Clean Eating No-Rise Whole Wheat Cinnamon Rolls
We love cinnamon rolls in our house. Before our children came along, about a decade ago, my husband and I would buy those wrapped packages of Pillsbury cinnamon rolls by the case and eat them just about every morning. Boy, they were 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 let them rise twice before baking them. 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 after having avoided them for so long, but the problem then was that we were constantly running out of them when we wanted them the most.
Somehow I had to figure out how to make them faster at home so we could enjoy cinnamon rolls for breakfast again. And 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, roll out, lavish with butter, cinnamon, and sugar, roll up, cut, and bake. These then only need 35 minutes in the oven, and I've even included a quick and simple, delicious cinnamon roll icing for you!
As I use whole wheat flour, these aren't going to be light and fluffy like 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. The lighter texture of these flours will maintain the nutrients you're looking for, all while providing you with a lighter product. Let me show you how easy it was!
- 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
- about 1/2 cup grass-fed butter, to spread
- about 3 tablespoons coconut sugar, for sprinkling
- about 2 tablespoons cinnamon, for sprinkling
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- 1/3 cup raw honey, melted
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F and grease a 9x13 inch rectangular casserole dish with some coconut oil.
- Start by mixing all of your cinnamon roll ingredients together, melting your butter first.
- Mix with your spoon until you can't anymore, and dump your dough out on a clean, floured surface to finish mixing with your hands.
- 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.
- Spread the entire surface thickly with butter.
- Then sprinkle generously with coconut sugar and cinnamon.
- Roll up your cinnamon rolls into a long log shape, starting from one of the short sides.
- Slice your cinnamon rolls from 1 to 1/2 inch thick and lay them out evenly in your prepared casserole dish.
- Slide them into the oven and bake for 35 minutes.
- In the meantime, mix up your icing! With a fork, or a hand mixer, blend your icing ingredients together until smooth.
- Make sure to allow your cinnamon rolls to cool a bit before icing them. Yum!
|Serving size: 1|
|Calories from Fat||36|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 4 g||6%|
|Saturated fat 1 g||5%|
|Unsaturated fat 2 g|
|Carbohydrates 18 g||6%|
|Sugar 1 g|
|Fiber 2 g||8%|
|Protein 3 g||6%|
|Cholesterol 9 mg||3%|
|Sodium 23 mg||1%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
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 literally whip some up 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... 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, the 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, and 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.
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