Mini Cinnamon Roll Muffins

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I love surprises! And the one I got this week was so amazing! One of my dearest friends who lives many states away came into town to see family (I wasn’t expecting this), and she drove to my house to spend time with me! It was so special for so many reasons…

  • I love this woman
  • I hadn’t seen her in over 2 years
  • She is super special to me
  • She drove an extra hour and a half to see me because of some health issues I have
  • I got to meet her twins….last time I saw her she only had 2 kiddos
  • She got to see our home for the first time and can now picture it when we talk to each other
  • She is one of those rare friends you meet in a lifetime who will be a lifelong friend

Here is a picture of us yesterday…

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Over the 5 years we lived near each other, this woman taught me so much about hospitality…loving on and serving people in your home. Making them feel welcome and comfortable. In fact, we used to try to have weekly movie nights together and she would always have a delicious meal cooked for us, which was all set up to enjoy as we hung out. I was always watching and learning from her…she taught me so much, whether she realizes it or not.

Last time this dear friend saw me, I hated cooking and didn’t know how to do it! πŸ™‚ So, how fun to have her and her kiddos come to my home, and for me to show hospitality to them and cook for them!

We decided to go to the park and have a picnic lunch and as I was preparing everything my sweet friend asked if she could help. What was so encouraging to me is that I could say, “No thanks….I am actually really comfortable in the kitchen now!” πŸ˜€ Wow, I really am!

Fresh out of the oven when the 5 of them arrived, I made a new recipe I came up with…Cinnamon Roll Muffins. I call them that because the delicious sauce on top makes them taste like you are eating a cinnamon roll!

Not only did it feel so good to cook for this friend of mine for the first time, but hearing one of her son’s comments brought such a smile to my face! This little guy below said, “This is the best treat!” πŸ˜€ And keep in mind that he was eating a low-glycemic, gluten free goody with no refined sugar! Woohoo! See, eating this way can taste just as good, if not better! All smiles over here!

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With all that said, Happy Fiesta Friday once again! Let the party begin!Β  Hope you enjoy these mini cinnamon roll muffins and feel just like this little guy did, that they are “the best treat!”Β  πŸ˜€

Always grateful to Angie at The Novice Gardener for hosting such a fun celebration and gathering all of us bloggers together! Thanks Angie!

And here’s a shout out to this week’s co-hosts! Thanks for all the work you will put into this! You make the party all the more fun!

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Mini Cinnamon Roll Muffins

  • Servings: 24 + mini muffins
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*Created by Lori at Creating Beauty in the Kitchen

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  • 2 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 3 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup honey

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Mix the almond flour, coconut flour, 2 tbsp cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  • Mix the eggs, 1/2 cup coconut milk, vanilla, and 1/2 cup honey in a small bowl. Once well mixed, add these to the dry ingredients and mix it all up well.
  • Grease two mini muffin tins, or use papers. Pour your batter in.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make your topping by using 1/2 cup coconut milk (the really thick stuff…could be good to refrigerate it overnight before you use it), 1/2 cup honey, 1 tbsp cinnamon, and 1/2 tsp vanilla. Use an electric mixer to whisk everything together until it thickens.
  • When muffins are cooked, pour the cinnamon roll topping on top of each muffin.

 

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74 thoughts on “Mini Cinnamon Roll Muffins

  1. What a sweet story of your friendship, Lori! You must have had such a wonderful visit with her and the kiddos! And your cinnamon roll muffins look fantastic. I made some myself a few months ago! πŸ™‚

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  2. Aww! I can see how happy you are (and your friend) in this photo. The kids are adorable, too! ❀ I know the feeling of seeing each other after a long time, Lori! Glad that you had an amazing week/day. πŸ™‚

    The muffins look so good for breakfast, too. Or just anytime of the day. πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks sweet Jhuls!! I got to see them one more time today….yay!
      The muffins are now gone! πŸ™‚ Went on a trip and brought them with us….hehehe.
      ❀ πŸ˜€

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  4. Beautiful storytelling, Lori, to accompany these delicious muffins! Nothing is more healing than to spend time with a friend [hope you’re feeling well], especially when sweets are involved! Beautiful photos…

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  5. Hi Lori, I’m so glad I am co hosting this week and am getting to meet great new people like yourself ☺️ The love for your friend is just so wonderful, how great for you all to get together. And your muffins are fab, anything gluten free and non refined sugar wins in my book. Thank you for bringing these to the party, Elaine πŸ’

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  6. There is nothing like sweet fellowship with dear friends, is there? It just speaks to the soul. I love it! So glad you got to see your friend! What a blessing! Your face just shines with joy! πŸ™‚ xo

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  7. Hi Lori – this is such a lovely heartwarming story – how wonderful that you were able to reciprocate your dear friend’s hospitality and what gorgeous kids too. Hope you are feeling better and thank you for sharing these delicious sounding muffins too.

