Squash Cinnamon rolls w/ Maple Caramel #unprocessed

Day 5 of being unprocessed. I have done well.  I'm patting myself on the back! Yesterday I did have a little slip... when doing a Dunkins run for someone else... I caved and bought their White Chocolate Pumpkin Latte. Totally not worth it, because it was not that fabulous.

Starbucks I never though I'd say this but you have stolen my heart. I think I'm a new convert... Dunkins... you just don't do it for anymore! New England runs on Dunkins, so clearly I'm a trader of some sort.

The hardest part of this unprocessed challenge is most definitely going to be giving up my love for coffee from my favorite coffee shops, that and my love for sweets. At first I was thinking I had to write off all of my favorite baked goods. Then I stopped myself. No I don't have to, they can be made unprocessed. YOU CAN DO IT.

What did I have to change? First I made sure I was using a unbleached flour. Thank you King Arthur Flour for providing me with so many great choices in my local stores. I can rest my mind knowing your flours are the highest qualities and the least processed on my store shelves.

Second, I used maple syrup instead of granulated white sugar.

Third.... cinnamon buns need a sticky glaze right? Well here is the thing, almost all recipes call for powdered sugar. Powdered sugar... the king of all processed sugars I'm sure. Instead of going the glaze route, why  not a caramel, made with maple syrup, organic whole milk, and REAL cream butter.

Just because they are "unprocessed" does not mean they are healthy by any means! Though they are a great treat.

For the dough, I used my Harvest Bread recipe, for the cinnamon filling, butter, maple and cinnamon. The caramel is nothing more than maple, butter, and milk.

They are so fluffy, perfectly cinnamony and the caramel... oh my god. Out of this world! Because I am being very conscious of my calories, I resisted these rolls for an entire day! I didn't have ONE. But then I had to sample... so hubs and I split one. Best decision I've made all week.

Squash Cinnamon Rolls w/ Maple Caramel


  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 2/3 cup warm whole milk
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 15 oz or butternut squash puree (you can also use pumpkin, sweet potato, acorn squash...)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 4 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour + extra for kneading (I use King Arthur Flour)
  • 2 tbs of maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
For the filling:
  • 4 tablespoons of room temperature butter
  •  3 tablespoons of ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons of maple syrup
For the caramel
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt


In a small bowl add yeast and warm water until the yeast has dissolved. About 5 minutes.

In the bowl of your electric mixer with your dough hook attachment add in milk, eggs,  squash, oil, salt, cinnamon, maple syrup whole wheat flour and 2 cups of your all purpose flour.

Beat vigorously. Add in remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time until dough is firm enough to kneed. Not too sticky.

Pour dough out onto a floured work surface and kneed for about 6 minutes or until smooth and elastic.

Turn dough into a oiled bowl. Cover in a warm spot and allow to rise until doubles. Mine took 60 minutes.

Punch dough down, divide in half and on a floured surface roll dough out to be about 1/2 inch thick (try to keep it in the shape of a rectangle)

For the filling, spread butter over the entire surface of the dough. Brush with maple syrup. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Roll dough into a large log.

Cut 1- 1 1/2 inch slices. Place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Cover with a dish towel and allow to rise until doubled. About 45 minutes.

Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes or until rolls are golden.

For your caramel. Add butter, salt, and maple in a sauce pan over medium low heat. Stirring occasionally heat until it reaches the soft ball stage.

Remove from heat allow to cool for about 5 minutes. quickly whisk  while pour the milk into the mixture. Allow to come back up to a boil.

Remove from heat allow to cool until it is not scolding hot anymore.

Drizzle over warm cinnamon rolls.

Enjoy with your favorite coffee or latte.... Dunkins or Starbucks. Whatever your heard desires!

(Recipe yields about 12 rolls... the size of your face)



  1. These rolls are gorgeous, I love the maple caramel! Pinned!

  2. Hooray for October Unprocessed! :) It sounds like you're doing a great job. I can't say the same for me...

    And that caramel is genius! I will most definitely be trying it at some point.

  3. This is a fantastic series! I love King Arthurs unbleached! So good, it helps me!!!!!

  4. I looked for about an hour for an unprocessed cinnamon roll recipe, thanks for this! Is there a reason why you didn't use only whole wheat flour? I am wondering if I did how that would change the taste. Thanks!

  5. Thanks for this, Can't wait to try it. Is there a reason why you didn't use only whole wheat flour?

    1. I did use whole wheat flour, just the white variety, it's also a bit softer and milder in flavor. You can however sub it for your favorite whole wheat.