Healthy Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls with Greek Yogurt Frosting - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

I’ve made healthy Cinnamon Rolls before, but like I explained in that post, they weren’t the most authentic-tasting (you know, the completely artificial stuff that comes in a tube at the grocery store… or those giant, trans fat-filled buns at the mall slathered with about a pound of butter each?).  Well, I revamped my previous recipe to make the Cinnamon Rolls feel softer, taste sweeter, and have more cinnamon flavor.  Sadly, these babies are still no Cinnabon replicas, but my taste-testers and I are really happy with the results!

Healthy Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls with Greek Yogurt Frosting - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Yeah, they’re kinda ugly (not gonna lie)…  but oh so delicious  ;)

Healthy Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls with Greek Yogurt Frosting - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Soft, moist, decadent, rich, flavorful, buttery, sweet and nutritious.  Ahhhh just stop talking and give me a bite please!  If it’s guilt free, healthy and delicious HAND. IT. OVER.

Now.

Healthy Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls with Greek Yogurt Frosting - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Mmmm, just look at the sweet and cinnamon-y filling.  These Healthy Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls are all-natural and whole grain (aka, totally suitable for breakfast, lunch, a mid-day snack AND dessert,  that’s how healthy they are).  Check out the nutrition label comparison below!

Healthy Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls

Prep Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Cook Time: 33 minutes

Yield: 8 cinnamon rolls

Healthy Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients

    Cinnamon Roll Dough:
  • 13g (2 tbs) Ground Flaxseed + 3 tbs Water
  • 28g (2 tbs) Coconut Oil, melted
  • 2 tsp Stevia Extract
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tsp Butter Extract
  • 3/4 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Soy Milk
  • 12g (1 tbs) Sucanat
  • 1 tbs Active Dry Yeast (8g)
  • 120g (1 cup) Oat Flour
  • 120g (3/4 cup) Brown Rice Flour
  • 56g (1/2 cup) Almond Meal
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Xanthan Gum
  • 1/3 tsp Salt
  • ~2 tbs Oat Flour, for rolling
  • Filling:
  • 28g (2 tbs) Coconut Oil, liquid
  • 1 tsp Butter Extract
  • 96g (1/2 cup) Granulated Erythritol (or dry sweetener of choice)
  • 2 tbs Cinnamon
  • Frosting:
  • 1 cup Plain, Nonfat Greek Yogurt (other yogurts will work)
  • 3-6 tbs Unsweetened Vanilla Soy Milk, depends on how thin/thick you like the frosting
  • 1-1.5 tsp Stevia Extract (to taste)

Instructions

    For the Cinnamon Rolls:
  1. In a small bowl, stir together the flax and water until thick and gel-like. Stir in the coconut oil and extracts.
  2. Add the soymilk to a glass measuring cup and microwave for 15 seconds, or until warm. Stir in the sucanat, then stir in the yeast. Let sit ~10 minutes, the mixture should become foamy.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the oat flour, brown rice flour, almond meal, baking powder, xanthan gum and salt.
  4. Stir the flax mixture into the measuring cup with the yeast, then pour this over the dry ingredients. Stir the mixture with a rubber spatula until it forms a very soft dough.
  5. Sprinkle the oat flour onto a Silpat and LIGHTLY knead the dough just 3-4 times, or until it can form a ball.
  6. Spray a clean bowl with cooking spray and place the dough ball inside. Cover with plastic wrap and let dough proof for 1 hour in a warm space (I used a warming drawer set to 88 degrees Fahrenheit)
  7. Sprinkle a tiny bit of oat flour onto the Silpat and place the dough on top (do not punch the dough down). Sprinkle a tiny bit of oat flour over the dough and place another Silpat sheet on top. Roll the dough out into a large rectangle.
  8. In a small bowl, stir together the coconut oil and butter extract.
  9. In another small bowl, stir together the erythritol and cinnamon
  10. Brush the oil mixture onto the dough rectangle, then sprinkle on the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  11. Roll the dough, carefully, by lifting the Silpat up so that the dough curls onto itself. Now just use your hands to continue rolling the dough.
  12. Put the dough "log" seam side down, and slice the log into 8.
  13. Grease an 8" springform pan with cooking spray and arrange the slices inside. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 1 hour in a warm space (I set my warming drawer to 90 degrees)
  14. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for ~33 minutes, or until the surface is somewhat firm when tapped. Remove the outside of the springform pan and let the cinnamon rolls cool.
  15. For the Frosting:
  16. In a small bowl, stir together the yogurt, soymilk and stevia. Give it a taste and adjust as needed.
  17. Frost the cinnamon rolls!

