When my husband was growing up, his mom treated him to freshly baked cinnamon rolls on Saturday mornings. He has really happy memories of cozying up on the couch watching Snorks, Ewoks and Pole Position with a plate of hot cinnamony goodness. This morning, I wanted to surprise him with a paleo and vegan version of his childhood treat. The result is more like a pecan roll than an actual cinnamon roll, but it tastes heavenly. This recipe was inspired by The Best Paleo Cinnamon Rolls (Ever) by 17 Recipes.
1.5 cups hazelnut (or chestnut) flour, plus more than dusting
3/4 cup arrowroot powder
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup filtered water
1 tablespoon flaxseed
3 tablespoons filtered water
12 medium dates, sliced
3/4 cup pecans
2 tablespoons cinnamon
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
2 tablespoons coconut butter
1 tablespoon arrowroot flour
1 tablespoon grade B maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon maple extract
Preheat oven to 400. Grease a glass pie dish with coconut oil and set aside. Mix the flaxseed and 3 tablespoons of water in a small bowl and set aside. Melt ½ cup coconut oil in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. In a medium bowl, mix ½ cup of filtered water and arrowroot until smooth. Add arrowroot mixture to oil and stir constantly for 1-2 minutes. Place arrowroot mixture in a food processor, add nut flour and blend until smooth. Add flax egg and blend. Dust a large piece of parchment paper with nut flour. Place dough on the paper and smooth it out with a spatula. Dust nut flour on top of the dough. Place another piece of parchment paper on top of the dough. With a rolling pin, roll the dough into a rectangle shape until it’s roughly 1/2-inch thick. Place it on a baking sheet and freeze for 5 minutes.
For the filling, blend the pecans, dates and cinnamon in a food processor until well mixed. Remove dough from freezer and remove the top sheet of parchment paper.
Brush dough with the 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Sprinkle pecan mixture evenly over the dough. Very gently roll the dough into a log. This may test your patience, but stick with it. The dough can be easily coaxed if it cracks. You can do this. Cut the log into rolls and place in pie dish. Bake for 30 minutes, cover loosely with foil and bake for another 10 minutes. Let rolls cool in pan for 10 minutes. In a mini food processor, mix all of the glaze ingredients until smooth. Drizzle glaze over the rolls right before you're ready to serve them.