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Mini DeLites: Very Much Into Valentine’s Day

Updated: February 14, 2017
by
LAURYN

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{ think pink! | this sparkling Barbie clutch is my new MU bag <3 }

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{ hello weekend: a little sweet moscato canned wine }

I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHAT MICHAEL HAS PLANNED FOR ME FOR VALENTINE’S.

LIKE I’D SURE LOVE A FEW TRINKETS.

OR a home-cooked meal?

…aka this post is selfishly for me to give him a little nudge.

In other news I spent my Sunday barefoot in the kitchen. That’s right: cooking, baking, experimenting.

We’re putting the final touches on some VERY quick, delicious recipes for the next TSC Meal Plan. This one will be very anti-inflammatory & will provide you with a ‘WHAT THE FUCK TO DO WHEN YOU LOVE CARBS GUIDE.’

See? I got you.

AND if you follow along on Snapchat you know we were in the kitchen alllll day but took a break to whip up some cinnamon rolls. Because hello? It was Sunday.

homemade cinnamon buns | by the skinny confidential

{ today’s sweets situation }

If you’re in need of a skinnier version of cinnamon rolls, TRY THIS RECIPE. Option to switch the flour out for almond or coconut flour : ). I’m always experimenting with different baking recipes & I made this recipe a few weeks ago & fell in loveeee. It will be on repeat in the kitchen for sure.

The World’s Easiest Cinnamon Rolls by Minimalist Baker:

1 packet instant (or rapid rise) yeast* (2 1/4 tsp)
1 cup unsweetened plain almond milk
1/2 cup Earth Balance, divided
1/4 tsp salt
3 cups unbleached all purpose flour (***I like almond or coconut flour but if you want VERY FLUFFY keep all purpose four)
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp organic cane sugar, divided

* frosting recipe is on last step.

+ directions:
  1. In a large sauce pan ( or in a bowl in the microwave at 30 sec increments ), heat the almond milk and 3 Tbsp Earth Balance until warm and melted, never reaching boiling. Remove from heat and let cool to 110 degrees F ( 43 C ), or the temperature of bath water. It should be warm but not too hot or it will kill the yeast.
  2. Transfer mixture to a large mixing bowl and sprinkle on yeast. Let activate for 10 minutes, then add 1 Tbsp sugar and the salt and stir.
  3. Next add in flour 1/2 cup ( 68 g ) at a time, stirring as you go (you may not add it all). The dough will be sticky. When it is too thick to stir, transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead for a minute or so until it forms a loose ball (be careful not to overmix). Rinse your mixing bowl out, coat it with canola or grapeseed oil, and add your dough ball back in. Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise for about 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a thin rectangle. Brush with 3 Tbsp melted Earth Balance and top with 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 – 1 Tbsp cinnamon (to taste).
  5. Starting at one end, tightly roll up the dough and situate seam side down. Then with a serrated knife or a string of floss, cut the dough into 1.5 – 2 inch sections and position in a well-buttered 8×8-inch square or comparable sized round pan ( you should have about 10 rolls ). Brush with remaining 2 Tbsp Earth Balance ( melted ) and cover with plastic wrap. Set on top of the oven to let rise again while you preheat oven to 350 degrees F ( 176 C ).
  6. Once the oven is hot, bake rolls for 25-30 minutes or until slightly golden brown. Let cool for a few minutes and then serve immediately.
  7. Frosting: 1 cup organic powdered sugar & 1-2 Tbsp almond milk. Mix together.{ recipe via }

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{ bathroom goodies: balm dot.com, rings, coconut cleanser }

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{ little TSC drawings by K.Mala Studio }

Here’s an idea: MAKE YOUR SIGNIFICANT other some homemade cinnamon buns in bed for Valentine’s Day…SO CUTE, SO SIMPLE, SO GOOD. Because what the actual fuck is better than waking up to fresh homemade cinnamon rolls? YES PLZ.

