Grain-Free Cinnamon Rolls

by Susan on May 14, 2012

 

I wanted to share another recipe that I made for our Mother’s Day get-together. I was inspired to post it after my kids had leftovers for breakfast this morning and the girl again declaring her undying love for the cinnamon roll on her plate. Clearly, the results were worthy of a share.

What *I* think is so amazing about this recipe is that it’s totally free of any gluten/grains, dairy or refined sugar. These details are not what won over my kids and their cousins, however. I think their adoration stemmed from the buttery, off-the-hook cinnamon goodness.

ready to roll!

These were definitely a challenge to roll out and form, particularly because I didn’t have any of the recommended parchment. I used my Silpat baking liner instead, which worked but is thicker so harder to get a good grip on the dough. Dental floss does work wonders to cut through fragile dough, and although my individuals rolls were a bit misshapen once baked they looked great!

My awe and thanks goes out again to Brittany Angell for creating this delicious recipe. You might recall that back on Valentine’s Day I made her Raspberry Streusel Bars as a special breakfast treat. Brittany’s Flourless “Crack” Brownies were likewise a huge hit, both in this household and based on the feedback I received from the post.

While these cinnamon rolls take some time to come together, making traditional ones require the same level of effort. For sweetener I used granular xylitol in both the filling and dough. I used almond milk for the dough and to create a quick glaze (just a little powdered sugar, vanilla and almond milk).

I made the rolls on Saturday, and then Sunday warmed them in the oven and drizzled the glaze on top before serving.

I actually found that the almond flour and flax yielded softer rolls than the gluten-laden King Arthur’s recipe I’ve made in years past. Not only were the ingredients cleaner and healthier, but I really preferred the texture and taste of these babies to standard cinnamon rolls. These were definitely still a little indulgent, but a recipe I will certainly return to for special occasions and weekend treats.

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