The Best Vegan Cinnamon Rolls
Updated: Apr 29
This recipe brings you fluffy and sweet cinnamon rolls perfect for any time of the day.
Tried and tested recipe - because you can never have enough cinnamon rolls.
3tbsp vegan butter (I use Vitalite or the Aldi brand)
1 sachet of instant yeast (7g) or 21g of fresh yeast
1tbsp granulated sugar
1 cup (230ml) almond milk
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3 cups (375g) plain all-purpose flour
Cinnamon roll filling
1/2 cup (380g) apple sauce (or substitute for 3 tbsp vegan butter)
1/4 cup (50g) brown sugar (I use light soft brown sugar when available, if not any will do)
1tsp cinnamon (or as much as you want!)
OPTIONAL - scattered over before rolling
1/2 cup (65g) icing sugar
4-6 tsp vegan milk (I use almond)
1 tsp vanilla extract
IF USING INSTANT YEAST Step 1: Warm 1 cup (230g) almond milk in the microwave or on the hob for 30-40 seconds. The milk needs to be 43-48C (110-115F). Test this with a candy thermometer or dip your clean finger in and if it feels neither too hot or too cold then it is perfect. Add in 1tbsp sugar and stir gently. Then sprinkle on the yeast and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes (or until foamy).
IS USING FRESH YEAST Step 1: Add 21g fresh yeast into a bowl with 1 tbsp sugar. Gently mix the two together and keep stirring until it becomes a liquid consistency. This is ready to go. Then warm your milk to 43-48C (110-115F) and stir in 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon.
Step 2: Measure out your flour (3 cups/ 375g) into a large bowl. making a well in the flour, pour in the yeast and milk mixture and gently fold the flour over the milk, allowing to sit for 5 minutes.
Step 3: Using a wooden spoon, mix to form a shaggy dough.
Step 4: Lightly flour your work surface and tip the dough out. Begin kneading it so it forms a ball. Continue to knead for 10 minutes, or until it becomes smooth and soft. This can also be done in a stand mixer using the dough attachment, on medium speed for 6-10 minutes, checking regularly.
Step 5: Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a towel. Leave to prove until doubled in size. (This roughly takes 1-2 hours in England's climate!)
Step 6: Once the dough has doubled in size, tip out onto a lightly floured surface, and 'knock it back', this means to push your fingertips in it until it is back to a smaller tighter ball.
Step 7: Allow the dough to rest under a clean tea towel whilst you make the filling.
Step 8: Prepare a baking dish big enough for 12 cinnamon rolls by lining the bottom with greaseproof paper (this just helps with the removal of the buns!)
Step 9: Stir together 1/2cup (380g) apple sauce (or 4tbsp butter if using instead), with 1/4cup brown sugar, and cinnamon to taste.
Step 10: Roll out the dough to about 1/2 cm thick, and spread over the cinnamon butter.
Step 11: Now, cut the dough into 5cm wide strips, and roll them up. Placing them gently into the baking dish.
Step 12: Cover the rolls with a towel and allow to rest for 30 minutes, in this time they should rise slightly.
Step 13: 10 minutes before second proving is done preheat the oven to 160C (320F).
Step 14: Put the rolls into the oven for 25 minutes or until turning golden around the edges. If they still look slightly underbaked, cover with tin foil and place back in for 5-10 more minutes.
Step 15: Mix all ingredients together for frosting, remove cinnamon buns from the oven and pour the frosting over. You can adjust the consistency of the frosting to make it thicker or thinner depending on preference, add a little more milk to thin, or a little more icing sugar to thicken.
Step 16: Once the icing has set a little, dig in whilst still warm!
It is so simple to make cinnamon rolls vegan, so there really is no point doing it any other way. Not only do you get a soft, fluffy and delicious dessert (or breakfast...) but it is also guilt-free that no animals are harmed during the process! Opt for this recipe in the future for a cinnamon bun fix and a clear mind.
Adding the vegan butter to the dough allows for a fluffier dough, once cooked there will almost be a creamy texture when you bite into the bun.
There are many great vegan alternatives so it is quite easy to find options when switching from traditional recipes and adapting them to be vegan. You wouldn't even realise most of the time that they are vegan, which makes it even more satisfying.
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