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Quick Applesauce Cinnamon Rolls (small-batch recipe)

Hello! Happy New Year everyone!

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This week has been a bit mad, with Christmas and New Years in the same week.

I hope everyone has been having a good week and that Christmas went well for everyone.  I’ve had a bit of a rough one myself.

Only earlier this year I was telling everyone in my family that I had never had the flu before and now look at me. Finally back on my feet after being bed bound for nearly a week.

I swear I never really believed how bad the flu was until I actually experienced it and it was an awful week. Now I have secondary sinusitis, so I have a week-long course of antibiotics and more rest to look forward to.

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Well aside from that, I still managed to get this post to you and Happy New Years to everyone!

Given my predicament this week I haven’t been able to bake very much, however, I was able to whip up some of these yesterday which were nice as they came together very quickly and I didn’t feel like slaving over a stove for hours.

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The cinnamon rolls are very easy and they taste pretty damn good. Now for a richer taste, replace the applesauce in the dough with butter, but honestly, I liked them the way they were.

For the complete experience, top with a thick layer of homemade Greek yoghurt or light cream cheese frosting and dig in.

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Quick Applesauce Cinnamon Rolls

Adapted from: Amy’s Healthy Baking: Ultimate Healthy Cinnamon Rolls

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 12-15 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes

Yield: 6 rolls



  • 150g/ 1 1/3 cup
    Plain flour
  • 1 tsp
    Baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 15g / 1 tbsp
  • 12g/ 1 tbsp
    Brown sugar
  • 75ml / 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp


  • 45g / 3 tbsp
  • 25g / 2 tbsp
    Brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup
    Low-calorie sweetener of choice
  • 1 tbsp


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/ 160°C fan assisted and lightly grease a medium baking tray and line with greased foil or baking paper.
  2. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and make a well in the centre. Whisk together the wet ingredients in another small bowl and then pour into the well and stir together with a wooden spoon until a shaggy dough has formed. Knead until a ball of dough has formed, adding a tablespoon of flour at a time if the dough is too sticky.
  3. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and roll out into a rectangle about 0.5-0.75 cm thick using a rolling pin.
  4. Stir together the filling ingredients until smooth and spread over the rectangle leaving a 2cm gap around the edges.
  5. Roll up the dough along the long edge and then cut into 6 rolls using either a knife or floss.
  6. Transfer the rolls onto the tray and place in the oven to bake for
  7. Bake for 17-22 minutes until the sides and tops are firm and the filling is bubbling or slightly underbake them if you like them gooier.
  8. Remove and allow to cool slightly before topping with vanilla greek yoghurt/ cream cheese icing and then serving.
  9. Store leftovers in the fridge or in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Nutritional Information

Makes 6 rolls
Serving size: 1 roll

Nutrition Facts
Servings 6.0
Amount Per Serving
Calories 142
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0 g 1 %
Saturated Fat 0 g 0 %
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 1 mg 0 %
Sodium 1682 mg 70 %
Potassium 28 mg 1 %
Total Carbohydrate 31 g 10 %
Dietary Fiber 2 g 7 %
Sugars 7 g
Protein 3 g 7 %
Vitamin A 0 %
Vitamin C 2 %
Calcium 4 %
Iron 2 %

Recipe Notes

If you prefer, you can substitute the applesauce with butter, however, the calorie count will increase slightly as a result.



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