Healthy Cinnamon Roll Waffles

Healthy Cinnamon Roll Waffles which taste like a fresh, hot cinnamon roll minus the nasties! Sugar free, high protein and options for those following a paleo, gluten free or vegan dietary lifestyle! 

Healthy Cinnamon Roll Waffles- Thick, fluffy and the BEST texture ever, NO butter, oil, grains or sugar! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}-


Happy Friday guys!

First things first- Thank you all SO much for your feedback and support on me announcing the forthcoming E-Cookbook! It’s been something that’s been brewing for a while now and recipes being made and collated but something was holding me back. It wasn’t until some convincing from a couple of epic friends who convinced me to bite the bullet and move forward with it! I’m so excited to start putting it together and giving some amazing recipes a little photo shoot. Expect an upcoming Giveaway for coming up with the official title…

In honour of the upcoming e-cookbook, I am going to share a recipe today for something I was keeping for it. 

Healthy Cinnamon Roll Waffles- Have your house smelling like Cinnabon with these #healthy Cinnamon Roll Waffles which are #vegan #paleo and #glutenfree- High in #protein and completely #sugarfree-

Before we get into the recipe, I’d like to share some vino information! As mentioned on Monday, I went to Sydney to attend an event about wine and in particular cask wine. During my time there, I conversed with a wine merchant named Jim whom was extremely knowledgable when it came to food and wine pairings. I knew that a Pinot Grigio went well with salad and that a Chianti was the perfect compliment to Italian but nothing about unique wine and food pairings. 

I told him how I loved having friends over for dinner and he told me to try something different. When I mentioned how I was planning on going vegan for a month and trying it out with my friends, he was a wealth of knowledge. 

Jim advised me that vegetarian wine is becoming increasingly easy to find in stores and wine that is suitable for vegans is becoming more prevalent. This was perfect for me, as I’ve really gotten to enjoy drinking wine with dinner, and wanted to have a dining experience featuring some complimentary beverages. Jim strongly recommended the Argentinian 2009 Altos del Condor Sauvignon Gris  as it was a nutty, refreshing wine that will go well any vegetarian or vegan offering.

Healthy Cinnamon Roll Waffles- Healthy Cinnamon Roll Waffles which taste like a fresh, hot cinnamon roll minus the nasties! Sugar free, high protein and options for those following a paleo, gluten free or vegan dietary lifestyle! @thebigmansworld -

I’m not going to lie….The first thing I thought of was Argentinian barbecue.

Anyway, I’m excited to share more of my trip in the coming week! Thank you Jim for being a wealth of knowledge (and advising me that the scallops that night were on point)

Now for this recipe! This definitely has nothing to do with wine but feel free to swap your coffee for it. I was saving this recipe for the e-book but after sharing a video teaser on Facebook, I thought it better to share it now instead. 

Healthy Cinnamon Roll Waffles- Have your house smelling like Cinnabon with these #healthy Cinnamon Roll Waffles which are #vegan #paleo and #glutenfree- High in #protein and completely #sugarfree-

I like big buns and I cannot lie– Especially of the cinnamon kind. I thought that Australia was void of these epic creations but turns out, they just call them cinnamon rolls

Oh Australia. Stop confusing me. 

I mentioned on Wednesday’s post that for most of the recipes in the E-book, I’ll be providing several options for those following various diets. These Cinnamon Roll waffles do just that. Besides being absolutely delicious and making your house smell like Cinnabon (or the nice part of a Subway station), they are filling, healthy and free from any sugar!

Healthy Cinnamon Roll Waffles- Have your house smelling like Cinnabon with these #healthy Cinnamon Roll Waffles which are #vegan #paleo and #glutenfree- High in #protein and completely #sugarfree-

For those without a waffle iron, these can be made in a pan, a la pancakes! With options for those following  a vegan, gluten free or paleo diet- You’re all sorted. The ones pictured are the paleo and gluten free friendly ones. The only difference in the vegan version is using a flax egg and extra liquid and also the suggested icing! 

I like big buns and I cannot lie. I also like Healthy Cinnamon Roll Waffles….And I cannot lie. 

