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Amazing Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

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These are the best vegan cinnamon rolls around. These are soft, fluffy, ooey-gooey, and delicious. The vegan cream cheese frosting has the perfect amount of sweetness. No one will be able to tell that these are vegan. These can be made the day of or prepared and cooked the next morning.

Oh, vegan Cinnamon Rolls, I kind of love you. There is something magical about cinnamon rolls. I mean, what’s not to love, bread mixed with vegan butter and cinnamon sugar.

It seems hard to mess up that flavor combination.

These vegan easy cinnamon rolls are so good!

I have made these on many occasions and everyone has always loved them!

I know sometimes homemade cinnamon rolls get put in a no-make zone because the dough is often yeast dough.

Rest assured that this recipe is SO easy, I know you can do it!

These are a perfect treat to have on Christmas morning and the whole family vegan or not will love them.

Although, in our family, we always have vegan monkey bread for Christmas morning. It’s actually easier than cinnamon rolls but not fully homemade like these.

My son has been vegan since birth so he’s never had a Cinnabon. But everyone knows how amazing Cinnabons smell. So, upon eating this he said “these taste like how Cinnabons smell” that’s a pretty high compliment.

And honestly, it’s been so long since I’ve had cinnamon that I don’t know if these taste the same but I do know that they are the best cinnamon rolls I’ve remembered having and the only one I make.

My husband took a batch of these to work for his non-vegan coworkers and multiple people commented that they are the best cinnamon rolls they’ve ever had.

Now, I wouldn’t go and say this is a healthy cinnamon roll recipe, but I would say I did try to cut down a lot of things to make it a little better and still tastes amazing.

The middle of these only has 1/4 cup of vegan butter in them. In my opinion, you can’t even fit a whole half cup and that’s what most recipes call for.

But have no fear these are seriously good even after cutting a few things back.

Recipe Q&A

Can you make these gluten free cinnamon rolls?

Yes, if you use an all-purpose gluten-free flour I think it would work great.

How do you store these amazing vegan cinnamon rolls?

These are best eaten the same day they are made flavor-wise.

However, if you have some leftovers you can put them in an airtight container leave them on the counter for a day or two.

Can you make these the day before and bake them the day of?

Yes, if you want to prep them the day before then make them towards the evening of the night before and instead of doing the second rise cover them with plastic wrap and place them in the fridge until the morning.

Let them come to room temperature as the oven preheats and proceed with the recipe. You may need a couple more minutes for the bake time.

What do you need for this vegan cinnamon roll recipe?

All simple ingredients;

  • plant milk (almond milk, soy milk, oat milk, whichever you like)
  • instant or regular yeast
  • sugar, white
  • salt
  • vegan butter softened
  • all-purpose flour
  • brown sugar
  • cinnamon, ground
  • vegan cream cheese
  • vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar

How do you make these easy vegan cinnamon rolls?

Let’s make this vegan cinnamon roll dough.

With your stand mixer, fitted with the dough attachment and a large mixing bowl add your non-dairy warm milk, 2TB sugar, and sprinkle yeast over the vegan milk mixture., let activate for 5-10 minutes. If you’re using instant yeast you can skip the proofing.

Once your yeast mixture is activated add your salt, softened vegan butter, and your 3 cups of flour. Use a dough hook and knead for 3 minutes while your dough forms. Your dough should not be sticky, if it is- add 1 TB of flour until it’s not.

Be careful not to over flour the dough. 

Spray a large bowl with cooking spray and put your dough ball in it, place a clean towel over the top or cover with plastic wrap, and place in a warm place to rise for about 60 minutes, until doubled in size.

I often preheat the oven for just a few minutes then shut off the oven so it’s not super hot just warm and place the dough rise.

Once it’s doubled in size, make your filling. 

Melt your vegan butter in a small bowl, set it aside.

Mix your brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl, set aside.

Get a 9X13 glass pan or baking dish and spray with cooking spray, set aside. Lots of setting asides =)

Take a Silpat or a large piece of parchment paper and if needed make a lightly floured surface *my dough doesn’t typically need the floured service) and take your rolling pin and roll out your dough into a large rectangle. 

I pretty much cover the whole Silpat. 

