Sunday, 15 September 2013

CINNAMON ROLLS with COCONUT FROSTING & CARAMEL RAISIN FILLING


Yeah, baby - I WENT there and made raw vegan cinnamon rolls - you know you love me. And even if you don't love me, you will love this recipe; so in a non-direct way I am receiving some love and I will take what I can get. It's a hard-knock life... NOT.

Okay who am I kidding?
Am I even funny.
No. I apologize.
Onto food.


These guys are freaking awesome. They are low fat-ish, nut-free and gluten-free so eat as many as your heart desires. Oh and duh - they're also raw and vegan which means no processed or refined ingredients; no dairy, eggs or other weird substances from animals that I don't desire! Hmm... what if when a recipe doesn't have eggs in it, we call it fetus-free? That makes sense, doesn't it? I crack myself up... JUST myself, most likely. You're probably sitting at your computer like "who IS this girl... she is crazy."

Well, I won't disagree. I probably am nuts; but I can still appreciate a good cinnamon roll!


I ate three of these in mere minutes - it's part of my duty as a food blogger, alright - while moaning "oh my god... better than cinnamon buns... mmmm... what is happening..." And I meant it! Somehow these really do taste better than the baked version, though they don't taste exactly the same. Maybe it's because I know that they are super good for me, and nobody had to get hurt to make them. Maybe not. Maybe they just taste damn good for other reason than that. Either way, I am very pleased with how these turned out and I DEMAND you make them as soon as possible.


Obviously they aren't all puffy like the original thing because there's no baking involved, but they make up for this with their flavour and density. Have these for breakfast with some fresh juice and you will be hopping around the like the energizer bunny (who's a herbivore, by the way) all day! I feel like I could take on the world right now! Put that in real terms and I am actually going to do homework now. Ah well.


If you think these look or taste too good to be healthy - think again. (I love you! Why would I give you unhealthy recipes? DON'T YOU TRUST ME.) The main ingredients in these cinnamon rolls are oats and buckwheat groats, raisins and dates, coconut, and cinnamon; let's see what these fabulous foods do for us, shall we? 

Buckwheat groats regulate blood sugar and cholesterol, are rich in fibre, disease-fighting flavonoids and magnesium, fight against heart disease and have an enormous amount of phytonutrients like phenolics which are now being found to prevent disease. Raisins and dates are excellent for oral and eye health, alkalizing in the stomach, rich in bone-strengthening calcium, blood-building iron and copper and cancer-preventing antioxidants. Coconut is finally being recognized as the super food that it is: toting antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and antiparasitic properties that keep your immunity strong; they are rich in fibre, calcium, potassium, amino acids, magnesium and electrolytes. Coconut is almost identical to human blood plasma and can actually be used for blood transfusions (best when mixed with green juice which has almost the exact same make up as human hemoglobin)!

Here's to health! 


cinnamon rolls with coconut frosting and caramel raisin filling: makes 6-7 servings

dough:
3/4 cup gluten-free oats
3/4 cup buckwheat groats
3/4 cup raisins 
3/4 cup dates
Pinch of salt (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon water
Dash of cinnamon 

coconut frosting:
1 heaping cup young coconut meat
3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
4 tablespoons agave syrup (or other preferred sweetener) 
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Water, as needed

caramel raisin filling:
1 cup dates
1/4-1/2 cup coconut water 
Cinnamon powder, to taste
1/4 cup raisins

To make the dough: pulse the oats and buckwheat groats in your food processor until they become a rough flour. Add the rest of the ingredients and process until it all begins to stick together. Roll the dough into a square about 1/4-1/2 cm thick. Put this in the fridge for 1-2 hours. 


To make the frosting: blend all the ingredients together until it's smooth and drizzly. Set aside.

To make the cinnamon caramel filling: blend all the ingredients together - except the raisins - until smooth and thick like a paste. Set aside.

Cut the dough (which should now be a little more pliable) into strips and spread the filling evenly on each one, then sprinkle on the raisins and gently roll the strips up. Cover with the frosting and freak out at the awesomeness of the planet.

49 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've already bookmarked this and I've not even read the post yet <3

Cathy said...

Oooooh...YES!!!

tereza said...

Hey! With what do you photograph your amazing pics?

Anonymous said...

I've never cooked with molasses... Will using molasses change color and taste?
These look super yummy!

Emily von Euw said...

... that is not listed as an ingredient though?

Emily von Euw said...

I use a Canon t2i and always 100% natural lighting :)

Anonymous said...

Oh wow this looks yummy! What form do you get your 'young coconut meat' in? Fresh out of a coconut or frozen or ?? Thanks!

Amy said...

I love the sass in this post! Keep up your amazing work! I never fail to drool over your recipes ;)

Emily von Euw said...

I bought two young coconuts, hacked them open, drained the water (kept it though!) then scraped out the meat :)

Anonymous said...

if i don't own groats could i just use double the amount of oats? fantastic recipe!

Emily von Euw said...

Yes! :)

Jazial @ Foxy Fresh said...

Holy hell those look incredible. Yum!!

key2life said...

I got SO excited by this recipe and it still sounds incredible.. but I am allergic to oats!! Wain! :( Any substitute recommendations?

