In the pursuit of healthier yet indulgent treats, our Reduced-Fat Cinnamon Rolls bring a delightful twist to the classic pastry, ensuring a guilt-free delight for your taste buds. This recipe is tailored to align with the principles of Weight Watchers, offering a mindful approach to enjoying a beloved comfort food.
Dough Mastery: Crafting the Perfect Foundation
To create the foundation of our reduced-fat cinnamon rolls, we blend the warmth of skim milk with the subtle sweetness of sugar, enhanced by the natural goodness of applesauce standing in for some of the traditional oils. This thoughtful combination results in a soft and elastic dough that undergoes a patient rise, elevating both texture and flavor.
Sensational Filling: A Symphony of Reduced-Fat Richness
Our reduced-fat filling cleverly swaps out some of the butter, maintaining richness while being mindful of fat content. Brown sugar and a judicious amount of ground cinnamon intertwine to create a luscious, aromatic swirl that promises a burst of flavor in every bite. This amalgamation ensures that we don’t compromise on taste while adhering to a more health-conscious approach.
Baking Brilliance: Golden Brown Goodness
As the rolls gracefully bake in the oven, their golden brown exteriors begin to emanate an irresistible aroma, signaling the transformation of dough and filling into a symphony of textures and flavors. The reduced-fat cinnamon rolls emerge, inviting with their warm, comforting allure, promising a treat that satiates both the sweet tooth and the desire for a lighter indulgence.
Decadent Drizzle: A Hint of Sweetness
No cinnamon roll is complete without a delectable drizzle. Our glaze, prepared with powdered sugar, skim milk, and a touch of vanilla extract, strikes the perfect balance between sweetness and sophistication. Its velvety texture elegantly crowns each roll, providing a finishing touch that enhances the overall experience.
Conclusion: A Healthier Sweet Victory
Indulging in the pleasure of a cinnamon roll should not be synonymous with guilt. With our Weight Watchers-inspired Reduced-Fat Cinnamon Rolls, we present a harmonious blend of health-conscious choices and culinary delight. Elevate your baking endeavors with this wholesome recipe, and savor the satisfaction of a treat that resonates with both flavor and mindful consumption.
Weight Watchers Reduced-Fat Cinnamon Rolls
For the Dough:
- 2 1/4 teaspoons (1 packet) active dry yeast
- 1 cup warm skim milk (about 110°F/43°C)
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar or a sugar substitute
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (as a substitute for some of the oil)
- 2 tablespoons canola oil or a light vegetable oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
For the Filling:
- 1/4 cup reduced-fat butter or margarine
- 1/3 cup brown sugar or a sugar substitute
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
For the Glaze:
- 1 cup powdered sugar or a sugar substitute
- 1-2 tablespoons skim milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a bowl, combine the warm milk, sugar, and yeast. Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes until it becomes frothy.
- Add the applesauce, canola oil, and salt to the yeast mixture.
- Gradually add the flour, one cup at a time, until a soft dough forms. Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 5-7 minutes, or until it becomes smooth and elastic.
- Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it with a clean kitchen towel, and let it rise in a warm place for about 1-1.5 hours, or until it has doubled in size.
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
- Roll out the dough on a floured surface into a rectangle, about 12×18 inches.
- In a small bowl, mix together the reduced-fat butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon for the filling. Spread this mixture evenly over the rolled-out dough.
- Roll the dough tightly from the long side, and then cut it into approximately 12 rolls.
- Place the rolls in a greased baking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until they are golden brown.
- While the rolls are baking, prepare the glaze by mixing together the powdered sugar, skim milk, and vanilla extract.
- Once the rolls are done, let them cool for a few minutes before drizzling the glaze over the top.