The Great (Cinnamon Roll) Debate

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cinnamon roll breakfast sliders


A few minutes into my Saturday morning run, my mind wandered off. After thinking “My calf is too tight” and “YIKES that’s a BEE!”, it settled down and began brainstorming what to eat after my post-workout shower.


Just two steps later, cinnamon rolls flashed through my brain. I shook my head, arguing with my mind to find a healthier solution—like a banana. Or oatmeal. Or—dare I even say it?—scrambled eggs.


After a full mile of mental debate, I finally concluded two things: (1) I was crazy and (2) my brain had convinced itself that it needed cinnamon rolls.


So I promised my brain that it could have cinnamon rolls… As long as it omitted the frosting on top. It whined, but we shook on it anyway. We had a deal!  


cinnamon roll breakfast sliders


Once the cinnamon smell started wafting through the house, my mind finally relented just a bit and agreed to pair its pastries with some juicy (and healthy!) strawberries. And the result?


Well, let’s just say I’m planning on baking cinnamon rolls every weekend for the rest of my life.


cinnamon roll breakfast sliders


Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Sliders

Yield: 8 sliders

Serving Size: 2 sliders

Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Sliders

These sliders look so sophisticated but are incredibly easy to make. They’re a wonderful brunch item (or a post-workout snack)!

1 package reduced-fat cinnamon rolls (such as Pillsbury)
¼ c. fat-free cream cheese
8 medium strawberries

  1. Open the can of cinnamon rolls and discard the icing. Bake the cinnamon rolls according to the package’s directions. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.
  2. While the cinnamon rolls bake, slice the stem off of each strawberry and cut vertically into 1/8”-thick slices.
  3. To prepare each slider, slice one cinnamon roll in half horizontally. Spread 1½ teaspoons of cream cheese over the bottom half, and top with the slices from one strawberry. Place the top half over the strawberry slices. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.

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cinnamon roll breakfast sliders


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  1. Norah says on February 27, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Looks soooo goooooodddd! I cannot believe you made this! It looks soo simple yet delicious! I do not blame you for making this every week!

    • foods for the soul says on February 27, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      Thank you!! They looked so pretty when I made them that I just had to turn them into a recipe post. I’m up to 3 weeks in a row; we’ll see if I make it 4 this weekend!

  2. joan says on February 28, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Absolute yum!

    • foods for the soul says on February 28, 2013 at 3:57 pm

      Thank you! I love it when a simple recipe tastes so good. :]

  3. Anna (Hidden Ponies) says on February 28, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Brilliant recipe name, and your photography is gorgeous!!

    • foods for the soul says on March 1, 2013 at 9:59 am

      Thank you! I’m still learning new photography techniques, so it’s really fun to shoot food.

  4. Kate says on March 3, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    The photography is so beautiful in this post! It makes me want to lick the screen a little bit. 😉

    • foods for the soul says on March 3, 2013 at 9:14 pm

      Thank you! Hearing that made my day. :] (Although I’d advise against it; I’ve tried licking the screen before and it just isn’t that satisfying…)

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