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Strawberry Stuffed Cinnamon Rolls!

Both Joel and I could have cried after the first bite of these strawberry cinnamon rolls. Joel has seen me attempt cinnamon rolls a handful of times and each time they have failed. EVERY SINGLE TIME. Too hard, didn’t rise, tasted bland, and any other thing that could go wrong with baking. And it’s not like cinnamon rolls, like the fluffy legit kind, are a quick 20 minute prep. They take all day! I wanted fluffy, gooey, melt in your mouth rolls that would knock my socks off.

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I honestly gave up trying to bake cinnamon rolls for the last three years. I just didn’t see the point waisting ingredients on something that was going to flop anyways. But then my mother-in-law gave me a fresh bag of all-purpose flour and I thought, WHY NOT? I had yeast packets in the cupboard that followed us from LA to SD and it just felt right. And boy, did my gut know what was in store. These cinnamon rolls were the best thing that has happened in the kitchen for 2020 and I cannot wait to see how much better they become the most I perfect my cinnamon roll baking skills.

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I used Ambitious Kitchen’s “The Best Cinnamon Rolls You’ll Ever Eat” recipe and made a few adjustments. I didn’t step too far away from her recipe because I had heard so many great things about it that I didn’t want to fail at cinnamon rolls yet again. Here’s the substitutions I made:

For the rolls-

  • All-purpose flour instead of bread flour
  • Ripple Foods unsweetened vanilla pea milk instead of 2% dairy milk
  • Earth Balance vegan butter instead of regular
  • Lakanto golden monkfruit sugar instead of granulated sugar

For the filling (I kept the cinnamon and used vegan butter)-

  • Added 1 cup chopped fresh strawberries
  • Lakanto golden monkfruit sugar instead of brown sugar

For the frosting-

  • Earth Balance vegan butter instead of regular
  • Lakanto monkfruit powdered sugar instead of regular

You can make these rolls as Monique directs or make the few changes like I did above. The added strawberries were killer in this recipe and I highly recommend it. Have you made cinnamon rolls before?!


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Vanilla Grain Free Cake, in collaboration with Driscoll’s.

I’m so torn. 😫🍓 I thought my cashew butter cacao mug cake was the best thing I’ve ever made… but then I made this vanilla grain free cake. It’s moist (not mad about this word) and topped with a peanut butter chai frosting, my strawberry chia seed jam, and Driscoll’s strawberries. Don’t knock the combo until you try it.

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Vanilla Grain Free Cake:
* 2 + 1/2 cups almond flour
* 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
* 1/2 cup maple syrup
* 1 tsp vanilla extract
* 1/2 tsp baking soda
* 1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
* 2 eggs
Frosting:
* 1 + 1/4 cup powder peanut butter
* 2 scoops vanilla chai lactation booster (may omit and add 2 more tbsps powder peanut butter)
* 2 tbsp manuka honey
* 1/2 cup nut milk (may need more depending on desired consistency)
Toppings:
* Strawberry chia seed jam (made with fresh Driscoll’s strawberries, recipe below)
* Chopped Driscoll’s strawberries (would taste great with blackberries too, Driscoll’s berry of the month)

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Prepare your 8-inch pan by cutting a circular round of parchment paper to fit the base of your pan. Spray the pan with nonstick spray and place circular parchment round inside the cake pan.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla until well incorporated. Add almond flour, himalayan pink salt, and baking soda. Mix until batter is formed, then pour into prepared pan.
  • Bake about 25-30 minutes, until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool, completely before frosting.
  • Prepare the frosting while the cake is baking. Combine all frosting ingredients in a medium size bowl (you may need to add more nut milk depending on your desired consistency). Frost cooled cake, top with chia seed jam, and fresh strawberries. Enjoy!

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Peanut butter, chai, and strawberries: thoughts?

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