Santa Lucia Brunch (and no-guilt cinnamon rolls)



My husband and I have almost the same heritage. I am Finnish/Swedish/Norwegian and Irish. He is, for the most part, Norwegian and Irish. Living in the township of Oulu, Wisconsin, an original Finnish homesteading community, has really called us both back to our Scandinavian roots. How we would have enjoyed talking with those homesteading ancestors. It often feels like we have to reinvent the wheel with farming know-how. The outdoor sauna was a major selling point for me on this homestead as my family on my mother’s side always took sauna and I wanted to give that to our children.

As  Catholics, and Scandinavians, the tradition of celebrating St. Lucy’s day was a fun way to add more koselig (cosiness) and fika (eating yummy things like pastries and cakes with coffee) into our lives. See those ancestors were smart. When you live in frigid temperatures with little daylight, it helps to fill your days with cosiness, like warm mugs of tea and cocoa, snuggle up to the fireside, wear comfy slippers and put your feet up. I LOVE winter. It’s an excuse to slow things down! It’s a time to pipe dream and knit, reflect and kiss those sweet baby cheeks. I do hope you have some sweet cheeks that you can kiss.

For our low key brunch I made a big cast iron pan of scrambled eggs with spinach, onion, and sharp cheddar, just to balance out the major sweetness from the two batches of cinnamon rolls everyone was waiting for, and woke up smelling. That’s so much fun to do! Much better than mean old, “Wake up!!”

One of the cinnamon rolls were according to a recipe, and one according to a non-guilt indulgent criteria. Thankfully the latter was good enough that I did not entertain the former.

No Guilt Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting:



8-10 packets of stevia

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Mix in a small bowl; set aside

Set the oven to 425 degrees


2 1/2 cups ground almond flour

4 packets stevia

1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

6 tablespoons melted unsalted butter

Whisk dry ingredients. Add butter and mix in almond milk with a wooden spoon. Sprinkle almond flour onto a work surface and “gently pat” (it will be moist!) into a rectangle about 3/4 inch thick.

Sprinkle cinnamon-stevia filling over the surface leaving an inch or so around the perimeter empty.

Roll the long end up, patting as you go and doing so very gently. You may want a spatula to help form and lift as you go.

Cut rolls about every 2 inches and place on baking pan with a 2 inch edge. I used a high fluted pie pan. I got eight rolls, though when they were baked they melted into each other so they will resemble more of a cake than a roll. More almond flour would firm it up, but I liked it moist and cakey.

Bake for about 25-30 minutes. They will be gooey looking, but it’s good believe me.


1/3 package cream cheese thawed

2 Tablespoons heavy cream

2 Tablespoons sour cream

2-4 packets of stevia *based on your sweet meter

Cream contents together with a fork or mixer until they are well blended. Mix in stevia.

Spread over slightly cooled “rolls”.

Yummm! And sooooo filling. I am still full from the brunch and it’s dinner time. My husband asked a few times if they were really low-carb. I think they were a winner!


More koselig in the home.  Handcrafted soaps, beeswax candlelight, and cranberry garland.

There are just a few Sweet Cardamom Kisses handcrafted soaps listed on my ETSY and it is a perfect scent for the Finns in your life. It’s the next best thing to pulla, a Finnish cardamom-spiced sweet bread. My mother makes such a beautiful braided pulla.

Here’s to koselig! And, Santa Lucia!

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8 thoughts on “Santa Lucia Brunch (and no-guilt cinnamon rolls)”

  1. Is one of the baking powders under the biscuit dough actually baking soda? Thanks- these look amazing and I can’t wait to try them!

  2. Hey I see in recipe

    1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder

    1/2 teaspoon baking powder

    Is this a typo, is one of them suppose to be baking soda?

    Please let me know, thank you.

  3. This looks amazing! Stevie packets, do you use truvia? Just want to make sure I convert correctly to the sweeteners I have at home 🙂

    1. Yes. That should be fine. I believe all stevia packets are all 1/32 of a teaspoon. Feel free to convert to whatever sweeteners you like/have. 😊

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