Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

Soft, but not too doughy, vegan cinnamon rolls with a cinnamon sugar crunch bottom.  Make two pans of cinnamon rolls in less than two hours from start to finish!  If you need to, you can make them ahead to bake on a busy morning.

vegan cinnamon rolls

I’ve made vegan cinnamon rolls before I’ve made regular ones. We have two children with severe food allergies, so serving up yummy breakfast without milk and eggs became the normal in our home. I came across a vegan cinnamon roll recipe years ago made with ground flax seed. I not only love the hearty look of flax in baked goods, but also its nutty flavor! Over time, I’ve changed the recipe up a bit, but it still stands to be one of our family favorites. These rolls are soft, but not too doughy. The filling consists of vegan butter and a good helping of dark brown sugar for deeper flavor…and when they come out of the oven, the bottom edges will have these little bits of crunchy cinnamony sugar, which is just how we like ’em!  My friends, they are DELICIOUS!

With only a handful of ingredients, I can make two pans of cinnamon rolls in less than two hours from start to finish…and that includes an hour of rising! I either make them to be baked that day or freeze them unbaked for some time in the future. Try turning a Saturday morning into a memorable one with fresh baked cinnamon rolls you prepared months ago! Your kids will think you’re a rock star. Holidays are also a great time for made-ahead rolls. We always serve them on Christmas morning with bacon and coffee 🙂 I think even when my kids outgrow their food allergies, I’ll still be making these vegan cinnamon rolls.

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flax seed for vegan cinnamon rolls recipe

How to Make Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

The first step is to combine 2 Tablespoons of ground flax seed with 6 Tablespoons of water and allow it to work its magic. “Flax eggs” have the same consistency as regular eggs and also provide omega 3 health benefits..

vegan cinnamon rolls dough ingredients

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Vegan Cinnamon Roll Dough

In your mixer bowl, combine 2 1/2 teaspoons of yeast with 1 cup + 2 Tablespoons of warm water. Using a dough hook, mix the yeast and water together and let it stand for 10 minutes.

vegan cinnamon roll flavor enhancers

Meanwhile, let’s get our flavor enhancers ready to go! You will need 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/3 cup melted vegan butter and 1 tsp. salt. You can also make this dough with melted coconut oil instead of vegan butter. If you choose to do that, add an additional 1/4 tsp. of salt. Get your  flour ready too. You will need 4 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour.

vegan cinnamon roll flax seed mixture

To your yeast/water, mix in the sugar, melted butter, salt and bowl of flax eggs. Do you see how the flax seed really absorbed the water? It will be goopy just like real eggs.

With the mixer at low speed, slowly add all of your flour until it is completely incorporated and all of the dough sticks to the hook. This will only take a minute or two.

kneading vegan cinnamon roll dough

On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough ball with your hands until it is no longer sticky.

dough for vegan cinnamon rolls that is ready

The dough is ready for rising when you can make an indentation into the dough as pictured here. It will only take a couple minutes of kneading. This dough is really great to work with!

vegan cinnamon roll dough in mixer rising

Set the dough back into the mixer bowl, cover it with a towel, and set it near a warm spot for one hour. I like to turn my oven on and set the bowl on top of the oven, but a heat register or warm windowsill would work just as well.  After one hour, the dough will be ready!

rolling out vegan cinnamon roll dough

Next, roll the dough into a 20×16 inch rectangle.  Have I already said how much I love this dough? It stretches really easy so you can save your muscles for the gym!

vegan cinnamon roll filling

Vegan Cinnamon Roll Filling

Using a plastic baggie to cover your hand, coat the entire rectangle with 1/2 cup of soft vegan butter. You will feel like you’re back in preschool when you painted pictures with pudding….Anyone?

vegan cinnamon roll filling ingredients

In a smaller bowl, mix together 1 1/2 Tablespoons cinnamon and 1 cup packed dark brown sugar. Many recipes call for granulated sugar in the filling, but I prefer the hint of molasses from dark brown. It has a richer taste that goes really well with our dough.

