30-minute Cinnamon Rolls

THIRTY minutes! That means you could make these before you leave for work.

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Unless you’re reading this post at work…in which case you can make these tomorrow before you leave for work. 

Now I have small batch cinnamon rolls recipes here, here and here.  But sharing is good, so we need something bigger than a small batch.  We needed a normal sized batch.  So here we are.

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My one problem with ordering cinnamon rolls when I’m out is that they are never ooey, gooey enough for my liking. 

I want my cinnamon rolls rare. 

I mean, like barely baked.  There’s this food truck in Houston that sells coffee and cinnamon rolls.  And that’s like it.  Have any of my Houston people tried it?  I have every intention of trying it, especially if I can talk someone into giving me one of the middle ones

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Somewhere in the midst of life I’ve developed quite the liking for iced coffee paired with baked goods.  On a weekend morning (or a random Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday morning), there is nothing I want more than a warm cinnamon roll or almond croissant (preferably a cinnamon roll stuffed with almond paste) paired with a tall glass of milky iced coffee.

I have this ridiculous thing I do (or maybe it’s not ridiculous, I don’t know because I usually don’t tell people in the off chance it is ridiculous). 

It goes like this…occasionally (9 times out of 10 mornings), I forget to brew coffee the night before and let in cool in the fridge overnight.  So in the morning I say, “crap-dangit, I forgot again.”  Then I (1) brew coffee, (2) pour the pipping hot coffee into a shallow dish and (3) put it in the freezer while I shower and do my make-up and then hooray…it’s cold enough for iced coffee.  This only works if I have at least 25 minutes to get ready.

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So on to the details (…i wrote ‘deets’ there, but then got annoyed with myself and erased it.)

To give these doughy spirals of love a little more oomph, I used whole wheat pastry flour instead of regular.  You could use regular, but I always feel fancy and like I know what I’m doing when I use pastry flour.

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I also added quite a bit of cinnamon to the top.  As much as I love cinnamon and can never seem to buy a container large enough so that I don’t run out of it in like 3 weeks, I can’t stand cinnamon gum…so spicy.  I thought you should know.

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For the filling, instead of brown sugar I used bananas.  Mainly because I love bananas, I didn’t have any brown sugar and I’m hoping the people of pinterest like bananas in their cinnamon rolls.

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If you don’t like ooey, gooey things, this isn’t the recipe for you.  Because if you overcook these so they no longer have an ooey, gooey factor, they just don’t taste as good.  Then you’ll be sad.  And I’ll be sad because you’re sad.  And the people you serve these to will be sad.  Don’t bring that negativity to your life. 

Under-bake these babies, we ain’t got no raw eggs here.

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30-minute Healthier Cinnamon Rolls

The only cinnamon roll recipe you'll ever need. Filling made with bananas instead of brown sugar.

Yield: serves 3-4

Prep Time: 18

Cook Time: 12

Total Time: 30 minutes



2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup milk (I used 2%)

1 tablespoon honey


1 medium-sized ripe banana, mashed

2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

2-3 teaspoon cinnamon


1/3 cup powdered sugar

1-3 tablespoons milk

1/4 teaspoon vanilla



Preheat oven to 350ºF.

In a bowl, combine all ingredients for dough.  Dump dough out onto a floured, flat surface.  Sprinkle the dough generously with flour and use a rolling pin to roll it out into a long rectangle (adding more flour as needed so the dough doesn't stick to your rolling pin).

In a small bowl, mix together mashed banana and coconut oil.  Spread mixture over rolled out dough and sprinkle with cinnamon (I used 3 teaspoons of cinnamon because I wanted them super cinnamon-y).  Roll up dough into cinnamon roll shape and cut into 10ish cinnamon rolls.  Place in a greased, round cake tin and bake for 10-14 minutes, or until the tops are just firm to the touch and the middle still seems gooey.

While your cinnamon rolls are baking, make your icing by combining powdered sugar, milk and vanilla in a bowl.  I made my icing VERY thin so it'd covered more surface area and sink into all the cinnamon roll layers.  If you want a thicker icing, only use 1 tablespoon milk.  Pour icing over warm cinnamon rolls and serve.

I made these Sunday and have stored them in the fridge for the last 3 days and have been eating them cold for breakfast or a snack<3.

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  1. I am totally making these this weekend. YUM. Do you think I could sub in bob red mills gluten-free cup for cup flour? I love iced coffee with a baked good too. I’ve never actually thought about making it then throwing it in the freezer last minute. Genius.

  2. Do these taste banana-y? Wondering if i can pull a fast one on my hubby…I would never do that ;)

    • I just made these today. They are easy to make, so quick and very good! Yes they do taste banana-ish but i love banana and cinnamon together! I used what i had on hand…all purpose flour instead of whole wheat pastry flour and agave instead of honey. They turned out great!!

