Vegan Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

When it comes to breakfast pastries, few options can compete with a good cinnamon roll. Between the light, fluffy dough, the gooey cinnamon-sugar filling, and a drizzle of sweet icing or cream cheese frosting on top, it's truly the most perfect treat. The only problem? Most cinnamon rolls contain butter, eggs, and milk. And if you're vegan, it's not possible to enjoy a bite. 

Luckily, we have the solution you've been looking for with this vegan cinnamon roll recipe. By utilizing easy swaps for butter, eggs, and milk, you can put together a batch of vegan cinnamon rolls at home in no time. And better yet? They're entirely made from-scratch with easy-to-find ingredients. 

Whip up a batch to share with friends and family for your next brunch, or simply enjoy them on your own at home. Either way, you'll be thrilled to dig your fork into a soft, warm cinnamon roll that's entirely animal product-free. 

Gather the ingredients for vegan cinnamon rolls

To get started on baking these cinnamon rolls, gather all of your ingredients. For this vegan cinnamon rolls recipe, you'll need 1 cup warm water, white sugar, 1 package active dry yeast, 5 tablespoons softened vegan butter, flour, baking powder, salt, brown sugar, cinnamon, powdered sugar, and oat milk

Activate the yeast

In the bowl of a stand mixer, pour in the warm water. Be sure it's warm to the touch, rather than piping hot. Mix in the 2 tablespoons of sugar, then sprinkle the package of yeast on top. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes to allow the yeast to activate and begin bubbling. 

Make the dough

After the yeast has activated, turn the mixer on low and gradually add in half the flour. Mix in the 2 tablespoons of softened vegan butter. Continue to add in the remaining flour, along with the salt and baking powder. Once the mixture comes together, turn the speed up on the mixture to knead the dough for 3 minutes. 

Once the dough is done, transfer it to a bowl sprayed with cooking spray and set it aside to rise for 30 minutes. 

Roll and fill the dough

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Once the dough has risen, transfer it to a lightly floured surface. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out to ¼-inch. Melt the remaining 3 tablespoons vegan butter. Spread it over the dough with a brush. In a separate bowl, mix together the brown sugar, white sugar, and cinnamon, then sprinkle it over the melted butter. 

Form and cut the cinnamon rolls

With the dough filled, it's time to form the cinnamon rolls. Use your hands to roll the dough into a tight log. Use a sharp knife to cut off the uneven ends, then slice the log into 8 even rolls. 

Bake the vegan cinnamon rolls

Place the rolls in a baking dish greased with cooking spray or vegan butter to prevent sticking. Set them aside to rise for another 10 minutes before placing the dish in the oven. Bake the cinnamon rolls for 18-20 minutes, until golden brown. Once they're baked, remove them from the oven and allow the cinnamon rolls to cool slightly. 

Glaze the vegan cinnamon rolls

Whisk together the powdered sugar and oat milk. After the cinnamon rolls have slightly cooled, drizzle the glaze over the top of the rolls before serving and enjoying the breakfast treat. 

Vegan Cinnamon Rolls Recipe
5 from 23 ratings
If your vegan diet has left you missing your Saturday morning cinnamon roll treat, it's time to whip up a batch of these easy vegan cinnamon rolls.
Prep Time
20
minutes
Cook Time
18
minutes
Servings
8
rolls
vegan cinnamon rolls plated
Total time: 38 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 cup warm water
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons white sugar, divided
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 5 tablespoons softened vegan butter, divided
  • 3 ¼ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons oat milk
Directions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine the warm water and 2 tablespoons sugar. Sprinkle the yeast on top. Allow the yeast to activate for 5 minutes.
  2. Once the yeast is ready, turn the speed of the mixer to low and gradually add half the flour. Mix in 2 tablespoons softened vegan butter. Continue to gradually add in the remaining flour, along with the salt and baking powder. Once the flour is incorporated, turn the speed on the mixer up to medium. Knead the dough in the mixer for 3 minutes.
  3. The dough will pull away from the sides of the bowl when it's done. Once done, transfer the dough to a bowl sprayed with cooking spray to prevent sticking. Set the dough aside, and allow it to rise for 30 minutes, doubling in size.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Melt the remaining 3 tablespoons vegan butter in the microwave. Mix together the remaining ½ cup sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
  5. After the dough has risen, sprinkle flour on a flat surface. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out to a ¼-inch thick rectangle.
  6. Brush the melted butter on the rolled dough. Sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar mixture over the top.
  7. Using your hands, roll the dough into a tight log. Cut off the uneven ends and slice the dough into 8 rolls.
  8. Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray or vegan butter. Place the prepared cinnamon rolls in the dish. Set the cinnamon rolls aside to allow them to rise for an additional 10 minutes.
  9. Bake the cinnamon rolls for 18-20 minutes, until golden brown. Once baked, remove them from the oven to allow them to slightly cool.
  10. Whisk together the powdered sugar and oat milk until it's completely smooth. Drizzle the glaze over the top of the cinnamon rolls before serving.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 465
Total Fat 9.5 g
Saturated Fat 8.2 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.6 mg
Total Carbohydrates 89.5 g
Dietary Fiber 3.6 g
Total Sugars 46.9 g
Sodium 106.1 mg
Protein 7.3 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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