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Raspberry Swirl Sweet Rolls

By Holly Darnell, RD

May 16, 2023

Raspberry swirl sweet rolls

We’ve all had the cinnamon roll, and most of us can testify to its goodness but also its naughtiness. It’s a calorie bomb, loaded with sugar and not exactly sophisticated.

How about switching it up a bit and making these Raspberry Swirl Sweet Rolls? More flavorful, less sugar, gluten-free and with more protein! Oh, also pretty fancy and can even be served at a nice brunch.

Key Raspberry Swirl Roll Ingredients

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Raspberry swirl sweet roll ingredients

How to Make Raspberry Swirl Sweet Rolls

Okay, I’d be lying if I said this is a cinch. But these raspberry swirl rolls are worth it.

Start by warming up the almond milk in a small pot. Add coconut sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer and pour warm milk over.

No stand mixer? Just use a big mixing bowl and a whisk. Whisk to combine, then add in yeast and whisk again. Set aside until bubbly or frothy, about 5 to 10 minutes. You should see a film on the top of the mixture. 

Next, melt the butter. Take it off the flame, wait a minute or so, then add to the yeast mixture.

Whisk the eggs and stir them in the batter with the apple cider vinegar. Add in gluten-free flour, baking powder, and sea salt. 

(You can make your own gluten-free flour with 1½ cups brown rice flour, ½ cup potato starch, ¼ cup white rice flour, ¼ cup tapioca flour and 1 teaspoon xantham gum. Blend together and store in an airtight container in a dry place.)

Next, attach the bread hook to the mixer and mix on medium speed for five minutes or until the dough pulls away from the sides, scraping down as needed. It should not feel dry, but a bit sticky. No stand mixer? Hand knead for 15 minutes.

Lightly oil a large mixing bowl and transfer the dough to the bowl.

Raspberry swirl sweet roll process shot No. 1

Cover with a towel and place in a warm spot. Let it rise for one hour. The dough will be puffier and should leave an indentation when poked.

Prepare the filling five minutes before the dough is ready to be rolled out. In a medium bowl, combine frozen raspberries, Multi Collagen Protein Strawberry Lemonade and arrowroot flour, then set aside. 

Preheat the oven to 350. Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper and set aside. 

Lay out two pieces of parchment paper to about 12x18 and lay on the counter. Top with gluten-free flour and then place the dough on top. Roll out the dough until it fits the entire sheet, about 12x16. 

Spread the raspberry preserves on top of the dough, leaving about a half inch on each side. Top with frozen raspberry mixture and continue to leave a half inch on each side. 

Raspberry swirl sweet roll process shot No. 2

(You can make your own raspberry preserves with 1 pound fresh or frozen raspberries, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, ¼ cup maple syrup and 2 tablespoons arrowroot flour. In a saucepan over medium-high heat, add in fruit, lemon juice, maple syrup and arrowroot flour. Bring to a rapid boil over medium heat. Stir occasionally with a spatula, breaking up and mashing the raspberries. Mixture will thicken to a jam consistency. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Preserves will keep for up to 3 months in the refrigerator.)

Use the parchment sheet to begin tightly rolling the dough. Use the parchment to fold over the first one inch. Continue rolling the dough by folding the parchment over to the other side. Cut the roll into 12 equal pieces.

Raspberry swirl sweet roll process shot No. 3

Place evenly into the 9x13 pan and bake for 25–30 minutes. 

While the rolls are baking, make the cream cheese frosting. In a stand mixer, add in cream cheese (or vegan cream cheese), butter, monkfruit sweetener and vanilla and beat on medium speed until full combined and smooth, about 3 minutes. (Or use a hand mixed in a mixing bowl.)

Remove the raspberry rolls from the oven and allow to stand for 10 minutes before topping with cream cheese frosting. 

