These Easy Vegan Cinnamon Rolls come together in a little over an hour, are made with easy to find ingredients and taste like HEAVEN.
Oy, another cinnamon roll recipe?! Guys, I didn’t realize how popular cinnamon rolls were/are this time of year. This was my first time making them (well, first time yes, but this recipe is a result of two failed attempts), but I’ve been seeing cinnamon roll recipes all over the blogosphere within the past week or so. Maybe it’s because cinnamon rolls are a recipe for happiness, they’re the perfect holiday brunch tagalong, they’re warm and a great excuse to enjoy comfort food first thing in the morning. Simply put, I love them more than I realized, and I don’t think the world can actually have too many cinnamon roll recipes.
Or at least I hope not.
I’m currently sitting in bed typing up this post with a warm (!!!) cup of coffee by my side, looking out the window and it’s nice. The only thing that would make this nicer is if there was also a fireplace in my bedroom (#goals) and if it was snowing outside. Instead, it’s raining, and the temps are supposed to drop later today so YAY ice party! I’ve been trying to get out of the habit of going to Starbucks so often, even though I get major writing vibes when I’m there, and I’m currently convincing myself that my bed may be the second best writing location and a great alternative for days when I just don’t feel like leaving the house.
I am, however, excited to leave the house later today because Miguel, Layla and I are headed to my moms house to celebrate Christmas. Miguel and I switch off holidays with out families, so this year we’re in DC for actual Christmas, but since my mom lives so close we decided it’d be silly not to celebrate with her and my stepdad too. YAY GIFTS. Am I the only one who still gets weirdly excited for presents even though I basically know everything I’m getting? It’s just a happy time of year.
Wow—bedroom vibes have got me word-vomiting all over this post. Let’s talk about these vegan cinnamon rolls ok?! So the first two times I attempted them without yeast, because I was being stubborn and I wanted to see if it’d work. What I learned is that yes, you can make cinnamon rolls without yeast, but that they won’t be as fluffy and delicious. So, these babies do have yeast in them, and they’re well worth the wait. The glaze is made with, not only powdered sugar and milk, but with maple syrup too, giving them a mild maple-y taste. UM YEAH I know you’re now craving cinnamon rolls and I’m not even a little bit sorry about it.
Tip: Don’t roll the dough out too thin. A few people have had this issue (as have I) and I’ve learned that it helps to roll the dough out to an 8″x12″ rectangle.
Tip: You can use floss to cut the dough, but I personally preferred to use a really sharp knife covered in flour. That way, the knife doesn’t stick to the dough. If you know how to cut cinnamon rolls with floss and prefer it that way, then just do that instead.
If you have a vegan friend or family member (or maybe even you!), these vegan cinnamon rolls are the perfect addition to any holiday brunch!
- 1 packet (2¼ tsp) dry active yeast
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- ¼ cup warm water
- 6 tbsp dairy free butter (I used Earth Balance)
- 1¼ cup almond milk
- 3¼ cups all purpose flour
- ½ tsp salt
- For the filling:
- 2 tbsp butter, melted
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ cup brown sugar
- For the glaze:
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tbsp butter
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2-3 tbsp almond milk*
- Combine yeast and brown sugar in a bowl and then slowly pour in warm water while stirring everything together at the same time. Allow 10 minutes for the mixture to sit and the yeast to activate.
- While waiting, melt the butter and milk together over stovetop on medium heat, stirring pretty consistently until the butter has melted. Be careful--you don't want it to be too hot or come anywhere close to a boil. Once butter has melted, add mixture to yeast and stir.
- In a large bowl, combine flour and salt; stir, and then add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and use your hands to knead the dough for approximately 3 minutes.
- Line a separate large bowl with a small amount of coconut oil and then place the dough in the bowl. Cover it with plastic wrap and let sit for 1 hour, allowing the dough to rise and double in size. Alternatively, if your dough doesn't seem to be rising at room temperature, you can heat your oven to 200°, turn it off, and place the covered bowl (I used an oven-safe glass bowl) in the oven until the dough has doubled in size, approximately 1 hour.
- While waiting, you can make the filling, which doesn't take long.
- Melt butter and then add cinnamon and brown sugar and stir everything together; set aside. Other things you can do while waiting for the dough to rise include but are not limited to: walking your dog, catching up on emails, watching TV, sitting on Instagram--the possibilities are endless, and the time goes by faster than you'd think!
- Once the hour has gone by and your dough has risen, preheat the oven to 350°. Next, flour a baking mat and place the dough on the mat. Use a rolling pin to roll it out into a rectangle, approximately 8"x12", trimming the edges if needed. You want the rectangle to be big enough but you don't want the dough to be too thin. Otherwise, you'll have a difficult time rolling it.
- Use a spoon to spread filling overtop of the dough, leaving a 1" border around the edges, and then tightly roll up the dough.
- Use a sharp knife to cut dough into 1.5" rolls, and then place the rolls into a large baking dish OR (what I did) was placed them into two greased 10" cake pans, cut side down.
- Place a towel over the rolls and allow them to rise at room temperature for 30 minutes. I originally skipped this step, but after a lot of practice, I've found that it really does help in making your rolls nice and fluffy! If you're short on time, you can skip this step though.
- Once the rolls have doubled in size (or at least gotten significantly larger) brush rolls with a little more melted butter and then bake them for approximately 25 minutes.
- While they're baking, make the glaze by combining all ingredients in a bowl and stirring with an electric mixer.
- Remove rolls from oven, wait 5 minutes or so, and then drizzle glaze overtop.
**The serving size is an approximation--it will depend on how thick you cut the rolls