Healthy Cinnamon Roll Waffles
Serves 1
Healthy Cinnamon Roll Waffles which taste like a fresh, hot cinnamon roll minus the nasties and super simple and quick to whip up! Sugar free, low carb, high protein and options for those following a paleo, gluten free or vegan dietary lifestyle.
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For the Paleo/Gluten Free Option
  1. 2 T coconut flour, sifted (can sub for oat or almond flour- see note)*
  2. 1/2 scoop paleo friendly vanilla or cinnamon protein powder (can sub for any vanilla protein powder if not 100% paleo)
  3. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  4. 1/2 tsp baking powder (use paleo version if strictly paleo)
  5. 2 egg whites
  6. 1 T -1/4 cup dairy free milk**
For the vegan version
  1. 2 T coconut flour, sifted
  2. 1/2 scoop paleo friendly vanilla protein powder (can sub for any vanilla protein powder if not 100% paleo)
  3. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  4. 1/2 tsp baking powder (use paleo version if strictly paleo)
  5. 1 flax egg (1 T flax + 3 T water)
  6. 1 T -1/4 cup dairy free milk*
  1. 1 T coconut butter, melted
  2. 1 T paleo friendly/vegan friendly vanilla protein powder
  3. Milk to thin out
  4. cinnamon for dusting
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the sifted coconut flour, protein powder, cinnamon and baking powder and mix well. Add the egg whites (or flax egg) and stir into the dry mixture. Using a tablespoon at a time, add the dairy free milk slowly until a thick batter is formed.
  2. Heat a waffle iron (or frying pan) and once hot, pour batter and cook until crispy.
  3. While waffles are cooking, make the frosting by combining the melted coconut butter with protein powder and slowly add dairy free milk until a frosting like consistency is made.
  4. Remove waffles and top with icing.
  1. * If using oat or almond flour, you will need much less milk.
  2. ** Coconut flours and protein powders differ brand by brand. Adjust accordingly. Start with just one tablespoon and increase until a thick batter is formed.
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Healthy Cinnamon Roll Waffles- Have your house smelling like Cinnabon with these #healthy Cinnamon Roll Waffles which are #vegan #paleo and #glutenfree- High in #protein and completely #sugarfree-

Want more cinnamon bun inspired recipes? Check these out! 

Cinnamon Bun Oatmeal (Gluten Free, High Protein, Sugar Free) 

Cinnamon Bun Oatmeal- - Have an adding zing in your morning oats with these #glutenfree #sugarfree and #highprotein oats which clock in at under 250 calories! #breakfast -

4 Ingredient Cinnamon Raisin Flatbread (Paleo, Gluten Free, High Protein) 

4 Ingredient Paleo Cinnamon Raisin Flatbread- 5 minutes is all it'll take to make these #paleo flatbreads which are chock full of raisins and with the sweet taste of cinnamon! #glutenfree #lowcarb and #lowcalorie- Perfect to load up toppings!

Cinnamon Bun Pancakes (Gluten Free, High Protein, Sugar Free) 

Cinnamon Bun Protein Pancakes- These #glutenfree and #sugarfree pancakes are fluffy, filling and all for under 250 calories! #cinnamon #pancakes #lowcalorie

Did you know that there were wines suitable for those following a vegan diet? 

Are you a fan of wine?

What is your favourite cinnamon spiked food? 

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99 thoughts on “Healthy Cinnamon Roll Waffles

  1. These look absolutely fabulous, and I love the idea of eating waffles with icing on top!

    Sometimes, syrup just doesn’t satisfy, y’know?

  2. Mmm you had me at Cinnabon- love any baked good with cinnamon so I think I need to make these waffles this weekend- I actually have all the ingredients at home so perhaps tomorrow if my morning isn’t rushed! How many egg whites would you recommend instead of the flax egg?

  3. These look seriously amazing!!! But I don’t have a waffle iron!!! I guess I know the next kitchen appliance I’m buying 😉 And now I’ve realised that I haven’t had waffles since I moved to the Netherlands… six years ago. Tragic almost. I guess I really need to get a waffle iron 🙂

  4. And I died. I’ll be dreaming of these during the marathon tomorrow. I don’t have a waffle iron (i got an ice cream maker in our registry instead. that was dumb) but I might pancakify it.

