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8 September, 2014

AutoImmune Paleo Apple Cinnamon Rolls

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Makes 10 rolls | Prep 30 minutes | Cook 30 minutes

2014-09-07 17.04.04

The other day I was really craving cinnamon rolls. This is not a new thing, nor is the fact that eating a cinnamon roll would make me quite ill for a few days. What *is* new is this find  – autoimmune apple cinnamon rolls! They remind me of the apple cinnamon rolls available at the Eastern European bakery in Pike Place Market in Seattle. I haven’t had one of those in years, but this is the closest I will come for the foreseeable future. While on AIP dessert like treats have been few and far between. Finding this recipe on Grazed and Enthused and successfully executing a tasty treat everyone in the family can eat and enjoy is no small feat. But it has been done! If you have multiple food intolerances or suffer from chronic disease and inflammation you will want to bookmark Grazed and Enthused as a recipe resource!

These are not the prettiest cinnamon rolls in the world, but if one takes out grains, dairy and eggs don’t ask for it to taste good AND look like the real deal!

To make this AIP-friendly nut or grain flours are substituted with root vegetables (sweet potato and tapioca) and coconut. There are many recipes in which arrowroot can substitute for tapioca flour; however, this is not one of them. Tapioca offers a nice springiness which will be lacking if using arrowroot. While the recipe will not be inedible if arrowroot is used, it will not be as successful.

While not pretty enough to please the eye these are quite tasty and enjoyable in their own right. They retain a moistness uncommon in grain-free baked goods, are cloyingly sweet, don’t taste like pureed dates and coconut and feel light enough that you consider having a second one with your afternoon tea. For those with food intolerances, a cinnamon roll that doesn’t give one a belly ache is a beautiful thing indeed. These will keep for about 2-3 days.

Dough

  • 2 cups peeled & diced white sweet potato (look for Japanese variety – NOT garnet yams)
  • 2 T melted coconut oil
  • ¼ c unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp celtic sea salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  1. In a steamer basket set over a pot of boiling water, steam the sweet potatoes for 15 minutes, covered, until they easily break apart with a fork.2014-09-07 15.37.52

  2. While sweet potatoes are steaming, make the filling (see below).
  3. Set filling aside to cool.
  4. Place sweet potatoes, applesauce and coconut oil in blender/food processor. Blend until smooth and no lumps remain. Alternatively, you can mash in a bowl until smooth.

  5. In a medium bowl, mix coconut flour, tapioca, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda. Using your hands, mix sweet potato dough into dry ingredients, kneading to fully 2014-09-07 15.47.00incorporate. This is a great place for the kids to come in and help out. Any stealthy lumps of sweet potato must be removed immediately and eaten.

  6. Place dough on parchment-lined baking sheet. Using your hands, form dough into an even, compact rectangle, about ¼ inch thick. Use a spatula to smooth out the dough and line up the edges to a nice rectangular shape.

     

     

    To finely dice an apple quickly, slice into thin half moons, stack and cut into matchsticks, then rotate 90 degrees and dice.

    To finely dice an apple quickly, slice into thin half moons, stack and cut into matchsticks, then rotate 90 degrees and dice.

    Apple-Cinnamon Filling

    • 1 cup finely diced Granny Smith apple
    • 1 T coconut oil
    • 5 large Medjool dates, pitted
    • 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
    • Pinch sea salt
    1. In small saucepan, cook apple in coconut oil over medium-low heat for 5-7 minutes until softened.2014-09-07 15.39.13

    2. While the apple is cooking, place dates in small bowl filled with ½ cup near boiling water taken from steaming the sweet potatoes. Let sit for about 5 minutes.

    3. Add dates, reserved liquid, cinnamon, and sea salt to the pan. Break dates and apples up with a wooden spoon as they cook down.  Stir occasionally until a thick paste has formed and most of the liquid has evaporated. Remove from heat immediately and proceed with mixing the dough while filling cools.