Notes

This recipe is: low sugar, high fiber, high protein, eggless, gluten free, vegan optional!

http://dessertswithbenefits.com/healthy-cinnamon-rolls/

Healthy Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls with Greek Yogurt Frosting - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

^^ the second proofing stage

Healthy Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls with Greek Yogurt Frosting - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

^^ Cinnamon Rolls after baking

Healthy Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls with Greek Yogurt Frosting - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

^^ Cinnamon Rolls after baking

I’m sure someone out there is wondering what the nutrition stats are for this recipe so I made a nutrition label for it.  I was surprised at how nutritionally balanced the recipe was and wanted to see how it would compare to the all-famous Cinnabon nutrition labels.  Because Cinnabon sells ginormous cinnamon rolls I compared my recipe’s nutrition label to the Minibon…  my cinnamon rolls are still bigger than the Minibon but it makes the discrepancy between the two a little easier to take in.  The Minibon nutrition label is on the left,  the Desserts with Benefits nutrition label is on the right:

unhealthy cinnamon rolls nutrition label - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits  Healthy Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls with Greek Yogurt Frosting - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Yup, my healthified recipe is far better than the Minibon.  My recipe has:

  • 100 less calories
  • ZERO trans fats (the dangerous/deadly fats that clog arteries, cause disease, cancer, etc)
  • less sodium and less carbohydrates
  • NO refined sugar
  • more fiber, more protein and more nutrients + minerals

If only someone had made me this recipe years ago when I used to eat at Cinnabon every time I went to the mall…  grrrr!!  While this recipe came to me a little late in life when I have already cut out refined sugar and stopped eating processed foods, I hope this recipe serves you well so we can all stop ingesting 3/4 cup of sugar in one sitting eating crappy mall food!

Healthy Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls with Greek Yogurt Frosting - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

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Comments (6)

  1. Kira - HealthAble Old Soul: January 8, 2014

    I can already smell the cinnamon! Great revisit with the Greek Yogurt.

  2. Who could resist these?? I have made dairy free cinnamon rolls and vegan cinnamon rolls but never gluten free!! THat frosting looks to die for. I wish it were Christmas again so I could have a real excuse to make these. Guess the weekend will have to do! :D

  3. dessertswithbenefits: January 10, 2014

    Yeah, I wish it was Christmas again… like, 4 weeks in a row… more desserts and more presents!! ;)

  4. Abbie @ Needs Salt: January 15, 2014

    Oh my gosh. These things are going to change my life, I can just feel it.
    I’ve never had a Cinnabon before, but I don’t think I’m missing out on anything. I’ve made my own cinnamon rolls a few times, but they were always laced with lots of butter, sugar, and white flour. When I decided to start eating healthier, I thought I’d have to completely kill my cinnamon roll craving and never have them again. But then you showed up with these beauties! They look so amazing. As soon as my mom can have yeast again, I am so totally making these!
    Pinning for now!

  5. dessertswithbenefits: January 16, 2014

    Abbie-
    I think it’s a good thing you’ve never had a Cinnabon before. They might be delicious, but they are deadly ;)
    Hopefully your mom can have yeast soon, because these are delishhhh!!
    -Jess

  6. michael: January 23, 2014

    those look delicious, I love cinnamon rolls! :-)

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