  5. These look really good and I’m yet again wishing I had a waffle iron! I cannot wait to hear more about your wine trip. Ahhhh, why can’t I be invited for a wine trip?? I’m super jealous. Now I’ll have to go to the Williamsburg Winery (yes, we have one) and make them tell me about pairings.

  6. i REALLY LIKE big buns. like that round (square?) thing in mah face. cue epic faceplant into these waffles because coconut butter icing is key. as is coconut flour. protein powder and nicki minaj sized buns. i really wish i had waffles right now or that there was some sort of delivery service that could span the oceans to make this hit me! a dang protein bar never seemed so depressing 🙁

  7. You have once again outdone yourself! I’m currently sitting here drinking a cup of coffee, and I kinda want to fill my mug with wine now. And I kinda want a big plate of these cinnamon roll waffles sitting in front of me. Can we arrange for that to happen? P.S. I’m super jealous of that awesome wine pairing event…sounds like a blast!

  8. I’m currently obsessed with waffles since i now I have a waffle maker… if only I had coconut butter and cinnamon protein powder then these would be my breakfast… luckily I live in SF and can have both delivered… so maybe tomorrow???

  9. O you love me and made them vegan! XOXO
    I have been waffleing every weekend now! It’s much easier to whip out my waffle maker in my dorm room then lugging all my stuff down to the hall kitchen to make pancakes!
    (And cinnamon roll anything is HEAVEN!)

  10. I AM SO INTO THESE. Can I make like 4 servings and eat them all at once?! I need some coconut to blend into coconut butter though. Maybe I’ll make my mom stop at the bulk bin place on her way home from werk. (perks of living with yo momma).

  11. This is the second amazing waffle recipe I’ve come across this week. Tomorrow my kitchen shall produce waffles. So far my to do list this weekend is 1) CrossFit Open 2) make waffles. It’s gonna be a good weekend!

  12. Didn’t get to say it the other day but a BIG congrats on the e-cookbook! These look so delicious, as all your recipes do, and I love that you have versions for special diets spelled out so there’s no guesswork with subbing! And yes I’m a fan of wine. Give me wine.

  13. I really only like dessert wines because they are sweet. I have to say, I like my alcohol spiked with sugar and with a salted rim (margaritas!) My favorite use for cinnamon is probably in my almond milk steamers. They are so good!
    I need to make these waffles…but since I do not have a waffle maker, they will be in pancake form 🙂 Thanks for sharing! Cinnamon is super good for you.

  14. This totally reminds me that I need to get some more cinnamon at the grocery store today! Now, who wants to throw me a waffle maker?! I only accept ones that can create fun-shaped waffles though. Forgive my high expectations.

  15. You may have just inspired me to purchase a waffle iron, these look amazing! I know my daughter would devour them! Congrats on taking the plunge, I know your e-book will be a knockout!

  16. So… I spike almost ALL my food with cinnamon, so can that be my answer? You did see my half kilo bag of the stuff, right? Sad thing is that it probably won’t even last me that long 😆 Can you spike cinnamon with water? Oooo maybe yes!

  17. Omg if this is what I can expect in the Ebook, I’m super excited!! You know this girl loves some pancakes and well waffles – they are the bees knees! Love that you added an icing to these, I bet these are better than cinnamon buns! Certainly they are healthier!

  18. I can’t remember the last time I had a cinnabon, although I doused this mornings French toast in cinnamon. Does that count? Actually, I’ve got one better. Monkey bread from Breadsmith. It’s to die for, and I have four batches of it right now. 🙂

  19. Cinnamon roll waffles?! Ooooh so much yes! If I ever make it to Australia we are going to have an epic brunch and these waffles are going to be part of it. I found out a while ago that some wines weren’t actually veggie friendly and I was really surprised. I don’t drink much but I’m glad I found out, just for future reference! I still haven’t gotten around to really appreciating red wine but I enjoy a glass of white wine every now and then. Hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend, Arman!

  20. “the nice part of a subway station” – HA! exactly.

