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AIP Paleo Cinnamon Roll Cookies & Cacao-Free Hot “Chocolate”

AIP Paleo Cinnamon Roll Cookies & Cacao-Free Hot “Chocolate”

Here’s how you can make a muggy Sunday bearable: a lively conversation, comfy clothes, good company (possibly of someone you can cuddle with)… and a plate full of paleo cinnamon roll cookies to dip in hot chocolate until there’s none left in your mug!

Paleo Cinnamon Roll Cookies

If the scenario sounds already lovely like that, wait until you hear more about THIS type of paleo cinnamon roll cookies. What if I told you they are completely grain and gluten free, have no dairy, nor nuts, are compliant to the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP)… and are also coconut free!!

And all this is possible thanks to an awesome new ingredient that appeared in my kitchen: tigernut oil

Paleo Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Not only are tigernuts the main ingredient of my favorite grain free flour, Tigernut Flour (which allows me to create delicious sugar free desserts), this tiny tuber (the actual tigernut) is also the key ingredient of an amazing oil!

Paleo Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Tigernut Oil is a total game changer for all the people that are having troubles replacing coconut oil in sweet recipes.

Paleo Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Since I launched my “AIP Italian Cookbook”, I have had a lot of folks that are following a paleo diet or that are on the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP), that reached out to me because they have issues tolerating coconut and are having a hard time replacing it in baked goods and cookies.

When nut oils aren’t a viable option and olive oil has a little too strong of a taste for a sweet treat, tigernut oil makes for the most perfect replacement

Paleo Cinnamon Roll Cookies

With the recipe for these paleo cinnamon roll cookies, I show you an easy way to test out this delicious ingredient!

And since there’s nothing better than dipping cookies in a cup of warm deliciousness, I am also sharing with you my recipe for a cacao-free hot chocolate that’s great for all those on the AIP (cacao is not allowed on the elimination phase since it’s a seed) and for all the people whose skin does not get along with chocolate (anybody familiar with chocolate-provoked-pimples here?! 😉

AIP Paleo Cinnamon Roll Cookies & Cacao-Free Hot “Chocolate"

Paleo Cinnamon Roll Cookies





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For the Paleo Cinnamon Roll Cookies:

For the Cacao-Free Hot Chocolate:

For the Paleo Cinnamon Roll Cookies:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. In a mixing bowl combine dry and wet ingredients, mix and knead well until you get a nice and smooth ball of dough.
  3. On a floured surface (I use arrowroot), shape small portions of dough into long “snakes”, then cut snakes into 6 inch pieces.
  4. Roll up each snake crating little “cinnamon roll cookies”.
  5. Place your cookies on a baking pan lined with parchment paper and bake for 15 minutes and let them cool down completely before storing them in an air tight container so they maintain their friability.
  6. In the meantime, prepare the cacao-free aip chocolate.

For the Cacao-Free Hot Chocolate:

  1. In a small saucepan, mix carob and arrowroot. When combined, add 2 or 3 tablespoons of coconut milk and mix until creamy.
  2. Now turn on the stove on low heat, and keep on mixing while adding the liquid ingredients little at the time.
  3. When you are done adding all the liquids, keep your hot “chocolate” mixed until it get to a boil, take it off the stove and serve.

I hope you guys loved the recipe for my paleo cinnamon roll cookies and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Tigernut Oil and the other awesome ways you found to use it in your kitchen… so make sure to leave me a comment and to share this recipe with your friends on Pinterest and Facebook!!

Ciao, Ambra

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Paleo Cinnamon Roll Cookies
Paleo Cinnamon Roll Cookies
Paleo Cinnamon Roll Cookies
AIP Paleo Cinnamon Roll Cookies & Cacao-Free Hot “Chocolate”

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  • Indu December 8, 2017 9:17 am

    These look amazing! Especially the cacao free chocolate – love that texture!

    • ambra December 9, 2017 2:17 am

      Thanks so much Indu, so glad you liked them!!

  • Jacinta Keeble December 12, 2017 10:17 pm

    Oh wow Tigernut oil? Cool, I didn’t know there was such a thing. My son has a coconut allergy, I will have to see if I can get it in Australia

  • Sylph December 13, 2017 2:49 am

    Ambra, these are perfect for Christmas. The recipe is a wonderful Christmas gift that I know my guests will find refreshing. The greatest gift you’ve given us though is your loving heart that pulled you back to love stronger, clearer, higher….💗🙏

    • ambra December 13, 2017 1:28 pm

      Thanks so much for reading Sylph! That is so true, most beautiful gift of all time! I send you a big hug and I hope you will have an amazing Christmas together with your beloved husband!

  • Aimee December 13, 2017 8:48 am

    This is so exciting! I’m going to try these as soon as possible. I can’t handle coconut at all. It’s very difficult to find replacements for it. Yay! Thank you so much for always helping us. XO

    • ambra December 13, 2017 1:29 pm

      Aimee, thank YOU for always being so supportive! I love helping you guys and share what I hate learned with you!
      Can’t wait to hear what you think about this recipe!

  • Sandy February 2, 2018 8:19 pm

    Sounds delicious! Random question regarding tiger nut flour. Recently bought a bag of whole organic tiger nuts. My husband & I were in Sprouts & starving. Since I’m doing AIP & am in the elimination phase my food options are limited when away from home. When I saw the tiger nuts I was excited for a quick healthy snack. Both my husband & I tried 4 – 6 of the hard but tasty little guys. Unfortunately we both had tummy aches for hours after. Since we’ll never consume raw whole tiger nuts again could I make tiger nut flour out of them? If so, could you recommend how? Sorry for the long winded explanation. Thanks so much!

    • ambra February 2, 2018 11:28 pm

      Thanks so much for your feedback Sandy! In my experience tigernuts are totally fine to eat raw, as I like to munch on the whole raw root as well as using raw flour to make puddings. BUT, what I know is that whole tigernuts rotten pretty easily. It happened to me many times to buy a pack (even from a premium brand), open it and find out thy went bad, even if the expiration date is set far away.
      They don’t smell funny but if you look carefully, you’ll see tiny moldy spots in between the “wrinkles” of each little tuber.

      If this is not the case, you can definitely turn them into flour by putting them all in the Vitamix (make sure the caraffe is completely dry) and processing on high.
      I hope this works as tigernut is a delicous ingredient forAIPers!

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