Testing Recipes: Baked Cinnamon Rolls

Rainy weekends in London often mean that i can spend guilt free time indoors experimenting on recipes that I’ve been wanting to work on for ages. Recently i have found myself craving Cinnamon rolls but havent succumbed to a calorific trip to Cinnabon just yet! For the same reason i am sure you are reading this, i am yet to find a healthy, tasty alternative recipe for Cinnamon rolls.

On this page i am going to trial the most popular healthy cinnamon roll recipes and of course, let you know the honest outcome. Feel free to recommend a recipe in the comments section below. Today i started with what seems to be the most popular recipe i can find Amy’s Healthy Baking – Ultimate Healthy Cinnamon Rolls.



  • Recipe Difficulty 2/10
  • Taste 5/10
  • Texture 3/10
  • Overall 5.5/10

Amy’s Healthy Baking seems to be quite a popular website, offering a healthy alternative for pretty much any baked good you can think of. She introduces this recipe as “the BEST healthy cinnamon rolls” she has ever had, so in my eyes the stakes were high from the beginning!

The dough recipe calls for warm milk, 1/2 tbsp butter, coconut sugar, salt, yeast and wholemeal flour. It was pretty much an all in, knead and wait recipe. Which was easy to follow and fine with me! I have to admit, i didn’t have any coconut sugar lying around so i did opt for caster sugar in this trial.

Closely following the recipe i made the dough, rolled it into a rectangle, (had an argument with it as it kept springing back), brushed it with butter and sprinkled on the cinnamon sugar mix.


I then rolled the dough longways and sliced using a very sharp knife because i didn’t fancy using my minty dental floss!

Its looking promising!

The next steps were to cover with a tea towel and leave to prove, i waited an hour before putting them in the oven, there was a little rise but it wasnt as dramatic as i had hoped for.

After 20 minutes in the oven the sugar mixture inside was slightly bubbling and my kitchen was filled with the smell of cinnamon.


My final score of 5.5/10 may seem quite harsh but im sticking too it! The overall texture of these rolls is very ‘bready’ and by this i do not mean the wonderful inside of a fluffy wholemeal roll, i mean more of a crusty, dark, wholemeal loaf. Which is fine but, just not what i was hoping for. Overall not a bad recipe, but you certainly know these are healthy when you eat them!

What should i try next? Leave your comments below!

Emma x

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