Cinnamon Bun Pancakes

All the taste of your favourite cinnamon bun in pancake form- With a healthy makeover! High in protein, sugar free, gluten free, vegan, grain free and tasting like dessert for breakfast- These Cinnamon bun pancakes will become you’re new breakfast staple! 

Healthy Cinnamon Bun {protein packed!} Pancakes- All the taste of your favourite cinnamon bun in pancake form- With a healthy makeover! High in protein, sugar free, gluten free, grain free and tasting like dessert for breakfast- These Cinnamon bun pancakes will become you're new breakfast staple! @thebigmansworld

Whenever people go to a country or desitination, it isn’t suprising for them to create a foodie bucketlist or places they ‘must eat’ at.

 I still remember the first list I made before coming to Australia for the first time.

Healthy Thick and fluffy Cinnamon Bun Pancakes made with NO sugar and packed with protein- Seriously, BEST healthy pancakes! {vegan, gluten free, sugar free recipe}-

We are all friends here so let’s reserve any judgment- or blame me for being a naïve, impressionable young Australian lad. My first list-

  • Red Lobster (because Lobster in Australia costs the same as 1 month’s rent)
  • Olive Garden (for unlimited bread sticks)
  • Applebees (because they had a really cool name)
  • IHOP (Because you could get pancakes at 3 am with a smile)

 Let’s not speak about this again.

You’d think I would have learnt my lesson and asked experts, did better research or just played it by ear but no. I made a foodie bucketlist for this quick trip to the Northern Hemisphere. Before you roll your eyes and think it’s some cliché list featuring a hot dog from a New York Stand, a pastrami sandwich from a Jewish Deli or a Clam Chowder soup out of a bread bowl- step back. It isn’t.

My foodie bucketlist is on all the foods I loved when I was over there on previous trips which are MIA in Australia. They are- 

  • Fage Total Greek Yogurt (none of this fat free or 2% offerings we have)
  • A bag from M + M world of the purple dark chocolate M + M’s
  • A Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll

Pretty pathetic for a foodie bucket list but c’est la vie- It’s my list, it’ll be as tacky as I want it to be. No Greek Yogurt tastes as good as full fat. No dark chocolate m and m tastes as good as the purple coloured dark chocolate m and m’s and nothing tastes as sweet or smells as epic as a cinnabon cinnamon roll.

Looking over it, it actually looks pretty gourmet compared to my first foodie bucketlist before my very first trip there.

When I made my cinnamon bun oatmeal a few months ago, it was because I was missing one of my all time favourite things I tasted in America- The Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls. I already lamented their magic in that post so it’s not necessary to do it again.

Healthy Thick and fluffy Cinnamon Bun Pancakes made with NO sugar and packed with protein- Seriously, BEST healthy pancakes! {vegan, gluten free, sugar free recipe}-

Okay, I lied- THOSE CINNABON CINNAMON ROLLS. Would it be juvenile to try and sneak them to Australia? Just kidding, I don’t want to be on border security.

Lucky, we can party under these cinnamon bun (protein optional!) pancakes. If you use Saigon Cinnamon (Costco’s hidden gem), they will actually smell like a Cinnabon! The frosting is based off the same frosting used in it’s oatmeal form which frankly, may be a cop out- seeing as Black Forest Pancakes AND the Red Velvet Pancakes used a cream cheese frosting too. C’est la vie. 

Healthy Thick and fluffy Cinnamon Bun Pancakes made with NO sugar and packed with protein- Seriously, BEST healthy pancakes! {vegan, gluten free, sugar free recipe}-

When you read this, I am hopefully down in the subway tunnels using my nose as the lead to satisfy this much awaited craving.

I’ll even be fancy and eat it with my pinky finger up- but let’s be real here. I’ll end it by licking my fingers and ensuring no icing is left behind…even on the package.

Cinnamon Bun Pancakes

A delicious, healthy breakfast choice which reminds you of digging into a cinnamon bun- but with a healthy twist!
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Author: Arman @ thebigmansworld


For the pancakes

For the cream cheese frosting


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the sifted coconut flour, gluten free flour, baking powder, natvia natural sweetener, cinnamon and protein powder if using it. Mix well to combine.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the egg whites and vanilla extract and add it to the dry mixture. Slowly, add the almond milk 1 tablespoon at a time until a thick batter is formed.
  • Heat a frying pan on low heat and spray with cooking oil. Once pan is extremely hot, pour spoonfuls of the batter and then cover the pan. Once bubbles appear and the edges go brown, remove cover, flip the pancakes and cover again for approximately 1 minute. Repeat until all the batter is used up.
  • In a small bowl, combine the softened cream cheese with the sweetener and cinnamon and mix well. Layer pancakes evenly with the frosting and dust with extra cinnamon.


