These are easy to make, sticky and delicious, and they’re ready from start to finish in 2 hours.
FOR THE DOUGH
4.5 cups whole wheat flour (you could also use white or spelt but a non gluten flour won’t work in this recipe)
2 cups warm water
2T honey or maple syrup
A good pinch of salt
1T instant yeast
FOR THE FILLING
3T coconut oil (or butter)
3T honey or maple
1/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)
FOR THE TOPPING
1/4 cup raw cashew butter
3T honey or maple
2T coconut oil
1/4 tsp vanilla extract or paste
Put all of the dry dough ingredients into a large mixing bowl and stir them to combine. Add in the warm water and then starting with a spoon, mix everything until it’s a sticky mess that’s starting to pull together. You may need more water, you may need less so add it as you go until it’s a ball you can pick up that holds together, just.
Pour it out onto a work surface and start to knead the dough pulling an edge in and pressing it down, rotating, stretching out another edge, pulling it in and pressing it down. Keep doing this for about 10 minutes until the dough is supple and stretchy.
Roll the dough out to about 12″ x 24″ on your work surface. Make sure it’s flour underneath just enough to not stick.
Combine the soft coconut oil, honey, and cinnamon together and spread it over the surface of the dough. Starting rolling along the long edge, start to tightly roll the dough into a long sausage.
Once the dough is fully rolled, use a sharp knife to slice the rolled “sausage” into 1.5″-2″ sections. You want a knife that can actually cut through the dough rather than press down on it to cut it, I use a sharp cerated bread knife. It will make about 12 rolls. Place them in a baking tray or cast iron skillet (the one in the picture is enamelled cast iron which I wouldn’t actually recommend – they can break really easily and the true cast iron ones live literally forever for the same size I’d go for THIS in America and THIS in the UK. Both amazon links so shop wherever!)
Place them all equally spaced in the skillet, you don’t need to line it if it’s well seasoned. Leave it on the counter to rise (covered with a saucepan lid or dish cloth) for 1-3 hours until they’re touching and risen to about twice the size, or in the fridge overnight. As little as 1 hour will give you amazing cinnamon rolls. If you do go for just 1 hour make sure it’s a warm space if your house is cold. You can use a very low oven that you then turn off, or another warm space.
While they rise mix everything for the topping together into a smooth paste. Melt the coconut oil slightly if it’s very hard and mix it all well.
After the rise whether it’s an hour or overnight, preheat your oven to 160C/325F and pop the rolls in. Give them 35 minutes cooking until they’re turning nicely brown then take them out, spread over the topping while they’re still warm and dive in!
To store: Cover and keep on the counter for a day or wrap individually and freeze then pull each one out and warm in the oven and serve!