Buttery Keto Cinnamon Rolls That Will Melt In Your Mouth
Making keto cinnamon rolls from scratch is easy to do and will save you from spending your money at a keto bakery.
So many people depend on keto bakeries across Canada for their keto treats and keto meals which cost a fortune.
Just to buy a keto cupcake can run you near $5, just for one.
No thanks, I’ll make my own.
Keto is not difficult especially baking treats to take along with you to work or for a snack at home.
I know some of you are saying, “but I can’t bake”, however, let me tell you, yes you can.
Keto baking is so easy once you have the basics down especially when using a fathead dough.
It’s pretty hard to mess it up, trust me.
These keto cinnamon rolls were created using a fathead dough, smothered in butter, secret cinnamon blend, and optional walnuts.
Fathead Dough For Keto Cinnamon Rolls
Any time that I bake with almond flour or even coconut flour I never enjoy the baked good until the next day.
There’s something about letting the product sit for a day that helps to bring all of the flavours together.
Not only that but we both find the texture of the product to be far different on day 2 then it is once it’s cooled from the oven.
However, these keto cinnamon rolls can be eating hot out of the oven if you simply can’t resist them.
The toughest part of this recipe (it’s actually super easy) is making the fathead dough.
What is fathead dough?
It’s a simple mixture of almond flour, baking powder, salt, shredded whole mozzarella, and cream cheese mixed up and microwaved until melted.
Once it has cooled just a touch you add in your eggs and mix it quickly so the egg doesn’t cook in the dough.
I’ve never once had an issue with adding the eggs to the melted cheese.
You keep kneading in the bowl until it forms a ball that resembles dough.
Extra Help For Your Keto Cinnamon Rolls
You can also add ground flaxseed as I have along with some vital wheat gluten if you want to.
Vital wheat gluten is not gluten-free so if you are looking for gluten-free keto cinnamon rolls just leave it out.
The vital wheat gluten is high in protein, low in carbs, and adds structure or body to the cinnamon rolls.
You are using very little for this recipe but it makes a huge difference and it can easily fit into macros and net carbs of 20-50g a day.
For a better understanding, the Modernist Pantry (Ask A Chef) explains how Vital Wheat Gluten helps keto dough.
Keto Cinnamon Rolls Secret Blend Cinnamon Spice
When I eat any kind of cinnamon rolls I want them to taste like “Sinnamon rolls” that are naughty and nice.
So, I like to add a nice amount of a special cinnamon blend that I created just for these keto cinnamon buns.
I prefer cinnamon, nutmeg and Sukrin Gold brown sugar (keto-approved) mixed together and generously sprinkled on top of a layer of butter.
Once you’ve done this step in the process if you want to add chopped pecans or walnuts now is the time.
I used chopped walnuts for these keto cinnamon rolls but you can leave them out entirely.
How To Make Keto Cinnamon Rolls
- Step 1– Make fathead dough
- Step 2– Make the cinnamon roll mixture
- Step 3- Roll out the fathead dough on parchment paper into a rectangle shape even if you have to force shape it with your fingers as I did. The idea is that you want an even shape to roll your cinnamon roll. I ended up with a 12×13 rectangle and let it sit covered with a clean tea towel for 5 minutes once rolled.
- Step 4– Layer with 2 tablespoons of butter evenly not missing any surface area
- Step 5– Add the cinnamon mixture and optional chopped nuts
Roll The Cinnamon Roll Tightly
- Step 6– Roll the cinnamon roll as tight as you can.
- Step 7– Slice into 6 x 2-inch cinnamon rolls (they will look small but rise when baked)
- Step 8– Butter a round baking tin, muffin tin or even a square tin
- Step 9– Sit your cinnamon rolls into the buttered baking pan in a circle with one in the middle.
- Step 10– Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown
- Step 11– Let cool completely.
- Step 12– Add sugar-free cream cheese cinnamon roll icing on each cinnamon roll and more chopped nuts. You can sprinkle more cinnamon on top if you desire. Perhaps you don’t want any icing on them and that’s delicious too.
- Step 13– Eat them while they are fresh from the oven and cooled enough to add the icing or as I suggested wait a day or so and then enjoy them.
How To Make Sugar-free Keto Cream Cheese Cinnamon Roll Icing
- 2 ounces of softened cream cheese
- 2 tablespoons of whipping cream (add more if you want a thinner glaze)
- 2 tablespoons of keto icing sugar (blend your fav granulated sugar in a coffee grinder or use Swerve icing sugar)
- I used a tsp of maple extract in my frosting but you can add vanilla or even more cinnamon if you’d like.
- 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
You can add more sweetener if you’d like a sweeter taste for your frosting.
I used a hand mixer to make mine but you can throw it all into the stand mixer as well.
If you don’t have enough frosting, double the recipe but all you need is a light layer as it is sweet.
Printable Recipe Below
- Cinnamon Roll Dough
- 4 ounces of softened cream cheese (half a brick)
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1 large egg slightly beaten
- 2½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 tbsp of baking powder
- 1 tbsp ground flax meal (optional)
- ⅛ of tsp of salt
- ⅛ of tsp xanthan gum (optional)
- 1 tbsp Vital Wheat Gluten (optional)
- Secret Cinnamon Roll Filling
- 2 tablespoons softened butter
- ¼ chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
- 2 Tbsps of ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- 3 tablespoons Sukrin gold-brown sugar or Swerve white granulated
- Cinnamon Roll Frosting
- 3 tablespoons softened cream cheese
- 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
- 3 tablespoons of Swerve icing sugar or ground keto-approved sweetener
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp maple extract
- Pre-heat oven 350 degrees
- How to make the cinnamon roll dough
- In a large microwaveable bowl add your shredded mozzarella, cream cheese and salt.
- Microwave for 1½ minutes then check to see if melted. If yes remove and stir with a spoon to combine otherwise keep heating it up until it melts completely.
- Add your almond flour, vital wheat gluten, xanthan gum and baking powder and knead the dough until combined.
- Let it cool for a couple of minutes then add your egg and knead quickly into a ball.
- Cover with a tea towel for 5 minutes.
- On a large piece of parchment paper or Silpat roll out the dough the best you can into a round circle then using your fingers shape into a 12 x 13 rectangle.
- Slather the softened butter on top not missing any of the surface area
- Add your secret cinnamon roll spices and chopped nuts (optional)
- Using your fingers or by lifting up the parchment paper begin to roll the cinnamon roll dough into a roll.
- Using a sharp knife cut the dough into 6 x 2-inch rounds
- In a deep baking pan, such a cake, muffin tin, or pie pan, (I used this) that is buttered add your 6 cut cinnamon rolls. If any unravel a bit just put them back into place.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
- Let the cinnamon rolls cool completely then add your frosting over the top of each one and sprinkle with more chopped nuts (optional) or added cinnamon.
Don’t get me wrong I might not follow a keto diet but there’s nothing stopping me from enjoying these delicious keto treats.
My other favorite is the Keto Canadian Butter Tarts that turned out so nice I made the recipe about 10 times now.
They are so good.
Nutrition: 1 cinnamon roll 186 calories, 12 g fat, 4.0 g carbs 1.3 g fibre or 2.7 net carbs each cinnamon roll
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