Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

by Carrie Raab on December 27, 2011


Homemade Cinnamon rolls

homemade cinnamon rollsMy family and I love homemade cinnamon rolls from scratchWe enjoy baking and when we want something “sweet”, we like to make it as healthy as possible, using the finest ingredients.  We can’t always eat this way, like when we travel, or when are with family and friends, but when we are home, this is how we roll. (ha ha, no pun intended!) When it comes to sweets, they are not calorie free. :)  I just know they are healthier and better for you than store bought cinnamon rolls. My friends ask me to make these for them from time to time and they justify that they can eat more because I made them and they are eating the “healthy” version of cinnamon rolls. (hey, whatever works!)  I tell myself the same thing when I eat them… hey, I can eat 2 because they are “good” for me!

We love breakfast in our home.  We have breakfast for dinner a lot!  It is fun.  I like to surprise my husband with breakfast for dinner sometimes, and it just brings such joy to his face.  I am not sure why we love it so much, but we do! We enjoy having homemade cinnamon rolls or waffles, scrambled eggs and bacon,or omelettes when the urge strikes us.

We enjoy making our breads, pastries, waffles, muffins and more from scratch.  What I mean by scratch is, we grind our grain into flour. This way we get the purest form of the flour and it is not processed or enriched.  The vitamins (like vitamin E) is found in the germ of the wheat kernel.  As soon as the wheat is milled into flour, the vitamin E begins to oxidize. Within about 72 hours 90% of over 30 nutrients are virtually gone. Breads and other flour products on the market have had these precious nutrients stripped away, in order to have a ‘shelf life.’

When we grind our own grain, we are able to enjoy the nutrients, as created.  Our bodies benefit from all the vitamins that are in the grain. The taste is simply delicious.  We use a variety of organic grains: soft white wheat, hard white, hard red wheat, kamut, spelt,and rice. The choice is yours, but soft wheat is typically for cookies and cakes whereas hard wheat is for breads, things that need to rise.  Play around with the various grains.  It will add variety to your diet and give you vitamins and minerals your body might be deficient in. 

Ok, on to how to make these yummy cinnamon rolls!

Ingredients to make homemade cinnamon rolls

From scratch basic dough recipe (breadbeckers)

1 1/2 cups hot water

1/3 cup expeller pressed canola oil

1/3 cup honey

2 tsp. sea salt

1 organic egg

2 Tbs. lecithin

4-4 1/2 cups freshly milled flour ( I personally use organic hard white)

1 Tbs. yeast

Combine water, oil, honey, salt and egg.  Add lecithin, half of flour and mix. Add yeast and remainder of flour to make a soft dough.  Knead until smooth and elastic.  Let rise until double.  Shape as desired and let rise again until double.  (I like to use a bread machine and I put the setting on dough.. just add the ingredients as above putting all the liquids in first, then the solids.  I put a whole in center of the flour and put the yeast in the whole).










Once dough is ready, find a large flat surface, like your kitchen countertop to work on.  You will knead out the dough into a large rectangle.  Spread the ooey gooey filling mixture on the dough.

Ingredients for ooey gooey filling

Combine 3 cups Sucanat

2-4  drops of Young Living Cinnamon Essential Oil

6 Tbs. melted butter and stir. 

Sucanat is a type of sugar. Sucanat sugar is dried sugar cane juice that is much healthier to use when baking versus white, refined and processed sugar. Sucanat has a smaller proportion of sucrose, fewer calories and is loaded with vitamins and minerals.  It is high in potassium and loaded with Vitamin A. 

Spreading the ooey gooey filling all along the dough. As my family says,”the more the better.”

rolling the dough with the ooey gooey filing

Roll up, pinch the corners at the end, continue to roll up, pinch corners at the end, and do so until you have rolled up the entire dough.  Cut into 1 inch slices and place into a greased pan.  Let rise until double.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, or until done.

cinnamon rolls

Ice with Cream Cheese Icing

Cream Cheese Icing Ingredients
8 oz. cream cheese softened  (my family and I do not do dairy so we use the Tofutti brand cream cheese.. delicious!)