Then take your melted butter and pastry brush and brush the butter onto the rolled-out dough.

Making the best vegan cinnamon rolls

 Then spread your brown sugar mixture evenly over the rectangle. 

Next, you’ll roll hot dog way, into a tight log, pinching the seams when you’re done rolling. 

Place seam side down, use a sharp knife, and cut out 12 even pieces.

Take your 12 even pieces and place them in 4 rows of 3 in your prepared 9X13 pan.

Take your clean cloth and lay it over the rolls and do a quick second rise another 15-30 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees f.

Once risen, cook them in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes.

You don’t want to overcook these.

The stages of vegan cinnamon rolls
Upper left- Before rising Lower left- ready to go in the oven right side- out of the oven.

They should be lightly golden brown. Once done place the pan on a cooling rack.

While they are cooking make your frosting by using a hand mixer or stand mixer. 

Cream the vegan butter and vegan cream cheese, add your vanilla and powdered sugar, mix slowly (so you don’t have a powder sugar mess), then add the 1 TB plant milk if needed.

Mix until smooth. 

Once they have cooled for about 5 minutes but are still warm cinnamon rolls, frost the top of the rolls with a pastry brush. And enjoy these delicious vegan cinnamon rolls!

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Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

Amazing Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

Yield: 12 rolls
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
rise time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

These vegan cinnamon rolls are insanely delicious! Easy to make and full of cinnamon and sugar goodness!

Ingredients

Dough

  • 1 cup + 2 TB plant milk
  • 1 TB instant or regular yeast
  • 2 TB sugar,white
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 TB Earth Balance vegan butter, softend
  • 3 cups all purpose flour

Filling

  • 1/4 cup Earth Balance vegan butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1.5 TB cinnamon, ground

Frosting

  • 4 oz vegan cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 TB plant milk

Instructions

  1. With your stand mixer bowl add your warm plant milk, 2TB sugar, and 1 TB yeast, let activate for 5-10 minutes.  Once activated add your salt, softened vegan butter, and flour.  Use a dough hook and knead for 3 minutes. Your dough should not be sticky, if it is- add 1 TB of flour until it's not. Be careful not to over flour the dough. 
  2. Spray a bowl with cooking spray and put your dough ball in it, place a clean towel over the top, and place in a warm place to rise for about 60 minutes, until doubled in size.
  3. Once it's doubled in size, make your filling.  Melt your butter in a bowl, set it aside. Mix your brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl, set aside. Get a 9X13 glass pan and spray with cooking spray, set aside. Lots of setting asides =)
  4. Take a Silpat and roll out your dough into a large rectangle.  I pretty much cover the whole Silpat.  Then take your melted butter and pastry brush and brush the butter onto the rolled-out dough.  Then spread your brown sugar mix evenly over the rectangle.  Next, you'll roll hot dog way, into a tight log, pinching the seams when you're done rolling.  Place seam side down, use a sharp knife, and cut out 12 even pieces.
  5. Take your 12 even pieces and place them in 4 rows of 3 in your prepared 9X13 pan. Take your clean cloth and lay it over the rolls and let rise another 15-30 minutes.  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Once risen, cook them in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes. You don't want to overcook these. They should be lightly golden brown. Once done place the pan on a cooling rack.
  7. While they are cooking make your frosting by using a hand or stand mixer.  Cream the vegan butter and vegan cream cheese, add your vanilla and powdered sugar, mix slowly (so you don't have a powder sugar mess), then add the 1 TB plant milk if needed. Mix until smooth.  Once they have cooled for about 5 minutes, frost the top of the rolls with a pastry brush. And enjoy!

Notes

If you want to prep these the day before- Yes, if you want to prep them the day before then make them towards the evening of the night before and instead of doing the second rise cover them with plastic wrap and place them in the fridge until the morning. Let them come to room temperature as the oven preheats and proceed with the recipe. You may need a couple more minutes for the bake time.



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Recipe has been adapted from this recipe https://thestayathomechef.com/best-homemade-cinnamon-rolls-ever/

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 cinnamon roll
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 356Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 308mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 2gSugar: 25gProtein: 5g

The calories are computer generated and may not be 100% accurate.

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