Whole Grain Cinnamon Rolls

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Homemade cinnamon rolls are easy to make and super delicious. This recipe calls for rolled oats and whole wheat flour, making the baked goodie just a little bit better for you.

Whole Grain Cinnamon Rolls | Good Cheap Eats

Cinnamon Rolls are a regular Sunday morning staple around here. I usually whip up the dough in the bread machine on Saturday night. Then I fill and slice the rolls and let them rise overnight in the fridge. After a few minutes of resting on the counter in the morning, they’re ready to bake and be devoured.

Recently I started beefing them up a bit with whole grains. I’ve tried this with both rolled oats and All-Bran cereal which I got for free awhile back with a good sale and coupons. I feel a little better feeding these to my kids, knowing that some of their carbs are a little more complex than plain ol’ sugar.

One of the beauties about cinnamon rolls is that you can easily freeze them. Check out Amy’s great tips for making cinnamon rolls convenient without buying the canned kind. Her brilliance is a game-changer!

I like to use a few special tools to make the process easier for me:

Whole Grain Cinnamon Rolls

Other roll recipes you might want to try:

Maple-Brown Sugar Cinnamon Rolls

Rainbow Breakfast Rolls

Whole Wheat Cranberry Rolls

Note: Some readers have had to add up to 1 cup more flour. This may depend on how you measure flour, what combination of whole wheat to unbleached you use, and the humidity in your part of the country.

About Jessica Fisher

I believe great meals don't have to be complicated or expensive. There's a better way, and it won't take all afternoon.

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  1. Jessica Cusano says

    I do not have a bread machine… any idea on the steps I would take to attempt this delicious sounding recipe without one??? πŸ™‚

    • Jessica says

      Well, you would follow the traditional way of making bread. Warm the milk, proof the yeast. Add the sugar and butter. Then add the dry ingredients. Stir well. Then knead until a soft dough forms. Do you have a stand mixer? You can do it with the bread hook as well. Does that help?

  2. Jessica Cusano says

    Ok, yes that helps thank you!! I do some bread making and do all the kneading by hand since I have neither a bread machine or a stand mixer (I’m really behind the kitchen times huh?!?). :). I am sort of new to working with yeast but it looks like it works about the same in the first basic steps. Thank you for your help and for sharing your wonderful blog with the world, I just love it! πŸ™‚

    • Jessica says

      You’re not behind the times. Do what works for YOU!

      And thanks for your kind words.

    • Cristi P says

      Adding on to this thread. I’m making these for the first time this morning. If I’m suing a stand mixer with a bread hook, does that replace the kneading? or just the mixing?? I’m brand new to bread making. these sound delicious. doing a trial now so I can be ready for Christmas.

  3. When you freeze these for future use, do you freeze them before or after you’ve baked them? And if you freeze them before you bake them is it before or after you let them sit overnight in the fridge? And if you have to cook them after you have frozen them how long do they need to sit out before cooking? Can you tell I’m a type A personality?

    • Jessica says

      I roll and freeze on trays. Then once frozen, move to freezer bags. Then the night before I serve them, I pull however many I want, let them rise overnight in a greased pan and then bake in the morning.

  4. Michelle Z says

    What kind of bread machine do you own? Do you or your readers have any suggestions?

    I’ve been using an old machine that my mother-in-law gave me for almost 15 years, and recently the results have been getting less and less satisfactory. I took a quick look online earlier this week, but there are so many options and brands to choose from! I immediately became overwhelmed!

    I could just go to the thrift store and buy the first one I find, but I do use a bread machine at least once a week (usually more), and I think I’d rather have a new one. Any suggestions?

    • Jessica says

      I am now on my third machine. I’m not sure if it is because it’s the least expensive model out there or if I just use it a lot. I have had two Osters and a Sunbeam. They’re the same machine, just two different labels. Hope that helps.

    • Nia says

      I think you have the right frame of mind to purchase a new one, even if like Jessica said you get the cheapest one. I’ve seen them at Wal-Mart for around $40 in S. California. I got one from my local thrift store, used it a hand full of times before the heating element wouldn’t cook my loaves of bread properly. Also, when shopping for it, I noticed most of the ones at the thrift store didn’t have owner’s manuals. I’m the person who NEEDS the manual. Some machines work differently and suggest putting ingredients in a certain order for success. Just thought I’d share.

  5. yummy!!

  6. So, I was given a bread machine in 1997 because my girlfriend never used it. And I’ve never touched it either. I just googled the manual (as I have, of course, lost it), read it through, and it’s whirring my first batch of cinnamon rolls as we speak. Fingers crossed! It’s been on my to-do list since this post was originally posted!

    It IS OK to not use bread machine flour, right??? The manual directions said it was a no-no, but since I’m only using it for the dough-making and since your recipe doesn’t say otherwise, I thought it was a safe bet.

    • Jessica says

      You “should” be fine. I don’t use bread flour for this recipe.

      • it worked perfectly, thanks! my girls had homemade cinnamon rolls for their first day of preschool then we took them to the church office so we wouldn’t be tempted to eat too many. my empty pan was returned the same day! i think they were a hit! next step… freezer method.

  7. Very yummy! I’ve made these twice and they’ve been a hit with the fam both times. However I did have to add about 1 cup more flour to tame the sticky dough mess that was climbing out of my bread machine pan.

  8. Fleur says

    When you defrost your cinnamon rolls overnight – do you place them in the fridge or just on the counter?

    • Jessica says

      @Fleur, I have done both depending on how late I’m up, how late I want to sleep, and how hot/cold the house is. You want it to thaw and rise before baking. The fridge “should” be fine.

  9. Mary Beth says

    Could these be made a day in advance then left in the refrigerator?

    • Jessica says

      yes, you can make them the night before and refrigerate.

  10. tracy says

    i have a lot of dough left can i put it in the freezer uncut?

    • Jessica says

      I make it all into rolls, so I’m not sure. If it hasn’t risen much, yes, you can freeze it.

  11. Olivia says

    I never thought I’d be able to make Cinnamon Rolls, but I’ve made these twice and they are delicious! My family thinks I’m a rockstar and they say I’ve ruined canned cinnamon rolls for them forever!! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, and many others! πŸ™‚

  12. Chrissy says

    YUMMY! These were really good! Thanks!

  13. Karon B says

    If you have not tried these they are magnificent. I havent tried the gingerbread and the pumpkin ones yet but pumpkin is being made this weekend. This is not my website, it is just something wonderful I found on the internet. http://www.recipegirl.com/2011/03/01/cinnamon-roll-pancakes/

  14. Is this recipe for a 1 or 2 lb bread machine? Wouldn’t have thought this to be important, but lets just say I found out the hard way that it is. Looks so yummy!

  15. Jenn says

    This might sound silly, but I’ve never used rolled oats in a bread recipe – do you grind it into a flour first or put it in as is? Thanks! πŸ™‚

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