Chai Spiced Cinnamon Rolls with a Hot Cocoa Glaze


Tools: Rolling pin, knife, pastry brush, baking dish

Preparation time: 10-15 minutes


2 cups prepared pizza dough (I used whole wheat)

2 tbsp. melted spread of choice (needs to be a spread that bakes well, I used Earth Balance)

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 tbsp cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

 2 turns grated vanilla bean (from vanilla bean grinder)


2 tbsp. melted spread

2 tbsp. cocoa powder

2 tbsp. brown sugar


Roll out pizza dough in a rectangle. Spread dough generously with melted spread, cover in a layer of brown sugar. Sprinkle on all spices evenly. Roll and cut into 2 inch rolls. Place in greased oven safe baking dish. Bake at 350 Degrees F for 15 minutes. Add glaze, bake an additional 15 minutes.

Glaze: Combine all ingredients. Brush on halfway through baking.


Omit cardamom if you prefer.

Gluten free: Use gluten free pizza dough. Fortunately there are a lot on the market now, you lucky dog!

I deserve a medal for all the times I’ve walked past the Cinnamon Bun vendors in the mall.

I think about all the calories, the trans fats, and not to mention I can’t have any because they include dairy. What if we could make them healthier? What if we could have them whole wheat? What if they could be vegan? Oh friends, we can.

Let’s not talk about how many I ate. That’s just not important.

When baking, it’s better to pull out a little sooner rather than later. Pizza dough can get hard when over baked and we want these soft and melty in the mouth.

One of my favorite kitchen gadgets comes into play here- my silicone basting brush. It cleans easy and doesn’t pick up any oily residue thanks to the dishwasher. Click here to get your very own or just start with that link and buy whatever you’d like on Amazon and I get a small commission (Yay!)

It’s a marvelous thundery, rainy day. I once again have snoring baby. Sleep training could probably be going better. I’m a softy, letting him cry it out ended in him giving up on sleep completely and getting very, very, wired and tired. I continue to pursue techniques that help. For now, I’m much more interested in him getting sleep during the day. I hope wherever you are, you are as comfy as me in my pajamas and snuggly snoring baby.

Enjoy these with some coffee, milk, and maybe even treat the mom in your life for Mother’s day!

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