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.
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
- 2¾ cup 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, brown sugar and warm water in a bowl; stir and let sit for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, melt butter and milk together over stovetop on medium heat, stirring pretty consistently. 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.
- Combine flour and salt in a separate bowl; add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and use your hands to knead the dough until everything is combined and smooth.
- Line a 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.
- 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, preheat the oven to 375°. Next, flour a baking mat and place the dough on the mat. Use a rolling pin to roll it out into a giant rectangle (approx. 15" long and 9" wide), trimming the edges if needed.
- Use a spoon to spread filling overtop of the dough, 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.
- 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