Saturday, February 27, 2010

GF Cinnamon Rolls

I am continuing my obsession with "Healthy Bread in 5 Minutes a Day" and cinnamon rolls.  Oh boy, are these cinnamon rolls delicious!  Actual, honest to goodness gooey rolls that you can sink your teeth into.  If you want to know more about the cookbook, click here to see my previous blog posting.

Again, I'm not going to share the recipe because I want to to check out the book, but I will say, I did change a few things here.  First, I don't like icing so I had to figure out a way to make these delicious rolls slightly more moist.  Butter, it turns out, is the perfect choice.  After rolling out the dough I brushed on melted butter before sprinkling on the filling.  Second, I wanted slightly bigger rolls so I sliced the roll into 8 pieces instead of 12.  That's about it though!

Check out the book and enjoy!


  1. Hi Autumn,
    I asked Bix about this, & she referred me to you. The question is about stool tests for gluten sensitivity. Here's my comment on her blog:
    "I was looking to see if you had info on celiac or gluten sensitivity. Most of what I've read online suggests that gluten sensitivity is just a step along the way to celiac, but, interestingly, you seem to say that they (celiac/what allergy) are not related (if I'm interpreting what you say correctly).
    In that vein, I wondered if you had any knowledge (vis a vis gluten sensitivity) of a stool sample test for gluten sensitivity, which claims to detect such sensitivity sooner than it can be seen in bloodwork. Here is a lab that does the tests, which look for certain antibodies in the stool sample: "

    I found the EnteroLab site in the book "Gluten Free for Dummies." Any insight you can offer would be appreciated. I don't think I have Celiac, but am wondering about development of gluten sensitivity as I age (am now 62). Cheers, lovely blog!

  2. Hi Melinda! Great to hear from you. To answer your question, celiac disease is an autoimmune disease resulting in villous atrophy (damage to the intestine), leading to nutritional deficiencies and often to other diseases such as osteoporosis. Gluten intolerance can often be a symptom of celiac disease and I encourage anyone experiencing symptoms of celiac (diarrhea, constipation, weight loss, anemia, muscle pain, etc) to get tested.

    Gluten intolerance does not always lead to celiac. If one tests negative for celiac but is still reacting to gluten, he/she may be experiencing non-celiac gluten intolerance, which is much less understood and not widely accepted in the medical community.

    The immune system is a complicated beast but the best explanation for non-celiac gluten intolerance is this: The cells of the intestine fit together like a puzzle and the pieces should stay tightly together so foreign invaders and food proteins cannot enter the blood stream. Unfortunately, we live in a stressful world and our guts react to exterior influences. Anything from a sudden death in the family to a course of antibiotics can trigger "leaky gut syndrome", at which point the puzzle pieces don't fit together snugly and food proteins can get into the blood stream, causing our immune system to react. Once this happens, sometimes one can recover by removing the offending food from their diet for 6 months and sometimes they don't. As a result of this process, someone can develop a food sensitivity at any point in their life.

    I am familiar with enterolab and it in an organization that is much disputed in the medical community. There is not much published research to support their findings but that may just be because they are on the leading edge of research. I've had a client who determined she was gluten-sensitive through an elimination diet but couldn't quite make herself follow the diet without "proof". After completing the enterolab test, she was able to follow a GF diet because she has the lab test to back her up.

    In my practice, I put more emphasis on how my patients feel without specific foods in their diet, rather than how lab tests (enterolab or food allergy panels) tell them they should feel. Most importantly, even if one suspects a food sensitivity, it is important to rule out all other potential causes with a health care provider.

    Hope that help!


  3. Autumn, that is the clearest explanation I've heard about gluten intolerance or sensitivity! You make it so clear. I appreciate the comment about Enterolab--I did look at the doctor's vitae, and he has published a fair amount, not always in exactly the same field, but related. I was just wondering whether to try that, although my symptoms have abated even though I'm back to eating whole wheat, etc. So I'll play it by ear, but I surely appreciate your input, a lot! Thanks!

  4. Glad to have helped! Let me know if you have any more questions!