Buckwheat Cinnamon Rolls with Gooey Cinnamon Date Filling

My sister is a huge cinnamon roll lover. She’s been asking me for a while (six months) when will we be making them. So couple weeks ago was my first shot and can’t say I really nailed it, since it was just a big mess of dough and lots of cinnamon in a baking dish. But it did taste pretty delicious though and despite the appearance made my sister quite a happy girl.

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Ever since have I been practicing my rolling skills and improving the dough recipe. Furthermore I also had a vision of something a bit more gooey kind of cinnamon filling than what it usually is in the traditional version of cinnamon buns. And I happened to create a heavenly delicious ooey-gooey cinnamon date mixture to fill these rolls with, and it’s a bomb. I mean the dough is pretty simple one, gluten free yes, no yeast or refined sugar and only good for you stuff just with the pretty amazing health benefits of buckwheat.

The buckwheat is extremely good for your cardiovascular system, offers better blood sugar controlling and lowered risk of diabetes, the lignans (plant fibers) protect you from heart diseases and some cancers, the super buckwheat can even ease some of your asthma problems. Just to mention a couple good (great) reasons why to eat a cinnamon bun or two. 😉

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To get back to that filling. It will honestly change your life. Words won’t even be enough to describe it, so you really seriously have to bake a batch and try it by yourself!

Can’t hold your horses? Me neither, so here’s what you need:
(makes approx. 8-10 buns)

The Roll Dough

3 cups buckwheat flour
2 tbsp coconut sugar
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp cardamom
½ tsp cinnamon

1 medium-sized ripe banana
1 cup plant milk of choice
¼ cup coconut oil
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Start by preheating your oven to 190°C and line a baking tray (I used a loaf pan) with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl combine all the dry ingredients, and stir.
  3. Place the banana, plant milk, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar and vanilla extract into a blender/food processor. Blend until even.
  4. Mix the dry and wet ingredients together. Stir and knead well by using your hands. Set aside, while you’re making the filling.

The Gooey Cinnamon Date Filling

30 small fresh dates
3-4 tbsp coconut oil
water if needed

about 1 ½ – 2 tsp cinnamon (or to taste)

Place the pitted dates and coconut oil into a blender/food processor. Blend until smooth and even paste comes out. The mixture should appear pretty runny, so that you can easily spread it over the bun-dough. If it is too stiff, add a bit water.

Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface until it’s about ½ – 1 cm thick. Spread the cinnamon date mixture evenly on top and generously sprinkle on some cinnamon. With the long end towards you, roll the dough up evenly. Place the seam down and with a sharp knife cut the roll to 8-10 even pieces. Place the pieces, cut side up, onto the baking tray. Bake in the oven for about 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven, let cool a bit, serve and enjoy!

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Have a beautiful week! Let me know if you tried it 🙂

x Ella

@ellalunamaria

And here’s the happy girl with the very first batch of cinnamon rolls…

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