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Cinnamon Roll in a Mug

Today we’re looking at a cinnamon roll in a mug that’s lower carb, lower calorie, and a hulk of a cinnamon roll. It’s a simple recipe, with just two ingredients in the dough and a few more for the cinnamon sugar spread. And all that is underneath a sugar free glaze that gives this cinnamon roll in a mug that authentic, freshly baked cinnamon roll feel. 

This GIANT cinnamon roll in a mug is going to blow your mind! It uses a 2-ingredient dough and 3-ingredient cinnamon sugar spread to create a simple, lower carb, lower calorie cinnamon roll fix.

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Cinnamon Roll in a Mug Ingredients

This recipe has a short ingredient list, with the cinnamon roll dough itself having just two ingredients—Carbquick (or Bisquick) and Greek yogurt. If you’re unfamiliar with Carbquick, it’s a lower carb biscuit and pancake mix similar to Bisquick. You may be able to find Carbquick in stores, but I order mine on Amazon. 

Beyond the Carbquick, you’ll need a bit of light butter, cinnamon, and a calorie free sweetener. I use Land O’ Lakes light butter with canola oil in most of my recipes, but other products like I can’t believe it’s not butter work as well. 

I’ve included notes in the recipe card below for using alternatives like Bisquick, Kodiak Cakes, or Birch Benders like I use in my 3-ingredient easy protein powder pancakes and homemade McGriddles recipes.

The Sugar Free Glaze

The recipe calls for Swerve Confectioners which is a calorie free powdered sugar substitute and one of my all time favorite products. Swerve products use erythritol and natural oligosaccharides and taste amazing. I always like to say, I’m not affiliated with the company, I just love the products! 

You could also try blending a bit of granular sweetener with corn starch or another thickener like arrowroot powder, xanthan gum, or even protein powder to create a faux powdered sugar. 

How to Make This Cinnamon Roll in a Mug

While this cinnamon roll in a mug recipe is a few more steps than my typical mug cake, it’s easier than you might think. All you’ll need to do is mix the Carbquick or Bisquick with Greek yogurt to form a dough, roll or press the dough flat, and spread a cinnamon sugar mixture on top. 

the first few steps of making a cinnamon roll in a mug from rolling the dough and spread cinnamon sugar butter

Then it’s as easy as rolling, cutting, and microwaving. As you can see, the dough forms two cinnamon rolls so you can easily share or have a giant cinnamon roll for yourself. 

the final steps of making a cinnamon roll in a mug like rolling, cutting, and microwaving

One final tip I have on the process of making your cinnamon roll in a mug would be rolling the finished roll in a little extra cinnamon and sugar for the classic cinnamon roll exterior like you see below. 

healthier low carb cinnamon roll in a mug recipe

You can also add an extra teaspoon of butter to the dish you mixed the butter, cinnamon, and sweetener in and drizzle the rest over the outside after adding to the mug. 

Let’s Get Rollin’

Okay, you should be good to go. You’ll find the full recipe below. If you make a cinnamon roll in a mug, snap a pic and let me know what you think. Feel free to tag me on Instagram or join my free Facebook group and share it with the crew.

healthier low carb cinnamon roll in a mug recipe

Cinnamon Roll in a Mug

Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

A GIANT cinnamon roll made with a spin on 2-ingredient dough and a 3-ingredient cinnamon sugar spread. It's perfect for a quick breakfast for two (or one big appetite).

Ingredients

For the Cinnamon Roll

  • 2/3 C (66g) Carbquick Baking Mix, or Bisquick
  • 6 Tbsp (85g) Vanilla Fat Free Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp (14g) Light Butter, I used Land O' Lakes with canola
  • 1 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp Swerve Granular (or a granulated sugar substitute)

For the Sugar Free Glaze

  • 2 Tbsp (18g) Swerve Confectioners (or a powdered sugar substitute)
  • 1/2 Tbsp Water