 To Assemble:2014-09-07 16.02.13

  1. Spoon cooled filling mixture on top of dough, covering entirely.

  2. Use the parchment paper to assist rolling the dough into a cylinder by starting with the short end of the rectangle and rolling away from your body. If you’ve ever rolled your own sushi it’s just like that. Ensure seam side is down.2014-09-07 16.08.35

  3. Place dough in refrigerator to firm up a little (about ten minutes). This will help immensely with the slicing.
  4. Using a sharp, serrated knife, gently slice roll into 10 even pieces.

  5. Gently re-shape the dough into circles and lay face up on parchment paper.

  6. Bake in 350 degree oven for about 30  minutes until golden brown. They will emerge from the oven the consistency of mashed potatoes but firm up a bit upon cooling.

 

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AutoImmune Paleo Apple Cinnamon Rolls
 
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Autoimmune friendly apple cinnamon rolls?!?! Yes you can! While not pretty enough to please the eye these are quite tasty and enjoyable in their own right. They retain a moistness uncommon in grain-free baked goods, are not cloyingly sweet and feel light enough that you consider having a second one with your afternoon tea. For those with food intolerances, a cinnamon roll that doesn’t give one a belly ache is a beautiful thing indeed. These will keep for about 2-3 days.
What you Need:
  • Dough
  • 2 cups peeled & diced white sweet potato (look for Japanese variety - NOT garnet yams)
  • 2 T melted coconut oil
  • ¼ c unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • ¼ cup tapioca flour
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp celtic sea salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • Apple-Cinnamon Filling
  • 1 cup finely diced Granny Smith apple
  • 1 T coconut oil
  • 5 large Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch sea salt
Make it!
  1. In a steamer basket set over a pot of boiling water, steam the sweet potatoes for 15 minutes, covered, until they easily break apart with a fork.
  2. While sweet potatoes are steaming, make the filling as follows: In small saucepan, cook apple in coconut oil over medium-low heat for 5-7 minutes until softened.
  3. While the apple is cooking, place dates in small bowl filled with ½ cup near boiling water taken from steaming the sweet potatoes. Let sit for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add dates, reserved liquid, cinnamon, and sea salt to the pan. Break dates and apples up with a wooden spoon as they cook down. Stir occasionally until a thick paste has formed and most of the liquid has evaporated.
  5. Remove from heat immediately and proceed with mixing the dough while filling cools completely.
  6. Place steamed sweet potatoes, applesauce and coconut oil in blender/food processor. Blend until smooth and no lumps remain. Alternatively, you can mash in a bowl until smooth.
  7. In a medium bowl, mix coconut flour, tapioca, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda. Using your hands, mix sweet potato dough into dry ingredients, kneading to fully incorporate. This is a great place for the kids to come in and help out. Any stealthy lumps of sweet potato must be removed immediately and eaten.
  8. Place dough on parchment-lined baking sheet. Using your hands, form dough into an even, compact rectangle, about ¼ inch thick. Use a spatula to smooth out the dough and line up the edges to a nice rectangular shape.
  9. To Assemble Rolls:
  10. Spoon cooled filling mixture on top of dough, covering entirely.
  11. Use the parchment paper to assist rolling the dough into a cylinder by starting with the short end of the rectangle and rolling away from your body. If you've ever rolled your own sushi it's just like that. Ensure seam side is down.
  12. Place dough in refrigerator to firm up a little (about ten minutes). This will help immensely with the slicing.
  13. Using a sharp, serrated knife, gently slice roll into 10 even pieces. Gently re-shape the dough into circles and lay face up on parchment paper.
  14. Bake in 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes until golden brown. They will emerge from the oven the consistency of mashed potatoes but firm up a bit upon cooling.

2s COMMENTS

2 thoughts on : AutoImmune Paleo Apple Cinnamon Rolls

  • Solange
    March 31, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    can it work with regular orange sweet potato?

    • nommom
      April 1, 2015 at 7:34 pm

      Solange, I believe the Japanese yams are a little starchier but I would encourage you to try it out with an orange sweet potato and do let me know how it turns out!

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