I still vividly remember going to the mall as a kid and being seduced by the incredible smell of hot cinnamon buns coming out of the ovens at Cinnabon. I was totally the child who opted for a big, fat, gooey cinnamon roll over anything else in the food court. Even now when I pass a Cinnabon, I always pause to inhale the spicy wafts of warm cinnamon bread being drowned in creamy icing.

Homemade cinnamon buns, while an enticing thought, are also a ton of work. Although I’ve tried my hand at them several times, some things are just worth buying as a special treat when you’re out and about. Plus, the last thing I need is to have a batch of homemade Cinnabon-style buns testing my willpower every time I walk in the kitchen.

This is my slightly healthier version of a cinnamon bun which uses pizza dough for the bread and whipped cream cheese, honey and a mix of chopped dried fruit for the filling.

For a weekend brunch or special breakfast Cinnamon Pizza Buns are a mouthwatering treat that don’t require a trip to the mall!


Cinnamon Pizza Buns

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Servings: 1 roll
Author: Catherine McCord
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 16 ounces white or whole wheat pizza dough or 1/2 recipe whole wee-eat pizza dough
  • 3/4 cup whipped cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ cups chopped dried fruit (i use raisins, cherries, cranberries and apricots)
  • chopped nuts (optional)



    Sodium: 230mg | Sugar: 17g | Fiber: 3g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Calories: 220kcal | Fat: 5g | Protein: 5g | Carbohydrates: 40g
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    About the Author

    Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


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