Do not add any sweetener to the pancake batter if using a sweetened protein powder.
Use less liquid if you omit the protein powder.
* For a vegan version, sub for 1 flax egg
** For a vegan version, sub for dairy free cream cheese!
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Healthy Thick and fluffy Cinnamon Bun Pancakes made with NO sugar and packed with protein- Seriously, BEST healthy pancakes! {vegan, gluten free, sugar free recipe}-

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    153 thoughts on “Cinnamon Bun Pancakes

    1. I only wish that, for your sake, they could just bottle the smell of a Cinnabon and make that into a candle or something (who am I kidding, they probably do). The fact that you all don’t have Fage or dark chocolate m&M’s is a crime, in my opinion. But then again, Europeans have crispy M&M’s, which are one of my greatest loves.
      These look fantastic–my advice? Roll them up, slice, turn on side, ice. Insta mini cinnabons 😀

    2. I can TOTALLY see why cinnabon cinnamon roll was on your list, those are INCREDIBLE! I hope you finish a whole one on this trip….I will be disappointed in you if not 😛 These sound great, and I am always a fan of pancakes! I do have a foodie list, and it is HUGE…..its actually a spreadsheet of every state….how nerdy hahaha

    3. oh Cinnabon is serious! They have them in the malls in NJ and you can’t be within 100 feet of them with out being carried over by the cinnamon sugar smell.

      I think it physically carries you. 🙂
      I like traditional foods in different countries …from authentic places!!

    4. I always try to eat at least a few local/traditional dishes from the country or region that I’m visiting. In my opinion you can’t get to know a different culture better than through food. It tells you so much about the people, culture, traditions, history… E.g. the reason there is so much Mexican food in the LA area is the historical background, obviously! And this is amazing!
      I had a vague food list for my trip, and quite happy to have eaten most things I’ve wanted to try (besides lobster roll 🙁 ). And I still have that pop tart that I’ve bought at the airport. I think I’m going to eat it on the weekend after the next…yes, I plan things like that, LOL! 😀

    5. I literally have issues going to the mall just because the Cinnabon smell is going to HAUNT ME DOWN. and seriously i’m so upset i’m not there right now! although i could eat these pancakes as perfect as they are in their eggy state and ask to be lifelighted to the NYC hospital? and it would be worth it for more than one reason.

      and JUDGE ME that while i studied abroad i made it a point to have a different flavor of McFlurry from every mcdonalds. 1) they’re healthier abroad somehow which shocked me because they’re more delicious and yes i justified that 2) stroop waffle mcflurry in amsterdam, the kit kats, the cadbury, the magnum in paris omg if the fast food is on point we can’t even get back into the gelatos and pizzerias and ok i’m done before i start cryiiiiiiiiing

        1. not only did i google golden gaytimes.. but you also have BUBBLEGUM SQUASH wtf.. i hope no one ever sees the fact that i was on the australia mcdonalds website menu. but of course you have way more mcflurry choices than we do (except ive always wanted to ask them to blend up their apple pie into one for me).. although not like i can ever eat one again because of my damn allergies =l WAIT. your mission: create an epic allergy friendly mcflurry for me and then hand deliver it!?!?!

    6. My favorites are the green peanut M&Ms. I can’t stand the blue ones. I can totally understand why the purple ones made it to your list.
      Maybe I would try to lie and say no to the question whether food plays are big part on my travel bucket list. But as you’ve been involved in my USA plannings I think there’s no sense in denying that food is my travel bucket list.
      Favorite chain: Nando’s in the UK and Starbucks everywhere (if that counts as a restaurant) ;-P

    7. WHen I was in the US for 4 months, I gained 7 kilos. I think it was because of the cinnamon rolls. So YES, I am with you on that obsession!
      Last timre I went there I think the only thing on my list was:’ ALL THE THINGS FROM WHOLE FOODS’. And seriously, my suitcase was STUFFED with their products (cooking spray, hell yes! and 74389743892 packs of Justins AB (more convient than the jars) etc. etc.).
      I printed this. I beg my schedule to allow me to make these on Friday morning on my first day of vacation.

    8. Red Lobster. Sadly, it’s a let down. As are ALL of your chain picks (unless you are super drunk or hungover). I’m just offering my good will advice. Now, some might argue my point, but if you’re traveling to the USA? Avoid these chains at ALL COSTS! Seriously. They’re cheap, but it doesn’t reflect our cuisine. Main stream casual dining is just fast food with a wait staff.

      I don’t know where you’re traveling exactly….you said northern regions? Steer clear of chains. Anything you can Google is probably a bad idea. Olive Garden and Applebees are nasty. Avoid Ruby Tuesdays, Outback Steakhouse, Chilis, and Macaroni Grill at all cost. These are chain restaurants, and the food is sub par. If you’re visiting the USA, try to eat at local eateries. You will LOVE anything local. If it’s a chain, you will be disappointed…. and probably sick to your stomach afterwards. My email address is part of my post. PLEASE ask me for tips. I want you to love your experience!

        1. Ahhh cool. Just watching out for you! I look forward to seeing a detailed review of each meal. I hope you have a blast (and I hope you find the biggest Cinnabon roll you can find!).

    9. I walk past a Cinnabon on the way out of dance class every week, and I’ve still never had one. I’m lucky that I can get full fat Fage here, but not so lucky that I’ve cut dairy out for the time being 🙁

    10. Haha I laughed at the Applebees one. They do have a neat name I guess, I just never thought about it. And yuuuumm to cinnabons. They’re so delicious, but soooo bad for you. Hope you’re loving your trip so far!

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