|Simple Mills Collab: Gingerbread Roll with Pecan Vanilla Frosting|
This post is sponsored by and in partnership with Simple Mills. All opinions are my own!
It is often thought that people are either cooks OR bakers, but I beg to differ. I am an equal-opportunity food-creator, and I take great pleasure in creating both sweet and savory dishes from scratch.
The only exception to this sometimes occurs around the holidays, when I find myself responsible for an unusually high volume of dishes, particularly baked goods. In prior years, I’d never considered an alternative to rolling up my sleeves, turning on the Food Network and getting to work! When it came to sharing treats with my loved ones, I felt most comfortable endorsing my own recipes, for flavor and nutrition.
That is, until I discovered Simple Mills!
Hooked on the crackers, I noodled around Thrive for other Simple Mills products. I rubbed my eyes and blinked twice, but it was real: staring back at me, an entire page of grain-free crackers, cookies and BAKING MIXES, all with fantastic reviews.
Simple Mills and I are on the same baking wavelength, using real-food, nutrient-dense ingredients such as almond flour, coconut flour, coconut sugar and arrowroot powder.
As a result, the fiber, protein and incredible taste of their baked goods leave you satisfied and satiated.
You can imagine, then, how utterly thrilled I am to be collaborating with Simple Mills to bring y’all this recipe, which will help make your holiday mornings stress-free, scrumptious and allergy-friendly!
A hallmark of my childhood is a dutch baby that my mom made every year for Christmas. She would roll the light, custardy pancake into the shape of a "Yule Log", douse it with powdered sugar and drizzle on fresh lemon juice.
For my Simple Mills collaboration, I wanted to attempt a similarly festive treat; something welcome at Christmas or Hanukkah or any holiday table! I wanted it to be just decadent enough to tiptoe between dessert and breakfast. Gingerbread is one of my favorite flavors, with its marriage of warming spices and rich, earthy molasses—I knew it was a perfect foil to the creamy, dreamy Simple Mills Vanilla Frosting!
Using the Simple Mills Vanilla Cake Mix makes this Gingerbread Roll an absolute breeze, but it still tastes like an old family recipe whipped up from scratch. I served this at two Thanksgiving celebrations, and each time it was the crowd favorite!
A few tips and tricks to note for Gingerbread Roll Perfection:
- Don't let the cake cool longer than 15 minutes before rolling; it will become less pliable and break more. Also, it's really ok if it does have some breaks/tears. The icing will hold it together.
- For a dairy-free cream cheese frosting, you can whisk 3/4 cup Kite Hill cream cheese into the frosting before spreading. It will be a thicker layer...never a bad thing!
- Want to amp up the protein? Add 2 scoops collagen peptides to the dry mixture! I love Vital Proteins brand.
- Feel free to play with other frosting add-ins, such as dark chocolate chips (look for dairy-free, if needed) or dried cranberries!