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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!
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How to make vegan cinnamon rolls
- Combine the flour, sugar, yeast and salt.
- Add the coconut oil and almond milk to the dry ingredients.
- Stir to combine. It will be wet and a little sticky, but that’s fine.
- Knead the dough until it is smooth and stretchy – my daughter’s favorite part!
- Place in an oiled bowl and cover with wrap.
- Allow to rise until the dough is doubled in size.
- 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.
- Bake until golden brown.
- Drizzle with the glaze and serve.
Tips for making the best cinnamon rolls
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
Frequently asked questions
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.
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.
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.
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
Just mix with the milk and honey to activate the yeast for 10 minutes and then add in all the other ingredients.
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:
- Chai Spiced Vegan Muffins
- Vegan Peppermint Brownies
- Dairy Free Pudding
- Lemon Bars
- Vegan Sugar Cookies
- Avocado Chocolate Mousse
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Vegan Cinnamon Rolls
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.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.