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Cinnamon rolls – A Healthy Twist with Palm Sugar, honey and walnuts

17 February 2011 43 Comments

Eggless Cinnamon rolls with honey and walnuts

Cinnamon rolls are a very common breakfast feast in many European counties. A soft and flavorful yeast bun I would love to munch upon any time of the day. Though the lazy & the busy will find it a bit tough nut to crack, which includes me too 🙂 As the resting hours are really intimidating and test your patience levels to the full! But the end results are sure to make you ecstatic.

To make these cinnamon rolls loaded with nutrients I added Palm sugar instead of the regular white sugar. Honey, walnuts, cinnamon and wholewheat are the other contestants fighting for their place in the health chart of these cinnamon rolls. Palm sugar gave a very caramelized and lovely flavors to the rolls.

Eggless Cinnamon rolls with honey and walnuts

Walnuts ready to go in…


(makes 12 medium cinnamon rolls)

  • 1 cup wholewheat flour
  • 1 cup Refined flour
  • 3/4 cup Walnuts
  • 1/4 cup Pistachios
  • 2 tbsp. Palm sugar
  • 1/2 cup of Honey
  • 2 tbsp Butter/oil
  • 2 tsp. of cinnamon powder
  • 1 tbsp curd/yogurt
  • 2 tsp. dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
Eggless Cinnamon rolls with honey and walnuts

Palm sugar..another healthy option for baking!

A much healthier option than the white sugar, palm sugar gives a caramelized and lovely flavors to the baked goodies.

Eggless Cinnamon rolls with honey and walnuts

Nutty bowl..

Grease a dish with oil and spread the coarse nuts into it.

Eggless Cinnamon rolls with honey and walnuts

Yeast doing its work..

Method; Mix the yeast & 1 tsp. of honey in the warm water and keep it aside for 10 minutes. Crush the walnuts and pistachio nuts and make a coarse powder or better cut it with knife into small pieces if you have time & patience!

Mix the cinnamon powder with 11/2 tbsp of Palm sugar in a small cup and keep it aside. Take the flour in a broad vessel and make a well in it. Add honey, oil, yogurt ad half tbsp. of Palm sugar into it. Combine the whole ingredients together and form a lump, it will be very sticky at the beginning stage. Keep kneading for 5 minutes using a little oil in your hand.

Put the dough over the greased dish with the nuts. Cover it with a lid and keep it to rise for about 1 hour.

Eggless Cinnamon rolls with honey and walnuts

Cinnamon & Palm sugar mix…

Take out the risen dough and punch the air out from it, knead it lightly for 5 minutes and roll it into a flat rectangle of 1 cm. using your hands or a rolling pin. Brush the rolled out dough with butter and sprinkle the cinnamon & palm sugar mix over it evenly.

Eggless Cinnamon rolls with honey and walnuts

Rolled for 2nd rise..

Roll the rectangle from one end to the other end and in the shape of a log. Secure the edges tightly and cut into 12 thick roundels. Arrange them on a greased baking sheet, cover and let it rise again for 1 hour or more till it doubles in size.

Eggless Cinnamon rolls with honey and walnuts

Well risen after 2 hours..

Well risen cinnamon roundels, mine took almost 2 hours to come to this size since I used wholewheat in the the recipe.

Eggless Cinnamon rolls with honey and walnuts

Hot in the oven..

Bake the cinnamon rolls for 20-25 minutes at 200°C or till it is done.

Take out from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack. Remove the rolls from the baking sheet and store them in an airtight container.

Eggless Cinnamon rolls with honey and walnuts

Baked beauties!

The golden beauties arranged for a quick photo shoot before they become history!

Eggless Cinnamon rolls with honey and walnuts

Up and close!

The spirals look wonderful, and the nuts peeping out from the rolls are making it more scrumptious…

Eggless Cinnamon rolls with honey and walnuts

With my tea…

Had a quick bite straight from the oven with my cuppa…Mmmm

Eggless Cinnamon rolls with honey and walnuts

Soft and fluffy!

Much closer look into the rolls and you will enjoy the beauty more..light & fluffy!

Eggless Cinnamon rolls with honey and walnuts

Drizzled with honey..

Savor the rolls as it is or sprinkle powder sugar and serve. Drizzle honey or Maple syrup over the rolls and indulge in.

Eggless Cinnamon rolls with honey and walnuts

Cinnamon here..cinnamon there!

Loaded with cinnamon these rolls are a real joy to share it with your friends and family. And the walnuts in every bite is what gives a distinct taste & crunch to these cinnamon rolls from its other cousins.


  • The Pistachios can be replaced with the walnuts for more crunch and better taste.
  • Replace white sugar or Brown sugar with the Palm sugar if you cannot get it.
  • Bake the cinnamon rolls with refined flour instead of half wholewheat flour in the recipe, if you want even lighter texture.
  • Stays good for a week and can be packed for a great lunchbox or snack box treat for your kids or in your office.


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  • Nishi said:

    The rolls are just perfect sanjeeta. I agree with you when you say “baked beauties” 🙂

  • Priya said:

    Palm sugar in cinnamon rolls, thats quite a brilliant idea Sanjeeta, they looks irresistible..

