Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easy Vegan Cinnamon Buns

One of my favorite food blogs is Minimalist Baker. They're a great duo posting gluten free, vegan and healthy recipes that are typically easy to make. I was browsing some recipes for a dessert and found this recipe for vegan cinnamon rolls. 

I tested this recipe tonight because 1. Nick LOVES cinnamon buns and 2. I thought it would be a nice Easter brunch treat for Nick and our friend tomorrow. I had all the ingredients minus milk and sugar so after our shopping trip I was ready to rumble! 


1 cup almond coconut milk
1/2 cup of coconut oil
1 pack of instant yeast 
1/4 cup and 1 tbsp sugar (divided) 
1/4 tsp salt
3 cups flour 
1 tbsp cinnamon 
1/4 tbsp nutmeg 

1. In 30 minute increments warm the milk and 3 tbsp of coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Make sure the mixture is not too hot. It needs to be lukewarm so the yeast won't be ineffective. 
2. Mix one packet of yeast and stir then let sit for 10 minutes.
3. Once activated after 10 minutes add 1 tbsp of sugar and 1/4 tsp salt and mix.
4. Next add the 3 cups of flour ( 1 cup at a time while mixing after addition)
5. Mix together the flour mixture until a ball is formed then on a lightly floured cutting board knead mixture briefly. 
6. Coat bowl with coconut oil and return dough to bowl. Place in a warm spot with a cloth over the bowl and let dough rise until double the original size. 
7. After an hour remove dough from bowl, roll out into a thin square.
8. Pre-heat oven to 350ยบ 
9.. Spread the cinnamon, nutmeg and 3 tbsp of coconut oil on top of the dough. 
10. Sprinkle the remaining sugar on top of the mixture 
11. Roll the dough tightly and with a knife create slices. 
12. Place rolls in an oiled 9x13 pan and bake for 20 minutes. 

Steps don't correspond to above step number.


If you'd like to ice the cinnamon rolls you'll need:
3 cups powdered sugar 
1 cup almond coconut milk 
3 drops of vanilla extract 

Mix until an icing-consistency is created and pour over rolls. 


Additional Notes: I noted the sugar content for packaged cinnamon rolls versus these rolls and the packaged rolls came in at 18g per serving while these weigh in at 5g. Each roll has right at 320 calories with icing and this recipe will make 12 cinnamon rolls. 


  1. Oooh, I was just going to pass this recipe by, but after reading it, it's a keeper. I am sure my cinnamon roll loving husband and son will be glad about that. Thanks for posting this.

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    2. They are definitely delicious, Bobbi. Just don't do what I did and lose track of how much flour you put in. :/ They still turned out delicious!



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