Vegan Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

If cinnamon rolls are your favorite dessert, you'll love this sweet dairy-free alternative. Perfectly sweet, these are so easy to make that they will rival any store-bought ones. You can preserve them in the freezer and heat them up any day for a delicious treat.

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If cinnamon rolls are your go-to pastry, then this is the recipe for you. Whether served warm or cold, these soft and cinnamon-rich buns are the perfect treat. Top them with your favorite vegan frosting and enjoy some for dessert, brunch or even as a midnight snack.

Vegan Cinnamon Roll Vertical

Vegan Cinnamon Roll Vertical

These delicious vegan cinnamon rolls are sweet and full of cinnamon.

Photo by: Micaela Rizo Patrón (@jameando_ando)

Micaela Rizo Patrón (@jameando_ando)

Ingredients for the Yeast Mix:

  • 1 cup warm almond milk (100-110°F)
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2-1/4 tsp dry yeast

For the Dough:

  • 1/3 cup vegan butter (melted, not hot)
  • 1/2 tsp salt

For the Filling:

  • 1/3 cup vegan butter (at room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup monk fruit sweetener
  • 1/2 to 1 tbsp cinnamon (to taste)

For the Frosting:

  • 7 oz vegan cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp vegan butter
  • 1/3 cup powdered monk fruit sweetener (or powdered sugar of choice)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • optional: a pinch of cinnamon and/or nutmeg

Cinnamon Rolls Preparation:

  1. In a large bowl, add the milk, coconut sugar and yeast. Mix them until well combined and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes until foam starts forming.
  2. Add the monk fruit sweetener, sea salt and vegan butter to the same bowl. Mix well with a balloon whisk, until the ingredients are well combined.
  3. Add the flour a little at a time, mixing with a silicone spatula or wooden spoon.
  4. Using your hands, knead the dough in the bowl just enough to hold it together, adding more flour if needed. (The dough should not stick to your hands.)
  5. Once ready, cover the bowl with a towel and let the dough rest in a dark, warm place for 1 to 2 hours.
  6. While the dough rests, prepare the mixture of sugars with cinnamon.
  7. After the resting time, place the dough on a floured surface and knead for about 5 to 10 minutes (adding more flour if necessary) until the dough is smooth.
  8. Roll the dough out into a 13" x 16" rectangle (1/2-inch thickness), then spread the softened vegan butter on top of the dough.
  9. On a separate bowl mix together the cinnamon and coconut sugar.
  10. Sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar mixture all over the dough.
  11. Tightly roll up the dough and slice it into 9-10 pieces.
  12. Place the cinnamon rolls on a greased cookie sheet.
  13. Let the dough rest again for 30 minutes to 1 hour (covered and in a warm space). Halfway through that time, preheat the oven to 350°F.
  14. Once the oven is heated, place the cinnamon rolls in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes (or until golden).
  15. The cinnamon rolls can be stored in the freezer. Store them individually inside storage baggies or plastic wrap. When you want to eat one, just let it thaw for a couple of hours and heat it up in the microwave or toaster oven until soft and warm.

Frosting Preparation:

  1. With an electric mixer, beat the vegan butter and vegan cream cheese for 1 to 2 minutes until well combined.
  2. Add the vanilla extract and a pinch of salt to the same bowl. Beat for 30 seconds.
  3. Lastly, add the powdered sugar and mix for about 2 minutes (or until well combined). The frosting can be used right away or stored in the fridge for about 2-3 hours to give it a thicker texture. It can last up to 4 to 5 days in the refrigerator.

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