There are a billion reasons why you should run to your grocery store and grab a giant tub of Greek yogurt, and the most exciting one includes a Skinny Greek Yogurt Cinnamon Roll for one. And it’s not tiny either.Y’all know if you follow my blog that I am not a fan of serious portion control. I’m just not into it. I mean, I believe in it, I know it works. It’s basic math: take in less calories than you burn and you’re going to lose weight. Thus, eat less, weigh less. But the thing is, I like to eat. I like to eat more. I like to eat until I’m full. That’s the entire purpose of my blog. Maybe food lower in calories so you can eat more of it. So that was the goal of my Skinny Greek Yogurt Cinnamon Roll for one. I love skinny cinnamon rolls. I like individual cinnamon rolls and I love skinny cinnamon rolls and skinny pumpkin cinnamon rolls. I love pecan sticky buns and cookies and cream breakfast buns. Look, I’m a fan. And here’s what you should gift your kitchen with if you are also a fan:
Favorites? My entire kitchen looks like it has exploded with MacKenzie-Childs, so I am rightfully so obsessed with that black and white checkered mitten. Also, look at that butter keeper. The color, the shape. I need. And finally, I have the cinnamon roll pan. I love that cinnamon roll pan. You wouldn’t believe how flawless your rolls come out looking.
The reason why Greek yogurt is so amazing for baking purposes is because it fluffs up the dough and makes your food super moist! It’s amazing for pizzas, pancakes and biscuits. And it’s clearly amazing for cinnamon rolls!Want a cinnamon roll, but don’t want to have to make a full batch? This is the perfect individual-sized serving. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Cinnamon Roll Ingredients:
- 1/3 cup pastry flour (110 calories - if using whole wheat pastry flour, the Greek yogurt may need to be increased by 2 tablespoons)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder? (2 calories)
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 tablespoons Truvia
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (3 calories)
- Pinch of salt
- 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt (32 calories, depending)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (12.5 calories)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (12 calories)
- Optional: splash of butter extract
- Brown Butter Filling Ingredients:
- 1 teaspoon I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, "Lite" (13 calories)
- 1 teaspoon Truvia Baking Blend, "Brown Sugar" (10 calories)
- Vanilla Glaze Ingredients:
- 1 tablespoon powdered Swerve or organic powdered sugar (0 - 30 calories)
- Splash of pure vanilla extract (3 calories)
- Splash of unsweetened almond milk (2 calories)
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- First, let's focus on the ingredients for your cinnamon roll, excluding the ingredients for your brown butter filling and vanilla glaze. Take your dry ingredients and mix them together in a medium-sized bowl.
- One-by-one, add in your wet ingredients, stirring well after each addition. Once your dough has been mixed well (you'll notice your dough has fluffed up and has somewhat of a light texture), pour it into an individual-sized baking dish. You can also make one out of foil.
- Place your dough in the oven and bake for approximately 10 minutes, or until the top layer of your cinnamon roll has turned a nice golden-brown color. You may also press your finger into the middle of your cake to make certain your dough has through. If your finger leaves a lasting indention in mushy dough, continue to cook for a couple of minutes. You can also stick a toothpick into the center of your dough, checking for wet batter upon removal.
- Once your roll has finished cooking, remove it from the oven. Take a knife and carve a spiral into your cake, one that resembles the spiral of a cinnamon bun. This is where you will pour your butter and brown sugar!
- Heat your teaspoon of butter in the microwave and, once melted, mix in your teaspoon of brown sugar. Gently spoon your mix into the spiral of the cinnamon roll, allowing it to melt into the dough.
- While your roll is cooling, mix together powdered sugar, splash of vanilla and splash of almond milk (or milk of choice) in a small bowl. Don't use too much milk or your vanilla glaze will be too thin. Instead of vanilla extract, you may consider substituting with maple extract - it's to die for!
- Pour your glaze onto your cinnamon roll and serve immediately!