vegan cinnamon roll filling in rolled dough

Sprinkle all of the cinnamon and sugar mixture over the butter (we are generous here!) Then, with clean hands, roll the dough up from the long side, pinching the seam closed at the end.

sliced vegan cinnamon rolls

With a serrated knife, gently slice your role every 1 1/2 inches and place the rolls flat side down onto two greased 13×9 pans. I typically get 15-16 rolls out of this recipe, so I will split them up between each pan. A little tip is to use aluminum or coated pans. I have found that glass pans will cook the bottom of the rolls too quickly.

vegan cinnamon roll recipe in pan

If you’d like to bake them right away, place pans on top of your oven and then turn the oven on to 375 degrees. While the oven heats up, your rolls will rise a bit more. If you DO want to freeze the unbaked rolls, cover them with plastic wrap, followed by foil and the lid. Take them out the night before you want to bake them and set them on the counter (still covered). They will be perfectly ready for the oven when you wake up!

pan of baked vegan cinnamon rolls

Bake the cinnamon rolls for 15-20 minutes or until slightly golden on the edges as seen here.

vegan cinnamon roll recipe icing

Vegan Cinnamon Roll Icing

Spread them while they’re warm with your favorite icing! You could use my cream cheese orange icing if you don’t mind an icing with dairy… or for a vegan icing, mix together 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 1/2 T. non-dairy milk and 1/4  t. pure vanilla extract for each pan of rolls or create your own recipe to get the consistency you want! Some like it drizzly and others like it thick…

vegan cinnamon roll on plate

I just like it fast. On the roll. Grab a fork. Now. Yum. Yum. Yum.

Enjoy!

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vegan cinnamon rolls recipe with icing
Created by: Lynette Rice

Vegan Cinnamon Rolls


Course Breakfast
Cuisine North American
Prep Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 18
18
Soft vegan cinnamon roll with a crunchy cinnamon sugar bottom.  Topped with a sweet icing.  Best served warm!

Ingredients
  

Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

  • 2 Tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon yeast
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegan butter melted
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon cinnamon

Vegan Cinnamon Rolls Icing

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon non-dairy milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Combine 2 Tablespoons of ground flax seed with 6 Tablespoons of water and set aside.
  • In your mixer bowl, combine 2 1/2 teaspoons of yeast with 1 cup + 2 Tablespoons of warm water. Using a dough hook, mix the yeast and water together and let it stand for 5 minutes.
  • Mix in 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/3 cup melted vegan butter, 1 tsp. salt and your flax egg to the water/yeast.
  • At low speed, slowly add 4 1/2 cups of all purpose flour until all of the dough sticks to the hook.
  • On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough ball with your hands until it is no longer sticky and you can make an indentation into the dough with your finger.
  • Set the dough back into the mixer bowl, cover it with a towel, and set it near a warm spot for one hour.
  • Next, roll the dough into a 20×16 inch rectangle.
  • With a baggie on your hand, spread 1/2 soft vegan butter all over the dough, followed by a sprinkling of 1 cup dark brown sugar and 1 1/2 T. cinnamon.
  • Using clean hands, roll the dough all the way up from the long side and pinch the seam closed.
  • With a serrated knife, gently slice your role every 1 1/2 inches and place the rolls flat side down onto two greased 13×9 pans.
  • To bake right away, set the rolls on top of the oven and turn the oven on to 375 degrees to allow the rolls to rise a bit more. Bake the rolls for 15-20 minutes or until the edges are slightly golden.
  • Drizzle hot rolls with icing.

Notes

Want to make-ahead the vegan cinnamon rolls? Cover the unbaked rolls with plastic wrap, followed by foil and the lid and freeze.  Take them out of the freezer the night before and set them on the counter (still covered). They will be ready to bake when you wake up.  Following the baking instructions above.

Nutrition

Serving: 1roll | Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Sodium: 203mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 407IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 2mg

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