Anonymous said...

OK I ACCEPT YOUR PROPOSAL OF MARRIAGE : YOU ME AND MY HUSBAND. JUST BRING PLENTY OF THOSE BUNS B/C I HAVE 6 KIDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

vanessa said...

OH NO SHE DI'INT!!!!! Have I told you how much you rock? Because you do.

Anonymous said...

If i don't like raisins would it be the same if i replace them with apple?

Johanna said...

Why do you have so many pictures? When I'm out and about and I want to look up the recipe on my android, it just can't handle the page.

coconutandberries said...

YUM! I've made a similar recipe for raw cinnamon rolls from the 30 minute vegan which also uses buckwheat groats and has a coconut butter frosting :) They're super delicious but the buckwheat is quite a strong flavour so the oats sound like a good idea to mellow the flavour, whilst still keeping them lower in fat.

The Vegan Cookie Fairy said...

What - I cannot even - GET IN MY FACE.

Ahem.

Well these look nice :) I like the added bit of health information too (who knew coconut was anti-fungal?!) so share more of your brainz with us, woman. Oh and exciting news - I found a health food shop where I live, and they sell buckwheat groats and buckwheat flour and I was like 'I CAN MAKE EMILY'S FOOD NOW!!!' haha.

Emily von Euw said...

HEHEHE yay best news! Thaaankk yoou lovely one :)

Emily von Euw said...

You mean dried apple? Sure!

Emily von Euw said...

Oh no worries! Replace the 3/4 cup of oats with more buckwheat groats OR nuts. :)

Emily von Euw said...

YES

Emily von Euw said...

OH YES SHE DIIIIIID <3

Anonymous said...

YOU MEAN I DO

Anonymous said...

Hey, what are oats, dates, and cinnamon good for?

Emily von Euw said...

I DO

Emily von Euw said...

Oh just Google each of those with "health benefits" or whatever. They are really good for you so it shouldn't be heard to find legit info.

Anonymous said...

OK THAT WAS GETTING A LITTLE WEIRD BUT HONSTLY GREAT JOB THEY LOOK GREAT AND TASTY. IN MOROCCO THEY MAKE SIMILAR BUNS THEY CALL SHNECKS THEY ARE FILLED WITH VANILLA CUSTARD AND TOPPED AND STUFFED WITH TINY APPLE PIECE AND SULTANA RAISINS.

Emily von Euw said...

YUM

Anonymous said...

Where i live, they dont sell young green coconuts - only the brown ones. wuld they be ok as well?

Anonymous said...

I just made these- YUMMMMY!!!

Koko said...

Yummmmmmmmmmmm yeah girl! These look freakin' amazing!

Anonymous said...

Awesome sauce, thanks! I've always shied from fresh coconuts because of having to hack them open, but that's silly.

Anonymous said...

Ok! :)

Emily von Euw said...

Hmmm not really - the meat is too hard. If you can find coconut butter (dried coconut blended into a butter-like texture) then use that instead, and just mix it with lemon juice and sweetener. You don't need as much frosting as the recipe here makes so that would be fine.

Roxana said...

Hi Emily,
I am one of those people that NEVER comment on blogs, but I came across yours a couple weeks ago and made the exception to say that you are truly inspiring and talented. I really enjoy your writing which is both witty/funny and at times serene without sounding preachy or exuding that self-help guru bullcrap. In addition, the fact that you make that (let's say 5-10%) small exception from being fully raw, really makes you more relatable than other raw bloggers/youtubers out there. I may not comment again, but I will surely continue to enjoy your recipes, photography and writing. Keep up the good work girl!
Greetings from Toronto!

Tabatha Alward said...

We LOVE Pizzelles!! Never made them yet, but would love to someday! Thanks for a great recipe! xxoo

olivia may said...

Fetus-free! Hahahaha! (OK yeah, I should be studying and not laughing hysterically at your posts and drooling over the pictures. Whatever) You're nuts! Oops, just kidding, this recipe is nut-free! ;D

Emily von Euw said...

Hehehe <3

Ally Vergara (Eat for Health, Eat for Energy, Eat for Beauty) said...

These look fantastic lady! Quick question, so the buckwheat groats don't need to be sprouted for this recipe?

Emily von Euw said...

Nope ;) You can if you want though.

Leonie Waldron said...

OMG Just made these. You blow my mind Em! Best recipe everrrr! They even turned out like the picture :) thank you for being so inspiring and keep those recipes coming! I've preordered your book... can't wait! xx

Gaby said...

I love your blog!

Unknown said...

These look yum! I've tried cinnamon rolls from a raw foods brand before and honestly those things were so bland and chewy, not to mention as dry as a bum crack on the beach!! Can't wait to give these a whirl, keep em coming! x

Anonymous said...

I quite seriously thought this was the set up to a joke.

Anonymous said...

Your blog is absolutely fantastic. Thank you for sharing all your wonderful recipes with all of us. Such an inspiration. You have made my belly very happy :)

Mandy Dugas said...

Hey Emily!

I was just wondering if you would recommend heating the cinnamon rolls in the dehrator?

Mandy

Emily von Euw said...

@Mandy Dugas - for sure~ yum!

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