Almonds are among the most popular nuts and they were even a popular addition to the diets of both the ancient Egyptians and ancient Indians.
EVEN AMONG AYURVEDIC PRACTITIONERS, ALMONDS ARE PRIZED FOR THEIR ABILITY TO INCREASE BRAIN CAPACITY, INTELLECT AND LONGEVITY. NOWADAYS WE SEE ALMONDS ARE SO MAINSTREAM THAT THEY ARE USED IN A VARIETY OF WAYS FROM A HEALTHY RAW SNACK, TO ALMOND BUTTERS, MILKS, FLOURS AND MORE.
Almonds are packed with a whole host of nutrients including monounsaturated fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants, plus vitamins like riboflavin, and trace minerals like magnesium. Of course, their ability to reduce both cholesterol and the waistline is the reason almonds are so beloved.
WHILE THERE ARE A VARIETY OF WAYS TO CONSUME ALMONDS, I LOVE TO USE ALMOND FLOUr (an an almond flavored liquor) in these Cinnamon Rolls. The banana is a beautiful compliment to the flavor of these breakfast buns.
Banana Amaretto Cinnamon Rolls
3/4 cup Almond meal*
1 cup arrowroot starch; plus a few more to prevent sticking
1/4 cup coconut flour (1oz)
1 tablespoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 bananas; pureed
1/4 cup coconut oil. liquid (2oz)
1/4 cup non dairy milk (2oz)
2 Tablespoons amaretto
2 Tablespoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2 Tablespoons coconut sugar; xylitol or erythritol
*Tigernut flour is also great substitute
1/2 cup cashews; soaked
1/4 cup coconut butter (not oil);*
1/4 cup amaretto
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons maple syrup
stevia to sweeten
pinch of pink himalayan salt
add non-dairy milk until you have the preferred consistency
* if you don’t have coconut butter, you could use one banana and reduce the amount of liquid
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
For the frosting, place all of the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Add non-dairy milk until you’ve reached your preferred consistency.
Now for the cinnamon rolls - In a large bowl place all the dry ingredients and give them a good stir. Next add in your banana puree, coconut oil, coconut milk, and amaretto. Continue to mix the ingredients together.
On a clean surface, toss around some of your extra arrowroot starch. This is where you’ll work you presumably sticky batter. Continue to knead the dough and add a bit of arrowroot starch at a time until the dough is less sticky and a little easier to work with.
Once the dough is in working order for you, roll your batter into a rectangle shape. Spread the deliciously simple frosting over the batter, then roll baby, roll!… carefully that is!
Once you have it nicely rolled, begin to slice your rolls and place them cut side down on a lightly greased circle pan. Bake your buns in the oven for 30 minutes. When finished, let them cool before frosting, then devour to your beautiful heart’s content!