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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My boyfriend and I love these.

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*Update: So So good... Just like Kandace said: "The outside was dry and sweet, while the inside was soft and warm. What a delight! I can see these being quite addictive."

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I am going to put them in the dehydrator later on when my friend comes over... But I just tried them from the fridge and wow! They're amazing. So glad I made them. Thank you.

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OH these are fabulous!! I am eating them out of the dehydrator. Must get icing made ~

Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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These are really good - I've been using a recipe quite similar to this one, but I found that using the same amount of flaxmeal as almondmeal, made them too "strong" in a flaxmeal kind of way.

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These are really fantastic! I don't have the patience to dehydrate them this time, but they're great without it. :)

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just made them and they're lovely. I'd love to upload a picture for the recipe... how would I do that?

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It's my understanding that nut meals that you buy are not raw. You can easily make your own by just whirring up the almonds in a coffee grinder. It'll just take a few batches, but you'll know that it's really raw (well, until September when we won't be able to buy any more raw almonds -- grrrr).

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Wow! Everyone who has tried these loved them. I made my second batch last night and made the icing for the first time this morning... sooo tasty. Can't wait to share with my mom! Thanks!

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I can't wait to try these.

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Has anyone tried to sun dry these or oven dry? I don't have a dehydrator and since it is summer I can't think why I should buy one. A glass baking dish and a screen sounds about right. If you've tried it or have a good guess I'd love to hear how long it took in the sun or oven and how it compares. Much Thanks!

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just devoured some of these with almond milk, so yummy!!

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My husband is/was an awesome baker, and cinnamon rolls was one of his specialities, so last night I harrassed him into making these for me...and OMG they were divine! I agree with all other posts THIS IS A STAPLE! Thanks again!

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i'm going to make these as soon as i get my almonds and dates from countrylife. YES! i can't wait.

we definitely need a picture for this recipe!!!!

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I am so glad I have something soooo yummy to make out of all my frozen almond meal left over from Almond Milk. Thanks for the post Shannon

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You have got to be kidding me. These are frickin' raw?? WOW, we made these for Saturday morning lazy breakfast day...and they were all gone by lunch. I will be making these every weekend for the rest of my life!!

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I've never dehydrated them, they are too good! I just ate them right away.

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I love this recipe! It is now my new favorite dessert.

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trader joes has the cheapest almond meal! a big bag for only 4 or 5 bucks. another great alternative is hazelnut meal if you cant find the almond

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Even if they are sticky, they still taste good. I don't even bother to dehydrate them. I like their moist texture.

Don't worry about not being able to see the swirl because you'll be able to taste it - that's what really matters. Don't forget the frosting. It's the best part :-)

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I finally made my first batch of these and they're delicious! The almond meal I used was directly from making "almond milk":http://www.therawtarian.com/community/recipe/sweet-raspberry-yoghurt-smoothie-variation, so it was pretty moist. I deyhdrated a few rolls for a little over an hour before eating. The outside was dry and sweet, while the inside was soft and warm. What a delight! I can see these being quite addictive.

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This recipe is delicious. I just ate two cinnamon rolls as my first meal of the year. They are so addicting.

For the almond meal, you can either save the what's leftover after straining homemade almond milk, or sometimes Whole Foods sells it on an end-cap of raw foods.

You also can find raw nut meal on the Internet. After a quick search, I found this link, http://www.amazon.com/Pecan-Meal-Raw-8-oz/dp/B0001JXE6M. It is for raw pecan meal, which would also be delicious. There is also a link on that page to almond meal, but I am not sure if it is raw.

If you find you don't have enough almond meal, just increase the amount of flaxmeal. It will still work. Good luck :)

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This recipe looks delicious. I looked all over for almond meal and didn't find it in any of our local foods bulk sections. There's a discussion on "almond meal":http://www.therawtarian.com/forums/2/topics/16 over in the forums and I am excited to make my own.

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