Who doesn't love a warm cinnamon roll, dripping sweet glaze, on a lazy Saturday morning? Or Christmas morning?! Our tradition is homemade cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning. It means getting up a bit earlier than typical to get them ready and into the oven so that they're still warm when breakfast rolls around. We also usually have hot chocolate with them.
Yeah, that's a lot of sugar! But it's such a rare thing that I'm okay with the indulgence...sort of. I created this recipe based on a basic sweet roll recipe that I've used for years (I think a friend gave it to me?) but I really wanted to add some nutritional element to it. I decided to try steamed, mashed sweet potato and unbelievably, these rolls turned out amazing on the first try!
These buns are everything you could want in a sweet roll. Light, fluffy with a great cinnamon flavor and the sweet potatoes are completely undetectable. I usually ice them with my Orange Maple Glaze and serve them with a homemade vegan hot chocolate. To give the nutritional value another boost, I use ground walnuts in the streusel filling to add protein, antioxidants and omega-3's. These rolls are so delicious and make a perfect treat for a holiday morning or anytime you want something sweet for breakfast.
I will let you know right now that I own a bread machine and I used it to do the heavy lifting with these rolls. And I know that bread-making can be a bit daunting and both time- and labor-intenstive but with a bit of practice, you can be master breadmaker, either with or without a bread machine.