    I like buns too, but me and my friend Angela are the only ones I know who call them that – they are ROLLS here too.

    looks like I will be getting my waffle iron out soon… I need a break from cookbook recipes, and these waffles sound GOOD.

      1. oh I can believe it. some of my best food memories come from NYC, some of my best memories overall come from there, actually – but there is always the other side of that coin.

        still one of my very favorite places, ever.

  21. Looks so yummy!! I do that same thing with my Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal by using coconut butter as the icing! So good! I definitely need to try the vegan version of these. I haven’t had much luck with coconut flour, I hate the taste and everything is always crumbly and dry. But these look awesome. Do these taste strong of coconut? They look so easy and I want to try them!

    1. Not going to lie, I legit salivate whenever I pin your oatmeal 😉

      That is what I hate about coconut flour + vegan baking- It’s ALL about the liquids- They don’t have a strong coconut flavour, but I did need to add more non dairy milk to the vegan version. 🙂

  22. When you say a scoop of protein powder, what size scoop do you mean? I have a couple different powders with different sized scoops depending on the serving size. I made protein cookies with one “scoop” the other day, and it turned out to be half as much as I needed! Thanks!

  23. Hi
    Thanks. I love the idea and would make them now.

    But this throws this newbie:

    1/2 scoop paleo friendly vanilla or cinnamon protein powder (can sub for any vanilla protein powder if not 100% paleo)

    I know vanilla extract but understand “scoop” of vanilla to be something else

    And Cinnamon protein powder makes it difficult as it’s not common 🙂

    What is the purpose?

    I have no problem with protein powder or cinnamon or vanilla but just need some more understanding.


      1. Hi

        Thanks. The scoop size is not my issue. 🙂

        Your description “paleo friendly vanilla” trip me over.

        I have now deducted it’s paleo friendly protein power vanilla.

        This I assume means: paleo friendly protein power with a vanilla flavour.

        If this is correct why is the protein power added?

  24. Hey, I just tried this recipe in my new waffle maker… It was amazing! It tasted just like a real flour waffle! Perfectly moist, perfectly fluffy, bread-like texture. The only difference is I used 2 tbsp of pumpkin puree instead of the almond milk because I love pumpkin. I think I’ll experiment with the type/amount of liquid added since I make waffles so often. Next time I think I’ll try it with Greek yogurt instead of the pumpkin.

    Thank you so much for the recipe! This one’s definitely a keeper!

  25. A confession: I seriously suck at making waffles and pancakes and I always have. I went through 3 batches of this recipe before I got it right. The first batch completely fell apart in my waffle maker and then burnt on–no more waffles. I decided to try the next batch as pancakes, but the batter was way too watery–they simply wouldn’t hold together. The batter and cooking pancakes smelled so good, I felt like I had fallen into some circle of hell where I was perpetually cooking, never able to eat. I started playing basketball/hot-potato throwing the sad, malformed attempts into the bin across the room. I kept the batter as thick as possible (about 3 tbsp almond milk) and then made one pancake after another, adding a little extra milk until finally, the last, perfect pancake turned out just right. I ate it in about 5 seconds flat, smothered in whipped cream because at that point, who even cares.

    It tasted like triumph.

    (In all seriousness, I’ve had problems baking/cooking with my protein powder (which is muscle milk) in the past, and I’m wondering if that could be the problem. If you’ve ever worked with it and have any tips or suggestions I’m all ears. I really love your recipes and want to be able to replicate the ones with protein powder as best as possible!)

  26. These look great! Is there anything I can use instead of coconut butter for the frosting? Ingredients are kind of tight at the moment…

  27. My stepmother is staying for the weekend and is on a low carb diet. I dont want to eat eggs twice so I thought Id make these as a treat to her and then I wont have to eat eggs for breakfast two days in a row. Could I easily quadruple the recipe without issues?

    I was also thinking about method. If I were to apply the Belgian waffle method of whipping up egg whites into stiff peaks and then folding into the batter, do you think it would make for fluffy waffles? Usually you would add it to a wet batter, so maybe Id add some milk first and then add the eggs last? Just some thoughts Im having about these waffles, Ive only ever really made regular Belgian waffles and Im not used to these kinds of ingredients.

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