  • Raji said:

    Wow ..so yummy looking cinnamon rolls.. made with healthy palm sugar..the write up on various sugars is also very informative ..thanks.

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  • Sharmilee said:

    I can feel the softness here…looks so tempting n yumm

  • Jayasree said:

    Mouthwatering rolls. Good way to use the plam sugar. Stunning pictorial.

  • Priti said:

    Looks so gud ..I liked tht you use wheat flour…

  • sweet Artichoke said:

    Cinnamon rolls looks perfect! I, too, try to avoid white sugar as much as possible. I usually use muscovado sugar, honey or agave syrup, but I have never tried palm sugar and I read your post about palm sugar with great interest!

  • PremalathaAravindhan said:

    Wow i can feel the cinnamon smell from here…luks inviting…

  • biny anoop said:

    love this…looking gud…nice to know the use of palm sugar

  • chitra said:

    Adding palm sugar is a gr8 idea. healthy rolls:)

  • Deepa said:

    Rolls look simply mouthwatering and delicious. Fulfilling preparation.

  • Pari said:

    Very tempting rolls, would love to try them.

  • kairali sisters said:

    wow, wow, wow.cinnaon rolls are my fav and i never miss a chance to eat these, these have come out perfect and i am literally drooling here Sanjeeta…

  • prathibha said:

    They look super delicious…very healthy too

  • Nithya said:

    Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.. I am literally screaming here. Love this so so so much. Dad used to get it from mcrennett often those days. I would love to make them at home 🙂 Bookmarking it right away. Will try it out soon 🙂

  • Kathy Gori said:

    Oh my, these look absolutely delectable!!! You’ve done it again. I know what what my husband will say when he sees these..I’ll be baking cinnamon rolls!
    I always cook with palm sugar as it’s so much better you one than cane. Thanks for posting this great recipe.

  • Swathi said:

    Looks delicious nice cinnamon rolls.

  • Sra said:

    Those rolls look good. I don’t eat much bread but my weakness is croissants! Like how the speckles show on the rolls on the last photo!

  • Namitha said:

    love them..nice twist with palm sugar..

  • Faith said:

    Your cinnamon rolls look wonderful! I love your healthy twists, espeically the addition of walnuts…yum!

  • Panchpakwan said:

    Wow so spongy and yummy cinnamon rolls.

  • aipi said:

    Delicious n healthy..will make for a perfect homemade breakfast on the go 🙂

  • Cham said:

    That is healthy twist and you have done like a pro!

  • Radhika said:

    Wow, these rolls look awesome. Step by step pics are great. thanks for sharing

  • seema shelat said:

    Gr8 receipe worth a try ….!!!

  • Kiran said:

    Great healthy twist to this recipe, will have to give it a try have some walnuts that I need to use up before they go off, so thanks for sharing 🙂

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Kiran, good to hear from you after a long time! Hope you and your family are doing fine.
    Take care.

  • Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said:

    I better save it as we love cinnamon rolls and without egg and sugar sounds like dream come true.

  • FOODESSA said:

    Sanjeeta…You’ve outdone yourself with this baking today…especially integrating the out of the usual ingredients…good for you and great for us ;o)

    Flavourful wishes,

  • torviewtoronto said:

    healthy delicious cinnamon buns
    favourite to snack

  • Anna Johnston said:

    Cinnamon scrolls (or buns) are wonderful…, I’d eat them even if they didn’t have this cheeky little healthy twist Sanjeeta. Well done, they still look too hard to resist…, I have to close my eyes when I walk past a bakery with these on display…, I think I’d go nuts if I made them 🙂

  • Ekta said:

    tempting…great recipe…delicious…lovely baking….

  • Heavenly Housewife said:

    I bet these taste absolutely amazing, especially fresh from the oven. Cinnamon is one of my all time favorite flavours, so I would probably love these.
    *kisses* HH

  • Magic of Spice said:

    These look so wonderful:) I have never worked with palm sugar really but almost picked some up the other day, will my next trip 🙂

  • Magic of Spice said:

    They look so wonderful:) I have never worked with palm sugar really but almost picked some up the other day, will my next trip.
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  • Dewi said:

    Beautiful and healthy cinnamon rolls, I really like the fact that is eggless.
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  • Reeni said:

    I love the rich flavor of palm sugar! I have never tried baking with it. These look wonderfully delicious! So tempting.
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  • Hannah said:

    Incredible, these both look and sound delicious! I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz around palm sugar lately, but have been at a loss as to how to really feature it. I’ll have to finally take the plunge and buy some now that I have this recipe.
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  • Soma said:

    I have a major weakness for cinnamon rolls. I can gobble them up even if I am full to my neck. These look just fantastic!!! will be dreaming of these with cuppa tomorrow morning.

  • Maria @ Scandifoodie said:

    Cinnamon rolls are such a classic Finnish dish, love them!
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  • Kulsum at JourneyKitchen said:

    Does this mean – I can eat double of this ? Oh yes 😀 Can’t live without cinnamon rolls. But the butter always scares me away. Thank you so much for visiting the blog and liking it. Glad to connect.

  • Priya said:

    My cinnamon rolls turned out superb! and is now my dad’s favourite!!

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