Gooey Date Cinnamon Rolls
Ok, there are veeeeeery few things that will make me miss eating the way I used to
I feel so much happier and healthier now on a plant based diet BUT anytime I smell a cinnamon roll baking, I have a moment of longing (and the occasional drool). If you are anything like me, cinnamon rolls take you back to when you where a kid. So, not only are the stupidly delicious but they also remind you of fond memories. In my case, we would bake them at our cabin in the mountains after a day of skiing and playing the the snow. The warm and inviting smell of the rolls would permeate the whole house and it was like stepping into a bakery. Now that I have changed my eating habits for the better I am always searching for ways to make my favorite foods using healthier alternatives (check out my chocolate cake recipe HERE). So let me introduce you to your next baking adventure: Gooey Date Cinnamon Rolls made with all plant based ingredients such as chickpeas and dates!
(Use a food scale)
240 g chickpeas (rinsed and drained)
3 tbsp of your favorite plant milk (I used almond)
1 tsp vanilla
60 g coconut sugar
3 ½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp cardamom
7 g instant yeast (one packet)
200 plain flour (if you want to use a GF flour, make sure it has guar gum or xanthan gum to help it rise)
30 g dairy-free butter
5 tbsp of coconut sugar
2 tbsp cinnamon
4 dates made into a paste (soak in boiling water for 15 min, drain, and blend in food processor or high speed blender until smooth)
1. Blend the chickpeas, milk, and vanilla in a food processor until it’s smooth.
2. Transfer the mixture to a bowl to kneed or to a stand mixer fitted with the dough attachment
3. Add the sugar, yeast, spices, and flours and kneed for 5 minutes (add more flour if the dough is too sticky or more milk if it is too dry)
4. Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel and place the dough in a warm spot to rise for 1 hour to double in size
5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, then make the spread and set aside
6. Once the dough has risen, roll the dough out flat on a floured surface (try to get it as square/rectangular as possible) and spread out the date and cinnamon spread
7. Roll the dough up to form a sausage and cut 12 even slices
8. Place the rolls in a greased dish and let them rise again for another 30 min (*optional: you can make extra date spread and add extra on top of each roll)
9. Bake for 25-30 min until golden brown
If you want to save time, you can make these the day before and keep them in the fridge! Once you have made them and completed step 8, cover the dish with plastic wrap and store in the fridge until you are ready to bake them. Voila! Warm cinnamon rolls!
I hope you enjoyed this recipe and that it shows you that you can still eat your favorite treats without feeling guilty. You can have your roll and eat it too! It's all about choosing the right ingredients.
recipe adapted from @stephidfitness on Instagram