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Healthy Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Rolls are what fall dreams are made of. This recipe is yeast free, making them really quick and easy to make so they are perfect for the morning of. Start to finish these apple filled cinnamon rolls will be ready in just about 1 hour!

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baked apple cinnamon rolls in a baking dish with apple butter on top

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Healthy Apple Cinnamon Rolls come together in just under an hour.
  • These are yeast free but still fluffy and taste great.
  • The perfect weekend breakfast staple.
  • These cinnamon rolls are naturally dairy free, but can easily be made vegan.
  • Apple cinnamon rolls are great for the holidays too!
  • Fluffy dough that is wrapped tightly with cinnamon sugar apples.
  • Taste amazing warm with a drizzle of apple icing.
  • Check out my original cinnamon rolls for another great option!

Ingredients And Substitutions

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for Healthy Apple Cinnamon Rolls. Scroll down to the recipe card for a full list of ingredients and instructions.

This recipe is made with all purpose flour. I have not tested it with a 1:1 gluten-free flour blend or any other flour substitutes.

Baking powder helps these cinnamon rolls rise during baking and have a fluffy texture.

Cinnamon adds a lovely fall flavor and is a necessity for cinnamon rolls.

You can use cane sugar or coconut sugar, but if using coconut sugar you run the risk of having a more brown like cinnamon roll than a traditional blonde color.

Salt helps to balance out all the flavors.

I like to use grass-fed butter but if you’re vegan, vegan butter works great too.

To keep this recipe dairy free, use oat milk, coconut milk, cashew milk or regular milk if you aren’t vegan.

Use red apples for the bet results, these are much sweeter than a green apple. I prefer honeycrisp, gala or fuji.

The frosting is made with leftover apple juice and powdered sugar.

all the ingredients thta you need to make these apple cinnamon rolls

How To Make

ONE: Start by making the dough, melt butter and milk together and then pour over dry ingredients.

TWO: Mix ingredients together until a dough starts to form. Knead for a minute, roll into a ball and keep in the bowl for 15 minutes.

dough rolled into a ball placed in the bowl

THREE: In the meantime, dice apples and add them to a heated skillet with coconut oil, cinnamon and sugar. Sauté for 5 minutes and then add the apples to a bowl with a strainer to separate the juices.

FOUR: Roll out the dough on a floured surface an then add on the drained cinnamon apples. Tightly roll the cinnamon rolls into a log and use floss to cut into individual pieces.

FIVE: Grease a baking dish and add in the cinnamon rolls and then bake until golden brown.

SIX: Make the frosting by adding in some powdered sugar and whisking until combined. Drizzle over baked cinnamon rolls and enjoy.

apple frosting added on top of the cinnamon rolls

Tips And Tricks

Don’t overwork the dough when kneading, instead knead the dough until all ingredients are just combined.

Removing the juices from the sautéed apples will prevent soggy cinnamon rolls.

Use the leftover juices to create the apple frosting.

How To Serve And Store

Serve these apple cinnamon rolls warm and with a drizzle of apple frosting.

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge and enjoy up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave for best results.

a single cinnamon roll on a plate

Taste And Texture

These Healthy Apple Cinnamon Rolls are sweet, soft and filled with apple flavors.

These cinnamon rolls have a slightly different texture compared to traditional cinnamon rolls since there isn’t any yeast in them. The texture is soft, chewy and tender.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can these be made gluten free?

I have not tested this recipe with a 1:1 gluten free flour yet so I cannot say for sure.

Can these be made vegan?

Yes, these can be made vegan. Just use a vegan butter and the rest is the same.

Can these be made ahead of time?

Yes, place cinnamon rolls in greased pan and place in the fridge the night before. In the morning you can bake ad normal.

Other Recipes You May Like

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Healthy Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Rolls are what fall dreams are made of. This recipe is yeast free, making them really quick and easy to make so they are perfect for the morning of. Start to finish these apple filled cinnamon rolls will be ready in just about 1 hour!
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PREP TIME:
25 minutes
COOK TIME:
25 minutes
TOTAL TIME:
50 minutes
Author - Hannah

Ingredients

Dough

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup cane or coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup grass-fed or vegan butter
  • 3/4 cup oat milk, or any other milk alternative

Apple Filling

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, or more butter
  • 2 large honey crisp apples, diced. About 2 cups
  • 1/2 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Apple Frosting

  • remainder of apple juices
  • 1/4-1/3 cup powdered sugar, or more depending on consistency.

SCALE:

1X

YIELDS:

8 cinnamon rolls

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, melt butter and milk together until just combined and remove from heat. Don't over heat this mixture.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, sugar and salt. Then, add in the melted butte and milk mixture. 
  3. Using a rubber spatula, mix ingredients together until a dough starts to form. Knead for a minute, roll into a ball and keep in the bowl for 15 minutes.
  4. In the meantime, dice apples and add them to a heated skillet with coconut oil, cinnamon and sugar. Sauté for 5 minutes and then add the apples to a bowl with a strainer to separate the juices from the apples. 
  5. Preheat oven to 350F and roll out the dough on a floured surface.
  6. Then add on the drained cinnamon apples and spread evenly. Tightly roll the cinnamon rolls into a log and use floss to cut into individual pieces.
  7. Grease a baking dish and add in the cinnamon rolls and then bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Make the frosting by adding in powdered sugar to the remaining apple juices and whisk until combined.
  9. Drizzle over baked cinnamon rolls and enjoy.

Notes

  • Don't overwork the dough when kneading, instead knead the dough until all ingredients are just combined.
  • Removing the juices from the sautéed apples will prevent soggy cinnamon rolls.
  • Use the leftover juices to create the apple frosting.

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