Instructions

  1. Mix the Carbquick and Greek yogurt together in a bowl, stirring until you can form one ball of dough. cinnamon roll dough ball in a bowl
  2. Use your hands to press the dough as flat as possible.  cinnamon roll in a mug dough pressed flat
  3. For best results, use a rolling pin or the backside of a rubber spatula to get the dough as thin as possible.  cinnamon roll in a mug dough rolled flat
  4. Microwave the butter for 5-10 seconds until melted before stirring in the cinnamon and sweetener. Spread the mixture over the center of the dough.  cinnamon sugar butter spread over the cinnamon roll dough
  5. Roll the cinnamon roll dough lengthwise before cutting the roll in half. (If you rolled your dough in a long thin rectangle, you may not need to cut the dough.) cinnamon roll in a mug dough cut in half before microwaving
  6. Place the rolls in a small mug, cut side up. (If you'd like to coat the outside of the cinnamon roll, you can roll them in more cinnamon/sweetener or gently rub any remaining cinnamon sugar spread on the outside before microwaving.) two cinnamon rolls in a mug before microwaving
  7. Microwave for 90-120 seconds or until the cinnamon rolls are cooked in the center.  two cinnamon rolls in a mug before microwaving
  8. While the cinnamon rolls cook, mix the powdered sugar substitute with water and stir until smooth. Add the glaze to the cinnamon rolls when they're done cooking. 

Notes

Using Bisquick instead of Carbquick? Use 1/2 cup (60g) Bisquick and 1/4 C (56g) Greek yogurt. The dough will be a bit thinner so you may want to roll it on parchment paper so it's easier to roll.

Nutrition Facts Notes

  • The entire recipe has 7 WW SmartPoints (blue).
  • Nutrition info does not include any carbs from the zero-calorie Swerve sweeteners.
  • The nutrition facts are for half the recipes (since it makes 2 cinnamon rolls in 1 mug).
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Cinnamon Rolls Serving Size: 1 Cinnamon Roll
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 150Total Fat: 10gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 10g

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Emily Robertson

Wednesday 7th of October 2020

This recipe is how I found you! So great for my weekend AM sweet tooth. 10/10 would recommend! Depending on what fruit I have in the fridge sometimes I’ll cut up an apple or stick some blueberries in before I roll the dough to give it some extra pizazz.

Kaitlin Magno

Tuesday 1st of September 2020

Hi!

I was scrolling through Pinterest looking for a quick and easy cinnamon mug cake, but most comments said a lot of the other recipes were horrible!

However, when I saw your comments...I decided to try your recipe. I went the unhealthy route lol...I didn’t see your note about the different measurements for bisquick or parchment!

I literally just kept adding more mix until I got a slightly sticky dough. I just used the parchment to the best of my ability to roll it like sushi lol.

It was amazing! I made a cherry coke glaze that was just powdered sugar, cinnamon, water and a splash of the cherry coke...it was to die for!!!! My roll came out like Cinnabon size and I had to microwave for about 3.5 mins.

Mason Woodruff

Tuesday 8th of September 2020

Glad this one lived up to the comment hype! I'll have to try your cherry coke glaze. That sounds amazing.

Kolbie

Monday 20th of July 2020

I bought Carbquik just to try this recipe out and it was sooo worth it! I am terrible at making dough to make cinnamon rolls but this recipe was fool-proof. I was able to create the dough easily and produce a yummy treat for one! Will definitely be making this my new dessert go-to.

Paula Bree

Tuesday 26th of May 2020

This was tasty but I would lessen the cinnamon. It was a little powerful. I didn’t make it as a roll because the dough was very sticky. I just threw it in a tiny baking dish and in the microwave for 1 Minute. It cured my cinnamon roll craving! Thank you

Eliana Sheriff

Wednesday 15th of April 2020

This roll is everything a flexible dieter could ask for! Easy and simple to make, macro-friendly, and still able to satisfy your sweet tooth! I topped mine with sugar free maple syrup (which everyone should use IMHO, the calories AND carbs are wasted on full-sugar syrups!). i also got a little fancy with some PEScience protein icing (powder and a little water). I am so grateful Mason comes up with healthy recipes that are free for us to use and love! This one is a hit.

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