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There’s nothing like a delicious, warm cinnamon roll, but the layers of buttery, flakey dough, brown sugar and glaze are far from keto-friendly! This Keto Cinnamon Rolls recipe is super easy to make and allows you to have this treat without guilt. Like my keto garlic bread and keto bagels, this recipe cuts carbs by using a modified fathead dough. I top it with an easy keto cream cheese frosting glaze.
Why make Keto Cinnamon Rolls?
- Cut Carbs: Cinnabon is the king of all things cinnamon rolls. However, few low-carb and keto-eaters enjoy these because each roll has nearly 900 calories, including 127g of carbs! This Keto Cinnamon Roll has 5g net carbs per serving.
- Grain-free & Gluten-free: Besides cutting carbs, this recipe is perfect for cinnamon roll lovers who are cutting grains. I use almond flour, which is naturally gluten-free.
This recipe uses a few common keto pantry staples to make the dough, filling and glaze.
Keto Cinnamon Roll Dough
- Mozzarella Cheese: you’ll need the shredded, low-moisture kind.
- Cream Cheese: I used full-fat cream cheese.
- Almond Flour: I use superfine, blanched almond flour.
- Baking Powder
- Keto Granular Sweetener: this gives the dough a sweet taste
- Egg: I beat these to make them easier to mix in
Keto Brown Sugar Filling
- Keto Brown Sugar: When I first shared this recipe, it included what was the only keto option for brown sugar, a product from Sukrin USA. Since then, there are several other options available. You can use your favorite in this recipe.
- Pecans: I used chopped and unsalted pecans. But, you could also use keto spiced nuts or keto candied pecans
- Butter: I used melted and salted butter
- Maple Extract: this helps to give the dish a maple taste. You can substitute vanilla extract if you don’t have this on hand.
Cream Cheese Frosting Glaze
- Keto Powdered Sugar
- Cream Cheese: I made sure this was softened
- Butter: I melted the butter
- Heavy Cream: this keeps the glaze creamy, but also helps it have a pourable consistency.
- Maple Extract: again, you can use vanilla or another extract if you wish!
How to Make Keto Cinnamon Rolls
Make The Dough
Since this is a fathead dough recipe, then it’ll be important to make fathead dough.
I prefer to mix the fathead cinnamon roll dough by hand with a mixing bowl and a silicone spatula. But, you could also use a stand mixer.
To make dough keto cinnamon rolls, you:
- Melt the cheeses in the microwave
- Mix the dry ingredients for the dough and add the melted cheese
- Add the beaten egg
- Mix until the dough forms and chill it before rolling it out
Make the Filling & Roll
- Add the ingredients for the filling to a bowl
- Mix and stir to combine
- Roll out the dough and spread the filling evenly
- Roll the dough into a log and cut the cinnamon rolls
Top Cooking Tips & FAQs
Fixing Sticky Keto Cinnamon Roll Dough
What happens if my dough is too sticky? Different almond flour brands mix differently.
If you make the dough as listed in the recipe and it sticks to your hands, then you’ll need to add more almond flour. I recommend adding 1 tbsp of almond flour and kneading the dough a little more.
Continue to add almond flour 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough can easily release from your hand.
Don’t attempt to roll out the dough until it can release from your hand.
As a rule of thumb, if the dough is too sticky to lift up, then it’ll be too sticky to roll out.
How to Get A More Circular Shape
When I first made these, I was not quite concerned about whether they’d be super circular like regular cinnamon rolls.
In fact, after making my roll, I cut my dough and sat the cinnamon rolls next to each other in a pie pan. This meant that some of these were not as circular and had uneven shapes.
If you want this to be picture-perfect, then you can place each cinnamon roll in the cup of a muffin tin. The muffin cups will force the rolls to hold their shape as they cook. I use this silicone muffin pan that is microwave and dishwasher safe.
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Keto Maple Pecan Cinnamon Rolls Recipe
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Sweet Fathead Dough
Cinnamon Pecan Filling
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
- Mix the almond flour, baking powder and Sukrin:1 in a small bowl and set aside.
- Add mozzarella and cream cheese to a large microwave safe mixing bowl
- Heat the cheeses in the microwave for 45 seconds
- Use a mixing spatula to incorporate the cheese
- Heat the cheese mixture again for 45 seconds
- Add the almond flour mixture, the beaten egg, and the maple extract
- Mix until well incorporated and a ball of dough forms. When I first tried this recipe, I used the normal amount of almond flour for fathead dough (~3/4 cups), but the dough was too sticky. If yours is sticky just add a tablespoon of almond flour at a time until you can pick up the dough without it sticking to your hands.
- Cover the ball of dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate it for 5-10 minutes. This allowed the dough to firm up a bit more and cool down.
- Place the dough in between two baking pan sized pieces of parchment paper. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin.
- Make the Cinnamon Pecan Filling by combining all of the ingredients. Use a baking spatula to spread it over the rolled out dough.
- Create the roll by starting at one end of the dough and rolling it toward the other end
- Use a knife to cut the cinnamon rolls.
- Place the cinnamon rolls in a pie pan or place each roll in the cup of a jumbo muffin tin.
- Bake the rolls for 15-17 minutes or until the tops of the tops of the rolls are golden
- Create the cream cheese icing by combining all of the ingredients. Top the cinnamon rolls with the icing immediately. Enjoy!
The nutrition facts come from entering the recipe ingredients into Spoonacular API, a database of food ingredients. They may vary for any recipe based on the exact product used. The keto sweeteners I use have 0g net carbs & are not included because sugar alcohols do not impact most people. This is provided as a courtesy, but you can do your own calculations if you wish!