Birthday Breakfast

Today, Nick is turning 29!

As a special way to start his birthday, I made one of his favorite breakfasts.

Cinnamon Rolls.

Only I made them vegan…and he doesn’t even know it ;) And I used one exciting secret ingredient that made them amazing.


They’re also totally fat free! I could barely believe it myself.


Maple Sugar Cinnamon Rolls (adapted from this recipe)


  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 packet yeast
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 Tbsp applesauce


  • 2 Tbsp applesauce
  • 2 Tbsp maple sugar
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  1. Warm the milk and add the packet of yeast. Let this sit 5-10 minutes.
  2. Mix 2 cups of flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon, and salt together in large bowl.
  3. Add the applesauce and yeast mixture to the flour and stir to combine.
  4. Add in another 1/2 cup of flour, then turn the dough out onto a floured surface.
  5. Sprinkle the last 1/2 cup flour onto dough and knead about 20 times or until the dough is no longer sticky.
  6. Roll the dough out to a large rectangle.
  7. Mix together the filling (applesauce, maple sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon) and pour onto center of dough.
  8. Spread filling mixture out, covering the dough but leaving about 1/2 – 1” border.
  9. Roll dough into long log and slice into rolls.
  10. Place rolls in greased baking dish and let rest 15-20 minutes.
  11. Either bake immediately at 350 for 20-25 minutes OR cover and put in refrigerator and bake the next morning.



I made about 22 rolls (I cut them pretty small) and, since it would take 3-5 to really fill me up, I decide to make them an oatmeal topping instead ;)

I made some plain oatmeal (just oats, water, cinnamon, and salt), topped it with a cinnamon roll and a side of strawberries.



I also made us some Kona coffee in the syphon this morning!

I’d say it’s a good birthday for Nick so far :) He loved the breakfast!


Do you have any special birthday meals or dishes?



  1. Happy birthday to Nick! :) Those rolls really look delicious!

  2. Are they fabulous??! You’re such a great wife! Happy birthday, Nick!

  3. Happy birthday to Nick **singing birthday song**

  4. Happy Birthday to your Hubby!! I have never made anything that required a packet of yeast, I guess I should try it. These look great.

  5. Wow–I usually use apple pie filling in cinnamon rolls, but this sure does sound good, and a lot healthier too!

  6. What a great recipe! Your oatmeal bowl looks soo tasty. Hope Nick continues to enjoy his birthday!

  7. yummy! Happy Birthday to Nick. He sure is lucky! the cinnamon rolls look great. glad the recipe was a success

  8. Happy birthday to Nick! The rolls look fabulous!

  9. Happy birthday to Nick!

  10. Happy Birthday to Nick! Your healthified cinnamon rolls look amazing! :)

  11. Ahh I must make those cinnamon rolls! Thanks for sharing the recipe. YUM!

    I love having French Toast on my birthday!

  12. Happy Birthday to Nick! When I was younger, the birthday was always a day of “Amy’s favorite eats” that my mom would make- all from scratch.

  13. Happy birthday to Nick! He’s lucky to have such a culinary-minded wife! :) Since I’m a little picky, I tend to make my own birthday “cake” using a recipe for Weight Watchers core cornbread ( I’ve done it the past two years and it makes the perfect birthday breakfast! I hope Nick enjoys his special day!

  14. My birthday is tomorrow! I love Funfetti Cake with Rainbow Chip frosting. I swear, that will be my birthday cake when I am 50. Obviously they dont have it in Mozambique, but my family sent me a box that is waiting at the post office for me to pick up tomorrow so… thats dinner!!! ;)

  15. Happy birthday to Nick!!! :)

  16. Happy Birthday to Nick! It looks like a fabulous birthday breakfast!

  17. What a great recipe for a celebratory breakfast! Happy Birthday to Nick btw!

  18. That is so great that you found a great breakfast for Nick and made it vegan for your challenge.

    Hunni really love lasagna for his birthday so I always make my crockpot lasagna for him.

  19. Are you all vegan now? I can’t imagine anything more depressing than not having yogurt and cheese in life. Especially with Greek/Mediterranean food.

  20. Wow. I can’t believe they’re fat free! YUM!

  21. wow, I’m gonna have to give these a try this weekend. They look fabulous and they must be good since Nick doesnt even know they’re healthy! haha Happy birthday, Nick!!

  22. Happy birthday to Nick! I am craving cinnamon rolls now after seeing the lovely ones you made.

  23. Fat free AND healthy cinnamon rolls? I think an elephant just flew somewhere…
    And happy birthday to Nick! It’s my boyfriend’s birthday today too!

  24. Happy birthday to Nick! And wow lady, those vegan cinnamon rolls are bookmarked, yum!

  25. happy birthday to nick!

  26. Happy birthday Nick!!!

    Those cinnamon rolls look DELISH. I love them, but usually only have them as a special treat. I’ll have to try out your fat free recipe!

  27. seriously, you can’t respond to my comment?

    • Sorry for the late response! I can’t access WordPress at work on my computer, and I had a crazy day today and didn’t have time to get on my laptop at lunch.

      I’m eating Vegan for the month of June, along with 2 other bloggers.

  28. Hi 5 for making them vegan! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO NICK!!!

    im in awe of ur bowl tho, i mean u put a cinnamon bun with oats.. how lovely is that!!! <3

  29. Wow, they look amazing! I wish I could bring myself to bake but anything with the word “yeast” scares the daylights out of me!!! I have a hard enough time with slice and bake cookies, so homemade cinnamon rolls are on a whole different level that I will sadly never reach! ;( Oh well, thank heavens for Pillsbury! :)

  30. ah thanks for the response and sorry for my bitchiness

    I hope you don’t stay vegan! Dairy is too good to pass up in life (and healthy for you!)

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