I have eaten cinnamon rolls before, but never vegan, or any that taste as good as these rolls. And, they were pretty easy to make.
I must say, this recipe is yum, yum 😋. The rolls are amazingly light and fluffy–not too sweet. The cinnamon is on point and the glaze is perfect.
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- 3 Tbsp vegan butter
- 1 packet instant yeast* (or use rapid-rise yeast // 1 packet yields ~ 2 1/4 tsp)
- 1 cup unsweetened plain almond milk
- 1 Tbsp coconut sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour*
- 3 Tbsp vegan butter (melted)
- 1/4 coconut sugar
- 1/2 – 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon (to taste)
- 2 Tbsp vegan butter (melted)
DOUGH: In a large sauce pan heat the almond milk and vegan butter until warm and melted, never reaching boiling. Remove from heat and let cool to 110 degrees F (43 C) or the temperature of bath water. It should be warm but not too hot or it will kill the yeast.
Transfer mixture to a large mixing bowl and sprinkle on yeast. Let activate for 10 minutes. Then add 1 Tbsp sugar and the salt and stir.
Next add in flour 1/2 cup (68 g) at a time, stirring as you go (you may not add it all). The dough will be sticky. When it is too thick to stir, transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead for a minute or so until it forms a loose ball (be careful not to overmix). Rinse your mixing bowl out, coat it with avocado or olive oil, and add your dough ball back in. Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise for about 1 hour, or until doubled in size (see photo).
FILLING: On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a thin rectangle. Brush with melted vegan butter and top with sugar and desired amount of cinnamon.
Starting at one end, tightly roll up the dough and situate seam side down. Then with a serrated knife or a string of floss, cut the dough into sections and position in a well-buttered 8×8-inch square or comparable sized round pan (you should have about 6-10 rolls as original recipe is written).
TOPPING: Brush with vegan butter (melted) and cover with plastic wrap. Set on top of the oven to let rise again while you preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C).
Once the oven is hot, bake rolls for 30 minutes or until slightly golden brown. Let cool for a few minutes and then serve immediately.
Optional: Frost with a simple mixture of 1 cup (112 g) organic powdered sugar and 1-2 Tbsp (15-30 ml) almond milk.