Healthy Cinnamon Swirls

Ingredients

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DOUGH

  • 480ml almond milk or oat milk (nut free), warm 
  • 100g coconut oil, melted
  • 55g brown sugar
  • 1 pack active dry yeast
  • 500g whole wheat flour, divided
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt

FILLING

  • 235g applesauce
  • 55g light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

FROSTING

  • 110g light cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk or oat milk (nut free)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup

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Directions

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  1. Line a 9inch baking tin (round or square).
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together warm almond/oat milk, melted coconut oil, and sugar. The mixture should be just warm. If too hot, allow to cool slightly.
  3. Sprinkle the yeast evenly over the warm mixture and let sit for 5 minutes.
  4. 450 g of whole wheat flour to the milk mixture and mix with a wooden spoon until just combined.
  5. Cover the bowl with a towel or plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise for 1 hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 180˚C.
  7. In a small bowl combine the applesauce, brown sugar, and cinnamon, and stir to combine. Set aside.
  8. Remove the towel and add remaining whole wheat flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir well, then turn out onto a well-floured surface.
  9. Knead the dough lightly until the dough just loses its stickiness and does not stick to the surface.
  10. Roll the dough out into a large rectangle. Fix corners to make sure they are sharp and even.
  11. Spread the filling mixture evenly over the rolled out dough, spreading right to the edges.
  12. Gently roll the dough into a large log and slice it into 2 cm pieces.
  13. Place the cinnamon rolls in the greased cake pan, leaving some space between them, and bake for 30 minutes.
  14. While the cinnamon roll is baking, prepare the frosting. In a medium-size mixing bowl, whisk together the light cream cheese, coconut oil, vanilla extract, almond/oat milk, and maple syrup, until smooth.
  15. Remove the cinnamon rolls from the oven and let cool in the pan for at least 15 minutes. Once cool, remove from pan and drizzle frosting over the rolls before serving.
  16. Enjoy!

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