Raw Food Recipe for Gooey Cinnamon Buns : The Renegade Health Show Episode #647

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Today, we are making another of your requests…

You all asked for a raw food recipe for gooey cinnamon buns, so here it is!

Beware, these could make you scream out in pleasure… LOL!

Take a look…

Your question of the day: Do you like cinnamon buns!

Click here, scroll down to the bottom of the page and leave your comments now!

Here’s the raw food recipe:

Raw Gooey Cinnamon Buns


1 1/4 cup almond meal
1 cup ground flax seed
1 1/4 cup soft pitted dates
1/4 cup water or more if needed
1/4 cup softened coconut oil
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup chopped pecans
2 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon coconut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 pinch sea salt


Fold the almond meal, ground flax seed, 1 Tbsp. cinnamon, pinch sea salt, and pinch of vanilla in a bowl. Set aside.

Process dates, 1/2 of the raisins, water and vanilla into a paste in a food processor. Then remove half of that paste mixture and add it to the dry ingredients, along with the coconut oil.

Mix these ingredients with your hands until it forms a dough. You may need to add a little water or oil if it is too dry.

Spread the dough out on a piece of parchment paper, and shape it into a 1/4-inch thick rectangle.

Take the rest of the date paste left in your food processor add the remaining raisins, 1 Tbsp. of cinnamon and coconut butter. Process until smooth. Then, spread a thin layer of the paste onto the dough.

Using the parchment paper to help hold everything together, carefully roll the dough into a log. Chill in the refrigerator, and then slice into about 1-inch thick rounds.

These cinnamon rolls can be eaten right away or warmed in a dehydrator.


Cashew Whipped Cream

By Nomi Shannon
1 cup cashews, soaked at least 2 hours
4 dates – soaked at least 2 hours
vanilla bean
water (enough to yield a light fluffy mixture)

Annmarie was inspired by a recipe she saw on GoneRaw.com

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Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog RenegadeHealth.com — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.


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  1. Tamikko says:

    Oh boy did I ever love them 🙂 I still crave them, and the smell of cinnamon is so intoxicating.
    Great recipe you guys. Probably too expensive for me to try, but one day I’d love to 🙂

  2. Deanna says:

    Looks good!!! Yes cinnamon rolls are good. Probably will not go through the work to make this but I would like to try the cinnamon you have there. Thanks for your show!!!

  3. KAREN BEATTIE says:


  4. Barbara Howard says:

    Sounds yummy. I will give them a try in the next few days. Thanks!

  5. Trina-Lea Briggs says:

    I love cinnamon buns but have not eaten one of the flour based ones in years due to gluten sensitivities. But as soon as I pick up the “real” cinnamon from our local raw ingredient source/restaurant “Organic Lives” I will be giving this recipe a try. Thanks for taking the time, effort, and expense to share this with us adoring fans! 🙂

  6. Kurt says:

    Who doesn’t like cinnamon rolls?…

  7. jackie says:

    Oh, I love(d) cinnamon rolls! How do you make coconut butter? Or do you have to buy it?

  8. Those look so great! I tried some raw cinnamon buns before and loved them – very dense and filling. I will share this recipe in some of my raw food classes here in Nanaimo, BC if you don’t mind.

    I don’t think they will take too long. Definitely not as long as real cooked cinnamon buns.

    Thanks for writing it all out like you did.

  9. jason says:

    For as much food as she prepares, Annmarie should learn some professional knife skills. I was fearing for her fingertips while watching this video.

    Looks good though! I wonder about substituting buckwheat for some of the nuts, to lower the amount of fat.

  10. LSpiering says:

    Beside wanting to eat these, my favorite part of this video was hearing Johnny 5 sharing his opinion throughout!

  11. Matty J says:

    T.J. Cinnamons?!?! Hell yeah!

  12. Sandi S says:

    Always loved cinnamon rolls! Haven’t eaten one in years, so with this recipe I can have them again. Thanks!

  13. susiequeue says:

    Do Cinnamon Rolls improve one’s demeanour? Annmarie has the patience of a saint!!!

    I must go off and make some ha ha!

  14. Steve says:

    Stop by Chakra 4 Herb and Tea House before you leave Phoenix. It’s a great little gem in central Phoenix.

  15. Treeplanter says:

    Of course I love cinnamon rolls!

    On rare occasions, I will let myself have a Cinnabon for a treat when I am out shopping.

    At home, I make my version out of oatmeal. I blend water, raisins, mac nuts, vanilla and cinnamon into a thick cream, and pour it over the cooked oatmeal. It’s not quite the same as a roll, but much easier to make and just as delicious.

    For variations, I sometimes add frozen blueberries or other fruit to the blend.

    Costco sells a frozen fruit mix with pomegranate, raspberries and other super fruits. Blended up, it has a lovely bright red-purple color. Makes the oatmeal look kind of psychedelic.

    Yes, I admit, I shop at Costco. I know, I know, they are a terrible company in some respects. Sometimes I make compromises.

    But at least I have some terrific variations on my oatmeal.