1 tsp. Madagascar vanilla extract

1-2 Tbs. honey

Whip ingredients together until smooth.  Spread over the warm cinnamon rolls.  

Time to eat your homemade cinnamon rolls

homemade cinnamon rolls

May you enjoy these homemade cinnamon rolls as much as my family does!  My kids will get a craving for them and ask me to make them.  They are delicious the day of and even the following day. 










Do these homemade cinnamon rolls look yummy? Share the recipe with others simply by clicking the Facebook like button and Twitter.  Have a question about the recipe? Send me a comment below.  Thanks!

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Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen June 29, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Thank you so much for sharing these on Manic Monday! They look wonderful :)


Carrie Raab July 1, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Thank you for hosting! Glad you like ‘em


Connie Arnold May 2, 2012 at 12:01 am

Breakfast is my favorite meal, and those look wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing!


Carrie Raab May 2, 2012 at 1:38 am

Thanks Connie! They are delish! :)


Angie R April 13, 2012 at 4:58 am

oh wow YUMMY.. temptations temptations! LOL :)

Thanks for sharing!


Carrie Raab April 13, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Hey Angie! They are very delish! Even better tasting than they are looking. Thanks for stopping by. See you soon!


Jenni March 30, 2012 at 12:52 pm

These look so good! Thanks for sharing the recipe. :)


Tessa@The Domestic Diva March 14, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Thanks for sharing on Allergy Free Wednesdays! I have lots of fond memories of homemade cinnamon rolls growing up….going gluten free has put a damper on that!


Carrie Raab March 15, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Hey Tessa- bummer I am sure! They are dairy free for those that can not have dairy, so hopefully it will be helpful to some of our readers! Blessings


Lisa March 5, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Yummy in my tummy! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday!


Carrie Raab March 5, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Thanks Lisa! They are delish! :)


sonya February 21, 2012 at 2:37 pm

WOW these look SO yummy however I am still learning stuff in my kitchen and some of the ingredients you listed I have NO idea what they are!! Ill have to be looking them up to get this yummy looking recipe because we LOVE cinnimon rolls!! Nice to meet you first time at your blog! Thanks for Linking up with this yummy recipe!! Blessings


Carrie Raab February 21, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Hey Sonya! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Love your blog and glad we can connect and share! I didn’t realize my ingredients were foreign… sorry ’bout that! Yes, go on a quest and explore new horizons in the kitchen. It is fun to do! Nice to meet you as well. Privilege to be a part. Blessings back!


Miz Helen February 20, 2012 at 4:21 am

Your homemade Cinnamon Rolls look awesome. Your guys look like they are really enjoying the goodies! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week and come back soon!
Miz Helen


Six Sister's Stuff February 14, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Those look amazing!!!! And your pictures are really cute too! Thank you for sharing with us on six sister’s stuff! We hope to see you next Saturday!
-The Sisters


Carrie Raab February 14, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Thanks so much!!! See you soon! :)


Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. February 12, 2012 at 1:32 am

Perfect comfort food!


KB and Whitesnake January 30, 2012 at 1:47 am

Thanks for sharing with Simply Delish.


Carrie Raab January 30, 2012 at 2:13 am

Thank you!


Heather January 26, 2012 at 4:53 am

THANK YOU a million times for linking up!!


Heather January 26, 2012 at 4:12 am

I would love for you to add this recipe to my Famous Linkz Party!! I have one every Wednesday.


Carrie Raab January 26, 2012 at 5:14 am

Hey Heather! I would love to add it! Thanks for hosting and sharing. Looking forward to visiting your site and sharing some recipes. Bless you!


Carrie@My Favorite Finds January 20, 2012 at 9:26 pm

We love homemade cinnamon rolls. Too bad I don’t have a bread machine anymore. You think I could make them with a stand mixer? Thanks for linking to Must Try Monday!


