These healthy chia seed cinnamon rolls taste just like a traditional cinnamon roll, but with chia seeds incorporated into the dough you get the added bonus of Omega-3s!
Cinnamon Rolls have been one of my favorite desserts since I was little. Growing up, my family would go to the mall every weekend and I can still imagine the smell of Cinnabon wafting through the stores. I caved every time. Unfortunately, there is really nothing healthy about a cinnamon roll.
Who ever thought you could avoid fishy tasting pills and get your Omega-3’s from your dessert! Sorry Cinnabon, I’m trading you in for this Healthy Hack, but you will always have a special place in my heart…just not my arteries (See what I did there….heart….arteries….).
Yields 4 rolls
Gluten Free; High Protein; Low Sugar
30 minPrep Time
8 minCook Time
38 minTotal Time
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- 2 Tbsp water
- ¾ cup soy flour
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp xanthan gum
- 1 Tbsp (20 grams) honey
- 2 Tbsp liquid egg whites
- 1 tsp milk of choice (i.e. cow's, soy, almond, etc.)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp butter extract
- 2 Tbsp light butter, melted
- 1 Tbsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp granulated sweetener of choice
- 1 Tbsp oat flour
- 1 Tbsp soy flour
- 2 Tbsp powdered sugar of choice
- 25 grams (a little less than 1/2 cup) whey protein powder – vanilla
- 1 tsp powdered egg whites
- ¼ tsp cream of tartar
- 1/8 cup + 1 Tbsp (38 grams) plain Greek yogurt
- 1 Tbsp milk of choice (i.e. cow's, soy, almond, etc.)
- 1 Tbsp vanilla paste
- ½ tsp cream cheese flavoring
- Preheat oven to 350 F
- For the rolls: Place chia seeds in blender or food processor and grind until powdered.
- Mix chia seeds and water together and place in refrigerator until gel forms (about 1 hour).
- Mix together flour, baking powder, salt, and xanthan gum.
- Knead chia gel, honey, egg whites, and vanilla and butter extract into dry ingredients.
- Roll dough out on parchment paper to about 8” X 13” and ¼“ thick.
- For the filling: melt the butter in a small microwavable safe bowl.
- Stir in the cinnamon and sugar.
- Spread cinnamon-sugar mixture over the rolled out dough.
- Take one end of the parchment paper on the 8” end and use it to roll the dough onto itself.
- Once rolled, slice roll into 4 large rolls (or 8 smaller rolls).
- Place rolls onto greased or parchment paper lined cookie sheet and bake for 7-8 minutes.
- For the icing: in a large bowl, combine the oat flour, soy flour, sugar, protein powder, egg whites, and cream of tartar.
- Add in the yogurt, milk, vanilla paste, and cream cheese flavoring.
- Blend with an electric mixer until ingredients are well blended. Icing will be thick, but still a pourable consistency.
- Drizzle or spread icing over top of cooled cinnamon rolls.
- Time to eat!