Apparently the word on the street is that I have a thing for cinnamon rolls.

I don’t ever know what you mean.

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But these aren’t cinnamon buns. So quit rolling your eyes and go make some…cinnamon swirl bread. Winking smile

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My intentions were purely innocent, I assure you.

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I just set out to make a regular loaf of whole wheat bread.

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We’d been out of bread for a few days, and somehow in my mixed up pregnant brain, I thought whipping up a loaf would be a lot easier than trekking all the way to the grocery store.

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Girl needs her carbs. Do not get between us.

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And then I channeled my inner Eat, Live, Run and added a tiny cinnamon swirl at the end.

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It was modest, I swear.

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But of course that ruled it out as sandwich bread.

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Now it was dive-right-in-and-devour-it-all bread.

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Yes, thanks, I think I will.

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All that’s missing is a big dollop of apple butter. C’mon apple picking season!

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Cinnamon Swirl Bread


    For the Bread
  • 1 1/3 cups warm water
  • 1 Tbsp active dry yeast
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/8 cup demerara sugar {or regular or brown}
  • 1 Tbsp molasses
  • 1/2 Tbsp salt {I actually use just under 1/2 T}
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • For the Cinnamon Swirl
  • Butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • Cinnamon


  1. Stir the yeast into warm water. Set aside for a few minutes.
  2. After the yeast bubbles, mix water and yeast with the coconut oil, sugar, salt, and molasses.
  3. Gradually mix in the flour using an electric mixer {or by hand}.
  4. When dough is combined, place on floured flat surface and knead until the dough forms an elastic-y ball.
  5. Place dough in greased bowl. Cover with a dish towel and set in a warm place for 30 minutes to rise.
  6. When dough has risen, punch it down, then roll it into a rectangle.
  7. Spread melted butter on dough. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon.
  8. Starting from narrow end, roll dough.
  9. Place in greased and floured loaf pan.
  10. Bake for ~35 minutes at 350 degrees. Bread should be lightly browned on top.
  11. Remove from pan onto cooling rack.
  12. Go ahead and dig in while it's warm, but let it cool completely before storing.

I mean, you don’t have to add the cinnamon swirl… but why not?;)

{Incidentally, it’s quite delicious with Cacao Bliss. My computer ate the picture almost as fast as I ate the loaf of bread.}


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