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I’m at a conference in Utah this week, so no cooking for this girl until Sunday. I’ll admit it’s nice to have a break sometimes, and by now I’m used to finding low carb options just about anywhere. I’ll be back just in time for Mother’s Day. I can’t wait to see my girls again and make fathead keto cinnamon rolls for them!
This low carb cinnamon rolls recipe takes just 40 minutes from start to finish. It’s longer than most recipes I have, but it really isn’t a lot for cinnamon rolls. Most cinnamon roll recipes take at least an hour!
If you’re looking for a super quick breakfast recipe, you’ll love these keto pancakes.
Inspiration for Fathead Cinnamon Rolls
I actually have an older recipe for healthy cinnamon rolls on the blog already. They were pretty good, because really, the flavors are just incredible no matter how you make your keto cinnamon rolls. Cinnamon rolls and crepes are two of the best breakfasts.
Still, I always felt like something was missing. They were good, but I wanted better. I was probably just being picky, but couldn’t shake the notion that they could be.
So now, say hello to a new fathead cinnamon rolls recipe!
Keto Fathead Dough without Special Flour
There are several ways to make fathead dough, most commonly with either almond flour or coconut flour. For these keto cinnamon rolls, I wanted to test avoiding a specialty flour altogether. People don’t always have them around.
Since I’ve been loving macadamia nuts lately (have you tried my new chocolate keto fat bombs with them?), I used them in these fathead cinnamon rolls instead of flour. The flavor from the buttery macadamias makes the dough taste amazing.
And, they increase the fat content and reduce the carbs, compared to using almond or coconut flour. That’s a great thing for keto cinnamon rolls!
Still, if almond flour is what you have, you can certainly use that as well. Use the same amount by weight.
How To Make Keto Cinnamon Rolls
Since we are dealing with whole macadamia nuts, run them through a food processor first, to make fine crumbs. We’ll be using the food processor to form the fathead dough, too. Try to pulse, and don’t overdo it, or you’ll end up with nut butter!
Unlike bagels and pizza, the dough for fathead cinnamon rolls is sweet. But, it doesn’t actually need to be that sweet, as most of the sweetness will come from the filling. Pulse in some erythritol and baking powder, then eggs and vanilla.
Heat the mozzarella and cream cheese until you can stir them together. Either the microwave or a double boiler on the stove works fine.
Add this to the food processor, pushing it down, and process to form the dough. Sometimes you have to stop and push the cheese toward the blade to mix well.
We have to refrigerate the dough before moving on, because it will be too sticky to work with right away. Usually, 30 minutes to an hour is enough time to make it more manageable, but some stickiness is normal.
Roll the dough into a rectangle between two pieces of parchment paper. Using some melted butter to coat the dough can help make it less sticky.
Time to add the filling for our low carb cinnamon rolls! Brush the rectangle with more melted butter, then sprinkle with a mixture of erythritol and cinnamon.
Now comes the challenging part. Roll the rectangle into a log. This can be a little difficult, so cover your hands with more melted butter as you roll, carefully peeling the dough away from the parchment as you go along. If you get any cracks, just seal them back together.
Slice the log into slices and place them onto a lined baking pan, so that they are almost touching.
Pay attention to the spacing here! Fathead cinnamon rolls will expand and rise during baking. Putting them too close together won’t give them room to expand, but too far apart and they will spread instead of rising.
Admittedly I had them a tad too far apart for the pictures but re-tested again to make sure almost touching is the best way. Don’t worry, they will still be delicious if the distance isn’t quite right!
Bake the keto cinnamon rolls for about 25 minutes, until they are nice and golden. It’s important to let them cool a bit before adding icing, not until they are cold of course, but until warm and not hot. Partly this is because they need to firm up at the end, and also to prevent the icing from soaking in.
Fathead cinnamon rolls are so worth the wait!
Tools To Make Fathead Cinnamon Rolls:
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- Food Processor – I use my food processor ALL THE TIME! It makes prepping foods super easy and is a breeze to clean.
- Mixing Bowls – I love these ones. They are perfect for this recipe since they can be used in both the microwave and the fridge.
- Parchment Paper – Parchment makes all the difference in keto baking! I keep an extra roll in my pantry at all times.
- Baking Pan – This one is a great size for these cinnamon rolls.
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Place the macadamia nuts into a food processor fitted with an S knife blade. Pulse just until the nuts reach a fine crumbly consistency, without large pieces. Make sure to pulse, don't leave the food processor running, to try to make flour and not nut butter. Scrape the sides as needed. The nuts may still begin to form nut butter a little, but try to avoid as much as possible.
Add the erythritol and baking powder. Pulse a couple times, just until mixed.
Add the eggs and vanilla. Pulse a couple times again, just until mixed.
- Heat the mozzarella and cream cheese in the microwave for about 2 minutes, stirring halfway through and at the end, or on the stove in a double boiler, until easy to stir. Stir until smooth.
- Add the cheese mixture to the food processor. Push the cheese mixture down into the nut/egg mixture. Pulse/puree until a uniform dough forms, scraping down the sides as needed. If you have trouble getting it to mix, you can knead a little with a spatula and then pulse some more.
Refrigerate the dough right in the food processor for about 30-60 minutes, until the top is firm and not sticky.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (191 degrees C). Line a 9x13 in (23x33 cm) baking pan with parchment paper.
Take the dough out onto a large piece of parchment paper (not the one on the baking sheet). It will still be fairly sticky. Use a little bit of the melted butter on your hands to prevent sticking as you spread it into a rectangle. Place another piece of parchment on top and roll out to a thinner rectangle, about 14 in (36 cm) long by 10 in (25 cm) wide, and 1/3 to 1/2 in (8 to 13 mm) thick.
- Brush the dough rectangle with most of the remaining melted butter, leaving aside about 1-2 tablespoons. Stir together the erythritol and cinnamon for the filling. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the rectangle.
- Oil your hands again with the melted butter. Starting from a long side of the rectangle, roll up the dough into a log. As you go along, oil the underside of the log as you peel it away from the parchment underneath during rolling. (This is to prevent cracking and sticking.)
Slice the log into 1 in (2.5 cm) thick slices, which will look like pinwheels. Place the pinwheels flat onto the lined baking pan, almost touching but not quite.
Bake for about 25 minutes, until the keto cinnamon rolls are golden on top. Cool for at least 20 minutes, until firm.
- Meanwhile, making the icing. Beat almond milk into the frosting a tablespoon at a time, until the icing is thin enough to drizzle. When the keto cinnamon rolls are firm enough, drizzle the frosting over them.
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Serving size: 1 cinnamon roll
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Nutrition Information Per Serving
Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database. You can find individual ingredient carb counts we use in the Low Carb & Keto Food List. Net carb count excludes fiber, erythritol, and allulose, because these do not affect blood sugar in most people. (Learn about net carbs here.) We try to be accurate, but feel free to make your own calculations.
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