Saturday, January 8, 2011

Roasted Banana Cinnamon Rolls

I stumbled upon this recipe on a new blog I found and thought it sounded I had a WHOLE bunch of bananas here ready to be made into something and I wanted something other than bread or a muffin.

Then I was off to find a cinnamon roll dough that was slightly healthier...after all it is the new year and everyone is attempting to eat healthier, right? I did find one so here it is!

Roasted Banana Cinnamon Rolls-adapted from Picky Palate and Allrecipes
1 cup warm water
2 tbsp applesauce
1 tbsp oil
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp dry milk powder
2  tsp yeast
1 tsp salt
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup ap flour
2 tsp vital wheat gluten

2-3 very ripe bananas, sliced
3 tbsp butter, cut into cubes
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp brown sugar

powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Place dough ingredients in bread machine according to manufacturer's instructions. Once dough cycle is complete, turn dough out onto lightly floured surface and roll into a rectangle.

In the meantime, place bananas in a pan. Dot with butter and sprinkle with brown sugar. Place in oven and roast until bananas are brown and caramelized, about 25 mins. Let cool for 10 mins. Mash slightly with fork. Lower oven temp to 350 degrees.

Sprinkle dough with cinnamon, evenly spread(or dollop) bananas over dough. Sprinkle with walnuts. Roll up like a jelly roll starting with the long side, tucking edges in.

Cut roll into 12 slices...becareful as the filling tries to escape! Place in 9x13 inch pan and allow to rise for about 1 hour or until doubled. Bake for 25-30 mins or until golden brown.

Allow rolls to cool and prepare glaze. I didn't measure any of this it was probably like 1/4 cup sugar and 1-2 tbsp milk. You can adjust this as needed and then drizzle it over the rolls.

**These were delicious and not to bad for you, although I don't have the breakdown calorie wise. They were pretty simple and had a different take on cinnamon rolls, plus its a great way to use up ripe bananas. I did like that we added in chopped walnuts, it gave it a perfect crunch!

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