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Coconut Flour Cinnamon Rolls

I didn’t really feel like it was that important to mention before, but today is my last full-time day at my internship. After this week I’m going to be working remote from my dorm room at school and the hours will be part time.

I’d like to say that I’ve loved everything about the job. But that wouldn’t really be true. It IS work after all πŸ˜‰ What I can say is that I do not regret for a second my decision to take the internship. It’s pushed me outside of my comfort zone daily. I’ve learned a lot about patience both with customers as well as myself. Most importantly though I feel more experienced.

Coconut Flour Cinnamon Rolls

Nothing except for experience and practice can make one feel more prepared for the real world. I walked into this job knowing next to nothing about taxes and I’m walking out (well, I’m “half” out) much more knowledgeable and confident.

I also kind of feel the same way now about baking using unusual ingredients!

Practice practice practice

If at first you don’t succeed

Don’t give up just keep on trying

Til you get up to speed

A++ if you know where I got that quote from πŸ˜‰

Now, it’s time to get to the recipe that I promised on Wednesday

Okay, so the first thing that you’ll notice with these suckers is that they use a lot of coconut oil. Well, not A LOT a lot, but it ends up being about 1 tbsp per roll. I figured that’s alright since you all are huge fans of coconut oil too and it’s basically the most praised ingredient among food bloggers right now because of its amazing health benefits.

Coconut Flour Cinnamon Rolls

That said, I’m thinking that next time I’m going to experiment a bit with swapping out some of the coconut oil for perhaps some applesauce or pumpkin… or both? Um, yes please. Pumpkin + apple is only one of the most epic combinations ever! I may wait until pumpkin season is upon us for that rendition, but I can guarantee you that it is going to happen.

Coconut Flour Cinnamon Rolls

Grain/Gluten/Wheat-Free, Vegan, Nut-Free, No Refined Sugar, GAPS/Paleo-Friendly

Makes six cinnamon rolls

Coconut Flour Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients:

Roll Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed + 1/2 cup water (or 4 eggs I want to test this out first myself to ensure that it works)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 tbsp honey (or maple syrup to make this vegan)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

*For a different flavor swapping out the banana for pumpkin puree or applesauce would be absolutely delicious!

Filling ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp honey (or maple syrup)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon (enough to cover the entire dough)

*I’m thinking that some apple chunks in the filling would be amazing, as would replacing the coconut oil with applesauce here.

Topping ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp honey (or maple syrup)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, softened

* You can use any kind of topping here. Greek yogurt + honey would be a good one. As would applesauce, nut butter, just a plain drizzle of honey or maple syrup. More cinnamon? You can never have too much cinnamon πŸ˜€

Coconut Flour Cinnamon Rolls

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix the flax seed and water together in a medium-sized bowl and microwave for 1-2 minutes or until thick.
  3. Mash in the ripe banana and add the remaining liquid ingredients stirring well.
  4. Mix in the dry ingredients until well combined. Add more coconut flour if necessary so the dough is not sticky.
  5. Spread out another sheet of parchment paper and roll out the dough into a large rectangle (I just used my hands and it worked fine!).
  6. Coat the dough with the 2 tbsp coconut oil and 2 tbsp honey for the filling and sprinkle with the cinnamon.
  7. Roll up the dough and cut into six equal pieces. Place each piece on the baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Meanwhile make the topping out of the honey and coconut oil.
  9. When the cinnamon rolls are done let cool slightly before topping and enjoying!

Notes: These are pretty nutrient-dense cinnamon rolls. One or two is plenty for a meal or snack, but I totally understand if you can’t just stop at one! πŸ˜‰ If you are wanting to make these but you need a lower calorie version, here are a few suggestions- decrease the honey/coconut oil in the dough/filling to 1 tbsp in each part and replace banana and/or applesauce to keep the moisture consistent. Adding apple pieces to the filling to make the rolls thicker will also give you more bang for you calorie buck. As for the topping, you can simply drizzle the cinnamon rolls in just coconut oil or honey, replace it with some fresh fruit, cinnamon, or even eat them plain!

Shared atΒ Food Forager.

Coconut Flour Cinnamon Rolls

Next week I hope to get busy in the kitchen as I know when school starts I’m going to rarely be home and have zero time to bake. <Insert sad face here> Look for a lot of food (as well as school) related posts coming your way soon!

Happy Friday everyone.

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Questions for you:

When do you go back to school?

What has taken you awhile to get the hang of, but you finally nailed it?

Looking back, what have you done this summer that makes it different than previous ones?

Pictorial Deposit (Foodless WIAW)

AKA Photo dump. But pictorial deposit sounds like a lot more work was involved, doesn’t it? πŸ™‚

Here are a bunch of pictures from a recent weekend that my family and I spent in Michigan:

And I’m linking up to WIAW just because πŸ˜‰

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The weekend started with my brother and I going to a Detroit Lions baseball game.

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It was my first time ever at a professional baseball game and it was much more exciting than I predicted!

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I got the tickets free from work along with some “Fun Money” which my brother spent on food along with some souvenirs.

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Before the game was over I convinced him to take a picture of me in front of the stadium. πŸ™‚

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And of course I returned the favor πŸ˜‰

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The Lions ended up winning the game and after it was over they had very long and beautiful fireworks show.

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We didn’t end up getting back until very late that night but nonetheless Saturday morning we all got up bright and early, made breakfast, and headed out to Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan.

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The home of the late Henry Ford.

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The first part of the village had a lot of historical cars and memorabilia of the famous Ford.

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Including one of his first cars pictured below!

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Besides the Ford cars we also saw one of his tractors.

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Along with the tractor there was also a windmill and an enclosed area that housed sheep.

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There were also a lot of things about Thomas Edison who apparently acted as a sort of mentor to Ford.

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We got to tour Edison’s laboratory where he performed some of his experiments and also where one of his inventions, the galvanometer, was showcased.

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Then we were off to a few other famous homes including the Sarah Jordan boarding house.

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The bicycle shop of the Wright Brothers.

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Near the bicycle shop was their home from Kitty Hawk.

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And one of the highlights of the trip for me- the home of Noah Webster, the creator of Webster’s Dictionary.

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Look at all of those books!

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This is only about half of the places that we visited in Greenfield Village so far. Be forewarned- many more pictures ahead!

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My mom was the person who was really pushing for us to visit Greenfield Village so we had to make sure to stop by the craftworks district, which was where she wanted to visit most, and which ended up being everyone’s favorite part!

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There was glassblowing.

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As well as Pottery.

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Tin.

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And weaving.

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Then came the real fun of the day- getting to watch my brother operate a printing press πŸ™‚

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Success.

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The printing press was towards the end of our trip to Greenfield Village so of course before we left we had to make sure that we captured all of the necessary photo opportunities.

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All in all it was a great weekend and look out for the rest of my recap on Friday!

Just in case the thought of another “pictorial deposit” doesn’t excite you, there’s also the recipe for this to look forward to:

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Grain-free. Nut-free. Vegan. And oh so yummy πŸ˜€

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Questions for you:

What did you do this past weekend? I went to a bridal shower and went thrift store shopping with my mom (more on that later!).

Have you gone any trips with your family/friends recently? Yep. The entire post above πŸ˜‰

What is your favorite type of vacation? I like vacations where there is a little bit of everything. Relaxation. Fun. Learning.