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Cheat’s Cinnamon Rolls

Good evening, everyone, a late post tonight but I promise you, a yummy one once again 🙂

The Brick Castle gave me the inspiration for this one on Monday. I do love cinnamon rolls but I find the bought in ones generally too greasy and heavy after a few bites so I have been forever looking for a good, semi-healthy recipe. I say semi-healthy because dough is generally seen as the bad guy in the nutrition game and if you add to the equation sugar and fat then things get one a bit…on the wrong side of the track.

But since my appetite was whetted with the very visually appealing recipe mentioned above I decided to see if I can healthify it a bit and was very pleased with the results (read: I ate most of it myself over two and a half days. Blush…)

Right, ingredients used:

  • puff sheet, ready rolled,light version
  • 55 grams of cane sugar (I am not for very sweet desserts, plus fruit in puddings brings its own sweetness and flavour)
  • 50 grams of butter
  • 250 ml orange juice (used initially to soak the plums for a minimum of half an hour and then in softening the linseed )
  • cinnamon (around 2 teaspoons)
  • 200 grams prunes (or raisins or both)
  • milled linseed (I didn’t actually weigh how much I used, I added to the prune and orange juice mixture until it formed a paste)

004 (4)

Baking tips:

  • do soak your prunes (or raisins) in orange juice for at least half an hour. It softens them and gives your rolls a lovely, citrusy aroma
  • once your prunes are soaked, simply add your sugar, milled linseed and cinnamon to the bowl
  • spread your pastry sheet
  • cover it from corner to corner with your cinnamon paste009 (4)
  • roll in lengthwise
  • cut your roll into eight equal pieces
  • place cut roll into a buttered-up baking tray


  • Bake in the oven at 180 degrees for about 20 minutes.
  • Pull them out, cover them with honey and place again in the oven for another 10 minutes.
ta-da, ready to rock and roll :-)

Ta-da, ready to rock and roll 🙂

I really enjoyed making and eating these rolls. I will be definitely making them again over Christmas, baby bump allowing 🙂



  1. jennypaulin says

    ooooh i like the simplicity of this recipe. i aweays have some ready to roll pastry in the freezer – always handy to have on stand by x

  2. Sounds like a divine mixture -sweet cinnamon,soft plums and linseed for a feel-good-factor. You are giving me a great idea with your recipe,Oana.Well done as usual!
    P.S.Don’t know how you managed to not eat them all in one go. 🙂

    • Oh, Iva, I would have probably but with baby now filling most of my tummy there is no room :-). Thank you, the linseed was nutty and mixed so well with the prunes and the orange.xx

  3. Hello there fellow top 25’er! I’d love to make these, but I don’t thinkI can get milled linseed here in Croatia. Any ideas for what I could use instead?

  4. I love the idea of soaking the raisins in orange juice, never would have thought of that. I like to make cinnamon rolls, but don’t always want to be patient for them to rise, etc. This is great! Thanks!

    • Lacey, they were super fast to make. The soaking takes less than half an hour and it’s the lengthiest bit. I am glad this gave you some ideas as how to shorten your time in the kitchen :-).

  5. They look great – fab simple recipes are always good to have in my bookmarks 🙂 Pinned. Thanks very much for linking up with #recipeoftheweek. There’s a new linky live now – would be brilliant to see you there again! 🙂 x

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