Vegan Cinnamon Rolls


Hi everyone.  Today I'm going to share an amazing recipe from Minimalist Baker for the easiest vegan cinnamon rolls ever.  I don't know about any one else but since turning vegan, non-vegan friends and family members refuse to believe that anything I bake could possibly taste in any way good.  However, give one of these to an omnivore and I promise you, they will not be able to tell that these contain zero animal products.  These are certain to win over even the most sceptical non-vegans and impress vegans alike.  Even my dad, who point-blank refuses to even taste most vegan meals I cook, is absolutely CRAZY about these and wouldn't stop plaguing me for one the whole time they were being made.

These cinnamon rolls are super simple to make and only contain 8 ingredients.  They are relatively quick to whip up too, aside from the time spent waiting for the yeast to rise, but you can definitely find something to do in the meantime.  They're fluffy and sticky and buttery and melt in the mouth and overall just delicious.  This recipe makes about 12 rolls but it all depends on how wide you cut up the dough.  If you don't already own some, I would 100% recommend investing in a set of measurement cups - they make baking and cooking so much quicker.

1 sachet of instant/rapid rise yeast
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (dough), 2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk (icing)
3 tbsp vegan butter (dough), 3 tbsp vegan butter (filling), 2 tbsp vegan butter (glaze)
1 pinch salt
3 cups plain flour
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/4 cup demerara sugar (filling), 1 tbsp demerara sugar (yeast mixture)
1 cup icing sugar

1. Heat the almond milk and 3 tbsp vegan butter in a sauce pan over a medium heat until the butter has melted.  Take this off the heat and transfer to a large mixing bowl, allowing to cool until it is just warm.
2. Empty the sachet of yeast into the mixture, along with the salt and 1 tbsp of sugar.  Stir this together and leave to stand for about 10 mins, until the yeast has activated and there are clumps on the surface of the mixture.
3. Stir the flour into the mixture, a little at a time until a thick dough is formed.  Tip the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for about a minute until a ball is formed.  Take another large bowl and oil the inside (I used olive oil) and place the ball of dough inside.  Cover with clingfilm and place in a warm place for about an hour to allow the dough to rise (I recommend placing the covered bowl at the back of your hot press or airing cupboard).  The dough should double in size - see pictures below.  Make sure your bowl is big enough so the dough doesn't overflow like mine did!

4. Place the now doubled dough onto a floured surface and roll it out into a thin rectangular shape.  Melt 3 tbsp vegan butter and use a pastry brush to brush this all over the dough.  Mix together the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle this on top of the butter.
5. Starting at the longer side of the rectangle, start rolling up the dough into a long sausage shape being careful not to spill the filling everywhere (like I did).  Next take a knife and cut the rolled up dough into 9-12 rolls.  Coat a square oven-proof dish with come vegan butter and arrange the rolls in it, covering them with the remaining 2 tbsp melted butter.  Cover the dish with clingfilm and place back in your warm area or on top of the oven for 5 mins to rise again while the oven heats up to 160 C (170 C if you don't have a fan oven like me).
6. Bake the cinnamon rolls for about 25 minutes, checking to make sure they don't burn, until they are ever so lightly browned on top.  Allow these to cool down before icing.
7. Mix icing sugar with 2 tbsp almond milk with a whisk to remove any lumps.  Once the rolls have cooled down, pour the icing all over and enjoy!

I hope you enjoy this vegan cinnamon rolls recipe and if you make them please comment below and tag me in a pic on instagram! 

Love, E x

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  1. Oh my god amazing, I am drooling here they look so good! haha. I am in love with your blog too, you should be so proud.. well done gorgeous gal! x

    1. You DEFINITELY need to try them, soooo easy to make too! Thanks so much cutie ❤❤ xx