Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Champion Nutrition Recipe of the Week - Protein Cinnamon Rolls!

How about a holiday treat that won't take you off track? This recipe takes a bit more time than my usual, but it's worth it! Especially if you choose the frosted option ;-)

Cinnamon Protein Rolls
by Chelle Stafford
makes 9 rolls


2 spiced chai tea bags
1/2 cup boiling water

4 oz softened fat free cream cheese
2 Tbsp coconut butter (not solid coconut oil, real coconut butter which is the ground flesh of the coconut - I use Artisan brand)
1 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp Truvia Baking Blend
2 Tbsp ground flax seed
1/4 tsp sea salt

1 cup whole wheat white, bread flour
1 cup coconut flour
1 heaping cup Champion Nutrition Pure Whey Protein Powder, Vanilla
2 packets Stevia
2 tsp baking powder
1 egg, plus 1 egg white
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 Tbsp vanilla


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray a muffin pan with cooking oil

In a cup, add 1/2 cup boiling water to 2 chai tea bags, let steep.

In a small bowl, combine 4 oz cream cheese, 2 Tbsp coconut butter (not oil, actual coconut butter which is the ground flesh of the coconut), 1 tsp cinnamon and 1 Tbsp of the tea. Set aside.

In a small bowl, combine 2 Tbsp Truvia Baking Blend with 2 Tbsp ground flax and 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine 1 cup whole wheat white bread flour, 1 cup coconut flour, 1 heaping cup protein powder, 2 packets Stevia, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 2 tsp baking powder. Whisk together.

Add 1 egg, 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce, 1 Tbsp vanilla extract, and the rest of the tea (squeeze out the bags into the bowl).

Mix well. Cover and chill in refrigerator 20 minutes.

Sprinkle flour on countertop and rolling pin.

Flatten dough and roll out, sprinkling with flour as needed. When dough is about 1/3 - 1/2" thick, spread cream cheese mixture across it. Sprinkle with the flax/truvia/cinnamon blend. Sprinkle with sea salt.

Roll up dough, short end to short end. Cut off and discard uneven ends.Mark 9 even pieces with a knife.

Slice the roll into 9 pieces, and place each into a well of the muffin tin.

Mix 1 tsp water with 1 egg white and brush over the tops and visible sides of the rolls.

Bake at 350 for 15 minutes, then turn off oven and leave rolls inside for another 5 minutes.

Remove to cooling rack.  Serve warm, or refrigerate until needed.

**If desired, mix 4 oz cream cheese with 2 packets stevia (or 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup), adding just enough milk or almond milk (unsweetened) to make it thin enough to drizzle. Drizzle topping over rolls.

212 ccalories, 15 grams protein, 25 grams carbs, 6 grams fat, 9 grams fiber. 16 grams net carbs.
235 calories, 16 grams protein, 29 grams carbs, 6 grams fat, 9 grams fiber. 20 grams net carbs.

Roll out the chilled dough and spread cream cheese mix.
Sprinkle on the flax/trivia mixture, then sprinkle sea salt.
Roll it up, starting with the short end.
Place slices in the muffin wells.

Cool slightly. Frost if desired.

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