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20
Jan 15

Healthy Chai Cinnamon Rolls

Healthy Chai Cinnamon Rolls

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.

Naturally Sweet Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

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.

Sugar-Free Cinnamon Rolls

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.

Healthy Natural Cinnamon Rolls

But who really cares about the health benefits… let’s just get to them!

Naturally Sweet Chai Cinnamon Rolls

Chai-Spiced Cinnamon Rolls (sugar-free, soy-free, dairy-free option)
Print Recipe

Cinnamon Rolls:
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

Cinnamon Filling: 
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.

Scald milk by microwaving for 2 minutes. Place the 5 tablespoons of butter into the hot milk. In a large bowl, beat eggs and add coconut sugar, stevia, vanilla, spices and salt. Pour milk and butter into the mixture. Mix together and let cool if still warm.
Add yeast and cinnamon to the cooled mixture. Add 2 cups of flour and mix until combined. Add another 2 cups. Mix in another 1 cup until right consistency. It shouldn’t be super sticky, but add an extra tablespoon or so until able to knead. Knead the dough for five minutes. Spray sides of bowl with oil, cover with a towel and place in a warm area to let rise for 30 minutes.

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.

Healthy Cinnamon Roll 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.

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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!

 


14
Jan 15

Fully Loaded Oatmeal Cookies

Sugar-Free Loaded Oatmeal Cookies by Natural Sweet Recipes

There’s nothing more inviting than a plate full of freshly baked cookies… so when you add all your favorite flavors to one recipe, who can resist? These cookies are full of all the sweet, crunchy, chewy, chocolatey goodness your heart desires. And YES, they are healthy!!!

Healthy Fully Loaded Oatmeal Cookies

Natural Sweet Cookie Recipes Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies were made almost by accident, when we decided to add a bit of this and a little of that to an ordinary oatmeal cookie recipe. It turns out it’s hard to go wrong with a dash of spice, a heaping amount of chocolate chips and coconut. All these ingredients didn’t just make these cookie more hearty, but also more nutritious. You’ll most likely have all these sugar-free ingredients on hand and what’s more – with an electric mixer (or one bowl), this recipe is a breeze to whip up. These loaded cookies are by far one of the most delicious and most addicting cookie recipes we have posted. They really have it all – fully loaded with texture, spice, nutritious ingredients and all the flavor you could hope for. Enjoy!

Fully Loaded Oatmeal Cookies  (dairy-free option)
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1/3 cup Raw Honey
1/3 cup Organic Butter or Earth Balance Butter
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
1 Large Egg
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
2 Tablespoon Ground Flax or Nutritional Yeast
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/3 cup Whole Wheat Flour
1 cup Oats
1/3 cup Shredded Coconut
1/4 cup Walnuts or Peanuts, Chopped
3 Dates, pitted and finely chopped
1/3 cup Sugar-Free Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl of an electric stand mixer, combine the honey and butter and beat until nice and fluffy. It should look like a whipped honey butter. Add the vanilla, egg and baking soda. Mix in the flax or nutritional yeast, cinnamon and flour. Beat until combined. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until all ingredients are incorporated. Using a small ice cream scoop or spoons, scoop out about 11/2 tablespoon size balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 8-9 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before enjoying. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Yields 2 dozen cookies

Healthy Oatmeal Cookie Recipe By Natural Sweet Recipes

 


09
Jan 15

Healthy Purple Frosting Recipe

Healthy Birthday Cake Recipe

Hi Friends! How is everyone doing on those New Year’s Resolutions? We are working hard to remain true to our healthy habits in 2015 and hope you will continue to find support to do the same here. We love connecting with everyone via Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to hear what you are doing to stay healthy. Everyone has such unique insights and we really learn a lot from our readers and like-minded health food lovers!

This year, as always, we have vowed to steer clear of ANYTHING artificial. Artificial
foods have no place in a living organism if we expect that organism to thrive and be
as healthy as possible! Artificial ingredients such as colors, sweeteners and flavors
are linked to fatigue, skin rashes, hyperactivity and headaches. Worse, they can
negatively impact your thyroid and have been linked with cancer.

Personally, it’s easy for me to avoid artificial ingredients 99% of the time. The
trouble happens when I need to make a cake for someone’s birthday. Those “someone’s” birthdays are  usually my kids requesting themed birthday cakes. When white frosting won’t cut it, I usually turn to my trusty India Tree natural food colors, but if you have ever tried them, you’ll know it’s tricky to get really vivid or unique colors. When my daughter had requested a Sophia the First birthday party, I really wanted to make her a true purple cake. I honestly lamented about it for days! Was I really entertaining the idea of baking a delicious and healthy cake and then slathering it with red 40 and blue 5? EEEK!!

Healthy Frosting Recipes

Well, inspiration hit JUST at the right moment. I remembered a trick we already had!

The solution? A full bag of freeze dried blueberries. I knew this trick worked with strawberries in my daughters 1st birthday cake so I used the same basic frosting recipe and it worked like a charm with blueberries! Simply pulverize them in a blender or food processor until they turn to powder and blend into any vanilla frosting of your choice. Start with a little and slowly add more to achieve the color you are looking for. I originally bought two bags and mixed one bag of the pulverized blueberries into the cakes as well, but it made very little difference in the color of my cakes once they were baked. So I suggest saving the blueberries for the frosting and letting the cakes remain their natural color.

My daughter was thrilled with her “Fia Cake” and talked about it for days. I was
thrilled to have a healthy cake to celebrate her day and felt like Cool Mom and Super
Mom at the same time because it was healthy enough to let her eat it for breakfast
the next day too!

Heathy Purple Frosting Recipe  (gluten-free, sugar-free, can be vegan)
Print Recipe

16 ounces, fluid Whipping Cream or Full Fat Coconut Cream, at room temperature
3 ounces Cream Cheese Or Coconut Butter, Softened
4 Tablespoons Raw Honey, Maple Syrup, Agave
2 Tablespoons  Rice Flour or Oat Flour
1 1/2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
1/2-3/4 cup Dehydrated Blueberries, powdered

In a high powdered blender, blend the blueberries until a fine powder.

In a small bowl, beat cream until whipped cream. Beat in the cream cheese until smooth. Add the liquid sweetener of your choice, flour, vanilla and beat until smooth. Add the powdered blueberries to the frosting to your desired thickness/color purple.  Pipe or spread onto any cake recipe. Keep any leftovers, sealed, in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.