This no sugar added, gluten free cinnamon roll recipe is the perfect way to satisfy your craving for a sweet treat at breakfast with no guilt. Make one for yourself at breakfast today or double the recipe to enjoy one later.
Let's talk cinnamon rolls.
Growing up, I was a pecan spin lover. Do you remember those? Little Debbie made them, but so did a host of other local industrial type bakeries. You could always find them in those little six packs on the bread aisle. They weren't "called" a cinnamon roll, but basically that's what they were -- cinnamony flavor in a bready thing rolled up = cinnamon roll in my book.
As I got older, I have -- of course -- tried out some of the big names: Panera has a massive cinnamon roll, as does the infamous Cinnabon. They're yummy, yes. They're worth a splurge, sure. But if I'm gonna enjoy a cinnamon roll fairly often, then I like my "big ole mouthfull of heafty sugary carby yumminess" to actually be more like "less sugar less carby goodness with a little fiber added in". It's why I eat these:
Am I telling you that this No Sugar Added, Gluten Free Cinnamon Roll is a copycat for Cinnabons?
No. I am not. And that's exactly why you should love me. I take pretty pictures. Give you good recipes. But I'm honest.
I am however telling you that this is a fiber-packed, healthy substitute for traditional cinnamon rolls. It's a wonderful with a hot cup of coffee in the morning and a great way to satisfy a morning sweet tooth, the healthy way.
No Sugar Added, Gluten Free Cinnamon Roll (for One)
Serves 1 to 2
- 2 tablespoons coconut flour
- 3 tablespoons bakeable sugar substitute (I used a combination of Swerve and stevia), divided
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose gluten-free flour
- 1 tablespoon ground flax meal (I use golden flax)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon unflavored whey protein powder
- 3 tablespoons egg whites
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce, divided
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon cream cheese
- 1 tablespoon sugar-free pancake syrup
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a small ramekin or custard cup with cooking spray.
- Whisk together coconut flour, 1 tablespoon sugar substitute, ½ teaspoon cinnamon and next 4 ingredients (through whey powder) in a small bowl.
- In a separate bowl, combine egg whites, 1 tablespoon applesauce and olive oil. Add to dry ingredients and stir until combined. Let stand 5 minutes.
- Turn dough out onto a floured surface and press into a rectangle. Mix together remaining 1 tablespoon applesauce, 2 tablespoons sugar substitute and ½ teaspoon cinnamon. Spread over dough.
- Starting with short end, carefully roll up dough; cut in half and place both halves (cut side down) in prepared dish. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, combine cream cheese and syrup. Drizzle over roll and serve warm.