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cinnamon roll dough bites

Healthy Pecan Cinnamon Roll Dough Bites

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  • Author: Liz Moody




  • 1/2 cup pecan pieces⁣
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon⁣
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar⁣
  • Pinch salt⁣


  • 2 cups pecan pieces⁣
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup ⁣
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon ⁣
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract⁣
  • 1/2 cup oat flour⁣
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine grain sea salt 

Frosting (Optional!)

  • 1 personal-sized container of vanilla yogurt
  • Powdered sugar


  1. Optional: Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Toast pecan pieces for 10 minutes, or until fragrant. (This takes a bit more time but makes the rolls taste fresh from the oven.)
  2. Add filling ingredients to a food processor and pulse a few times until it looks like sand. Transfer to a bowl.
  3. Add the 2 cups of pecan pieces (from the dough ingredients) to the food processor—no need to wash the food processor in between. Process for 3-5 minutes, or until it becomes nut butter (wait for the oils to release and it to get really creamy).
  4. Add all remaining dough ingredients and process 1-2 minutes, until dough is well combined.⁣
  5. Roll dough gently into ping pong-sized balls (it breaks a bit, so sort of press and roll at the same time), then press/roll each ball into a 3-inch worm.
  6. Press the worms in the filling so one side is coated, then gently coil, with that side facing in. Place on parchment-lined pan, pressing any parts that broke back into a ball shape. Place in freezer to cool while you make frosting!⁣
  7. Optional: Mix together one personal-sized container of vanilla yogurt with powdered sugar until it’s your desired sweetness. Drizzle on top, or use a Ziploc with the corner clipped to spiral on. ⁣
  8. Makes 12-14 bites. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months, and eat one when you need a nosh!