Whole Wheat Cinnamon Rolls

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Serves 12 (1 tablespoons of frosting per roll).

1 loaf frozen whole-wheat dough, thawed

1/3 cup light margarine spread (trans-fat free)

1/3 cup sugar

½ cup ground flaxseed

1/4 cup cinnamon


8 oz reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
2 cups powdered sugar

½ cup water


  1. Place frozen dough out to thaw. Let rise until doubled.
  2. On a floured surface, press dough into a 22-by-14-inch rectangle.
  3. Melt margarine spread and brush onto dough.
  4. In a small bowl, stir together sugar, flaxseed and cinnamon. Sprinkle mixture over dough.
  5. Roll the dough up from the long side, jelly-roll style. Pinch to seal edge.
  6. Cut dough crosswise into 12 rolls and place cut-side-down into a greased 9-by-13-inch baking pan.
  7. Cover pan and let rolls rise for 2 to 3 hours or until doubled in size.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes. Let rolls cool to ice with frosting.
  9. Frosting: With an electric mixer, beat softened cream cheese until fluffy. Add powdered sugar and water gradually, beating until mixture becomes smooth. Use 1 tablespoon of frosting on each roll.

Daily nutritional values: 2% vitamin A, 0% vitamin C, 4% calcium, 10% iron
Nutrition information per serving: Calories: 255, Carbohydrate: 45 g, Cholesterol: 10 mg, Dietary Fiber: 5g, Fat:6 g, Protein: 9g, Saturated Fat: 0.5 g, Sodium: 260, Sugar: 20 Trans fats: 0 g


If there is one food that is my downfall, it is cinnamon rolls – oh my!  Now these are not super healthy and they do not apply to all you can eat but there are some big improvements from the regular version.  You get 5 grams of fiber and even a good amount of protein by using 100% whole wheat dough as well as the flaxseed.  It is always nice to have a sweet treat every once in awhile.  Go cinnamon rolls – yummy!

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1 comment

  1. quiltinjeanie August 3, 2010 at 10:15 am

    These sound good….love them too! Bet it’s hard to eat just one, though.