What is better than a sweet, warm, gooey Cinnabon cinnamon roll? I don’t know about you but every time I walk past a Cinnabon in the mall, all I want to do is grab a box and eat the entire thing. What if I told you that you could make a healthy version of this cinnamon roll that was just as delicious? Well I’m telling you. This is the best cinnamon roll recipe EVER and it’s so much healthier than the original. You won’t even believe your taste buds.
The first time I made this recipe was on a snowy morning for breakfast. My entire family was hooked and now every time it snows I have to make them; it’s practically a tradition. Unfortunately that means that I have only made them ONCE in the past year because NC has been lacking in the snow department. However, we did have a beautiful snow last weekend and guess what we had for breakfast? Yepp, my delicious Healthier Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls. I always like to have a meat or protein with my breakfast, so we sided the cinnamon rolls with some uncured country ham. It was delicious! I love mixing the sweet and salty tastes at breakfast. Too much of one or the other is just…too much.
It was pretty easy to make this recipe healthier by using organic or natural ingredients instead of things like bleached flour or unhealthy sugars. Because it still uses flours and sugars, I would recommend eating them sparingly, (limit 1 a day) so that you don’t overdo it. Like I mentioned, pair it with a protein so that you have a more balanced meal.
One of the other great things about this recipe (other than the fact that they are so tasty) is that they are simple to prepare. I like to let them rise and prepare them in my baking pan the night before, that way I can just pop them in the oven before breakfast the next morning. I get pretty hungry when I wake up in the mornings, so this works out nicely.
I really have to like something if I’m going to eat it several days in a row, and I have no shame in saying that I have had a cinnamon roll for breakfast every morning for the past 4 days. They are just that GOOD! I would try to make myself change it up but I just couldn’t, and unfortunately they are gone now. I really think they get better after each day.
- 1 (1/4 ounce) package active dry yeast
- 1 C. warm organic milk
- ¼ C. Truvia baking blend
- ⅓ C. Kerrygold butter, softened
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 eggs
- 4 C. unbleached all purpose flour
- 1 C packed Truvia brown sugar
- 3 T. cinnamon
- ⅓ C. Kerrygold buttter, softened
- 6 T. Kerrygold butter
- 1½ C. organic powdered sugar
- ¼ C. organic cream cheese
- ½ tsp. vanilla extract
- ⅛ tsp. salt
- For the rolls, in a large bowl dissolve the yeast in the warm milk.
- Add Truvia baking blend,, butter, salt, eggs, and flour to the bowl of a mixer and mix well.
- Pour the milk/yeast mixture in the bowl and using the dough hook, mix well until well incorporated.
- Place dough into an oiled bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place about 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
- Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface, until it is approx 16 inches long by 12 inches wide. It should be approx ¼ inch thick.
- Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.
- To make filling, combine the butter, Truvia brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.
- Spread the mixture evenly over the surface of the dough. Alternatively you can spread the butter first on the dough and then the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture.
- Working carefully, from the long edge, roll the dough down to the bottom edge. The roll should be about 18 inches in length. Cut the roll into 1½ inch slices.
- Place the cut rolls in the prepared pan. Cover them with a damp towel. Let them rise again for another 30 minutes until they double in size. (This is when I put the rolls in the refrigerator overnight)
- Bake for 20 minutes or until light golden brown. Cooking time can vary greatly!
- While the rolls are baking make the icing by mixing all ingredients and beat well with an electric mixer until thick like icing.
- When the rolls are done, spread generously with icing, the serve!
I hope you enjoy this delicious recipe! If you get a chanced to try it, please tag me on Instagram @adancersplate and #embraceyourplate so that I can see your yummy creation!