Victoria is a stay-at-home mom, author, educator, and blogger at Healthy at Home. She currently lives in Colorado with her family.
Our Cinnamon Roll Journey
We love cinnamon rolls at our house. Before our kids came along, this was an every-Sunday-morning kind of treat, but we were still buying the prepackaged Pillsbury cinnamon rolls in the roll. When we started to eat healthier and processed foods came off of the menu, this was one of the first items to go. It was incredibly sad.
It was a while before I started getting used to the new ingredients I was using and started learning how to cook some of our old meals again. Lo and behold, most clean eating bread, dinner roll, and cinnamon roll recipes used yeast and had to rise one or more times—and I had no idea how all of that worked. I also had no desire to wait for an hour or more for cinnamon rolls in the morning. Don't think I didn't try. I got up early on many occasions and tried the rising method, but I failed over and over again.
I even started looking up various cinnamon roll recipes online, and every Sunday, I would try a different one. They also all failed, week after week. I was very discouraged and figured we were never going to have cinnamon rolls again. We did find some organic prepackaged cinnamon rolls at Sprouts there for a while and tried those. They tasted amazing after not having decent cinnamon rolls for years, but we ran out fast, and then we wouldn't have them again until someone remembered to buy more at the store. I had to figure this out!
Then one day I found a no-rise cinnamon roll recipe online, and I had some success. It wasn't perfect, and we didn't like the icing. But it was a step in the right direction. Thinking back to those days, not so long ago in the grand scheme of things, makes me chuckle. I wish I had known all this time, even had someone to teach me as a child, what I know now about cooking for myself. I would have saved a lot of time, effort, and frustration—and we would have eaten a lot better over the years.
Since then, I have perfected the recipe. I love this dough now as it hardly takes any effort to roll out. My husband made it for us last weekend, and I had to remind him that it was a really soft dough. It kind poofed out into a rectangle, rather than being forced, like so many other doughs. I've even added some super yummy icing. Believe me, the icing took the same journey, and now my husband has become a little obsessed and makes it all the time on his own.
By sharing this recipe with you, I'm hoping that more people will start cooking for themselves once they learn how fun, easy, and delicious it can be. Let's get to it!
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About 12 cinnamon rolls
- 3/4 cup milk
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
For the filling:
- coconut sugar
For the icing:
- cream cheese
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F and line a 9x13 inch casserole dish with parchment paper.
- Add all of your ingredients to a medium mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. I suggest dry ingredients first and then wet so you don't soil your measuring tools.
- You may need to do the last of the mixing with your hands.
- When mixed, dump your dough out onto a clean surface, specifically on top of parchment paper.
- Roll it out into a large 1/4 thick rectangle.
- Spread butter generously over the entire surface.
- Now sprinkle coconut sugar generously over the butter.
- Finally dust with cinnamon.
- Now using your parchment paper, roll the entire rectangle up into a log starting with the short side.
- Slice your cinnamon roll log into 1/2 inch slices and lay each cinnamon roll in your prepared casserole dish.
- Slide the dish into the oven and bake for
- While your cinnamon rolls are baking, mix up your honey and cream cheese for an amazing cinnamon roll icing.
- When your cinnamon rolls are ready, let them cool on the stove a bit so they don't melt your icing.
- Slather icing on each one and enjoy!
That wasn't so bad was it? By not having to wait for the cinnamon rolls to rise, you can be eating yummy deliciousness in 30 minutes rather than a couple of hours. And isn't the icing amazing?! My husband likes to put it on his French toast casserole recipe as well. He would just eat it out of the bowl if I let him.
Don't stop at cinnamon rolls, though. If you check out my profile, you'll see a variety of yummy concoctions like French toast bake, coffee cake, cinnamon toast, vegetable quiche, etc., as well as tons of helpful advice on switching to eating better foods and using better ingredients.
As we have officially started growing our own foods now that we actually have some sun in the backyard, you're going to start seeing all sorts of fun articles on growing some easy foods for yourself in pots in your backyard, like carrots, tomatoes, blueberries, kale, spinach, beans, strawberries, pumpkins.....
I'm loving life. This is what I've always wanted for my family. If you're headed there as well, then stay tuned!
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