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5 from 22 votes

Easy Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

These Easy Vegan Cinnamon Rolls come together in a little over an hour, require simple ingredients and taste like HEAVEN!
Prep Time1 hr 20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time1 hr 45 mins
Course: Breakfast
Servings: 14 rolls
Author: The Almond Eater

Ingredients

  • 1 packet 2 1/4 tsp dry active yeast
  • 1 tbsp cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 6 tbsp dairy free butter I used Earth Balance
  • 1 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt

For the filling:

  • 2 tbsp dairy free butter melted
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar

For the glaze:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tbsp almond milk*

Instructions

  • 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, set aside.
  • In a large bowl, stir flour and salt together. Next, combine butter mixture with yeast mixture and stir; 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 set aside. In a separate bowl, combine cinnamon and brown sugar and 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, add 1/4 cup flour to your dough and stir, which will help make the dough less sticky and easier to roll. Then, flour a baking mat and place the dough on the mat. Use a rolling pin to roll it out into a rectangle, approximately 9"x14", 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.
  • Next, brush melted butter overtop of dough, leaving a 1" border around the edges. Next, spoon the cinnamon sugar mixture over top of butter and spread it evenly over the dough. Last, tightly roll up the dough long-ways.
  • Use a sharp knife (it helps to carefully flour the knife so it doesn't stick to the dough) 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 15 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.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

*Start with 2 tbsp milk and if glaze is too thick, add an additional 1 tbsp milk
**The serving size is an approximation--it will depend on how thick you cut the rolls