Monday, May 14, 2012

Paleo (ish) Cinnamon Rolls

I've mentioned more than twice that I'm kicking off a Whole30 soon. This Saturday, May 19 to be precise. Thus I'm still justified in sneaking in this delicious indulgence, which I prepared as part of a Mother's Day brunch yesterday. While the recipe is free of grains, dairy and refined sugar it's certainly still a special occasion treat.

dough & filling before rolling
I found this recipe no more difficult to put together than traditional cinnamon rolls. I *was* out of parchment paper, and had to rely on my Silpat liner to roll up the dough. It got a little tricky and my rolls were not perfectly shaped. Once baked, though, they kind of all merged together into ooey, gooey goodness. I think dental floss is totally the way to go to create rolls like this, and the dough did slice nicely.

My admiration and respect again go out to Brittany Angell at Real Sustenance for this recipe. I have to say, she is your woman if you need a Paleo-friendly treat or want to prove to your S.A.D. diet-eating friends that it IS possible to make crazy-good sweets that are free of processed junk.

I used granular xylitol in both the dough and cinnamon sugar filling. I was making these rolls mainly for my two kids and their three cousins, so used the amount Brittany recommended. I honestly think, though, you could probably cut back on the added sweetener a little. I also used Kerrygold butter, but coconut oil would work perfectly instead.

These were such hits that this morning, as she munched on a leftover roll for breakfast, my daughter kept extolling its deliciousness. I will most definitely be making these again for times like Christmas morning or a special weekend breakfast for my kids.

For those of you who are looking for slightly heartier, healthier Paleo fare... stay tuned! You will have a blissful, sweets-free month coming up. For the rest of you, though, who want an amazing indulgence to add to your repertoire: bake these babies up! Preferably when you have others to whom to serve them, so you don't eat the whole lot yourself ;)

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