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Healthier Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

by Crystal Hatch • featured in 4 Reasons To Bake With Someone You Love

Inspired by buzzfeed.com

Ingredients

for 12 servings

Dough

  • 2 cups
    almond milk, warm to the touch (470 mL)
  • ½ cup
    coconut oil, melted (100 g)
  • ¼ cup
    brown sugar (55 g)
  • 1 pack active dry yeast
  • 4 ½ cups
    whole wheat flour, divided (515 g)
  • 1 teaspoon
    baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons
    salt

Filling

  • ½ cup
    applesauce (125 g)
  • ½ cup
    light brown sugar (55 g)
  • 2 tablespoons
    ground cinnamon

Frosting

  • 4 oz
    light cream cheese, softened (110 g)
  • 2 tablespoons
    coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tablespoons
    almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon
    vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons
    maple syrup

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Preparation

  1. Generously butter a 9-inch (23 cm) cast iron or cake pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together warm almond milk, melted coconut oil, and sugar. The mixture should be just warm, registering between 100-110˚F (40˚C). If hotter, allow to cool slightly.
  3. Sprinkle the yeast evenly over the warm mixture and let sit for 5 minutes.
  4. Add 4 cups (460 g) of whole wheat flour to the milk mixture and mix with a wooden spoon until just combined.
  5. Cover the bowl with a towel or plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise for 1 hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 350˚F (180˚C).
  7. In a small bowl combine the applesauce, brown sugar, and cinnamon, and stir to combine. Set aside.
  8. Remove the towel and add remaining whole wheat flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir well, then turn out onto a well-floured surface.
  9. Knead the dough lightly until the dough just loses its stickiness and does not stick to the surface.
  10. Roll the dough out into a large rectangle, about ¼-inch (½ cm) thick. Fix corners to make sure they are sharp and even.
  11. Spread the filling mixture evenly over the rolled out dough, spreading right to the edges.
  12. Gently roll the dough into a large log and slice it into 1-inch (2 cm) pieces.
  13. Place the cinnamon rolls in the greased cake pan, leaving some space between them, and bake for 30 minutes.
  14. While the cinnamon roll is baking, prepare the frosting. In a medium-size mixing bowl, whisk together the light cream cheese, coconut oil, vanilla extract, almond milk, and maple syrup, until smooth.
  15. Remove the cinnamon rolls from the oven and let cool in the pan for at least 15 minutes. Once cool, remove from pan and drizzle frosting over the rolls before serving.
  16. Enjoy!
 

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