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Healthy Cinnamon Rolls


These easy healthy cinnamon rolls are made with a twist! These are made with sprouted spelt flour, no yeast, and no refined sugar.

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plate with three cinnamon rolls

This is a quick and simplified recipe for homemade cinnamon rolls made in under an hour with no waiting time in between. The rolls turn out heavy and dense with a warm buttery filling inside.

Key Ingredients

ingredients to make cinnamon buns

Ingredient Notes

  • Sprouted Spelt Flour. Because this recipe is made with more nutritious sprouted spelt flour, these cinnamon rolls will be dense. If you are looking for rolls with fluffy texture, use white unbleached flour. It won’t be as nutritious, but the texture will be soft and cloud-like.
  • Coconut Sugar. I used coconut sugar. Feel free to use your favorite kind.
  • Kefir. Whole milk kefir or goat milk kefir, unsweetened.

Step-by-step Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 375F degrees. Gather the ingredients. Make sure that egg and kefir are room temperature and butter is softened. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the egg, add the 4 tablespoons of the softened butter. In a measuring cup, add kefir and baking powder, mix vigorously till bubbles appear, and the mixture will become foamy. 

mixing bowl with egg and measuring cup with kefir

2. To the bowl with the egg mixture, add kefir,  add 1/4 cup of sugar, and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon. Mix till blended. Slowly start adding two cups of flour. 

mixing bowl with egg, butter, cinnamon mixture and measuring cup with flour

3. Start adding the third cup of flour and slowly kneading it in the dough. Form the ball. 

mixing bowl with bun dough

4. On a large surface, sprinkle the flour and roll out the dough, flipping it several times while rolling. If the dough is still sticky, add more flour. Don’t overdo it since spelt flour is dense, and we want to have softer cinnamon rolls. Using a rolling pin, roll to create a rectangular shape. Evenly spread 7 tablespoons of butter.

rolled out dough with spreaded butter on top

5. In a small bowl mix, 1/2 cup of sugar with 2 tablespoons of cinnamon and generously sprinkle the mixture on top of the dough. Use a knife or palms of your hands to even out the mixture. 

rolled dough with cinnamon mixture on top

6. Start creating a roll slightly pressing while rolling in. Roll gently, and make sure there is no empty space in the layers of the roll. 

two rolls ready to be sliced

7. Slice in half. Use a sharp knife and make cuts slowly. Then slice each half in half and create a total of 12 equally sized rolls. 

dough sliced in the shape of the rolls

8. Arrange in the baking dish lined with parchment paper. The rolls will expand, so make sure there is some space in between the rolls. Bake on the middle shelf for 30 minutes till rolls turn slightly golden. Optional step. Use some frosting if desired. 

cinnamon rolls inside the white baking dish

Recipe Tips

To make these spelt cinnamon rolls successfully, there are several tips to follow.

Ensure that egg and kefir are room temperature and butter is softened.

Line baking dish with parchment paper for easier cleanup after.

I used One Degree Organic Splet flour.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why did my cinnamon rolls turn out hard?

If you end up with hard cinnamon rolls, the reason is probably baking them too long and adding too much flour.

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plate with three cinnamon rolls

Healthy Cinnamon Rolls

Natalia-Flavorful Home
These easy healthy cinnamon rolls are made with a twist! These are made without yeast, and instead of the white flour, we used sprouted spelt flour.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 190 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 egg large
  • 11 tbsp butter divided
  • 1 1/2 cup kefir room temperature
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cups coconut sugar divided
  • 2 1/2 tbsp cinnamon divided
  • 3 cups sprouted spelt flour

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375F degrees. Gather the ingredients. Make sure that egg and kefir are room-temperature and butter is softened.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk the egg, add the 4 tablespoons of the softened butter. In a measuring cup, add kefir and baking powder, mix vigorously till bubbles appear, and the mixture will become foamy. 
  • To the bowl with the egg mixture, add kefir,  add 1/4 cup of sugar, and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon. Mix till blended. Slowly start adding two cups of flour. 
  • Start adding the third cup of the flour and slowly kneading it in the dough. Form the ball. 
  • On a large surface, sprinkle the flour and roll out the dough, flipping it several times while rolling. If the dough is still sticky, add more flour. Don't overdo it since spelt flour is dense, and we want to have soft cinnamon rolls. Using a rolling pin, roll to create a rectangular shape. Evenly spread 7 tablespoons of butter.
  • In a small bowl mix, 1/2 cup of sugar with 2 tablespoons of cinnamon and generously sprinkle the mixture on top of the dough. Use a knife or palms of your hands to even out the mixture. 
  • Start creating a roll slightly pressing while rolling in. Roll gently, and make sure there is no empty space in the layers of the roll. 
  • Slice in half. Use a sharp knife and make cuts slowly. Then slice each half in half and create a total of 12 equally sized rolls. 
  • Arrange in the baking dish lined with parchment paper. The rolls will expand, so make sure there is some space in between the rolls. Bake on the middle shelf for 30 minutes till rolls turn slightly golden. Optional step. Use some frosting if desired.

Notes

To make these spelt cinnamon rolls successfully, there are several tips to follow.
Ensure that egg and kefir are room temperature and butter is softened.
Line baking dish with parchment paper for easier cleanup after.

Nutrition

Calories: 190kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 6gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 127mgPotassium: 31mgFiber: 5gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 109IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 111mgIron: 2mg
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Natalia is a recipe developer, food photographer, and home cook. She started Flavorful Home to document easy real food recipes perfect for busy families. She loves creating flavorful and nutritious meals while keeping the cooking process simple and joyful!

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