Jun 14

{The Recipe Redux} sponsored recipe contest: Overnight Rustic Cinnamon Rolls for Two

[Disclosure: By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by National Honey Board and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.]

If you add the word ‘rustic’ in front of something it’s okay if it has that whole rugged-good-looks look.

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Because I totally get that these cinnamon rolls don’t look like the pretty ones that come in those pillsbury cans.  You know, the cans that claim to easily pop open but never really do?

I also used greek yogurt for icing so at this point you might be thinking, “that’s not icing…it’s yogurt!  What a total coup out.”  And if you are thinking that, I for sure hear you.  When I was grocery shopping I had powdered sugar on my list but when I was checking out I realized I forgot to grab some and venturing back into the jam-packed grocery store on a Sunday afternoon just didn’t seem worth it.

I considered making a cashew frosting for like .534 seconds but I’ve never been a really big fan.  And greek yogurt+honey is just so creamy and perfect and cinnamon roll top-able.  So greek yogurt+honey it was.

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Also, these cinnamon rolls don’t unravel.  I feel like that’s a crime against humanity to call something a cinnamon roll when it doesn’t have layer after layer to slowly unravel.  You can still see the layers even if you can’t peel them open to reveal that doughy center.  I mean, you can still get to that dough center you just have to use a different medium…a fork.

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Before these cinnamon rolls I would have judged you for eating a cinnamon roll with a fork but look at me now…I’m a changed, less judgmental person who is encouraging you to dig into this cinnamon roll via an Emily Post-approved means.  You could even put a napkin on your lap if you’re feeling fancy-smansy.

And you can pretty much forget all things Emily Post taught you if you ever tried to eat this sandwich because ohemmgeee.  I hope I’m not wearing white when I make a version of that.

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So this recipe is for a recipe contest with The Recipe Redux that is being sponsored by the National Honey Board.  I love me some honey.  Almost as much as my little sister who keeps honey straws stashed in her purse because she loves the stuff so much (we found the straws at a farmers market one time and stockpiled them).

In this recipe, I substituted honey where I normally would have used brown sugar.  It added sweetness without making the rolls too sweet to serve as a breakfast entree.  And paired with the greek yogurt based frosting, I didn’t feel uncomfortably stuffed after eating them like I normally do after uber decadent cinnamon rolls.  Typically, cinnamon rolls seem like an unhealthy choice for breakfast but I totally would eat these again for breakfast tomorrow (and I will).  And then even have them for lunch.

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Also, today is Friday which means it’s time for Ashley’s Breakfast Friday.  Be sure to tag any and all of your breakfast creations with #bfastfridayclub!

Overnight Rustic Healthy Cinnamon Rolls for Two

makes 6 little, cute rolls

1 Tbsp + 1 tsp water

1 Tbsp + 1 tsp almond milk

2 tsp coconut oil

1 tsp active yeast

¼ tsp dark brown sugar

In a microwave safe bowl, combine water, almond milk and coconut oil and microwave until everything is melted, about 20 seconds.  Allow to cool for ~10 minutes or until luke warm.  Add in yeast and brown sugar, stir for 1 minute until yeast and sugar are completely dissolved.  Allow to sit for 5 minutes until foamy and bubbly.

1 egg white

1 Tbsp +1 tsp honey

1/2 cup + 3 Tbsp oat flour, packed

¼ cup almond flour, packed

In a separate larger bowl, combine egg white, honey and foamy yeast mixture.  Add in oat flour and almond flour.  Mix until a sticky dough has formed (should be able to form a ball with it that holds it’s shape…if dough is too sticky/thin add 1-3 Tbsp oat flour).  Grease a separate bowl with coconut oil.  Roll dough into a ball and place it into the greased bowl.  Turn the ball once to coat with oil.   Cover tightly with plastic wrap and store in a warm, draft free place for 1 hour, or dough has doubled in size.


2 Tbsp coconut oil

1 Tbsp dark brown sugar

1 Tbsp honey

1/2 Tbsp cinnamon

While dough is rising, combine coconut oil, brown sugar, honey and cinnamon in a microwave safe bowl.  Microwave for 10 seconds, or until honey is thinned.  Stir until brown sugar dissolves.  Cover and place in the fridge until dough has risen.

