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Lexie's Kitchen Adopts Healthful Pursuit

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February edition of Adopt a Gluten Free Blogger.

Cinnamon Bun Balls with Cream "Cheese" Frosting from Healthy Pursuits

This month I have had the pleasure of hosting the February 2011 edition of the Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger event. While I continue compiling the photos and links for the big round-up (scheduled to post this Friday), I thought I would go ahead and introduce the talented gal I adopted and the sweet treat of hers that I made—and ended up making twice because it was so good!

This month I adopted Leanne of Healthful Pursuit and made her Cinnamon Bun Balls with Cream "Cheese" Frosting. When you visit Leanne's site, prepare to duck. This gal, with the infectious smile, rapid-fires out posts. We're talking one a day! And the thing is is that they are all quality posts—great writing, great recipes, great photography. I was stumped as to how she did it (and still am) so I asked and this was her response:

"Ha ha I guess you could say I have a lot of energy. I have a full time job + run my own nutrition practice. Out of everything I do though, nothing beats chatting with the visitors to my blog about the foods I’ve created or my approach to healthy living. It’s truly rewarding!"

Leanne is a Holistic Nutritionist, a graduate of the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and is Board Certified in Practical Holistic Nutrition with the Canadian Association of Holistic Nutritionists. She is a yogi, athlete, recipe creator and self-proclaimed substitution nerd (she loves remaking recipes so that people with allergies/intolerances can enjoy them)—love it!

"I have a passion for preparing food, sharing it with friends, and best of all, educating others on the role it plays in their life. Food is such a key aspect of our lives, something that took me years of food deprivation and sickness to figure out. I’m here to share with everyone that our relationship with food CAN be healthy, fun, and exciting."

And what could be more fun and exciting than a Cinnamon Roll [Balls] recipe that's low in sugar and free of all the bad stuff you'd find [and I say this in my best SNL Church-Lady voice impression] say, in a Cinnabon®!? So when I saw this recipe, I knew had to try it.

What I love about these bite-sized wonders is that 1) I can whip them up in under 40 minutes and 2) they perfectly satisfy my craving for a full-blown cinnamon roll with their doughy and cinnamon-y goodness! No raising dough, no rolling dough, just a cinnamon roll fix that was quick and easy. Oh and Leanne says to roll the balls and place on a cookie sheet. I was making mini-muffins as well so just threw mine in the empty slots ... hence the not-so-round, but muffin shape : )

Healthful Pursuit and Leanne's collection of gluten-free (and other "free") recipes is a goldmine! Be sure to check her out.

Here is the link to her Cinnamon Bun Balls with Cream "Cheese" Frosting recipe.


Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger is a great monthly event started by Sea over at Book Of Yum.

Reader Comments (14)

Can't wait to see the round-up. And, I'm already ready for the March adoption!

I thought the deadline was today - I am working on my posts now and will be sending you my submissions this evening. Hope that's ok!!!

Cinnamon rolls in under 40 mins. Really? I might have to try them too. Can't wait for the big round-up! N xo

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternicola @gfreemom

Those look really tasty, and WOW! I think I need some of her energy! :D

March 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDebi

Wow, those look fantastic! I'm game. Thanks so much for introducing us to Leanne and her non-stop energy. :-) Haha on Church Lady voice. ;-) I'm looking forward to the complete roundup!


March 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShirley @ gfe

Ha! Shirley, I wasn't sure who would get my "church lady voice" bit. You've got to be at least 38 1/2 or older to get that one ... : ) I know you're 29 ... you must have an old SNL collection you break out once in a while!

March 7, 2011 | Registered CommenterLexie

This is a beautiful post, Lexie, my goodness I don't even know where to begin! Thank you so much for adopting me and sharing my recipe with your readers :) Your version of the cinnamon bun balls are breathtaking! Did you use a muffin tin? They're so perfectly shaped!

Now those are an amazing creation! I'd never seen her blog prior, but will be returning now!

March 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlisa Fleming

Aloha, Lexie,
Mahalo for posting this yummy recipe! I can't wait to make it!!

I've linked to Leanne's blog.. mahalo for finding her!!

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulie T.

Oh my goodness. These look AMAZING!! I will be making these FOR SURE!! I have a list a mile long of all of the things I want to make. These may just move on up to the top! Thanks so much for sharing Leanne and her blog with us! She has some amazing recipes on it! ;)

Julie ... are you the Julie I met at the ice cream shop in Honokaa : ) ? If so, I hope you are well. So glad you could stop by to visit. Drop me an email sometime and tell me what's happening : )


March 8, 2011 | Registered CommenterLexie

Lexie, these look amazing! What a treat, who says going gluten-free isn't delicious!

March 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeanette

What a lovely adoption post. The cinnamon filling looks so luscious and tasty- and the frosting on top looks yummy without being overwhelming. Oops, I got caught up in the picture! Lol. I love the email exchange you did with her- it is fun to hear her voice in the post.

I also can't wait to see the roundup! Yay! Thanks again for saving me from going absolutely crazy this month. :)


March 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersea

OMG, these look good! Great adoption. I'm definitely going to have to check these out.

March 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlta

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