cinnamon rolls simply because they took so much time to rise twice before baking. We just didn't have that kind of patience in the morning. Then we found some organic packaged cinnamon rolls at Sprouts. They were delicious, and it was great top eat cinnamon rolls again after having avoided them for so long, but the problem was that we were constantly running out of them when we wanted them the most.

Somehow, I had to figure out how to make healthy cinnamon rolls at home so we could enjoy them for breakfast again whenever the mood struck us—that's where this healthy no-rise recipe came from. Because baking powder is a quick-acting leavening agent, you don’t need to allow time for your cinnamon rolls to rise before baking. Just mix them, roll them out, lavish them with butter, cinnamon, and sugar, roll them up, cut them, and bake them. These only need 35 minutes in the oven. I've even included a quick, simple, and delicious cinnamon roll icing recipe for you!

Since this recipe uses whole wheat flour, these aren't going to be as light and fluffy as you may be expecting, but they are just as delicious. To achieve the light and fluffy texture, try using white whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour instead.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

35 min

45 min

About 20 cinnamon rolls

Ingredients

Cinnamon Rolls:

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 3 tablespoons grass-fed butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup organic whole milk

Filling:

  • about 1/2 cup grass-fed butter, to spread
  • about 3 tablespoons coconut sugar, for sprinkling
  • about 2 tablespoons cinnamon, for sprinkling

Icing:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup raw honey, melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F and grease a 9x13 inch rectangular casserole dish with some coconut oil.
  2. Start by mixing all of your cinnamon roll ingredients together. Be sure to melt your butter before adding it to the mixture
  3. Mix with your spoon until you can't anymore, then dump your dough out on a clean, floured surface to finish mixing with your hands.
  4. Roll your dough out to about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thickness into a long rectangle. Make sure to use flour to keep your dough from sticking to the counter or your roller.
  5. Coat the entire surface thickly with butter.
  6. Sprinkle generously with coconut sugar and cinnamon.
  7. Roll your cinnamon rolls up into a long log shape, starting from one of the short sides.
  8. Slice your cinnamon rolls from 1/2 to 1 inch thick and lay them out evenly in your prepared casserole dish.
  9. Slide them into the oven and bake for 35 minutes.
  10. In the meantime, mix up your icing! With a fork or a hand mixer, blend your icing ingredients together until smooth.
  11. Make sure to allow your cinnamon rolls to cool a bit before icing them. Yum!
A freshly iced, still-warm cinnamon roll—yum!

A freshly iced, still-warm cinnamon roll—yum!

One thing that's difficult about writing up all of these delicious recipes is that I always end up craving what I'm writing about before I've finished the article. Now I'm going to have to whip up some more cinnamon rolls for this afternoon. But that's what I love about this recipe! Not only can I go downstairs and prepare a batch really quick, but they are also good for us because they are made with all-natural, wholesome ingredients. Not to mention, of course, that they're delicious.

If you are looking for some amazing, healthy homemade cinnamon rolls that you can make fast without having to wait for them to rise, then look no further. So many recipes that claim to be "healthy" use sugar substitutes and are bland and flavorless. I think those recipes are the reason that so many people think that in order to be healthy, food has to taste bad.

There's no reason to avoid all of the great ingredients that make food delicious. Grass-fed butter is full of healthy fats and nutrients that your body needs. Coconut sugar and raw honey are natural sugars that haven't had chemicals added to them. Organic, whole milk is chock full of wonderful saturated fats and nutrients as well.

I think you're going to be surprised by how amazing these turn out! I know they don't last long in our household with my husband and two growing boys. This is one recipe that is requested again and again.

© 2019 Victoria Van Ness

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