BANANA CINNAMON ROLLS

BANANA CINNAMON ROLLS
These sticky swirly sweet banana cinnamon rolls are healthier, simpler, and sweeter than any ordinary cinnamon roll, and made in the oven with only fruit!
Fortunately dates, bananas, and cinnamon are neither exotic nor elusive ingredients. However, these bread-less buns are typically a raw recipe made in the dehydrator. But I don’t have a dehydrator, so I experimented with another way…
It’s still a low and slow process that will take a few hours, but most of that time is just waiting while the oven does it’s work. The actual ingredients and assembly is very easy, and you really only need 3 ingredients! You could add vanilla or salt to the date filling. Or you could add raisins on top like they did at the festival. But honestly I just love them the simple banana + date + cinnamon way.

BANANA CINNAMON ROLLS RECIPE
INGREDIENTS
  • 4 spotty bananas
  • Cinnamon
DATE PASTE
  • 1 cup Medjool dates (about 12)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Optional: 1 tsp vanilla and/or a pinch of salt
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat the oven to 250F
  2. Slice the bananas lengthwise into 3 strips each (see tips in the post and watch the video for technique).
  3. Lay out the slices on 2 baking trays lined with parchment paper. Do not overcrowd. I recommend 6 slices per tray. If you have any smaller strips that broke, lay them out too.
  4. Bake for 1 hour at 250F.
  5. Remove from the oven and let them cool for 15-20 mins.
  6. Gently run a finger or dull knife under each slice to release it from the pan. Flip them over so the side with more moisture is facing upwards.
  7. Blend all the ingredients for the date paste.
  8. Spread about 1 tablespoon of date paste down the length of a banana slice. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Roll.
  9. Repeat with the remaining slices. You can roll the shorter pieces inside the longer strips.
  10. Arrange all the rolls on one lined pan.
  11. Return them to the oven for 1.5-2 hours at 250F.
  12. Remove from the oven. Allow to cool. Eat immediately or refrigerate for a firmer consistency. Keep leftovers in the fridge.

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