Once cooled to room temperature, cover with plastic wrap or place in an airtight container. They can be stored for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

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Recipe developed by Holly Darnell, RD. Holly is a registered dietitian nutritionist who unlocked self-love at the intersection of exceptional food and practical solutions for healthy living. She’s passionate about helping others make simple, positive lifestyle changes on their individual path to healing.

Raspberry Swirl Sweet Rolls Recipe

Category

Snacks, Desserts

Servings

12

Time

3 hours (Prep time: 45 min; Cook time: 30 min)

Calories

400

Author

Holly Darnell, RD

Move over cinnamon rolls. The healthier, tastier homemade rolls are raspberry swirl sweet rolls. Fun to make and loaded with goodness, your loved ones will demand this become a regular feature in the household.

Ingredients
Sweet Rolls:
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, warmed to 110–115 F

  • ⅓ cup coconut sugar

  • 1½ tablespoons active dry yeast (2 standard size packets)

  • ½ cup coconut oil or unsalted grass-fed butter, melted and cooled until just warm to the touch

  • 2 eggs, room temperature

  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

  • 3½ cups gluten-free flour (see recipe above if you choose to make your own)

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

Raspberry Filling:
Cream Cheese Glaze, optional:
  • 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened to room temperature

  • ½ cup unsalted grass-fed butter, softened to room temperature

  • 1 cup powdered monkfruit sweetener

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 

Directions
  1. Add coconut sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer and pour warm milk over. Whisk to combine. Add in yeast, whisk and set aside until bubbly or frothy, about 5–10 minutes. No stand mixer? Use big mixing bowl with a whisk. 

  2. Add the melted butter (not hot, but warm to the touch) to the yeast mixture. Stir in whisked eggs and apple cider vinegar. 

  3. Add in gluten-free flour, baking powder and sea salt. 

  4. Attach the bread hook to the mixer and mix on medium speed for 5 minutes or until the dough pulls away from the sides, scraping down as needed. It should not feel dry, but a bit sticky. (No bread hook? Hand knead for 15 minutes.)

  5. Lightly oil a large mixing bowl and transfer the dough to the bowl. Cover with a towel and place in a warm spot. Let rise for 1 hour. The dough will be puffier and should leave an indentation when poked.

  6. Prepare the filling 5 minutes before the dough is ready to be rolled out. In a medium bowl, combine frozen raspberries, Multi Collagen Protein Strawberry Lemonade and arrowroot flour and set aside. 

  7. Preheat the oven to 350. Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper and set aside. 

  8. Lay out two pieces of parchment paper to about 12x18” and lay on the counter. Top with gluten-free flour and then place the dough on top. Roll out the dough until it fits the entire sheet, about 12x16”. 

  9. Spread the raspberry preserves on top of the dough, leaving about a half inch on each side. Top with frozen raspberry mixture and continue to leave a half inch on each side. 

  10. Use the parchment sheet to begin tightly rolling the dough. Use the parchment to fold over the first 1”. Continue rolling the dough by folding the parchment over to the other side. 

  11. Cut the roll into 12 equal pieces. Place evenly into the 9x13 pan and bake for 25–30 minutes. 

  12. While the rolls are baking, make the cream cheese frosting. In a stand mixer, add in cream cheese, butter, monkfruit sweetener and vanilla and beat on medium speed until full combined and smooth, about 3 minutes. (Or use a hand blender in a mixing bowl.)

  13. Remove the cinnamon rolls from the oven and allow to stand for 10 minutes before topping with cream cheese frosting. 

  14. Store in fridge and consume within 5 days.

Nutrition

Serving Size 1 roll Calories 400, Carbs 42.2 grams, Fiber 7 grams, Sugar 12.3 grams, Fat 23.1 grams, Saturated Fat 13.5 grams, Unsaturated Fat 7.6 grams, Trans Fat 0.6 grams, Cholesterol 85 milligrams, Protein 9.6 grams, Sodium 195 milligrams (13% DV*)

*Percentages are based on a diet of 2,000 calories a day.

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