Everyone needs a delicious vegan pinwheels recipe. This one is made with simple ingredients, with a vegan ranch cream cheese mixture with crunchy veggies wrapped into flour tortillas. These are a perfect appetizer or great for the lunch box!
We love appetizers around here, and what's better than an easy appetizer that's also no bake? Well, there are better things in the world, but it makes it easier when your oven is tied up cooking for the holidays.
This recipe is very similar to my cold vegan vegetable pizza made on crescent roll dough; it's delicious, but I wanted to try a little different sauce on a roll-up, and it doesn't disappoint.
My husband and son both enjoyed scarfing these down, and I may have been munching on them in between photo shoots.
I've stuck these in my son's lunch for a tasty snack and brought them to soccer tournaments to have a tasty lunch. They are versatile for all sorts of occasions.
My picky child wanted nothing to do with these, so if you have one, good luck.
Vegan Pinwheels Recipe Q&A
What are pinwheel sandwiches made of?
Pinwheel sandwiches can be made of a variety of things and flavors. But they mainly consist of a rolled tortilla filled with delicious ingredients and are eaten more like a sandwich or appetizer.
These are a vegan vegetable ranch flavor, but you could make Mediterranean pinwheels, taco pinwheels, BBQ pinwheels, and Mexican pinwheels; there are a lot of different kinds of pinwheels recipes to try.
What's the best vegan cream cheese?
My hands down favorite vegan cream cheese is trader joes dairy-free version; now I realize not everyone lives by trader joes.
Another acceptable alternative is Violife vegan cream cheese.
There are also a ton of new ones coming out. I have yet to try it, but Philadelphia just came out with a vegan version.
How do you make pinwheels not soggy?
When making pinwheels, it's important to pick your ingredients carefully.
You don't want to use a vegetable that excretes a lot of liquid, like a tomato, cucumber, or something like that.
It will seep and cause the tortilla to get soggy.
Can I make these pinwheels gluten-free?
Yes, if you use gluten-free tortillas, they can be made gluten-free.
Can I use something other than tortillas?
Yes, if you want to make pinwheels with something else, here are some options;
- vegan crescent rolls
- vegan puff pastry
- bread that has the crusts cut off and rolled out thin
- Pizza dough rolled thinly and baked
Can I make this nut free?
If you can't have nuts, remove the cashews, yogurt, lemon juice, and apple cider vinegar and replace it with a half cup of vegan sour cream instead.
Can I use different vegetables?
You can use your favorite veggies that aren't watery; here are some ideas;
- yellow bell peppers
- purple cabbage
- green onions
- red bell pepper
- green bell pepper
- sun-dried tomatoes
- red onion
You can chop your vegetables small or use a food processor to pulse them to a small size but not to the point they get mushy, just a quick pulse.
Can you prep pinwheels ahead of time?
I would only make these a day ahead of time. With raw vegetables, it's best to do only one day before the event because you don't want the tortilla to get soggy and weird.
I usually make them on the morning of an event.
What ingredients do I need for a vegan pinwheel recipe?
Check out the recipe card at the bottom of this post for the full recipe.
- flour tortillas
- unsweetened plain vegan yogurt
- raw cashews
- lemon juice
- apple cider vinegar
- vegan cream cheese
- dried dill
- garlic powder
- onion powder
- black pepper
2-3 cups total mixture of the following vegetables;
- carrots, chopped finely
- green onion, chopped finely
- mushrooms, chopped finely
- cauliflower, chopped finely
- broccoli, chopped finely
How do I make vegetable pinwheels?
Take a small blender and combine the vegan yogurt, cashews, lemon juice, apple cider, salt, vegan cream cheese, and ranch mixture until combined.
Taste it and see if you want to add any more seasoning.
Mix all your chopped vegetables.
You want these to be chopped finely so you don't have big chunks when rolling up your pinwheels.
Take a large tortilla and spread the cream cheese in a thinnish layer all over the tortilla.
Now sprinkle an even layer of vegetables on the tortilla and roll it up tightly.
Place the roll side down, so it doesn't want to unroll.
Take a serrated knife and carefully slice the pinwheels to the desired size.
If they don't want to stay rolled, you can stick a toothpick in the roll to help it.
How do you serve vegan pinwheels?
These make for easy finger food for an appetizer or even a sandwich alternative. They are best if you cut them into small pieces to serve.
These are best served cold out of the refrigerator.
How do you store tortilla pinwheels?
Place the pinwheels in an airtight container or on a serving platter covered tightly with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Can you freeze pinwheels?
Because of the fresh vegetables, I would recommend not freezing them.
Want some more vegan appetizer recipes?
Vegan Pin Wheel Sandwiches
- 10 tortillas
- ¼ cup unsweetened plain vegan yogurt*
- ½ cup cashews*
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice*
- ¼ teaspoon apple cider vinegar*
- ¼ teaspoon salt*
- ½ cup vegan cream cheese
- 1.5 teaspoon parsley
- 1.5 teaspoon dried dill
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon chives
- 2-3 cups total mixture of the following vegetables;
- carrots chopped finely
- green onion chopped finely
- mushrooms chopped finely
- cauliflower chopped finely
- broccoli chopped finely
- Take a small blender and combine the vegan yogurt, cashews, lemon juice, apple cider, salt, vegan cream cheese, and ranch mixture until combined. Taste it and see if you want to add any more seasoning.
- Mix all your chopped vegetables. You want these to be chopped finely so you don't have any big chunks when rolling up your pinwheels.
- Take a large tortilla and spread the cream cheese in a thinnish layer all over the tortilla. Now sprinkle an even layer of vegetables on the tortilla and roll it up tightly. Place the roll side down so it doesn't want to unroll. Take a serrated knife and carefully slice the pinwheels to the desired size. If they don't want to stay rolled, you can stick a toothpick in the roll to help it.
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