A Healthy Cinnamon & Cocoa Quick Bread


After going to Canada a few years ago, I fell in love with the “Cinnabon” buns! I have been meaning to recreate them at home but know that if I do, I will feel extremely guilty knowing I can make and eat as many as I would like to!

So yours truly, has come up with a very healthy version in comparison to the delightful cinnamon roll covered in sweet cinnamon cream cheese glaze and buttery cakey bread.  It’s a bit light on the sugar it has no fat in it whatsoever but still satisfies and is a delightful treat!



250g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
100g sugar
1 free range egg
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
⅓ cup natural yoghurt

Glaze & topping
2 tbsp caster sugar
3 tsp cinnamon powder
½ tbsp cocoa powder
2/3 tbsp water to combine


• Preheat oven to 180°c.  Grease and line a loaf tin

• Mix all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl or a food processor 

• Whisk all the wet ingredients together and pour into the flour mix


• Whizz or stir until the dough comes together.  It will be quite a wet and sticky dough.  Empty out into the loaf tin


• For the cinnamon topping,  put all the ingredients in a saucepan or bowl and whisk to combine


• Take a few teaspoons of this mixture and carefully place on top of the dough in different places

• Using a knife or skewer swirl the cinnamon glaze into the dough


• Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when poked



• Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, remove and cool on a rack


• Once completely cool, use the same glaze from before and drizzle over the loaf


• Make yourself a cup of tea and grab a slice! You deserve it!



58 thoughts on “A Healthy Cinnamon & Cocoa Quick Bread

  1. Your bread sounds like an absolutely wonderful compromise to the calorie laden buns you mentioned. Looks positively delicious! I think you’ve just proved tasty can be healthy too 🙂

  2. UUuuummm, this needs to happen in my kitchen. RIGHT.NOW.LIKE.YESTERDAY. 😉 What can I do to make my gluten-free flour act like self-rising, do you think, Dear Dimple?!?!

  3. Now you can understand what I feel living here and go out for a cup of coffee… even if before leaving my house anytime I promise myself to do not buy “Cinnabon” again, I fail. How can I resist??? I’ll try to prepare your healthy version… could be a solution!
    Thanks for sharing!

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