Healthy Cinnamon Sweet Potato Rolls recipe, perfect for Christmas or Thanksgiving breakfast or brunch. These rolls are delicious, moist, fluffy and easy to make!
You won’t believe how delicious AND healthy are these cinnamon sweet potato rolls! In the beginning, I wasn’t even planning to post this recipe on my blog but it’s so good I just can’t resist to share it with you! I made them for brunch just to use up the sweet potato leftovers and I didn’t even expect them to be that good! However, they were. In fact, I would even go as far as to say that they are the best breakfast rolls I’ve even tried. Taking into account that they are also healthy, I can’t recommend you to make them enough! And I can imagine how great they would be for Thanksgiving breakfast!
I really love healthy baking. Whenever I try to develop such a recipe, I usually try to substitute whole wheat flour to white flour, brown sugar or honey for refined sugar and coconut oil or Greek yogurt for butter. It doesn’t always work if you substitute it 1:1, so I had to go through trial and error many times. Surprisingly, this recipe worked perfectly from the first attempt!
I like adding pureed vegetables (or apple sauce) to baked goods. This recipe calls for sweet potato puree but you also can use pumpkin, squash or yams. The intensive orange color and lovely moistness and fluffiness sweet potatoes give to baked goods are just amazing! You don’t taste them very much, though they count as your 5-a-day! My sister-in-law didn’t believe I added sweet potatoes and used whole wheat flour for these rolls. She liked them very much though!
If you don’t have leftover sweet potato puree, just bake 2 medium-sized sweet potatoes (not too big) for about 1 hour in the oven, until they are soft when pierced with a fork (see the details in the recipe below). Scrap the flesh with a spoon and mash it. Sweet potato puree is ready to use!
How to Make Healthy Cinnamon Sweet Potato Rolls
We will use yeast dough, so you will have to let it rest for about one hour or until it doubles in size. I like to put it in the oven over minimum heat (50 °C or 120 °F). This way, the dough is raising much better and faster.
To make the dough, dissolve yeast in water and add a bit of brown sugar to activate it. Let sit for 5 minutes or until the surface is foamy. Combine it with sweet potato puree, Greek yogurt, eggs and flour. Knead the dough until it’s smooth and elastic, about 2-3 minutes. Add more flour if it’s too sticky. Transfer it to an oiled bowl and cover it with a damp cloth. Next step is to let it rest until it doubles in size. It took my dough about 40 minutes in the warm oven, but if you keep it at a room temperature, it will probably be 1 hour.
Meanwhile, prepare the filling. Combine chopped pecans, honey, cinnamon, a bit of coconut flour and coconut oil. Once the dough is ready, roll it on a well-floured surface into a rectangle until it’s about 50 x 35 cm (20 x 14 inches). It should be 1.5 cm or about 0.6 inch thick. Spread the pecans mixture evenly over the dough and start to roll from the long edge up.
Cut each roll in half, then again each piece in half, then each quarter in three, until you have 12 rolls. Place them tightly side by side into a fitting rectangular backing form. Let sit for another 10 minutes. Sprinkle the rolls with a mixture of brown sugar and cinnamon. Just for the sake of healthiness, I don’t use icing to avoid extra sugar and I think they are sweet enough anyway. Bake sweet potato rolls for about 18 minutes, until golden brown. Enjoy them warm or cold for breakfast or brunch with a cup of coffee or tea. They are perfect for the season! Check the recipe below for more details:
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What is your favorite healthy(-ish) baked good? I’d love to know! Leave a comment below!