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Light and Gooey Cinnamon Rolls

Simple swaps like whole wheat flour and fat-free icing make these cinnamon rolls a very happy indulgence!
Prep Time1 hr 20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 50 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 buns
Calories: 166.4kcal


  • 1 cup nonfat milk
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 tablespoon yeast about 1 package
  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour sifted, divided
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour sifted, divided
  • 1/4 cup unpacked brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest grated
  • 1/4 cup raisins or 1/4 cup dried cherries or 1/4 cup cranberries

Optional icing ingredients:


  • Stir together milk, vegetable oil, sugar and salt in a small saucepan. Heat to lukewarm.
  • Pour yeast over 2 tablespoons lukewarm water and let sit 5 minutes.
  • Stir the yeast/water mixture into the milk mixture.
  • Transfer milk mixture to a large mixing bowl and beat in half the flour by hand or with an electric mixer.
  • Mix in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough (you may need a little less than 2.5 cups total)
  • Let rest 10 minutes; knead well on a floured board or with an electric mixer and dough hook; let rest 10 minutes.
  • Spray a large, clean bowl with cooking spray, add dough, cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Lightly coat a 9-inch round baking pan with cooking spray.
  • Turn the dough onto a floured surface and roll into a 12 x 10-inch rectangle.
  • Spray the rolled out dough with cooking spray.
  • Stir together brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg and orange zest; brush over dough.
  • Sprinkle with raisins.
  • Roll up tightly, like a jelly roll.
  • Cut into 12 pieces.
  • Place buns cut-side up in baking pan.
  • Cover with plastic and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Bake buns until firm and nicely browned on top, 30 minutes.
  • Cool completely before serving.


Adapted from Food.com


Calories: 166.4kcal | Carbohydrates: 34.9g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1.5g | Sodium: 215.6mg | Fiber: 1.3g | Sugar: 10g