• Ashley Margaret Waterman

Cinnamon Roll Waffles

Last week, I made pumpkin bread. The recipe I have calls for 2-oz of cream cheese (my preferred dairy-free cream cheese is tofutti). This left me with 6-oz of cream cheese in my fridge. I woke up Saturday morning with the strongest desire for cinnamon rolls.

Ready to spend the next two hours in the kitchen, I searched for a new cinnamon roll recipe. I haven't found the perfect one yet, so I headed to Pinterest. I found a recipe that looks like the best ever cinnamon rolls, but after looking at the nutritional information at the bottom of the page, I decided against these rolls for this weekend. I love sweets, but I'm trying to be more aware of what I eat. I returned to the Pinterest search to look for something else to satisfy my sweet tooth. I pinned a 60-second mug cinnamon roll, pull apart bread, and cinnamon roll pancakes. Eventually, I stumbled upon cinnamon roll waffles. My mouth started watering.

The instructions made me say "why didn't I come up with this?" The "recipe" consists of purchasing a tube of refrigerator cinnamon rolls and cooking them for 2 minutes in your waffle iron. After wasting at least half an hour looking at cinnamon recipes, I decided to eat leftovers instead.

I still had cinnamon rolls on the brain. When I went grocery shopping, I stopped in the refrigerator section, curious to see if I could eat any of the cinnamon rolls and how unhealthy they are. To my surprise, one cinnamon roll with the provided frosting is around 160 calories. I looked at the Pillsbury cinnamon rolls first. All of them contain milk. Convinced I couldn't eat any of the options, I read the rest of the tubes anyway. Annie's Organic Cinnamon Rolls with Icing don't contain milk AND they're technically vegan! Although I was excited, I frowned; the tube makes five cinnamon rolls for about $5. The Pillsbury ones make eight cinnamon rolls and costs less than $3. I had one more tube to read: the Safeway brand. Eight cinnamon rolls, at 160 calories with icing, costs $1.99. They contain eggs, but no milk! I silently cheered and put the tube in my shopping cart.

On Sunday morning, I whipped up a batch of cream cheese frosting. To make the cinnamon roll waffles a bit more breakfasty, I substituted maple syrup for the vanilla extract. I think I say this every time I make cream cheese frosting, but this was my best batch yet. A quick breakfast treat, these cinnamon roll waffles satisfied my sweet tooth!

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