High Protein Orange Cinnamon Rolls
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Any chance you remember the joy that was waking up to Saturday morning cartoons and the sweet aroma of orange cinnamon rolls baking in the oven? If not, that’s okay. Because now you can experience that same joy with a lower calorie, higher protein version of this breakfast classic!
If you’re familiar with my recipes, you know I like to keep things simple. So I’ll tell you up front, these orange cinnamon rolls require a bit more work than my usual recipe. I’ve done my best, however, to make up for that with a video tutorial and detailed instructions to guide you every step of the way.
Okay, let’s get rollin’!
Orange Cinnamon Rolls Ingredient Notes
Normally I’d spend some time running through every ingredient and talking about potential substitutions you could make. But with this recipe being a bit more technical, I’d highly encourage you to stick to the recipe if possible.
As for the usual ingredient notes, you might be able to swap almond flour for all purpose flour if you need a lower carb or gluten free flour replacement. It works as a 1:1 swap in most recipes but may require some tinkering. In my low carb lemon protein cookies, for example, almond flour required slightly less liquid than all purpose flour.
And for the protein powder, feel free to use others but like I always recommend, use grams not scoops when substituting. Since different protein powders have different scoop sizes, you don’t want to accidentally use 120 grams instead of 84 grams in a recipe where you’re trying to make a dough!
Orange Cinnamon Rolls Recipe Video
While I’ve included instructional photos in the recipe card below, you may want to spend two minutes watching the video walkthrough below. You’ll even see me make the mistake of rolling part of my dough a little too thin. Remember, this stuff should be fun!
And that’s all the notes I have. It’s time to get your roll on.
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High Protein Orange Cinnamon Rolls
Buttery cinnamon rolled up in a sweet, high protein dough and covered with an orange glaze.
Orange Cinnamon Rolls Dough
- 1 1/4 C (150g) All Purpose Flour divided
- 3 scoops (84g) Protein Powder I used Bowmar Nutrition Frosted Cookie
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 Tbsp (12g) Orange Zest
- 1/2 C (113g) Fat Free Greek Yogurt vanilla or plain
Cinnamon Roll Filling
- 2 Tbsp (28g) Light Butter I used Land O' Lakes with canola
- 1 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon
- 2-4 Tbsp (18-36g) Swerve Confectioners or powdered sugar substitute
- 2-4 tsp Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
Preheat an oven to 350F.
Mix 1 C (120g) flour with the baking powder and protein powder in a large bowl before adding the Greek yogurt and orange zest. Stir until you can form a ball of dough. It will appear as though you need more liquid—keep stirring!
Once you have a ball of dough, slowly add/work the remaining flour into the dough until it's no longer sticky and can be easily handled. (Start with a rubber spatula and finish with your hands.)
Transfer the finished dough to a sheet of parchment paper or nonstick surface to roll out the dough.
Use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a large rectangle, about the size of a baking sheet.
Melt the butter and mix with the ground cinnamon. Use a brush or rubber spatula to spread the mixture evenly across the dough.
Gently roll the dough from top to bottom, doing your best to keep the girth of your cinnamon roll uniform. Once rolled, gently press the sides inward and tuck them for an even roll.
Use a knife to slice the cinnamon roll into 8 pieces.
Optional: melt an extra tablespoon of butter and mix with some cinnamon to brush on the sides of the cinnamon rolls before baking.
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the centers of the cinnamon rolls are cooked through. DO NOT OVER BAKE!
Mix the confectioners sugar with the juice of the orange you used for zest and stir well. You can adjust the amounts used to fit your personal preference and whether you'd like a glaze or more of a frosting.
After the cinnamon rolls have briefly cooled, add the glaze. Enjoy!
- Each cinnamon roll has 3 Smart Points.
- Nutrition facts do not include the orange glaze. With the glaze, each cinnamon roll has 125 calories, 11g protein, 20g carbs, and 2g fat. (Since Swerve is zero-calorie, the calories are not increased but unless you count net carbs, I've added the carbs from the label. Confusing, I know. Sorry!)
More Cinnamon Roll Recipes You Might Like
Making a cinnamon roll in a mug may sound crazy, but my mug cinnamon roll recipe does just that. Oh, and if you’re tired of rolling dough, just add everything to the mug, stir, and microwave. Who needs the swirl, right?
And if you’d like a slightly easier recipe, check out my chocolate cinnamon rolls recipe.