Still searching for the perfect. . .

. . .healthier cinnamon roll.   And since I always tweak my recipes and tell you guys about my foibles, here we go!

 Today's attempt was much better than the last two.  For those who don't know, I try to cook everything with whole wheat flour.  My pitas were whole wheat.  The donuts were whole wheat.  My chocolate chip pancakes were whole wheat.  I make my pizza dough and breadsticks whole wheat.  But, the perfect cinnamon roll recipe. . . it eludes me.  And it probably does so because at the same time that I'm using whole wheat, I'm also trying to lower the amounts of sugar. 

  But, as I said, today's wasn't too bad.  I used a quick roll recipe, meaning it was a yeast-free cinnamon roll.  And to call these cinnamon rolls actually doesn't do justice to the amount of cinnamon that I used.  I would like to call them "Red Hot Rolls".  They were very, very cinnamon-y.  And my daughter and I liked them that way.  My son, he wouldn't touch them.  But, Future
Fashionista and I finished the whole dish.  And then she asked me if I could make them again.  I said, "Sure baby, I can make them again".  And she said, "No, I mean make more right now."  So, I guess they weren't that bad.  But, I still feel like they use so much sugar, even though I cut the amounts already.  I think tonight I'm going to try a yeast-roll recipe and do the same thing for the filling that I did today.
I could have cut the amount of filling in half and been fine.  I ended up using the rest of the filling as a base for the icing, which is why the icing on top is brown.   I just added milk and a little powdered sugar.  It was super yummy, cinnamon-y, just like red hots!

  For those of you who would like to attempt them, and do a little experimenting of your own, here's the recipe that I used:

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 c. + 1/2 tsp. shortening
1/2 c. milk--could have used a little more.  The dough seemed a little dry.
1/8 c. white sugar

Butter or Margarine for filling--original recipe says 1/4 c. butter.  I'm sure I used less.
1/4 c. packed brown sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp. cinnamon--I like them cinnamon-y.  If you like yours less so, then definitely cut this back!

Mix flour, white sugar, salt and baking powder.  Cut in shortening until crumbly.  Add milk and mix until if forms dough.  Put on wax paper and knead until soft.  Roll out to an 8 x 12 rectangle.  Spread butter/margarine in a thin layer over rectangle except for outer inch.  Sprinkle filling over butter (I ended up only using half).  Roll from short end like jelly roll.  Cut into rolls.  Mine made 12 small rolls.  Cook at 375 degrees for 15-18 minutes.  Everyone's ovens are different, so check after 15 minutes.  Drizzle with icing.  

And here's a pic from yesterday, when the weather was sooooo nice here in NE Ohio!

Do you guys experiment trying to make your recipes healthier?  My two main concerns usually, are reducing sugar amounts and getting as many whole grains as possible.  What are your concerns when trying to make things healthier?

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