Confused Cinna-Rolls (Dairy-Free, Paleo)

I thought my days of cinnamon roll goodness were over.
Cinnabon was a name that I needed to learn to forget. Like it was in an ancient language no one could translate for me.


This love for cinnamon rolls was not normal. And I grieved for my losses.
UNTIL TODAY. Ladies and gentlemen, I am introducing to you the next best thing (because, honestly, nothing satisfies quite like the real cinnamon roll): A Paleo-friendly, dairy-free, grain-free cinnamon roll! Don’t let the appearance fool you. It’s pretty spankin’ good.

Enough to spank my oven for being so good to me.

Moving right along:

a confused cinnamon roll

(See what I did there?) Serves 5

  • 1 cup almond meal/flour
  • 1/8 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Generous pinch of sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Combine these ingredients in a big bowl with a whisk. Gather 3 medjool dates, pitted, and chop into little chunks. Set these aside.

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon (I used a capful) vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 flax egg

Combine these ingredients with your whisk in a separate bowl. Pour into the dry ingredients and lightly mix until combined. Here’s the fun part: I wish I had taken pictures of this process. Lay parchment paper on a cookie or baking sheet. Use a spatula to drop the sticky batter onto the paper, and flatten to about 1/4 inch thick in a rectangular shape. I couldn’t get it perfect, so I wet my fingers and used them to uniformly shape the batter.

Lay your chopped dates through the center of the batter longways. Sprinkle cinnamon on top of them.

Lift the parchment paper and fold the batter over itself, but only about an inch in. I had to use a pastry cutter (rather, my boyfriend had to!) to coerce the dough to roll into a cylinder shape. (Note: I grind my own flours, and they tend to be much coarser and denser than store-bought. Keep this in mind if you use pre-ground flours; this could be easier for you!) Once it looks like a log, place it in the oven for 20 minutes.

Pull the dough out of the oven. It should be crispy all around the edges and easy to cut into 5 rolls. Lay them on their sides so one side is exposed. Bake for 3-4 more minutes.
P.S. I ate these straight from the oven. And it was good.

P.P.S. There is an optional glaze for these bad boys: 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil, 1 tablespoon maple syrup. I haven’t tried it, but if you do let me know how it goes!

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Confused Cinna-Rolls (Dairy-Free, Paleo)

7 thoughts on “Confused Cinna-Rolls (Dairy-Free, Paleo)

  1. sj4nz says:

    I’m so having mixed feelings about replacement foods. I can understand just moving away from the bad foods of the neolithic era but these look so good, it might convince me that they’re not so bad.

      1. sj4nz says:

        Mark Sisson’s “The Primal Blueprint” and Robb Wolf and Loren Cordian PhD’s “The Paleo Solution” are two of the big ones I can think of. Once you get the basics, much of what you’ll find you’ll be doing are looking up recipes and ideas that fall within the rules. Food-porn definitely changes when suddenly sugar-y and flour-y foods are repulsive. :/

  2. Kayleigh Maijala says:

    Ha, right! Posting that picture of a cinnabon on this post made me cringe– thinking, “I used to eat that?!”
    Thanks for the tips. Amazon, here I come! Have a great weekend!

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