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Satisfy Cravings For Cake and Pastries With Whole Wheat and Cinnamon

Healthy Snack Shortcut: Whole Wheat and Cinnamon

Last night, a craving for a gooey cinnamon roll hit me. Given the amount of calories and fat in one, it was a craving I didn't want to indulge in. But when the taste of cinnamon and sugar wouldn't leave my brain, I trekked into the kitchen to find a healthier way to satisfy it. Usually when this sort of craving hits, I do a warm apple or pear crisp, but it's Summer and apples and pears are nowhere to be found.

Remembering a favorite from my childhood, I made a piece of cinnamon-sugar toast. I swapped out the white bread for whole wheat and barely put any sugar on it. Instead of a rich cream cheese frosting or butter, I opted for a small amount of nonfat cream cheese instead. The result tasted delicious and totally satisfied my craving for a cinnamon roll. It was warm, gooey, and had the perfect amount of sweetness. A friend of mine also does something similar whenever she craves a pastry. She warms up a whole wheat tortilla and gives it a light filling of honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Or, if she wants something more custard-like, she makes whole wheat cinnamon french toast minus the maple syrup. What healthy ways do you satisfy pastry and cake cravings?

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lotuslight lotuslight 7 years
whenever I crave a cinnamon roll or pastry, I will HAVE THE REAL THING!!!! Lol:). I just savor it!
moopsie moopsie 7 years
my fave is toast w/ almond butter and cinnamon
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
My mom used to make this for me for breakfast as a little kid! Instead of using cream cheese, she just used margarine (now, I would use Earth Balance). If you use wheat toast and don't load it with sugar, it really is not any more unhealthy than a regular piece of toast.
amber512 amber512 7 years
I stay far away from fat-free or low-fat dairy products, but otherwise it sounds super good! This recipe from Healthy Tipping Point is my absolute favorite to satisfy those cravings:
wackdoodle wackdoodle 7 years
Oh man two weeks ago I would have killed for a piece of cinnamon toast. But since I found out I'm allergic to wheat & gluten its just not possible unless I use gluten free bread. I wanted the treat that my brother used to make for me during the summer. A piece of crisp toast with butter and cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top. And of all things I was out of GF bread. I ended up cooking brown rice and putting cinnamon & agave nectar on top to try to quell my desire for cinnamon toast.
Rouge14 Rouge14 7 years
This sounds and looks delicious! Being French I'm not familiar with these recipes but it definately makes me want to give it a try! I just hope I'll manage to find all the ingredients over here, it might be hard work finding some cream cheese (especially nonfat one :s) but I know an American/British grossery store in Paris, so I'll have a look there :) Thanks for the ideas Fit!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
That sounds yummy. When I crave pastries, I heat up a corn tortilla and put a little bit of peanut butter and some dark chocolate chips and a couple of mini marshmallows on it. Then I fold it in half and microwave it for 30 seconds so it gets all gooey. It's REALLY good!
GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 7 years
Omg, I totally used to do cinnamon toast as a kid! I usually just used a little bit of butter, though, and a 3 parts cinnamon, 1 part sugar mixture that I'd sprinkle over the top. I'll need to try the low fat cream cheese (and maybe a little bit less sugar lol)!
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