To be perfectly honest, I’ve had the idea to spike cinnamon rolls with chai flavors for a long time. I was super excited to make these cinnamon rolls but it turns out I wasn’t the first to think of such a beautiful thing. There are other recipes for “chimmanon rolls”, as my husband calls them, but definitely not healthy chai cinnamon rolls.
If you like beautiful sweet rolls and chai – be prepared to get excited about these spiced buns because they are full of yummy chai flavors and full of whole-grains, natural sweeteners and can be made dairy-free.
If that gets you, just wait until you smell the scent of these rolls! It’s also pretty amazing these buns are healthy. The extra spice in these rolls are highly beneficial. Spices such as cardamon, cinnamon and ginger help our immune systems stay active and strong. The healthy icing is made of greek yogurt (or vegan yogurt, if you’d like) which is high in protein and probiotics. The rolls, chai cinnamon filling and icing combine for something healthy but that is truly delicious.
But who really cares about the health benefits… let’s just get to them!
Chai-Spiced Cinnamon Rolls (sugar-free, soy-free, dairy-free option)
1 Tablespoon Yeast in 1/2 cup Warm Water
1 Tablespoon Raw Honey
11/4 cup Almond Milk
5 Tablespoons unsalted Butter or Earth Balance Butter
2 Large Organic Eggs, beaten
3 Tablespoons Coconut Sugar
1 teaspoon Liquid Vanilla Stevia
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Cardamon
Dash of Cloves
5 cups Spelt Flour
1/3 cup Soft Butter or Earth Balance Butter
3/4 cup Coconut Sugar
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Allspice
1/4 teaspoon Ginger
1/4 teaspoon Cardamom
1/8 teaspoon Cloves
1/4 teaspoon Pink Salt
Vanilla Glaze Icing: (for an original cream cheese frosting see this recipe)
1 cup Plain Greek Yogurt or Firm Vegan Yogurt
2 teaspoons Stevia Extract
1/3 cup Erythritol
2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
11/2 teaspoon Butter Extract
1 teaspoon Vanilla Almond Milk
Measure out yeast and put into 1/2 cup of warm water. Pour 1 honey over it, slightly mix and set aside.in a warm place.
While rising, mix together all the filling ingredients, except the butter, in a bowl. On a clean, floured surface, spread out dough to be a big rectangle. Spread the softened butter all over dough.
Sprinkle the filling mixture all over the buttered dough. Roll dough lengthwise to form a long log. Take a knife or piece of dental floss to cut 1 1/2 to 2 inch slices from the log. Make sure to be consistent with the sizes for each bun so they bake evenly. This should yield about 12-14 rolls.
Place cinnamon rolls in a buttered 9 by 13 baking dish, cover and bake for 20 minutes. Remove cover and bake for an additional 5-8 minutes until golden and bubbly.
In a small bowl, combine all the icing ingredients together and whisk until smooth. Pour over warm cinnamon rolls and enjoy!