Protein Cinnamon Rolls

I mean who on earth doesn't get excited about warm, gooey cinnamon rolls!? Sometimes I wish I didn't love them so much. But that world doesn't exist. For a long time I've had protein cinnamon rolls on my "to-do" list. Once I sat down and typed the recipe, there wasn't a minute wasted! In the kitchen I went. Stirring, whisking, patting, rolling, sprinkling, slicing, making protein cinnamon rolls. Hallelujah! They are virtually sugar-free, high protein, and low carb. Much nicer on your figure than the store bought, or baker bought, cinnamon rolls. Also, what I hoped for - warm, gooey, and sweet!


1 1/3 cup oat flour
1½ teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
1 egg
¼ teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons cinnamon
¼ cup xylitol
2 tablespoons ghee, melted

¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a round cake pan with non-stick spray and set aside.

2. Place all dough ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir together until well combined.

3. Dump dough onto a flat, well-floured surface and sprinkle the dough with more flour to prevent it sticking to the rolling pin. Using the rolling pin, flatten and roll out the dough to form a long rectangle.

*Since protein powder becomes very sticky when moisture is added to it, make sure to use a lot of flour when rolling it out and forming the rolls.

4. In another mixing bowl, stir together ¼ cup xylitol and 2 tablespoons cinnamon. Evenly sprinkle this mixture on top of the rolled out dough. Brush the melted ghee on top of xylitol/cinnamon mixture.

5. Roll up the dough into a log shape then slice into 10 sections, making 10 cinnamon rolls.

6. Place cinnamon rolls into the greased cake pan (cut side down) and bake in the oven for 16-20 minutes.

7. Whisk together the icing ingredients until smooth and drizzle on the cinnamon rolls when they’re done baking. Enjoy!

Makes 10 servings
1 serving is 1 cinnamon roll with icing

Macros for 1 serving
158 calories, 8.6g protein, 18.3g carbs, 0.5g sugar, 6.4g fat, 1.7g fiber

Nicolette’s Tips
* You may substitute ghee with coconut oil or regular unsalted butter.
* You may substitute oat flour with regular AP or whole-wheat flour.