Up from the grave he arose! Did I just get that song stuck in your head? The Easter celebration is a powerful time to be teaching our children the gospel story. These homemade resurrection rolls are a fun way to teach your child about the death and resurrection of Christ. They are sugar-free and THM-friendly.
However, if you are living a more healthy lifestyle of keto, Trim Healthy Mama, low-carb, or sugar-free you may be bummed that you cannot enjoy the traditional resurrection rolls of your past.
These sourdough resurrection rolls are not low-carb, but they are sugar-free! Sourdough is a healthier alternative to a store-bought crescent roll. You will be pleasantly surprised when you bite into this delicious roll!
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This is such a fun Easter activity to try with your kids! When I first heard about the activity, I thought it was a bit cheesy, and it sort of is, but it's also effective! Children love helping in the kitchen and this activity will help them understand the Easter story in a visual and hands-on way.
Let's chat about how to talk your children through this activity.
Speaking of children's activities, did you know that we have a sister site called Healing Home? There are tons of Bible printables and activities to enhance your little one's education and learning, plus there are many resources for moms as well. Check out our Easter posts here and many more Bible printables here!
Back to talking to your children about the resurrection rolls.
Each ingredient in the resurrection rolls represents something in the Easter story. Here is the resurrection roll talking points we use with our children.
- The marshmallow represents Jesus' body.
- You can discuss why Jesus died and how (Matthew 27:45-57, John 3:16-17).
- The cinnamon and Gentle Sweet represent the burial customs of the time.
- Here we talk about how Jesus was buried. The optional cinnamon and Gentle Sweet represent the oils and spices put on Jesus' body. Let your kids roll the Max Mellows in the Gentle Sweet and cinnamon for some added mess and fun. They could also sprinkle it on. Talk about or read through John 19:38-42.
- Significance of Jesus' death.
- This is a really important step in talking through this activity. Why did Jesus need to die? This is a great time to talk about or read Romans 6:23. We are sinners and as sinners, we needed a perfect sacrifice. That was only possible in the death of Jesus. Another good passage to read is 2 Corinthians 5:21.
- Seal the tomb.
- Next, the children get to 'seal the tomb' by rolling the crescents up with the marshmallow inside. Try to seal the marshmallow fully up in the dough so the marshmallow does not ooze out while baking. Don't worry it will still disappear. This is a good point to talk about how guarded the tomb was and how the Romans placed a heavy rock over the entrance (Matthew 27:62-66).
- Bake the rolls and watch 'Jesus' disappear!
- You can place the rolls in the oven now and talk about how Jesus was in the tomb for three days (Matthew 12:40). If you turn the light on in your stove, your kids could even watch the rolls bake.
- He is risen!
- Once you take the rolls out of the oven, you can break one apart and your children can look inside. The marshmallows will be melted! This represents how Jesus rose from the grave! See Matthew 28:1-20. This is a great opportunity to use a children's Bible or storybook to read the Easter story to your children.
The ingredients are simple for this recipe! Pictured below are the ingredients for the dough. You will also need Gentle Sweet, cinnamon, and the Max Mellows to make it into a complete resurrection roll.
- Filtered water
- Einkorn flour
- Sourdough starter - learn how to make your own here!
- Max Mellow marshmallows
- Gentle Sweet
See the recipe card for quantities.
Alternatively, you could roll the dough into a rectangle and cut triangles from the rectangle.
Mix all ingredients together in a stand mixer. Allow pulling away from the sides. Cover and allow to double in bulk. This typically takes about 6 hours.
Remove from the covered container. Roll out dough to ¼ inch thickness in a circular shape. Use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into about 8 triangular pieces.
Place a Max Mellows Marshmellow on the thicker end of each triangle. Optional - sprinkle with Gentle Sweet and cinnamon. Roll up each triangular dough piece into a crescent shape and place it on a parchment or silicon-lined baking sheet. Cover with a tea towel.
Allow rising to double in bulk in a warm place. This typically does not take as long as the first rise.
Once the second rise is complete, remove the covering. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until lightly browned.
Transfer to a cooling rack and enjoy!
Hint: Remember that to be on the plan with Trim Healthy Mama you need to let it room temperature ferment for at least 7 hours. You could also do a refrigerator fermentation or a combination of the two. 1 hour of room fermentation equals 3.5 hours of refrigerator fermentation.
You can use any type of sourdough starter or flour for this recipe. If you are on the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle, make sure you are using plan-approved flour.
Max Mellows come in many different flavors! You could certainly try different variations of this just by using different Max Mellows. We tried the vanilla and the cinnamon and loved them both. The other flavors that they have available on their website are listed below.
- Classic Vanilla
- Cinnamon Toast
- Birthday Funfetti
- Lightening Vanilla
- Vegan Huckleberry
- Mint Chip
- Burnt Caramel
- Vegan Vanilla
- Vegan Burnt Caramel
They also have sugar-free dark chocolate chips, which I have not tried yet, but is on my list!
You can order these and more by visiting the website below. Use my code HEALINGHOME for 10% off your order.
I highly recommend that you use a silicon mat under your rolls in case the Max Mellow escapes a bit. This will make clean-up a breeze.
- Stand mixer
- Silicon mat
- Rolling Pin
- Pizza cutter
Store the wet ingredients (lettuce, tomato, onion) separately from the dry ingredients (buns) in the fridge, and recombine when ready. Good for 2-3 days.
These ingredients do/don't stand up well to freezing for X days/weeks/months.
Don't overcook the crescent rolls! If you do the Max Mellows will burn to your baking pan. You could even line the pan with parchment paper or a silicon mat to avoid this.
Can I use other types of sourdough?
Absolutely. The ingredients will be the same. You may have to play around with your liquid flour ratios because einkorn does absorb less water as it is denser flour.
Are there other types of sugar-free marshmallows?
Not that I've found! If you have found other sugar-free marshmallows that are as clean as these, please pass on the information! I however have not found a product that uses wholesome ingredients and tastes as good as these.
Have you tried Max Mellows in other recipes?
Yes! Trim Healthy Mama has a crispy square recipe that uses Max Mellows! My children and I (mostly me) made this recipe over on FB live, which was later uploaded to Youtube. You can check it out here!
- 2 cups all-purpose einkorn flour
- 4 tbsp butter
- ½ cup filtered water
- ½ cup active sourdough starter (I prefer a whole wheat einkorn sourdough starter)
- 1 tbsp raw honey
- 1 tsp mineral salt
- Mix all ingredients together in a stand mixer. Allow pulling away from the sides.
- Cover and allow to double in bulk. This typically takes about 6 hours.
- Remove from the covered container. Roll out dough to ¼ inch thickness in a circular shape.
- Use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into about 8 triangular pieces.
- Place a Max Mellows Marshmellow on the thicker end of each triangle. Optional - sprinkle with Gentle Sweet and cinnamon.
- Roll up each triangular dough piece into a crescent shape and place it on a parchment or silicon-lined baking sheet.
- Cover with a tea towel.
- Allow rising to double in bulk in a warm place. This typically does not take as long as the first rise.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Once the second rise is complete, remove the covering.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes, until lightly browned.
- Transfer to a cooling rack and enjoy!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 188Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 338mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 5g
Online nutritional calculators are estimates only. Use your best judgement when consuming.