    Michael T.

  16. Lorien says:

    I adore cinnimon buns, they are really about the only donut I enjoy other then the plain cake kind. I can see that I’m going to have to hire myself a live in Chef. I’d love to try these but can’t see myself taking the time to actually make them myself. Which is really why I eat such a basic diet. By the time I get to eating there is no time to make the fancy stuff…

  17. Maggie says:

    Michel T (aka Treeplanter): That recipe you describe to pour over oatmeal sounds delicious and easy. I will definitely try it. Thanks! And, yes, who doesn’t love cinnamon buns but I’m not crazy about the after affects. 🙂

  18. Judy says:

    WOW! I can hardly wait to try these. You guys are the greatest!

  19. nick says:

    Looks great I want to try it when I have the time thats the only probablem I have its so time consuming.

  20. Raw? Not! There’s no such thing as raw coconut butter or oil, people. One tablespoon of oil does immeasurable damage to the lining of your heart’s arteries and leads to cancer. Please read “How to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease” by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, from the Cleveland Clinic, who is having to put people on a plant-based diet to reverse and cure their heart disease caused by eating dead oils and butters. Try substituting fresh coconut milk instead.
    Almonds have a dangerous substance in them called tannic acid which needs to be soaked out before you eat them after rinsing well. The soaking water will actually turn brown and then the almonds are sweet and ready to be blended as well as being alive.

  21. susiequeue says:

    Doctor Flora, thank you so much for reminding me about this marvellous man. No more oil for me!

  22. kat says:

    I never really like cinnamon rolls growing up nor ice cream nor pop nor coffee nor alcohol…But I do like chocolate!

  23. lisa says:

    too much sweetness and nuts for me, but i think i may make them for my son as a treat for a growing boy.

  24. Betsy says:

    Once a year at christmas mom would make them. Is there still a Danbury Fair? -I grew up in Ridgefield, my dad sold his Danbury Fair coloring books, so we two kids got to explore the whole fair for many years. Thanks for the recipes.

  25. OMG guys, this recipe could NOT have come at a better time! This is going to be my Labor Day long weekend treat!!!!!!! YAY! I’m so excited.

  26. Ingrid says:

    Yes I like cinnamon buns! Who doesn’t? Just had one the other day actually. It had been a long while. I can’t wait to try this recipe though. It’ll be a lot easier on my digestion than white flour desserts, and a lot more nutritious of course!

  27. john says:

    Not especially crazy about them ,prefer to have the actual cinnamon sticks in mouth.

  28. Dee says:

    Yes, and I so have to try this recipe. Thank you.

    I have a question, your Exercise book that you just came out with, are you going to bring that out in a bound form? I want to buy it, but not in ebook form.

  29. Angie says:

    Look yummie, one day I hope to make them 🙂

  30. Makeda says:

    thx 4 the recipe. will try it this weekend. YUUUUM!

  31. Cyd says:

    Did you use the pecans? Or are they optional?

  32. Beth says:

    I love cinnamon, but the smell of traditionally baked cinnamon rolls makes me feel sick – it is the gluten.

    Very happy to see this recipe. I’m printing it out and probably making it tonight to share with my hubby.

  33. Lisa says:

    Two things I love about this recipe are:

    1) It doesn’t use raw sprouted grains like some other recipes I’ve seen. Yay! I just can’t digest raw grains!!!

    2) It looks like it would freeze well, which makes it a great treat to make and store ahead of time for surprise guests. Also great to make ahead of time and freeze when planning road trips.

    These kinds of recipes (for supplementing raw fruits and veggies, I mean) are lacking in the raw food world. You can only eat so many dehydrated foods while travelling because travelling is always drying to the system.


  34. Angie Smith says:

    I always thought I loved Cinnabons – turned out I just wanted the fatty frosting. 🙂 I love fat, too! I just eat the good kinds now. I adapted the recipe from goneraw.com, too (maybe the same one – it sounds like it). My version is much more time-consuming but very yummy & satisfying: I sometimes use sprouted wheat or barley (mushified in the food processor) in place of the almond meal, or else I use the almond pulp left over from making almond milk, and I don’t put in any coconut oil or butter. I add water to goo up the flax, and then I dehydrate the crust for a while before rolling it up with the filling, and then dehydrate again after slicing. Very yummy, but definitely too sweet to eat very often. I don’t use agave, either, but I may try it with honey if I ever make them again. Thanks for the tip!

  35. Stephanie says:

    One word: Yes. Yes, I have loved a cinnamon roll or 437 in my lifetime. I am sure the molecules of the processed chemicals inherent in mall cinnamon buns are still stored somewhere in my system. …

  36. I could not make those as I really have to watch my fat intake, it makes me sluggish, so I sit down to a bowl of sliced bananas and dates sprinkled w/ ceylon cinnamon!

  37. Connie says:

    Waving at Diana, another Canadian, from across the country! It’s always great to find Canadians interested in the same things I am…

    Connie in Sudbury

  38. Connie says:

    Oh, how goofy am I? OF COURSE I love cinnamon rolls–and will definitely try this recipe!


