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VEGAN CINNAMON ROLLS!

Cinnamon Rolls bring me back to my childhood! AHHH....the memories. Every time I would stay the night at my childhood best friend's house, her mom would always make homemade cinnamon rolls and let me tell you...HOLY SMOKES! They were so good, I honestly liked them better than Cinnabon. Yeah, I know that is probably crazy, but they were that good. 

I sadly found out the hard way that I am now allergic to Cinnabon because of the dairy....it was not a good time and after I felt better, I was on a mission to find a non-dairy/vegan cinnamon roll recipe! I have found that recipe and I will be making these bad boys almost every weekend. Kaleb and I KILLED these things within a day...now they aren't the healthiest but they are also a lot healthier than store bought or Cinnabons. I promise you're entire house will smell like a Cinnabon factory has landed in your house and the best part, like I always say you won't even be able to tell they are vegan!

 

INGREDIENTS

DOUGH:

  • 3 Tbsp vegan butter ( I like Earth Balance)
  • 1 packet instant yeast 
  • 1 cup dairy-free milk ( I like the original unsweetened Almond Breeze Milk)
  • 1 Tbsp organic cane sugar
  • 1/4 tsp pink himalayan salt  
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

FILLING:

  • 3 Tbsp vegan butter | melted
  • 1/4 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1/2-1 Tbsp ground cinnamon *

ICING:

  • 1 cup organic powdered sugar
  • 1-2 Tbsp dairy-free milk *

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. DOUGH: In a large sauce pan or microwave safe bowl at 30 second increments, heat the almond milk (or any milk) and vegan butter until warm and melted. Do not let it boil. Remove it from the heat and let cool to a bath water temperature. It should be warm but not too warm or it could kill the yeast.
  2. Transfer the mixture into a large mixing bowl and sprinkle in yeast and stir. Let sit for 10 minutes to let the yeast activate. Then add 1 Tbsp sugar and the salt and stir. 
  3. Next add in flour, 1/2 cup at a time. You want to stir as you go, you may NOT need all the flour. The dough will get sticky. When it's too thick to stir you want to transfer it to a lightly floured surface and knead for a minute until you can from a loose ball. Rinse your mixing bowl out, coat it with avocado oil (or any oil you have) and place your dough ball back in. Cover with plastic wrap and set it in a warm place to rise for about 1 hour. *
  4. FILLING: On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a thin rectangle. * Brush with melted vegan butter (or any butter) and top with sugar and desired amount of cinnamon. Kaleb and I love cinnamon, so we go nuts on this step.
  5. Starting at one end, tightly roll up the dough and make sure the seam side is down. With a serrated knife ( the knife with a lot of sharp teeth, that's how I describe it lol) cut the dough into 2 inch sections and portion in a well butter pan. A square 8X8 pan would be best, but I didn't have one, nor did I want to go buy one, so what ever pan you have will work. You should have 8-10 rolls depending how you cut  your dough. 
  6. TOPPING: Brush with melted butter and cover with plastic wrap. Let them sit on top of the oven while it preheats. By doing this you are letting the rolls rise awhile. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  7. Once oven is preheated and all hot, bake your rolls for 20-25 minutes or until slightly golden brown. When they are done baking, let cool for a few minutes and add icing on top! You can either serve them right away or enjoy them the next day. Either way, they are just as good!

If you recreate these cinnamon rolls or any one of my recipes, don't forget to tag me on Instagram so I can see! I hope you enjoy these and they make your heart and tummy as happy as they do mine.

@cheymarie_fit

 

*Notes

* This does take time and rolling the dough is not easy. Just take your time and if they look messy, who cares! They will still taste the same. You need to let the dough rise for an hour so if you are rushed for time, I suggest skipping this recipe OR making the dough the night before. I have done this twice already and I personally think they taste best.

*Kaleb and I love cinnamon so we like to add a lot. You make these how YOU want and how you like. You can add less or more, it's up to you.

*If you aren't allergic to milk, you can use non-vegan milk and butter.

*If you do not have plastic wrap to place over the dough while it rises, place a clean warm and wet dish towel over the bowl. 

 *Grandma's secret: When you go to roll your dough, place plastic wrap on a clean surface and lightly flour the plastic wrap. The dough will not stick as much and makes it easier to roll*

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