breakfast gluten-free rolls/scones the great valentine's day bake-off vegan

Banana Fosters Cinnamon Rolls

February 10, 2014

Growing up I was a weird kid. I ate peanut butter with rice, sugar with my grilled cheese and thought cinnamon had magical powers. I literally piled cinnamon onto everything I ate, from my morning cherrios to my chicken fingers (try it, it’s awesome) so much so that I came to believe cinnamon could cure anything. I was like the father in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” who is convinced that Windex can cure all woes.

banana fosters cinnamon rollsUnfortunately that belief was shattered when I tried to clean a cut with cinnamon thanks to a rolling blading accident that occurred when I tried to rollerblade down a hill wearing one rollerblade. Kids, don’t try that at home…

Regardless, my obsession with cinnamon is still strong enough that it deserves a dedicated Valentine’s Day post. For the record, I contemplated a way to bake pickles because they too own this foodie’s heart. Fortunately for you I went with cinnamon rolls instead.

banana fosters cinnamon rolls 2I’ll be honest, these are no cinnabon. Though if the Subway scandal was any indication, they are probably laced with yoga mat chemicals so I’m okay to part with them. However, these are still fantastic, gluten-free, vegan, somewhat lightened up and loaded with an excessive amount of cinnamon…they’re called cinnamon rolls for a reason!


Banana Fosters Cinnamon Rolls

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Yield: 16 rolls 1x


For the dough:

  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
, warm
  • splash of maple syrup or honey
  • 1 package (2 1/4 tsp) quick-rise dry active yeast
  • 4 1/2 cups gluten free all purpose flour blend {or regular all purpose flour}
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum {omit if using regular flour}
  • 1/3 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, solid and cold

For the filling:

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp rum (optional)
  • 1 ½ T cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup pecans, chopped (optional)

For the icing:

  • 1 cup icing (powdered) sugar
  • 1 T unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Add a splash of maple syrup or honey to the warm almond milk and stir in yeast. Set aside until frothy (about 5 mins)
  2. Combine flour, xanthan gum, coconut palm sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Cut in coconut oil until dough has a “pea-like” consistency.
  4. Stir almond milk-yeast mix into dry mix until a sticky dough is formed.
  5. Flour a clean surface and roll out dough to about a 1/2 an inch thick rectangle.
  6. For the filling melt coconut oil in a large pan over medium-high heat.
  7. Add bananas and cook until they have browned and broken down (about 3 mins)
  8. Add in vanilla extract and rum (optional) and stir to combine.
  9. Spread out banana mixture onto rolled out dough.
  10. Sprinkle with cinnamon and pecans (optional)
  11. Roll up dough lengthwise and cut into 16 rolls.
  12. Spray a large baking pan (you may have to use 2) with non-stick spray or coconut oil.
  13. Add rolls so they fit tightly and cover with a clean dish-towel.
  14. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and while preheating place baking pan(s) on top of stove to rise for 30 mins.
  15. After 30 mins, remove dish towels and bake cinnamon rolls for 15 mins.
  16. While baking combine icing ingredients
  17. Remove from oven, drizzle with icing and serve warm.

banana fosters cinnamon roll 3

Did you/do you have a food you top on everything? Ever been sucked in by the Cinnabon smell…if so make a detour to my house instead.


Join 20,000+ members of the THM Community to get access to exclusive recipes, healthy lifestyle tips and behind-the-scenes news from our team!

Powered by ConvertKit
  • Reply
    Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli
    February 23, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Well pin my tail and call me a donkey!! Hot DAMN these look/sound/LOOK amazing! Insert heart-eyed emoji here! 😉

    I love the cinnamon story…you were just lightyears ahead of the curve with the fascination that seems to be the “thing” in food blogging! I swear I never looked at cinnamon the way I do now before I started my blog! Now, I really do put that shit on everything! In fact, it went quite nicely on my scrambled eggs, beet greens, and avocado that I had for breakfast yesterday! 😉

  • Reply
    Suzanne @ hello, veggy!
    February 13, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    WOW! These look awesome; its been ages since I’ve had a cinnamon roll!

  • Reply
    Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner
    February 13, 2014 at 10:53 am

    I love love love cinnamon, but I don’t think I’d take it as far as you did when you were a kid. Lol…too cute! I’m a sucker for a cinnamon roll but I never eat them because I feel too guilty afterwards. Now these I could eat and not feel so bad! Yummo. 🙂

  • Reply
    Madison @ Eating 4 Balance
    February 12, 2014 at 7:43 am

    I’ve never actually had a cinnabon before. The only time I ever ate cinnamon rolls was when we made them at home or when we’d get cinna minis from Burger King 😉 Plus, the closest Cinnabon store is 1.5 hours away and is right next to Dairy Queen. Cookie dough blizzard will always > than cinnamon rolls. Sorry 🙁

    But these fosters version sound incredible! The heart placemat is so cute. I need one of those. Haha.

    I’m glad you chose this over pickles 😉

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 12, 2014 at 2:02 pm

      so funny cause I would choose a cinnabon bun over a blizzard any day! I’m not an ice cream person though 😉

      And thank you! The dollar store has all sorts of great finds!

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    February 12, 2014 at 7:01 am

    I associate Cinnabon with the airport because that’s the only time I really see them. Either way that smell is amazing. although I always resist because I suspect their baking with way more weird ingredients than subway. I don’t even want to know what’s in those rolls….yours on the hand look marvelous. Yes, I’m saying Mar-ve-lous with an accent.

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 12, 2014 at 2:01 pm

      How cultured of you! Cinnabon reminds me of the subway system in Toronto cause they have them in every single smell. I blame cinnabon for the Toronto system being so damn slow…

  • Reply
    Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.A.
    February 11, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Ask and you shall receive!!! I just responded to your comment on my blog, asking if you had a healthy cinnamon roll recipe and here they are!!! These look fantastic. Forget Cinnabon, I’m making these 🙂

  • Reply
    Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate
    February 11, 2014 at 4:05 am

    Bahah the yoga mat comment…I never trusted Cinnabon (or Subway) anyways. 😉

1 3 4 5

Leave a Reply