  39. Cay Snow says:

    Wow! They look beautiful but the calorie count is probably worse than an actual Cinnabon!

  40. Charlotte says:

    haha yep! the last time I had one I think was 9 years ago when I was 12 at the mall lol. Oh and I have had one of the giants ones too. the smell is just incredible.
    Oh and Michael, I love Costco! not afraid to admit it 😉

  41. Cindy in Marin says:

    I noticed you sprinkled something on the parchment paper to keep the log from sticking. Was it almond meal? OMG this looks good I want to make it.

  42. Fontrella says:

    Yes, I like cinnamon rolls. We have a Cindy’s Cinnamon Rolls shop here in our mall.I will try this recipes for sure.

  43. Jan says:

    Yes, I like cinnamon rolls. Have not had one in many years. I might try this recipe.

  44. Rhonda D says:

    Wow cinnamon rolls yes they were good back in the day.

    Love the thanks sharing the recipe and for all that hard work.
    Looks really good. Yum

  45. Joel Brown says:

    i love cinnamon rolls. they were my absolute favorite gluten treat. too bad. but at least there are options like these. ANNMARIE, YOUR EYEBALLS ARE WONDERFUL

  46. Cindy says:

    Could you please advise what “Coconut Butter” is and if it is something I can make from Coconut oil, or is it something you have to buy.
    The coconut oil is hard at room temp for most of the year so can i just use the hard oil?
    Thanks for any answer you give and for this recipe, it looks great.

  47. The recipe looks like a lot of work and very rich. I try to eat more pure raw foods and stay away from sweets and fats in excess. I was never a huge cinnamon bun person, but I like the smell. I don’t foresee ever going through the trouble of making these. Sorry :-/

    I recently bought some of the Ceylon cinnamon and haven’t used it in a recipe yet. I tried a little on my finger and it tastes just like a red hot cinnamon candy. A lot different from “regular” cinnamon! I am waiting on some Chag-O-Charge I ordered so I can try your coffee recipe.

  48. its off subject kevin but do you know why your vitamin d was 22?? even though you get alot of sun the main reason is 30% of your toxins are in your skin so that means your cells are closed for the most part and not receiving the vitamin d so it can do thier job,the easiest solution for this is bathing in 6oz of 35%food grade hydrogen peroxide and a capful of oxy bath salt and do this for a week or two and i will gaurantee your levels will improve!!!!!!!!!!!! put it to the test kevin.

  49. rob says:

    These look amazing and I will make them tomorrow. There will be very happy kids after school.

    Also, hate to bring this up here, but no matter what angle I try (and I’ve tried many times over the past few months),I can not order from your store, it keeps saying that I don’t exist. I can’t even send in a request for help as I’m told my e-mail address isn’t valid? Can someone in support please contact me…..your cinnamon looks too good to give up trying.

  50. Love them! Thanks guys 4 the recipe! I just made some the other day but I added cacao nibs to it: delicious! Take a look: http://sanatateangi.blogspot.com/2010/09/rulada-de-scortisoara-cinnamon-roll.html

  51. Well I am still afraid of cinnamon because I was on a cinnamon and honey cure when I had the heart attacks and our son googled and found out that all cinnamon is not equal, and reall cinnamon is more expensive and comes from Thailand or India. the other one is not really cinnamon and tastes so much like it and is way cheaper that in North America they can get away with selling it as real cinnamon. Do you know anything about that Kevin? I would sure love to know because I really want to make those yummy looking cinnamon buns. where (in Canada) can I get the real stuff and know it is OK for me to eat? thanks Joni

  52. Jo Smith says:

    It always saddens me when people say negative things about Coconut oil. It’s one of the healthiest oils in the world today. “Coconut Cures” by Bruce Fife, N.D. is an amazing book that breaks down different oil contents by molecule. I don’t have a gall bladder any more and it doesn’t give me any trouble at all, just like the book says. Coconuts have amazing properties, oil and all. 😀

  53. luana says:

    I just made this recepie…and it’s 4am…yummy
    I had some almond meal left from my almond milk and this recepie came at a good time…more recepies with almond meal please, because I have a lot from my milks and I guess I’m not the only one 🙂
    I can wait to taste it in the morning after it sits a while in the frigde…

  54. holy balooba, i LOVE cinnamon and i pretty much put it on everything i eat.

    did u mention something about cinnamon tea, kevin??
    if you did, i wanna hear everything about it.

    love cinnamonbuns, they are delishious, but my tummy dosnt like the flour much so im most def gonna be making these very shortly!
    thanks a million!

  55. Susanne says:

    You two are so adorable. Thank you for your dedication…it must make you crazy all the different opinions on every issue. So difficult to sort out whats best for this body isn’t it? Fats or no fats, and the protein issue. I notice raw fooders have very thin skin and at 58 and rather new at the raw lifestyle again, I notice my face is getting more saggy…guess its part of the deal. Cooked meats and eggs don’t really feel great and dairy is out of the question.
    Fountain of youth where are you?

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