Monday, October 22, 2012

Gluten-free, Sugar-free Cinnamon Rolls

You'll note my lack
of a decent camera.
Gluten-free, Sugar-free Cinnamon Rolls

I always know autumn is here when my youngest daughter begs to do some baking -- some inventive, often interprative baking.  Like her mother, she is never content to just follow a silly old tested, tried and true recipe.  She also does a number on the kitchen.  Basically, she oils and flours it.  Today, after perusing several cookbooks, she asked that we alter a cinnamon roll recipe so that it is gluten-free (She has Celiac).  I suggested we use dates to also make it sugar-free.  Then, like any good mother, I stuck my husband with the actual baking and left the house to take a walk on the beach.

When I returned, they had found a recipe online that was already gluten-free.  This made alterations much easier for her.

Here is what they did.

They started with this recipe from

They followed all the directions for the dough, except they omitted the sugar and used King Arthur gluten-free multi-purpose flour instead of Pamela's (because that is what we had in the house).

Their sugar-free filling:

1/2 c. ground baking dates (you could use the equivalent in chopped or whole dates as well)
1 T. cinnamon
1/8 t. salt
1 T. butter
1/3 c. almonds

They processed that in the food processor until well blended.

As I entered the house, they were rolling out the dough.  Then my daughter, not at all distracted, asked me to read to her all about the disease trypanosomiasis while she baked her wares.  Now, despite its alleged confinement to sub-saharan Africa and it being spread through the bite of the tsetse fly, I am pretty sure I have it.  Whatever.  She moved onto spreading the filling on top and left me frantically searching for an African Sleeping Sickness Clinic in Chicago.  Newsflash:  There isn't one.

Anyhow, they rolled out the dough and brushed it with melted butter.  Then they spread the date mixture on top.  Then they topped that with one julienned apple.  From there they proceeded according to the directions on the original recipe.

They did not top the cinnamon rolls with frosting since we cannot figure out a good way to make one without sugar or some sort of syrup or honey.  I am sure we could if we really tried but the fatigue from my trypanosomiasis is slowing me down.  If you come up with something, please share in the comments.

1 comment:

HotNerd said...

Wow, two great recipes!

It was actually fun doing this with her, and in dear daughter's defense, any flour-kneading recipe is a natural kitchen disaster... its all in the cleanup.

Hopefully these yummy baked goods will help your trip-to-something disease subside quickly.

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