Assemble Cinnamon Rolls

1/2-1 tsp cinnamon

Flour a flat surface with oat flour and dump out the dough.  Allow the dough to rest for a minute while you remove the coconut oil filling from the fridge.  The filling should have hardened on the top and become a jel-like consistency on the bottom.  Using a knife, cut the hardened coconut oil filling into squares.

On your floured surface, roll out your dough into a long rectangle.  Evenly disperse the coconut oil filling squares around the rectangle.  Sprinkle dough with an additional 1/2-1 tsp cinnamon.  Roll up dough from the long-end or the short-end of the rectangle.  I rolled mine up beginning at the long end so I could make 6 smaller rolls.  But you could roll yours up beginning from the short end to make 4 bigger rolls.  Slice of jagged ends.  Cut rolled up dough into 4 or 6 rolls.  Place touching in a parchment paper-lined baking dish.

Now you have 2 options:

1. Cover and refrigerate the rolls overnight and in the morning allow rolls to sit outside of the fridge for 30 minutes before baking at 350F for 30 minutes (this is what I did).


2. Immediately bake the cinnamon rolls at 350F for 30 minutes.


1/2 cup plain greek yogurt

2 Tbsp honey

In a bowl, combine greek yogurt and honey.  Use to top warm, healthy cinnamon rolls.  Serve.

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26 comments on “{The Recipe Redux} sponsored recipe contest: Overnight Rustic Cinnamon Rolls for Two”

  1. Woowwwwww. Those look Delish and healthy! Great job ;))

  2. Wow! We are not big cinnamon roll fans but these definitely look good if you like cinnamon rolls. We may just have to pass this recipe on to a few friends :)

  3. I WANT TO MAKE EVERYTHING YOU POST. This is great and terrible. I was planning on spinach smoothies this weekend, but cinnamon rolls it is!

    • Haha spinach smoothies on the weekend?! just kidding…sometimes they really just sound so delicious:) I think my weekend is going to involve margaritas…I think they count as smoothies too, right?;)

  4. This totally reminds me of Cinna Minis from Burger King, which they’ve sadly discontinued. There was just something about their obvious artificial-ness and weird consistency icing that made me love them. We always got those for breakfast on road trips. These look like an amazing alternative… Especially much healthier!

    Oh, and I love 1000 awesome things. Every single one resonates with me so much.

    • I know all about those Cinna Minis! When I was little my dad used to take me fishing a lot and we would always drive thru and get breakfast before we spent the rest of the day on the lake. I ALWAYS got the Cinna Minis…loved them:)

  5. Ahh these look fabulous!! And I’m a sucker for rustic things too :)

  6. I freely use the word rustic for many of my baking creations – frankly, it just makes me crave these cinnamon rolls even more! I love love me some honey too which is why I was so jazzed about this contest :)

    • ‘Rustic’ just makes it sound like it’s been made with love! And I don’t use the word “jazzed” enough…but I think I’m gonna start now;)

  7. I think the Greek yogurt frosting idea is brilliant, not a cop out at all! Also it doesn’t matter what is on these rolls, I’ll eat them anyway….

  8. So smart to use greek yogurt as “frosting”

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  10. I love this recipe! Thanks for sharing! I am not a fan of honey though, I can’t stand the taste of it…is there another alternative to honey that you use in the recipe?? Also what brand of grrek yogurt and coconut oil did you use?? Please let me know! Thanks again for sharing! :)

  11. Ummm I made these this morning and omg they were amazing!!!!!! I came across your blog through the Chocolate Covered Katie blog and already my relationship with you is a love/hate because I will probably end up eating cinnamon rolls for the rest of my LIFE ( I cannot figure out if you have saved or ended my life btw lol)

    • LOL!!!! Cinnamon rolls for the rest of your life? Sounding pretty happy to me:) It’s been awhile since I made this recipe…I need to whip up a batch soon!!!!

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