I didn’t really feel like it was that important to mention before, but today is my last full-time day at my internship. After this week I’m going to be working remote from my dorm room at school and the hours will be part time.
I’d like to say that I’ve loved everything about the job. But that wouldn’t really be true. It IS work after all What I can say is that I do not regret for a second my decision to take the internship. It’s pushed me outside of my comfort zone daily. I’ve learned a lot about patience both with customers as well as myself. Most importantly though I feel more experienced.
Nothing except for experience and practice can make one feel more prepared for the real world. I walked into this job knowing next to nothing about taxes and I’m walking out (well, I’m “half” out) much more knowledgeable and confident.
I also kind of feel the same way now about baking using unusual ingredients!
Practice practice practice
If at first you don’t succeed
Don’t give up just keep on trying
Til you get up to speed
A++ if you know where I got that quote from
Now, it’s time to get to the recipe that I promised on Wednesday…
Okay, so the first thing that you’ll notice with these suckers is that they use a lot of coconut oil. Well, not A LOT a lot, but it ends up being about 1 tbsp per roll. I figured that’s alright since you all are huge fans of coconut oil too and it’s basically the most praised ingredient among food bloggers right now because of its amazing health benefits.
That said, I’m thinking that next time I’m going to experiment a bit with swapping out some of the coconut oil for perhaps some applesauce or pumpkin… or both? Um, yes please. Pumpkin + apple is only one of the most epic combinations ever! I may wait until pumpkin season is upon us for that rendition, but I can guarantee you that it is going to happen.
Coconut Flour Cinnamon Rolls
Grain/Gluten/Wheat-Free, Vegan, Nut-Free, No Refined Sugar, GAPS/Paleo-Friendly
Makes six cinnamon rolls
- 1/2 cup ground flax seed + 1/2 cup water (
or 4 eggsI want to test this out first myself to ensure that it works)
- 1 ripe banana
- 2 tbsp honey (or maple syrup to make this vegan)
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2/3 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
*For a different flavor swapping out the banana for pumpkin puree or applesauce would be absolutely delicious!
- 2 tbsp honey (or maple syrup)
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp cinnamon (enough to cover the entire dough)
*I’m thinking that some apple chunks in the filling would be amazing, as would replacing the coconut oil with applesauce here.
- 2 tbsp honey (or maple syrup)
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, softened
* You can use any kind of topping here. Greek yogurt + honey would be a good one. As would applesauce, nut butter, just a plain drizzle of honey or maple syrup. More cinnamon? You can never have too much cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Mix the flax seed and water together in a medium-sized bowl and microwave for 1-2 minutes or until thick.
- Mash in the ripe banana and add the remaining liquid ingredients stirring well.
- Mix in the dry ingredients until well combined. Add more coconut flour if necessary so the dough is not sticky.
- Spread out another sheet of parchment paper and roll out the dough into a large rectangle (I just used my hands and it worked fine!).
- Coat the dough with the 2 tbsp coconut oil and 2 tbsp honey for the filling and sprinkle with the cinnamon.
- Roll up the dough and cut into six equal pieces. Place each piece on the baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
- Meanwhile make the topping out of the honey and coconut oil.
- When the cinnamon rolls are done let cool slightly before topping and enjoying!
Notes: These are pretty nutrient-dense cinnamon rolls. One or two is plenty for a meal or snack, but I totally understand if you can’t just stop at one! If you are wanting to make these but you need a lower calorie version, here are a few suggestions- decrease the honey/coconut oil in the dough/filling to 1 tbsp in each part and replace banana and/or applesauce to keep the moisture consistent. Adding apple pieces to the filling to make the rolls thicker will also give you more bang for you calorie buck. As for the topping, you can simply drizzle the cinnamon rolls in just coconut oil or honey, replace it with some fresh fruit, cinnamon, or even eat them plain!
Shared at Food Forager.
Next week I hope to get busy in the kitchen as I know when school starts I’m going to rarely be home and have zero time to bake. <Insert sad face here> Look for a lot of food (as well as school) related posts coming your way soon!
Happy Friday everyone.
Questions for you:
When do you go back to school?
What has taken you awhile to get the hang of, but you finally nailed it?
Looking back, what have you done this summer that makes it different than previous ones?