Carrie Raab January 20, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Hey Carrie! Yes, you could.. I have friends who even knead the dough themselves! That is a lot of work. Let me know how they turn out! :)


Beth January 19, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Those look YUMMY! My Grandpa had a recipie that called for Lecithin – what is it & what does it do?
Beth (TGIF)


Carrie Raab January 19, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Hey Beth! Lecithin is very beneficial for your health. It is said to help with: Cardiovascular health, Liver and cell function, hair and skin and relief of arthritis. It is used as an emulsifier in foods. Great question!! Thanks for asking! Blessings!


trisha January 16, 2012 at 4:33 am

this looks great, one can never go wrong w/ a cinnamon roll that is for sure! Thx for sharing at Tea Party Tuesday


Bizzy January 15, 2012 at 8:49 am

I think chocolate is my favorite until I see cinnamon rolls. These are just calling out to me. Thanks for sharing with Bake with Bizzy.


Carrie Raab January 15, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Thanks Bizzy! Love your site and all the amazing recipes week after week! Glad you like my cinnamon roll recipe!


Rachel @ day2day joys January 11, 2012 at 3:40 am

I only have 1 word to say……. YUM! :)


Rachel @ day2day joys January 11, 2012 at 3:41 am

Oh and I forgot…. YUM! lol! And thank you so much for linking up at Healthy 2day Wednesdays! Check out some special news this week!


Carrie Raab January 11, 2012 at 7:00 pm

You are a blessing Rachel! I love connecting with you and sharing our hearts for God and how to eat and live a healthy life! :)

Carrie Raab January 11, 2012 at 6:20 pm

YUM, indeed! :)


claire January 2, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Looks great,Thanks for joining us at Creative Thursday :)


The Belly Dancer January 2, 2012 at 1:23 pm

They look delicious! I want to have one too! New follower.


Carrie Raab January 2, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Hey! Thanks for visiting my stop, and oh, they are! Happy New Year! :)


jill conyers January 1, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Yum! I can smell the cinnamon now!

Welcome to Fitness Friday and thanks for linking up!


Carrie Raab January 1, 2012 at 6:41 pm

I am happy to be linked with liked minded people. Blessings to you and may this be the healthiest and most fit year yet! Glad you liked the recipe and the smell was enticing!


Eliza January 1, 2012 at 5:00 am

So happy to be following from the New Year New Followers! I hope to see you around the bloggie world sometime soon:)



Carrie Raab January 2, 2012 at 10:50 pm

Hey! Yes! Thanks for visiting my site!


Susan Preston January 1, 2012 at 3:57 am

These sound sooooooo delicious! My husband loves cinnamon rolls, so I will be trying this recipe for sure. Thank you for sharing this recipe as well as your beautiful family! Have a very Happy, Healthy and Blessed New Year, Carrie :)


Carrie Raab January 1, 2012 at 6:44 pm

Thanks Susan! Happy New Year to you as well. Enjoy making them! Not sure which is better… making them or eating them! Blessings!


Miz Helen December 31, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Hi Carrie,
These are awesome looking rolls, what a very special treat! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year and Abundant Blessings in 2012!
Miz Helen


Carrie Raab December 31, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Thank you Miz Helen! Happy New Year to you too! Thanks for all you do. We appreciate you! Bless you!!


Carl Mason-Liebenberg December 31, 2011 at 7:35 am

Wow…those bring back memories of the days when I made oey goey cinnamon rolls myself. Its probably been no less than 15 years since I indulged. But I love your twists on what I know as a southern classic. Enjoy one for me!


Carrie Raab December 31, 2011 at 3:17 pm

No problem, Carl. One will be eaten in honor of your name! :)


momto8blog December 31, 2011 at 5:26 am

yum! yum! yum!


