Healthy cinnamon rolls

Healthy cinnamon rolls – Franzbrötchen meets cinnamon bun

My new favorite dessert: Healthy cinnamon rolls. A healthy combination of the northern German pastry ‘Franzbrötchen’ and cinnamon rolls! I grew up in Hamburg where you quickly start to love the Franzbrötchen.

But the cinnamon rolls were also always a highlight among the pastries. In general cinnamon pastry is simply one of my absolute weak points.

healthy cinnamon rolls
healthy cinnamon rolls

That’s why I thought cinnamon pastries must be healthy too. So why don’t we try a compromise between a Franzbrötchen and a cinnamon bun? Since both have too many calories, my task was not so easy. In the end, I did it after all! The result: This super delicious cinnamon roll recipe.

Healthy cinnamon rolls

Cinnamon rolls
My new favorite dessert: Healthy cinnamon rolls. I grew up in Hamburg and doing so i quickly learned to love "Franzbrötchen".
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Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Fermentingtime: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Cuisine: German
Keywords: Cinnemon Bun, Franzbrötchen, Healthy cinnamon
Servings 8 Cinnamon rolls
Calories: 100kcal
Author: Jonas Zeschke


  • 100 ml water warm
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 5 g sugar
  • 41 g fresh yeast
  • 150 g spelt flour
  • 30 g sweetener powder sugar alternative Xylitol
  • 5 g cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp butter


  • Pour the water into a bowl, add sugar, a pinch of salt and mix gently
  • Now crumble the fresh yeast and let the whole thing ferment for at least for 15 minutes.
  • While the yeast is fermenting, get your blender and a bowl.
  • Add the flour and a little xylitol with a pinch of cinnamon.
  • When the yeast is fermented, mix a little and add to the flour.
  • Now knead the whole thing well with the kneading hooks of your mixer until everything has mixed smoothly.
  • Now cover the dough with a cloth and leave to rest for 10 minutes.
  • After the dough has rested for a while, remove from the bowl and knead neatly on a lightly floured work surface, for at least 10 minutes. Until the dough stops sticking and develops a smooth surface.
  • Then form the dough into a large ball, put it back in the bowl and cover with cling film.
  • Allow the dough to ferment for another 50 minutes.
  • After the dough has fermented and has about twice the volume, roll out on a lightly floured work surface (as angular as possible)
  • Preheat the oven to 180 °C (360 °F).
  • Heat the butter lightly until liquid and mix with the xylitol and cinnamon.
  • Spread the cinnamon butter evenly on the dough.
  • Now gently roll the dough together to a roll.
  • Cut the finished roll in small pieces (approx. 8 pieces)
  • Bake for 25 minutes at 180 °C (360 °F) with top and under heat.
  • Allow the rolls to cool down a little and enjoy!


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〉 My preferred sugar replacement: xylitol *

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Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g
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For all cinnamon lovers, I also recommend my apple-cinnamon oatmeal. The perfect healthy cinnamon breakfast.

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