The star ingredient that enabled these cinnamon buns to be gluten free without sacrificing taste OR nutrition was cassava flour, a grain-free root vegetable flour made from yucca.
Cassava Flour is a Nutritious and Bakes Like a Dream
Cassava flour is a great ingredient to use as an alternative to conventional whole grain flours such as whole wheat or spelt flour and in many recipes it can be substituted in a 1:1 ratio for whole wheat flour. It’s also a great source of vitamin C (1/4 cup has almost 20% of your Daily Value), folate, magnesium, potassium and many additional nutrients. So whether you are gluten free / grain free or not, you may want to consider adding cassava flour to your clean food pantry staples.
Clean Cinnamon Bun Recipe Is Dairy Free Too!
Thanks to coconut butter (see photo on left), these even include a rich and decadent dairy free frosting to drizzle on top. If you haven’t heard of coconut butter yet, it’s an incredibly nutrient-dense food made from the “meat” or flesh of coconuts. In fact, because it is a “whole fat”. coconut butter has the same health-promoting qualities as coconut oil, and then some. For example, coconut butter (but not coconut oil) contains both iron and fiber.
Cinnamon Date Paste Takes the Place of Refined Sugar
And finally, thanks to cinnamon date paste, these cinnamon buns are even free from refined sugar!
Most cinnamon bun recipes call for sugar (and LOTS of it!), but by combining dates, a little extra virgin coconut oil, raw honey, water and cinnamon in a food processor you get a nutrient-dense but decadently sweet cinnamon date paste.
I know this gluten free cinnamon bun recipe clearly won’t taste like what you might get from Cinnabon, but I promise it won’t disappoint 😉
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