Mini Keto Cinnamon Rolls
In an effort to eat healthier, Robert and I decided to tackle a Sugar Free month. Here is a scene from our January (complete with approved spacing for screenplays):
A happy couple finish dinner. The husband emerges triumphantly from the pantry
Here, eat this. It's delicious!
He dangles a morsel of sugar rich chocolate caramel gooey-ness by her lips.
Ummm, what happened to Sugar Free January?
(Grunts and shrugs.) I love it! Let's do it next year!
She eats and then they're kicked out of their kitchen by an angel with a flaming sword vowing never to let them return.
Just kidding. About the angel with the flaming sword in our kitchen anyway. The truth is we gave into temptations daily and ate refined sugars as much as ever.
Lack of commitment? Yep.
No willpower? Whhaaaattt! I don't even like typing those words together.
But that's NOT going to be the end of OUR story. Blecch.
So, our Sugar Free January turned into a Sugar Free February instead.
With renewed vigor and finding myself with some extra moments on my hands...hahaha...I spied a delicious-looking cinnamon roll recipe that boasted no refined sugar. Interesting. It was called Keto Cinnamon Rolls and made a dough from mozzarella cheese. Very interesting.
Here's what you want to know:
- These are simple to make;
- There are ten ingredients including almond flour, cream cheese, granulated sweetener, and liquid stevia;
- My one disappointment was that the recipe only made 12! They're pretty mini in size and were gone in a blink!
Honestly, see that dough-y crust? Can you believe its made with mozzarella cheese?
There's not a drop of so-called butter in these babies, but I promise you can't tell. The combination of cream cheese and mozzarella cheese gives that sweet, moist frolic to your taste buds instead.
I did, however, double the ingredients for the filling. This came about mostly by accident but overflowed the dough strips to perfection.
And the filling was super easy! Boiling Water. Granulated Sweetener. Cinnamon.
Twice...if you're following my recommendations. The original recipe is here.
First, preheat your oven to 360 degrees.
Second, melt mozzarella and cream cheese in a small pan over low heat or in the microwave. (If microwaving, cook 1 and 1/2 minutes stirring halfway through). Take off the stove and make sure the cheese is melted, not bubbling.
Third, stir in the egg.
Fourth, add almond flour and baking powder. Combine using fork, then use hands to make ball of smooth dough. This can be easier if you lightly oil your hands first.
Fifth, divide the dough ball into six equal parts.
Sixth, form long rolls, then flatten out with your hands. (My rolling pin helped a little.) Make the dough as thin as you can.
Seventh, prepare your cinnamon filling: boil water, then stir in the sweetener and cinnamon.
Eighth, spread the cinnamon paste over the flattened dough rolls.
Ninth, roll each into a bun and cut sideways in half.
Tenth, now you have 12 buns which you place on a non-stick baking sheet or in a pie dish.
Eleventh, bake for about 20 minutes or until golden perfection.
Finally, while the rolls are in the oven, prepare the frosting: mix cream cheese, yogurt, and stevia.
I was surprised at how faithfully these tasted like the cinnamon rolls of my dreams - even without refined sugar. Wow!
The first bite of goodness into a worthy, golden-baked, flaky dough followed by generous gobs of tangy, sweet cinnamon and (I used brown sugar).
And the topping! Skeptics beware - this frosting competes with the big (sugary) boys without a downside! It won me over and I'm a sweet-tooth from way back.
For the visual learners like me, here's the recipe in pictures:
Divide the dough. Roll into balls.
Roll each dough ball into long horizontal strips.
Mix up your filling on the stove. Remember, I doubled my filling ingredients!
FLATTEN out the horizontal dough strips. Spread the filling over them.
Roll 'em up!
Such cute curly-ques of delectable divinity all snuggled up and headed into my oven.
...and about twenty minutes later you have happiness for your mouth!
The scent wafting through the house gathered the family. (True Story.) And only because I said they were for breakfast the next morning did any of them make it through the night!
1.5 C Shredded Mozzarella
3/4 C Almond Flour
2 T Cream Cheese
1 Egg, room temp
1/2 t Baking Powder
2 T water
2 T Granulated Sweetener like Sukrin Gold. (I used brown sugar.)
2 t Cinnamon
2 T Cream Cheese
1 T Greek or full fat yogurt
1/2 t Liquid Stevia (I used Agave.)
So - try 'em out. Post your comments below to let me know what you think!
~Marissa from The Roughshod Ribboniere
- Marissa Hale