  3. These look great! Is the honey optional? I’m vegan, and if it is needed, can it be replaced with date syrup?

  4. I am absolutely making these for breakfast this weekend! I’ve never seen a recipe for cinnamon rolls that looks so simple but also so tasty!

  5. Oh man. I want one of these and an iced coffee now. Crossing my fingers that I can make that happen soon!

  6. OHMYGOSH these look heavenly. Is there any way to make them gf? Oat flour maybe? 

  7. So glad I came across this recipe today!! I’m a lover of ooey gooey undercooked cinnamon rolls, too!!! These will be made tonight!

  8. Oh. My. Gosh! I’m a sucker for a good gooey cinnamon roll. You’ve completely reeled me in here. I came really really close to licking my screen!

  9. These look amazing! Would they work if you made them ahead of time and baked them the next morning?

  10. I’ve made a few (halfhearted) attempts at cinnamon buns with apple sauce as the filling, but they never work out. Maybe banana is the key! Also – I totally forgot about cinnamon gum until you said that you don’t like it. I love cinnamon gum! But they don’t have it in this dang country I live in. I’ll have to put it on my list for when I’m next visiting my folks. 

  11. I just tried to make them with half oat flour and half whole wheat pastry, and it didn’t work haha. Oops :) They turned out very dense and not flaky and pretty like yours did. I will have to use all whole wheat pastry next time.

  12. These look fantastically dangerous to my waistline….oh wait, they’re healthy, it’s all good! 

  13. Ok! this one looks good. I’m thinking
    I’m going to make this one.  Keep
    Them coming daughter!

  14. Underbaked is really the best way to have almost any baked good. I was actually eating some focaccia that my roommate made in her cooking class, and I told her I was obsessed with the doughy texture. She didn’t believe me at first, but I assured her that I underbake things on purpose just to achieve that texture. 
    People just need to know what’s good. ;)

  15. My dear Kylie – I love iced coffee too, but you do not have to wait 25 minutes. As a former barista, I am going to share a secret that has been missing from your life!

    Brew your regular amount of coffee grounds into your brewer and add HALF as much water. Brew. Pour into a heat proof something (I like mason jars) and add ice-cubes. As they melt, they cool the coffee and dilute it to your “regular” strength. Easy peasy!

  16. I don’t like the taste of raw dough, how do you think it will taste if I left it in the oven for another 10min to suit my preference?

  17. I made these this morning, they turned out yummy! I already ate two haha. I did add 2 extra mashed banana to the dough for a more banana bread flavor, which meant I had to add an extra 3/4 cup flour. But they were so good, I will definitely make again!

  18. Hi, great recipe. Just made them and they are so fluffy!!! Thank you :-)

  19. Oh. My. Goodness. I just made these and my tastebuds are in Heaven. Ate one fresh from the oven and they couldn’t be more perfect. Thank you! <3

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  22. Oh, bless you. I just made them, and bless you.

  23. Was craving for a cinnamon roll today… too bad it’s not a common treat in Taiwan, so I stumbled on your blog and this awesome recipe. I really like the idea of using mashed banana instead of brown sugar. I’m going to give this recipe a try tonight. Would love to share with my results if they turn out well. (fingers crossed)

    • Hey Cher! Let me know how it goes! I’m not sure i’d do well in Taiwan if there are no cinnamon rolls. Just kidding;)) Let me know how they go!

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  25. Hi, Kyle!

    I live in Australia and it has been impossible for me to find whole wheat pastry flour.
    What could I use as a substitute? I usually use wholemeal spelt flour but might be too dense.


  26. These are great. First attempt I just used unbleached all-purpose white flour, still good. Bought some WWPF for the next batch(es). Coming into a super busy time and I was wondering if anyone had tried freezing the pre-cut dough roll? Could you just defrosted before cutting and baking?

    • Hey Vanessa, I haven’t tried freezing the dough. But I imagine it’d come out fine! Maybe even cut the dough into cinnamon rolls and place straight into the oven frozen. You’d just need to bake them a bit longer:)

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  28. Could these be made and assembled the night before, and baked off he next morning?

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  30. Tried baking these for Christmas morning breakfast, but they were awfully doughy… perhaps it would have helped if I’d rolled out the dough even thinner? Loved the banana filling though!  

  31. Do you know how many calories they are?

  32. I made theese today and they turned out awesome :) used apple sauce instead of banana, homemade brown sugar syrup instead of honey and gluten free flour blend. Such an amazing recipes you have here :) i just wish i added less coconut oil, i couldn’t find my measuring spoon so ended up adding a little bit too much, but still the best vegan cinnamon rolls i ever ate!

  33. Do they taste banana-ey?

  34. Hi could i used the regular cake and pastry flour dont have the whole wheat

  35. Hi, Kylie, I don’t like milk at all can I use water instead of milk?

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  37. my dough is verrrryyyyy stiff. is that good?

  38. YES! Yes!!! You get me! NO ONE else understands my LUV OF UNDERDONE BAKED GOODS. These are on my “Immaeatthat” list. Yes. yessssss……


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