Recipe Directions

1. Combine the almond meal, ground flax seed, cayenne pepper, 1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon, and sea salt in a bowl and set aside.

2. In a food processor or blender, process dates, water, and vanilla into a paste. Remove half of the date paste and add it to the dry ingredients, along with olive oil and agave.

3. Mix these ingredients with your hands until it forms into a dough. Add a little water and/or agave if it is too dry, but be careful not to add too much.

4. Spread the dough out on a piece of parchment paper. Flatten/shape it into a 1/4-inch thick square.

5. Add 1/4 cup raisins and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon to the rest of the date paste left in your food processor or blender. Process until smooth.

6. Spread a thin layer of the paste onto the dough square, making sure to cover the whole surface, and top with a sprinkle of extra raisins and chopped walnuts.

7. Using the parchment paper to help hold everything together, carefully and tightly roll the square into a log. Chill in the refrigerator, and then slice into about 1-inch thick rounds.

Shannonmarie's Thoughts

By shannonmarie

Just in time for the holidays, this cinnamon roll recipe satisfies the sweet tooth and the desire to continue a tradition.

My family always eats traditional cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning. Since I am the only one who eats raw, the rest of them will continue to indulge with their usual breakfast treat this year. But I don’t have to miss out with this tasty solution.

And it doesn’t have to be reserved for a special occasion. I have them for breakfast frequently, eating two of them with a side of fresh fruit. They also make a great snack or dessert.

These cinnamon rolls can be eaten right out of the refrigerator or warmed on a dehydrator.

I top mine with a generous icing of raw almond butter mixed with agave, vanilla, and sea salt (or if I have more time, I make a cashew and coconut whipped cream icing, as seen in the photo). Yum-O!

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Tried these for my first raw recipe! They are just as good as everyone said! I coudn't believe it! I've made two more rolls! Awesome!

Can you share the recipe for the cashew and coconut whipped cream icing? It looks so enticing!

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I just made these and we are having one now! WOW!!! Wonderful! Thanks so much!

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I just made these tonight. I am going to have them for breakfast tomorrow. I can't wait to taste them!! They smell awesome!

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Dragonfly, I found livingtreecommunity.com and they have a coconut butter that is spreadable!! Try that. I also use my own almond meal and I like the meal I get from the orange almond milk. You just use fresh orange juice instead of water. Smells great when in the dehydrator too.

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Oops! Sorry for the blank note...I tried the coconut icing recipe. It tastes great, however, melting the coconut butter negates the rawness. Does anyone else have a RAW recipe?

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Finally!!! my husband ate these and actually liked them. (no exaggeration) anything with flax was a problem since we went raw. These are a huge sucess. I will try and warm a couple tonight. Thank you for a great recipe.

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OMG, YUUUUUMMMM!!! My SAD husband and stepdaughter even liked them. Well, maybe that's an exaggeration...my husband said they didn't taste horrible...sigh...it's a start...Thank you!!!

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these are delicious! I think i added a lot of Agave to my frosting, but they were awesome!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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Hi ItGirl. Maybe you can try a version with sprouted grains(buckwheat or something like that). New to raw food, but some of the recipes i see have sprouted buckwheat and they sound amazing. I understand it's pretty easy to do. Good luck :-)

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I made these for the christmas breakfast and they were delicious! I still have some, they r so rich and filling! Thanks for the recipe, i've missed cinnamon rolls!

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Just tried it and ate one! Ummm, so lovely, Shannonmarie, our family has nearly the same tradition as your family, Christmas bread for breakfast, so just like you, I've made those rolls for my Christmas breakfast. BTW, I emjoy reading your blog, keep it up!!!

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Thank you Shannon Marie! I'm excited to try it...

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Can I substitute anything for the almond meal? I'm allergic to nuts... =[

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I can't take credit for the icing in the pic. I used Carmella's recipe for whipped cream icing on her Sunny Raw Kitchen blog. Here's the link: http://thesunnyrawkitchen.blogspot.com/2007/10/recipe-of-week-banana-chocolate-cream.html

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Could anyone write back with the frosting recipe? I am new to raw food and this recipe, so I need a little help! Is it on this website? I am not finding it. Thanks!

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Wow, I really enjoyed this recipe....didn't get into making the frosting yet as they were so good without (and since I am so new to raw I don't need the calories). I will experiment with a more savory roll, perhaps with bits of finely chopped onion, cracked pepper and parsely in the dough, and a sundried tomato/olive oil/pine nut and basil pesto filling.I'll post the results if it turns out good. :)

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I made these last night, they were ok. I think next time I'll substitute the flax seeds with some other nuts.

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Yum! I credit these rolls with helping me survive my first (rather difficult) week of being raw.

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I finally made these and Wow! I love 'em. Just polished off two and they are deelish.

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I love them! I'm afraid they'll go bad before I'm able to finish them off, due to a horribly picky family, but my mom loved them. I made the icing suggested, plus almond milk for a softer consistency, and that tastes amazing as well. Thanks for this! :)

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These are really good! I used almond pulp leftover from almond milk I made the day before. It was still very moist and it made really nice "dough". I also forgot the olive oil and agave but I don't think it made one bit of a difference. I tried one with cashew butter (although is not truely raw) was really yummy!

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These were very tasty, but there is something odd about them that kind of makes them hard to eat. Maybe it's that they seem a little dry and heavy - I think it might be the ground flax and the fact that I used dehyrated almond meal; the next time I make these, I'm going to cut the flax down a bit and either put more dates or more almond meal, and instead of using dehydrated almond meal, I'll use fresh stuff I end up with after I make my almond milk. The date paste and the "icing" are so fantastic and unbelievable - and this was a very easy recipe to make!

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I tried dehydrating these the 4th time I made them... (didn't have a dehydrator the first few times) and I couldn't... I put two in the dehydrator, and they didn't stay in there long enough, heh... I'll try again tomorrow!

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Delicious! My son and I had them for breakfast this morning! Reminiscent of the real thing, but more filling and better tasting! We will have them again tomorrow morning and this time I will try not to stuff myself! lol

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These were so tasty and even my non raw friends like them. I love them and try and keep some on hand for special treats.

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