Anyway if for some reason Michael is reading this: I’d love a home cooked meal at home with smooth jazz, candles, & an Epsom salt bath…THANKS.

& if not, that sucks.

IF YOU don’t have a VALENTINE, I will be your Valentine because I’m doing a HUGEEEEEEE beauty giveaway on Snapchat tomorrow. LIKE A MAJOR ONE with some of my all-time favorite products. To enter, watch tomorrow: @laurynevarts.

Ok well this weekend has been super mellow. We did do a drink tasting on Friday night at Bang Bang in San Diego- highly recommend their sushi by the way! The next day was spent nursing a hangover at the chiropractor & taking a yoga class. Like I said nothing too crazy. Today I organized my house head to toe. There’s something so therapeutic about doing that on a Sunday. It really starts the week off in the right way, you know? This week will be busy so it’s nice to have a clean house ( & 6 million loads of laundry done ).

Alright guys, it’s 11:45 PM & I’m stuffed from cinnamon rolls & recipe tasting. I’m going to get into bed & read a book ( loving this one: Start With WHY ) with a cup of soothing sleepy tea. Hope you all had a relaxing weekend.

See you tomorrow, lauryn x

+ be sure to listen to the latest TSC Podcast— we get all the JUICY Hollywood details from actress Sabina Gadecki. It’s a fun one. We even talk about nude scenes ; ).

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  • Those cinnamon rolls look delicious! Gonna give it a try!
    Have a great day!

    • Let me know how you like them! xx

  • Organizing my house on a Sunday definitely sets my week off on the right tone…not stressed or worried about it. I love it. These cinnamon rolls look so good. Will be taking your advice and making them for my boyfriend tomorrow morning… :)

    • Yes it’s the perfect start to the week! I have a feeling he’ll love them! xx

  • Yum! This recipe sounds so good! It’s my mans birthday on the 17th so I am planning on making him a Maple Bacon Cinnamon Roll Cake…. dessert for breakfast? Uhh yes please!

    • Ooh that sounds amazing! xx

    • OMG that sounds amazing!!

  • Those cinnamon rolls look soooo good! Love the idea of swapping out flour with coconut flour. Happy Valentine’s to you both!! I do have to admit, one of the best parts of having a blog is hinting things to Erik (not so) subtly :) cheers!! xx Shannon

    • Such an easy healthy swap! LOL so true! xx

  • Those cinnamon rolls look so yummy!
    Kari
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    • They are to die for!! xx

  • HOW did you get them to turn out with coconut flour?! Mine turned out super crumbly!

    • I tried it with almond- so sorry coconut turned out flaky : (

  • My husband loves cinnamon rolls and I have all the ingredients already ..hmmm…
    Oh, the first Valentine’s Day as a married couple is special – enjoy! :)

  • Katie

    Love love your posts! But for some reason, it wouldn’t let me sign up for your newsletters :( help

    • Oh no! I’ll add you :) xx

  • I will definitely be making these Cinnamon Rolls this weekend! I have not experimented with coconut flower yet and I am excited to give it a try!

    • It’s such an easy and healthy swap. They were amazing! xx

  • Pia

    My boyfriend and I also ended up baking today! I’m still torn on how I feel about canned wine but this looks so good!

    xx, Pia
    http://gymbagsandjetlags.com

  • Oh hot damn! I would refuse to stop at one. Throwing balance out the window when it comes to those bad boys.

  • Judy

    What is a MU bag? Or a Mu look? Sorry, I’m not always up to date on stuff and I tried to look it up online and couldn’t find anything on what that means.

    • Oh sorry makeup bag! Just abbreviated lol. xx

  • Taylor Cunningham

    Did you make these successfully with almond or coconut flour? A little concerned because I know they behave differently than white flour!

    • Yeah they were still delicious! xx

  • Julia

    Did you use almond or coconut flour? And how much did you use? I tried with coconut flour and it was a major fail 😖 Very dry and not fluffy at all…

  • These look fantastic! I’ll have to give them a try soon. I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day! :)

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