Kacie (Chasing Fireflies) December 31, 2011 at 5:04 am

These look so good, I can’t wait to try them out! Thanks for linking up with New Year, New Followers! I’m following you on facebook now!


Carrie Raab December 31, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Hey Kacie! Thanks for stopping by and for liking my Young Living Oil Lady FB page. Glad you liked the cinnamon roll recipe! :)


tracy December 30, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Thanks for sharing your recipe, Homemade is healthier :) I’ll be trying these.


Carrie Raab December 31, 2011 at 3:25 am

Hey Tracy! Yes it is! Healthier, but they are not calorie/fat free! :) Enjoy!


Tara December 30, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Hey Carrie!! Thanks for the recipe!
My girls lurve cinnamon rolls, they hound me to make them! I make huge batches and freeze them, much quicker isn’t it?!
Yours look delicious, and they are obviously a big hit! :D


Carrie Raab December 30, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Hey Tara! Isn’t it so much fun to bake and have your kids in the kitchen helping you! Enjoy being a mommy and a baker, with those cute girls!


Lorrie December 30, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Fun yum! Thanks for the recipe and the advice on incorporating essential oils. Can’t wait to give it a try.


Carrie Raab December 30, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Yes, Lorrie, fun yum! Enjoy! :)


Andrea @ The Greenbacks Gal December 30, 2011 at 11:51 am

What a darling family! I just bought my first wheat berries to grind – I’m so glad to have your recipe to try.


Carrie Raab December 30, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Hey Andrea, thanks! Oh, you will love eating fresh milled wheat. There is nothing like it! Glad you have a recipe that is fun, yummy and easy to try! :)


Dr. Daisy Sutherland December 29, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Mmmm…those look so yummy! Thanks for sharing your recipe and also for the tip on the cream cheese..I am lactose intolerant and always looking for alternatives…also love the fact that you use essential oils in your recipe…can’t wait to make these:)


Carrie Raab December 29, 2011 at 9:42 pm

The cream cheese alternative is great! I hope you can find that brand where you live. They also make a sour cream…very good too! Glad you like the recipe!


Beau Henderson December 29, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Breakfast for dinner, well it is the most important meal of the day. Based on the pictures I am ready to join the family.


Carrie Raab December 29, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Great thinking, Beau! I like that. I think I will eat breakfast at night more often :) There is always room for one more in our house… come on! The more the merrier! :)


Rhonda Uretzky December 29, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Decadently delicious recipes…and I dont usually bake!


Carrie Raab December 29, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Maybe this recipe will spur you on to bake! You won’t regret it!


Lorii Abela December 29, 2011 at 5:03 pm

These cinnamon rolls looks yummy and I believe that it’s easy to make especially with the recipe that you have given. Thanks for sharing this.. :)


Carrie Raab December 29, 2011 at 9:44 pm

You are very welcome, Lorii. Enjoy making them!


Deborah Turton December 29, 2011 at 5:44 am

Love, love, love hot cinnamon rolls!!! Yours look delicious Carrie!! I too love breakfast for dinner and it is on my fun things to do this coming weekend, I will think of you!! Thanks for sharing your recipe I am looking forward to trying it out in my kitchen, I will buy the flour however :)


Carrie Raab December 29, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Thanks Deborah for stopping by! You have a beautiful smile! Glad you like the recipe and want to try it, and of course you can adjust it accordingly:) The beauty of recipes!


Mom Photographer December 29, 2011 at 12:28 am

OMG! They look and sound so delicious! I love making things from scratch and I love cinnamon rolls. I’ve got one recipe that’s different than yours so I think I might give yours a try really soon! They look too good!!!


Carrie Raab December 29, 2011 at 12:46 am

You will love them! Thanks for stopping by! Let me know how they turn out! :)


Stacy December 28, 2011 at 11:54 pm

These look delicious! I know my family would love me to make them :)


Carrie Raab December 29, 2011 at 12:50 am

They are so delicious! The last batch I made, on Monday night were probably one of my best! My family is already eagerly awaiting for them again!


