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Nutritious Whole Wheat Cinnamon Rolls with Date Stuffing: A Heart-Healthy Treat

Nutritious Whole Wheat Cinnamon Rolls with Date Stuffing: A Heart-Healthy Treat

Take a healthier version of a favorite classic with these healthy cinnamon rolls made with whole wheat flour and oats. Naturally sweetened with dates and a touch of your choice of maple syrup, honey or agave, these rolls are as nourishing as they are delicious. The rich cinnamon and date filling provides a naturally sweet contrast to the hearty dough.

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Why you will love this recipe:

These cinnamon rolls are perfect for health-conscious people looking for a guilt-free indulgence. The combination of whole grains and natural sweeteners makes it a great choice for a satisfying breakfast or snack that won't spike your blood sugar.

Perfect occasion:

Perfect for a leisurely weekend breakfast, a healthy addition to brunches, or as a comforting snack during the week. They're also a fantastic choice for holiday mornings or special occasions when you want to serve something sweet that everyone can happily eat.

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Decorating Tips:

For an extra touch of elegance, sprinkle the glaze with lightly toasted chopped walnuts or a pinch of ground cinnamon for a beautiful and flavorful finish. Serve these rolls on a rustic platter or wooden board to enhance their healthy, homemade appeal.

  1. Prepare the dough:
    • In a large bowl, combine 2 cups whole wheat flour, 1 cup ground oatmeal or oatmeal, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
    • Warm 1 cup of milk and dissolve 2 teaspoons of instant dry yeast in it. Add it to the flour mixture.
    • Stir in 1 tablespoon of your favorite sweetener (maple syrup, honey or agave), 1 tablespoon of unsweetened applesauce and 1 beaten egg. Mix until combined.
    • Knead with a stand mixer or by hand for about 5 minutes until the dough is smooth but not overworked.
    • Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover and let rise for 1 hour at room temperature.
  2. Make the filling:
    • Soak 3/4 cup dates in 1/2 cup hot water for 30 minutes.
    • Drain excess water and blend dates with 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon until smooth.
  3. Assemble the rolls:
    • Once the dough has doubled, turn it out on a lightly floured surface and roll it out into a large rectangle.
    • Spread the date mixture evenly over the dough.
    • Roll the dough tightly from the long edge and cut it into 12 equal slices using a sharp knife or dental floss.
    • Place the slices in a greased baking dish, cover and let rise for another 45 minutes.
  4. Cook:
    • Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
    • Brush the tops of the buns with a little milk and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until they start to brown.
  5. Glaze and serve:
    • Mix 1/2 cup powdered sugar with 1 1/2 teaspoons milk to create a glaze.
    • Pour the glaze over the warm buns before serving.

Enjoy these delicious Whole Wheat Cinnamon Rolls, a delicious blend of hearty ingredients and sweet and spicy toppings that are sure to please any palate!

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