The Best Healthy Cinnamon Rolls

Healthy Cinnamon Rolls

The perfect ooey-gooey whole wheat cinnamon roll that tastes like it’s fresh from the bakery, yet clocks in at a mere 156 calories. Could it really be?

I’ve been experimenting to come up with a cinnamon roll that was whole wheat, yet light and wasn’t weighed down by enormous amounts of sugar, butter and cream. Not so simple, but I finally succeeded and this was the result! As you can see in the picture below, my co-workers were fans as well and not a crumb was left behind 😉

the leftovers

These turned out sweet enough to be enjoyed without a glaze, but if desired you could always whip up a batch with a simple combo of powdered sugar, almond milk and vanilla extract (directions in recipe). Do be warned, if you are in the mood for a quick breakfast, these may be better saved for a special occasion. While they are pretty simple to make (especially if you have a bread machine) they do require some time for the dough to rise. Well worth the wait though in my opinion! Hope everyone enjoys this lightened up classic as much as I did!

The Best Healthy Cinnamon Rolls
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Author: ProShapeFitness- Melissa
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 12
  • 1 package active dry yeast (1/4 ounce)
  • 3/4 cup water (using a warm water will help the yeast activate)
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup quick cook oats
  • 1/4 cup Xylitol
  • 2 tbsp light butter spread, melted (I used Balade brand from Trader Joes)
  • 1/4 cup liquid egg whites
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Filling:
  • 2 1/2 tbsp light butter spread, melted
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup xylitol
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  1. If using a bread maker: (if not skip to step 11)
  2. Add all wet ingredients and turn bread maker to dough setting.
  3. Ingredients will mix and then rise
  4. When bread maker is stage is finished, remove dough and roll on a floured surface (large rectangle ~18″x12″)
  5. brush top of dough with melted butter spread and sprinkle with the xylitol and brown sugar.
  6. Roll (with longer side) and divide into 12 pieces.- My tip when cutting is to use a long piece of dental floss, place under the dough and cross ends over the top, pulling to get a nice clean cut!
  7. Place pieces in greased baking dish (I used glass), cover with a towel and let rise in warm oven for approx 30-45m until doubled. (I heat my oven to the lowest temp and leave the door halfway open)
  8. When done rising, remove from oven and preheat to 375.
  9. Bake for approx 15m. Tops should be golden brown.
  10. Enjoy warm!
  11. If you aren’t using a bread maker:
  12. Dissolve yeast in warm water, add in oats, whole wheat flour, xylitol, butter spread, egg whites, salt and 1 cup all-purpose flour.
  13. Beat in mixer until smooth and add remaining flour.
  14. Place on a floured surface and knead until elastic.
  15. Place in bowl coated with non-stick spray, cover and let rise for ~1hr (until doubled).
  16. Follow directions above beginning with step 4.
  17. *optional glaze: 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1/2 Tbsp almond milk, 1/4 tsp vanilla extract


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The Best Healthy Cinnamon Rolls



About Melissa

Melissa Wilson is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through NSCA and received her Bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. In addition to in-person training, Melissa is the founder of ProShape Fitness -- a healthy living company, which specializes in online fitness and nutrition coaching for individuals who want to get back into shape and adopt healthier lifestyle habits.

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