Liz Maness December 28, 2011 at 11:16 pm

Oh My my family loves Homemade Cinnamon rolls and I’ve never tried to make them. I’m bookmarking and going to come back!!!! My family will be so grateful if I can pull this off!!!


Carrie Raab December 28, 2011 at 11:44 pm

Hey Liz! You can do it! They are so fun to make! Eating them is even more fun:) Please come back and share when you make them and how they turned out!


Edmund Lee December 28, 2011 at 11:06 pm

The cinnamon rolls look fantastic. I’m sharing this with one of my friends who loves to cook. Then…I’ll invite myself over and eat them =P


Carrie Raab December 28, 2011 at 11:46 pm

Edmund, you are one smart man! That is what most of my friends do. I make them and they eat them, or they just call me and “place their order”. I enjoy baking and it thrills me when people enjoy eating what I make!


Lisa Birnesser December 28, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Those rolls look totally yummy. I didn’t know you could cook with YLO’s! That is really amazing. Thanks for sharing the recipe!


Carrie Raab December 28, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Yes, Lisa you can! :)


Gregg Boonstra December 28, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Yummy. I want to try these. And they are more healthy than I would have thought. Thanks.


Carrie Raab December 28, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Healthy, but not calorie or fat free! Enjoy! :)


Mandy Edwards December 28, 2011 at 8:56 pm

WOW! This look and sound absolutely delicious! My husband loves cinnamon rolls, so I may just have to try this (even though I’ve never done the flour-from-scratch thing).


Carrie Raab December 28, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Hey Mandy! LOL, the flour from scratch thing! Love it! They are ah-mazing!! thanks for stopping by! :)


Sherie December 28, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Breakfast for dinner is the best! These cinnamon rolls look absolutely fantastic….I haven’t had a decent cinnamon roll since having to go gluten free…you have made me drool! You mentioned that you have used rice in some recipes, is this recipe adaptable for gluten free?


Carrie Raab December 28, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Hey Sherie! Sure,nowadays, any recipe is adaptable! I have never tried rice flour, amaranth, millet, or those types of gluten free grains with my cinnamon rolls. It will definitely be a greater challenge, but not impossible. I would use brown rice flour, tapioca starch and potato starch to serve as your flour base. Possibly might need to add xantham gum… would love to know if you try it! Play around with the ingredients. I can’t wait to hear how yours turn out!


Christina December 28, 2011 at 5:46 pm

These look so yummy! I have never made them from homemade, I bet they are so much better that way! Thanks for sharing at Mrs Foxs Sweet Party :)


Carrie Raab January 2, 2012 at 10:51 pm

They are so delicious Christina! Thanks for visiting my site and look forward to all you have to share as well.


Amy @ Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free December 28, 2011 at 12:12 am

Thanks so much for sharing your dish at Slightly Indulgent today! What a great recipe. :)

Hope to see you next week.


Carrie Raab January 2, 2012 at 10:52 pm

Hey Amy! I am so glad to be able to visit your site for GF DF items! Hopefully I can share some with you and your followers as well. See you next time! :)


kelli-AdventurezInChildRearing December 27, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Sometimes you have them when you travel because sometimes you haul everything with you and make them special because you are just cool like that! We are still talking about your delicious cinnamon rolls! Thanks for sharing the recipe! And,a special Thank you from my husband Mark – who has been after me to make them for him! :)


Carrie Raab December 27, 2011 at 7:04 pm

:) You make me smile!!! Glad I could share the recipe! Thinking of making them at your house and then making them for my family, inspired me to write a post on them. I can’t wait to hear how yours turn out! Maybe I will have the honors of eating them sometime! For those of you that like outdoor adventures, make sure you check out Kelli’s blog! They will bless you… warning… have tissues on hand! Love this lady!


Carrie Raab April 21, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Thank you so much for sharing our cinnamon rolls! My family loves them :) Blessings!


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