Wholesome Kaniwa Cinnamon Rolls

Updated: May 30, 2023

Wholesome Kaniwa Cinnamon Rolls
General Information
  • Desserts
  • Sweet
  • 2 hours 47 minutes
  • Vegetarian
  • 12 servings


  • Whole-wheat flour
    Whole-wheat flour
  • Whole Milk
    Whole milk
  • Brown Sugar
    Brown sugar
  • ground cinnamon
    Ground cinnamon
  • Dry active yeast
    Dry active yeast
  • Baking powder
    Baking powder
  • Salt
  • coconut oil
    Coconut oil
  • Maple Syrup
    Maple syrup
  • Vanilla extract
    Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of HerbaZest Kaniwa Flour
  • 2 cups of whole-wheat flour
  • 3/4 cups of whole milk (+ 3 TBS)
  • 6 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons of dry active yeast (1/4 oz.)
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • Salt (a pinch)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of coconut oil (or butter)
  • 3 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup of cashew
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract


These healthy cinnamon rolls with protein-rich kaniwa are easier to make than it may seem. In exchange for a little patience, they offer a delicious combination of comforting flavors and cinnamon aroma. Instead of the classic sugar glaze, they are topped with wholesome, creamy maple cashew sauce, helping you treat yourself the healthier way. 

  1. Place the cashews in hot water and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, pour 3/4 cup of warm milk, one tablespoon of sugar, and yeast. Stir and set aside for five minutes.(5 minutes)
  3. While waiting, place the following ingredients in a large bowl: kaniwa flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil.(2 minutes)
  4. When the yeast mixture is bubbly and frothy, pour it into the large bowl. Give everything a good stir until the dough is sticky, but not sticky enough to stick to your hands when touched.(5 minutes)
  5. Take the dough out of the bowl, put it on a lightly floured surface, and kneed it for five more minutes.(5 minutes)
  6. Then lightly oil the bowl, put the dough in it, and turn it over so that it is also covered in oil. Then cover with plastic wrap and set aside for at least an hour to rise.(1 hour)
  7. Once the dough doubled in size, punch it down. Then lightly flour the surface and take the dough out of the bowl. Roll it out into a rectangle (roughly 10x16 inches, or 25x40 cm).(5 minutes)
  8. Brush the dough with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil (or butter). Then sprinkle it with ground cinnamon and 5 tablespoons of brown sugar, while leaving an 1-inch border on the longer sides.(2 minutes)
  9. Roll the dough up into a tight log. Make sure the dough is sealed well at the end. Then cut it into 12 even pieces. Transfer into a lightly grease, 9x13-inch baking dish. Cover the rolls with plastic wrap and let rise for another hour or until they are touching.(1 hour)
  10. Then preheat the oven to 350°F (176 °C) and bake for about 20 minutes or until the rolls are golden brown and the filling is bubbling.(20 minutes)
  11. Take out of the oven and set aside to cool, while you're making the cashew sauce.
  12. Drain the cashews and place them in a blender. Add the vanilla extract and maple syrup. Blend. Add the milk very gradually until you reach a creamy and thick, yet spreadable consistency. You may use less or more than the reserved 3 tablespoons. Pour over warm cinnamom rolls. Enjoy!(3 minutes)