Skinny-Mini GloBuns

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on May 26, 2009


You know the saying, “Do 1 thing that scares you everyday”?

For me today, that was creating a healthy vegan cinnamon bun recipe.

I recently asked you for suggestions on healthy Glo Bakery items that I could make. What classic recipes did you want made healthier?

An overwhelming amount of you screamed at the top of your lungs:


I had so many people suggest that, I actually was starting to think it was the same person! (I kid, I kid). :)

I don’t know about you, but I am taunted to this day by Cinnabon. Back in university, Leah and I used to go to a gym together that was right next to a Cinnabon.

We’d enter the gym smelling Cinnabon

And we’d leave the gym smelling Cinnabon.

At 730 calories and 24 grams of fat, it better damn well smell that good.

Let’s face it. We want our Cinnabon without doubling the size of our buns! Right?

But I was scared, oh yes, I was shaking in my buns. But I channeled my inner Martha and dove right in…

And no, you aren’t dreaming. I am revealing the recipe! How could I keep this to myself?

I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night. Life is too short to hog a skinny-mini bun all to myself.


Skinny-Mini Globuns



Makes 15 skinny-mini Globuns


  • 2 T margarine (I used vegan Earth Balance)
  • 2.5 T milk (I used low-fat soy)
  • 1/2 t apple cider vinegar
  • 6 T plain yogurt (I used Soy yogurt, unsweetened)
  • 1/2 cup All purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder (I use aluminum free)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup turbinado sugar (or brown sugar or sucanat)
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 T milk
  • pecans or walnuts for garnish (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 400F. Line a cake pan (or whatever small pan you have handy) with parchment paper.

2. With a stand or hand blender, blend together 1 Tablespoon margarine, yogurt, milk, and vinegar until smooth.

3. Sift in the dry ingredients (flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt). Blend just until dough forms, no longer. The goal is to handle the dough as little as possible. Take the dough with your hands and pat up the rest of the flour in the bowl.

4. Set the flour on a very well floured surface (more is better when flouring surfaces!!) and dust some flour directly onto the dough. Now roll it out with a rolling pin. In a pinch a soup can does a borderline job, but it ain’t pretty! lol. Roll dough out into a rectangle and trim sides with knife or pastry roller.

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5. Melt 1 Tablespoon of margarine and spread the melted margarine over the dough with  a pastry brush- or in a pinch- dip some paper towel in the butter and spread. Easy peasy!


6. Mix together the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger in a small cup. Now sprinkle into the dough leaving about 1 inch around all sides.

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7. Now roll up the dough as tightly as possible. Watch out- it might be tricky and the dough might stick a bit. You won’t sweat it though because you are the goddess of the kitchen, right?


8. Now cut the roll into 1 inch sections. Place into a pan.


Note: I made mini buns for portion control! You may make larger buns if that floats your boat.

9. Bake for 16 minutes. Dough will be lightly golden and a bit crispy on the outside and soft and doughy on the inside (are you drooling yet?). Remove and place on a cooling rack for 10 minutes.


Pick your jaw off the floor when they come out of the oven and remain calm. We still have to ice these little guys!

10. Blend the powdered sugar and milk to make the icing. Place icing into a piping bag or simply a plastic baggie and trim the end. Now drizzle with icing and place a few crushed pecans or walnuts on top.


11. Enjoy, you skinny-mini! :)

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I also made them into balls in petite four liners :)


Now for the important part!

You won’t believe how low in calories they are! And vegan to boot! Calories includes icing!


The taste?

  • While these clearly weren’t as sticky and greasy as Cinnabon’s, they were absolutely delicious! Eric doesn’t even like cinnamon buns (I know, I know) and he really liked these. He said they were nice and light, not too sickly sweet and awesome!
  • Note: Warming the buns for 5-8 seconds in the microwave = PURE BLISS.

What I would change in the next batch?

  • In the next batch I may sprinkle on some powdered sugar over the dough itself. I found that the icing on top was great, but the bottom of the bun was lacking a bit of sweetness (just a bit!). Edit: After having another one- I am not even sure it needs any more sugar- I loved it just the way it was!
  • Next time I may also add 1/2 T of margarine to the icing to make it a bit more rich and luxurious.

Time for clean-up then a late dinner! See you tomorrow morning hotties (Yes, I read your 5 top body parts!!! meow!) :)


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Shannon December 18, 2009 at 1:28 am

i just became really, really happy that i discovered your blog this week… :)


Becca December 19, 2009 at 10:41 pm

I just made these and they are a-m-a-z-i-n-g.
My family didn’t even know they were a vegan, healthier
version ;)


Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] January 4, 2010 at 1:03 am

These are adorable. Going to give them a try!


Nicole February 25, 2010 at 9:06 am

I made these they were so good!! There great little bite size treats to have for a snack with a glass of milk. For the glaze though I didn’t use powdered sugar, I drizzled on some greek yogurt (I put a little vanilla and agave in it) It turned out really good :)


Alisia June 9, 2010 at 1:01 pm

I just found your site and I’m loving it. I will definitely be back. I want to make this recipe but I’m also curious, is the T teaspoon or Tablespoon? I’m a little confused on the first 3 ingredients and especially don’t want to add too little or too much vinegar!


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 9, 2010 at 1:01 pm

oh sorry that is confusing!

t = tsp

T = tbsp


Alisia June 9, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Thanks for the quick reply. Super excited about this. Now, time for baking!


Red Head, Yellow Dog July 5, 2010 at 8:12 am

I made these last night and my boyfriend LOVED them! There aren’t even any left! Thanks for the great recipe!


Jenna August 7, 2010 at 2:13 pm

I JUST made these! I kind of switched up the recipe a little bit tho, I used 1 cup of WW flour, and instead of yogurt I used apple butter (it’s all we had). Oh, I also skipped the icing & found that if you add a teeny drop of agave on top, it’s soo good! I kind of messed up though because I used to much flour when rolling out the dough & everything, cuz now there’s some baked onto the tops of the cinni-mini’s, but they’re still REALLY good! Thanks so much! <33


Katherine October 30, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Hi Angela! I just made these and I wanted to thank you! We were craving dessert after dinner, but we didn’t want to walk to get ice cream (it’s chilly here in NY!) so I volunteered to bake something. SO YUM. My boyfriend tasted them and said “You are good at everything you do”. Haha aww. I owe it to you!

I accidentally added the sucanat to the dough with the rest of the dry ingredients, so I had to use another 1/4 cup for the filling, and they were still delicious. I didn’t think they were too sweet, but if the correct way to make them is sweet enough, you might as well hold off. I just wanted to let you know because I saw your note about possibly adding sugar to the dough next time.

Thanks again!


Coco July 5, 2012 at 2:30 pm

You preheat the oven before you start prepping the dough? I’m in!


Emily Fyffe December 8, 2014 at 5:51 pm

I literally started dancing around my kitchen while eating these. My fiancee thought I was such a weirdo…They were just so good I could not contain myself!!!


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