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  8. Wow, I do have such a good friend as well, gonna meet her during the Memorial day weekend , its always great to meet old friends. I am sure this surprise would have been very delicious for you πŸ™‚ its showing up in the muffins πŸ™‚

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  9. I’m so glad you got to spend some time with your friend, it’s so lovely that she came out to see you! I know the feeling though, I live in the UK and my best friend/other half lives in Atlanta, GA! I’m very lucky that I get to fly out and see her very often though, in fact my next fiesta friday post will be made from Atlanta (if my passport arrives in time that is!).
    Those cinnamon roll muffins look amazing, I’m cinnamon’s biggest fan and I’ll eat cinnamon rolls any way they’ll come! You better hide some from me or I’ll eat them all before anyone else gets to them!

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    • Thanks Michelle! I got to see her one last time today which I am so grateful for! Wow, your friend does live very far away! How did you meet? I love that you said that you are cinnamon’s biggest fan! That gave me a big smile! πŸ˜€ Sorry….I hid them well and ate them all before you got to them! πŸ˜‰

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      • Aw I’m glad you got to see her again before she left. We met online actually, on tumblr (it’s a micro blogging site if you’ve not heard of it) almost 4 years ago now. I’m lucky because I telecommute for work so I’m able to go out there for a couple months at a time and see her πŸ™‚ If my passport ever arrives, I’ll be heading that way on Thursday πŸ™‚ Haha, well since you ate them all you’ll just have to make me another batch πŸ˜‰

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      • Thanks Michelle! Wow, that’s neat that your job allows you to do that! Hoping your passport arrives soon! LOL about another batch…love it! πŸ˜‰

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    • Thank you Apsara! I loved the topping and was so surprised it came out tasting just like a topping on a cinnamon roll! I never know when I experiment with non-refined sugar, etc! And yes, such dear friends are special and rare!

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  10. I could probably eat a tray all by myself Lori. I like the ingredients and the cinnamon topping. Also love that you started enjoying cooking later on in life. It’s never too late to learn something new is it? Great story and great job with the muffins.

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    • Hi Loretta! Thank you so much for stopping by! When I finish replying to my comments here, I am going to head over to your blog! Thank you for your kind words about my recipe! I won’t lie…they were hard to stop eating! πŸ™‚ Nope, never too late! And I just love cooking now….I truly do! Thanks for your encouragement!

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  11. What a treat for you to have some time with your BFFSS (my BFF’s acronym for best friends forever soul sisters). I am very happy to meet you. I am gluten and sugar-free and will enjoy trying some of your recipes. Hopefully I can tempt my husband with the yumminess. These do sound scrumptious. Happy Fiesta Friday!

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    • Hi Firebonnet! (Love that name by the way!) So fun! Thank you so much for stopping by! Yes, it was such a treat! So great to meet another sugar free an gluten free person! I do eat some gluten, but 99 percent of my recipes are gluten free! I have so many people in my life who can’t eat gluten that this works out very well. That, and a lot of what is low-glycemic happens to be gluten free. I hope you can find some fun recipes for you and your hubby! My hubby actually loves most of them….so I think there is hope for your hubby too! πŸ˜‰

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    • I hope you love this if you try it! I really think you will! I was so happy how using the thick coconut milk worked to make an icing topping that tasted like a real cinnamon roll!

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    • Thank you Nancy! The thick part of the coconut milk worked so well for the icing part…I was so happy with how it came out! I am finding that there is so much you can do with coconut milk!

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  12. What lovely kiddos and your friendship sounds amazing! I am always so grateful for those friends I have who are lifelong friends, no matter how often I see them or don’t see them. You know, Lori, if I lived closer, I would probably be camping out in your kitchen with you and learning all the low-glycemic and gluten free tricks you execute so perfectly. Love the mini muffins and that cinnamon topping sounds great! xx

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    • They truly are lovely, and yes grateful for this friendship! I know, these types of friendships are rare and special!
      Wow, what a huge compliment Ngan! I so appreciate you saying that you would camp out here and want to learn some of my low-glycemic gluten free stuff! πŸ˜€

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  13. So touching. I am glad you have embraced cooking and feel comfortable in the kitchen now. I know about health issues impacting our lives and am sending good thoughts your way! So glad you tsje heslthy eating to heart and have taken control. Your reunion photo is beautiful; cheers to good friends and good times!

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    • Thank you so much Stacey, and thank you for co-hosting! Hope it was fun for you! Yes, health issues certainly aren’t fun, are they? Yes, I love eating low-glycemic!

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  14. What a cute picture of all of you!! How nice to have such a dear life time friend. Those Cinnamon Roll Muffins look so good. I think I will try them for breakfast soon …maybe tomorrow! πŸ™‚

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  15. Such a sweet story, Lori, and uplifting, too. So glad you and your friend were able to visit with each other, and you got to meet her twins. The muffins look delicious! Even though I’m not GF, I appreciate such recipes. They give us healthy alternatives. Thanks for both the story and the recipe. ❀

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