Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

5 from 51 votes

Treat yourself to the most delicious breakfast! These homemade vegan cinnamon rolls are so easy to make and are wonderfully fluffy and sweet.

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These easy vegan cinnamon rolls are the perfect homemade breakfast to enjoy with family. So simple to make, they are wonderfully sweet and totally plant based too.Make them the night before for a delicious breakfast that everyone will love!

Spoon glazing vegan cinnamon rolls in white pan

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How to make vegan cinnamon rolls

  1. Combine the flour, sugar, yeast and salt.
  2. Add the coconut oil and almond milk to the dry ingredients.
  3. Stir to combine. It will be wet and a little sticky, but that’s fine.
  4. Knead the dough until it is smooth and stretchy – my daughter’s favorite part!
  5. Place in an oiled bowl and cover with wrap.
  6. Allow to rise until the dough is doubled in size.
6 image collage to show how to make the recipe
  • Roll the dough out and sprinkle of the cinnamon filling.
  • Roll the dough up and cut into 12 equal sections.
  • Place in a greased baking dish, cover with plastic wrap and allow to double in size again.
2 image collage to show the rolls in pan after cutting and then after rising
  • Bake until golden brown.
  • Drizzle with the glaze and serve.
2 image collage to show the rolls after baking and then after glazing

Tips for making the best cinnamon rolls

  1. Make sure the kitchen is warm to help the dough rise faster. It helps to have the heat on to assist the rising time. Just make sure it’s not too hot, which can kill the yeast.
  2. Add the glaze only when you’re ready to eat them. The glaze will harden as it hits the warm cinnamon rolls and you want it to look glossy and soft instead. For best appearance, glaze just before serving.
  3. Make a pan sauce for a deeper flavor. To simplify the recipe, I like to just use melted coconut oil in the pan. However, you can whisk the coconut oil with some almond milk and brown sugar to make the sauce.
  4. Cut the rolled dough from the inside out. The first time I made cinnamon rolls, I cut like a rookie from one end to the next. But overtime, I learned that the most even cuts come when you precisely measure and cut from the inside out. The ends will always look wonky though, so don’t fret!
  5. Create a richer topping by making a thick icing. Instead of the glaze I include below, try mixing together: ¾ cup vegan cream cheese, ¼ cup softened vegan butter, ¼ cup maple syrup, 2/3 cup powdered sugar, ¼ tsp salt.
Large pan of 12 cinnamon rolls at an angle and one roll served on small dessert plate nearby

Frequently asked questions

How long do they keep?

Once you have baked the rolls, let them cool to room temperature, then place them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days. If you are planning on storing them this way, I recommend not to glaze them. I then warm them in the oven before serving and add the icing.

Can you make them the night before?

You can easily make these rolls the night before for an effortless and delicious breakfast the next morning. Make up the rolls as per the recipe, right up to cutting them and placing in the baking dish. Then, cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge to allow them to rise.

Take them out of the fridge about 30 minutes before you want to bake them, so that they come up to room temperature, and then carry on with the recipe.

Can you freeze them?

Yes, these vegan cinnamon rolls freeze really well. Bake the rolls, let them cool and don’t add the glaze. They can be frozen for up to 3 months. You can reheat them in the oven from frozen, or let them thaw in the fridge overnight. Add the glaze to the warmed rolls to serve.

How do you keep cinnamon rolls from getting hard the next day?

The best way to keep your cinnamon rolls moist is to store them airtight. I recommend two layers of plastic or foil to ensure they are airtight and all the moisture stays in the pan or container. You can heat them by wrapping in moist paper towel in microwave for extra soft rolls

Can I use active dry yeast instead of instant yeast?

Just mix with the milk and honey to activate the yeast for 10 minutes and then add in all the other ingredients.

Spatula removing one cinnamon roll from pan

These vegan cinnamon rolls are such a delicious homemade breakfast treat and they are more than ideal to serve on Christmas morning. I love that you can easily make these ahead of time, and I promise you there won’t be any leftovers!

More vegan desserts to try:

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Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

Treat yourself to the most delicious breakfast! These homemade vegan cinnamon rolls are so easy to make and are wonderfully fluffy and sweet.
5 from 51 votes
Servings 12 rolls
Course Breakfast
Calories 263
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 40 mins

Ingredients
  

Dough:

  • 2 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoon coconut oil melted
  • 1 cup almond milk warmed

Filling:

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil melted (plus more for greasing pan)
  • cup brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg

Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk

Instructions

Prepare the dough:

  • In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, yeast and salt. Whisk together the melted coconut oil and warmed almond milk and pour over the flour mixture. Stir until the dough comes together and all the flour is incorporated.
  • Knead for 3-5 minutes on a lightly floured surface until the dough is smooth and stretchy.
  • Place the dough ball in an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Place in a warm place and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Assemble the rolls:

  • Turn out the risen dough onto a lightly floured surface. Roll into a rectangle about 14” x 20”.
  • Brush the melted coconut oil onto the dough surface. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir until evenly distributed. Sprinkle into an even layer over the surface, getting all the way to the edges.
  • Starting at one of the short ends, roll the dough up gently but tightly. Turn the dough so the seam is underneath.
  • Cut dough into 12 even segments with a very sharp knife. Place them in a very generously greased 9×13” baking pan, so that they are evenly spaced.
  • Cover with plastic wrap, and allow to rise again until doubled (about 45 minutes).
  • During the last rise, preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Once risen, remove the plastic and bake for 25-30 minutes until just starting to get golden on top.
  • Remove from the oven and cool for 15 to 20 minutes before adding the glaze.

Make the glaze and serve:

  • Combine powdered sugar and milk in a small mixing bowl and whisk until smooth. Drizzle the glaze on the cinnamon rolls when ready to enjoy.
  • Slide a knife around the edge of the pan. Remove the rolls one at a time, pulling them apart.

Notes

Storage: Baked rolls can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days or freezer if un-iced for up to 3 months, and reheated in the oven before icing and eating.
Make Ahead Instructions: To prepare the rolls ahead of time for easy morning consumption, proceed with the instructions up until the second rise the night before. Before allowing the second rise to happen, cover the pan tightly and place in the fridge overnight. In the morning, remove the rolls from the fridge and allow them to come to room temperature before baking.
Nutritional Data: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use. 

Nutrition

Calories: 263kcal, Carbohydrates: 41g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Sodium: 131mg, Potassium: 62mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 17g, Calcium: 47mg, Iron: 1mg

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  1. Having some issues with this recipe. Have made it twice now and both times they do not rise or get bigger in the oven. I let the dough ball rise and then do the rolling out and cutting and then put them on the tray under plastic wrap and let them sit another 40 minutes but they still barely get any bigger at all and come out crunchy. Not ideal and frustrating cause this recipe looks so good! What am I doing wrong?? Should I make the dough slightly more moist or add more yeast?? :/

    1. I’m so sorry to hear that. Is it too hot where you’re letting the dough rise? Because that can kill the yeast.

    2. Oh that’s good that it’s rising the first time in the bowl. I recommend trying to leave it in longer for an additional 30 minutes to see if that works. And if that doesn’t work it’s possible that the yeast you’re using is no longer active. To test if the yeast you’re using is still active, mix one envelope of yeast with a teaspoon of sugar and 1/4 warm water. Wait 10 minutes and the mixture should bubble and you should smell the yeast. I hope that helps. By the way, what brand flour and kind are you using?

    3. Hmmm, that is really particular. It’s possible you left it too long to rise the second time or it may have something to do with the flour you’re using.

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