Healthy Christmas Morning Cinnamon Rolls

December 24, 2016

 

Merry Christmas Eve! All is merry & bright as we celebrate the birth of our Savior. I know for a lot of families, making a warm, home-cooked breakfast is a tradition on Christmas morning. One of my family's favorites is the classic warm, gooey, sweet, cinnamon roll. My brother and I would always wake up to the smell of warm cinnamon and melted butter as we waited anxiously to open presents on Christmas Day! 

 

While the full-fledged Cinnabon-style cinnamon roll is without a doubt a holiday favorite, there are definitely simple baking substitutes that can be easily made to re-create your family's favorite Christmas morning breakfast. These Healthy Christmas Morning Cinnamon Rolls are made with almond flour and coconut flour instead of the traditional all-purpose flour. Almond flour and coconut flour are both gluten-free, packed with healthy "good for you" fats, and lower in carbohydrates than all-purpose white flour.

 

Of course, what is a cinnamon roll without icing? I am super excited about the icing drizzled over the top of these cinnamon rolls because it only takes FOUR ingredients to make, is low in sugar, and is loaded with protein. Each cinnamon roll has 14.3 grams of protein and only 2.2 grams of sugar! Check out the recipe below and try making these to celebrate the joy of Christmas morning.

 

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Ingredients:

For the dough

- 1 1/2 cups blanched almond flour (I use Nature's Eats)

- 1 tablespoon Betterbody Foods Organic Coconut Flour

- 1 teaspoon baking soda

- 1 scoop Quest Nutrition Vanilla Milkshake Protein Powder

- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

- 1/4 cup zero calorie sweetener (I use stevia)

- 1 teaspoon butter extract

- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

- 1/3 cup liquid egg whites

- 1 tablespoon unsweetened applesauce

- 1/3 cup water

 

For the streusel filling

- 1/2 cup Betterbody Foods PBFit

- 1/2 cup zero calorie sweetener (I use stevia)

- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

- 1/4 cup water

 

For the vanilla icing

- 1 scoop Quest Nutrition Vanilla Milkshake Protein Powder

- 2 tablespoons zero calorie sweetener (I use stevia)

- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

- 3 tablespoons unsweetened vanilla almond milk

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-inch round baking pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. 

 

For the dough

In a large mixing bowl, combine almond flour, Betterbody Foods Organic Coconut Flour, baking soda, Quest Nutrition Vanilla Milkshake Protein Powder, ground cinnamon, and zero calorie sweetener. Mix in butter extract, vanilla extract, liquid egg whites, unsweetened applesauce, and water using a hand mixer until well combined. 

 

On a sheet of parchment paper, roll out dough using a rolling pin until completely flattened. Sprinkle both sides of the dough with some almond flour to avoid sticking to the parchment paper or the rolling pin. Form the dough into a large, thin rectangle. 

 

For the streusel filling

In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine 1/2 cup Betterbody Foods PBFit, 1/2 cup zero calorie sweetener, ground cinnamon, vanilla extract, and water. Stir with a fork until a crumbly streusel forms.

 

Spread the streusel evenly across the flattened dough. Starting at one of the shorter ends of the rectangle, begin to slowly roll the dough until it forms a log. Cut the log into 8 equal 1-inch sections and place flat-side down in the round baking pan coated with nonstick cooking spray. 

 

Bake the cinnamon rolls at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until tops are slightly browned. Remove from the oven and place the pan on a cooling rack to cool.

 

For the vanilla icing

In a small mixing bowl, combine 1 scoop Quest Nutrition Vanilla Milkshake Protein Powder, zero calorie sweetener, vanilla extract, and unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Stir with a spoon until a thick, icing-like paste forms.

TIP: For a thinner glaze, add 1 tablespoon of unsweetened vanilla almond milk until the desired consistency is reached.

 

Spoon the glaze over the cooked cinnamon rolls and serve warm on Christmas morning!

 

 

 

Serving Size: 1 cinnamon roll

Amount per recipe: 8 cinnamon rolls

182 Calories

Fat: 11.5g

Carbohydrates: 8.0g

Fiber: 3.7g

Sugar: 2.2g

Protein: 14.3g

 

 

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What are your favorite Christmas morning traditions? Leave a comment below. I want to hear from you!

"Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord." - Luke 2:11

Merry Christmas Eve! Enjoy celebrating the true reason for the season with family and friends.

xoxo, Samantha Jo Bowers

 

 

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