Cinnamon Rolls / Buns. Vegan Recipe

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Say Hellllo to some Cinnamon Rolls! The best ever Cinnamon buns / rolls which are not floating in butter and sugar.. These addictive rolls are somewhat healthy, made with wheat, bread and cashew flour and limited oil/butter. There is obviously the sugar, which I like on the less side. But they still make for a not too decadent a breakfast. You need to make these beauties right away!
They are also Almost No knead and only 1 rise. They work well both with or without icing. These rolls are pull apart, crowded up in a cake pan. So you will definitely get more than 1 when you try to tear them apart. I say more the merrier. 

How I like them, is straight out of the oven with no icing.. All that fresh bread and fresh cinnamon scent is enough to make me anyone weak knee-ed:) Hubbs cant have enough of these either. Both me and hubbs choose icing free options even when we pick up doughnuts or cinnamon rolls anywhere. Most days the super sweet icing hurts my teeth:) Feel free to up the sugar to your taste though.



I make the dough, then roll it out to make the buns,  and they rise only once in the cake pan, and are baked after the rise. You can let the dough rise for an hour and then punch it down and make the rolls. Or store the dough overnight, then let it sit on the counter for an hour before you proceed to make the dough into rolls. Ground cashew adds the butter+egg effect and wheat flour balances out all the white flour. You can replace both with more bread flour. You might need a few Tablespoons more bread flour to get a non sticky dough. The rolls are best served fresh and warm, but will keep on a cool counter for upto 2 days. 

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Steps:

In a large bowl, add warm water, 1 tablespoon sugar, yeast, flaxmeal. mix and let sit for 5 minutes. Finally put the camera on a stand in the kitchen.



Mix the baking powder in wheat flour.
Add all the flours, oil, salt, sugar, oil, cashew.



Mix with a spoon, then knead for 2 minutes to form a not too sticky dough.





Using 2-3 Tablespoons wheat flour, roll the dough into a somewhat rectangle ( roughly 12 by 8 inch)





Spread the oil/melted butter
Sprinkle filling sugar evenly on top.



Sprinkle as much cinnamon as you like. Really sprinkle a lot more.:)



Roll up the cinnamon rolls and seal the edges.





Cup up the rolls an inch wide into about 12 or more pieces.



Dip each roll bottom in some flour and place on parchment lined or greased cake pan. This helps seal the oil and sugar in the roll reducing the bottom mess. Yes I use my parchment to death:) 



The 12 rolls will fit an 8 inch cake pan with some space between them.
Spray water on top and Lightly cover pan with a towel.



Let it rise for 40-45 minutes in a warm place until most of the space is filled up by the rising rolls.



Bake at 375 degrees F for 20-22 minutes until golden.

Vegan Cinnamon rolls Buns

Mix all ingredients of the Icing. Drizzle or dip in the rolls.



You dont know how difficult it was to take the pictures with the fresh rolls wanting to get in my tummy.
Eat me! 



Cinnamon Rolls / Buns
Allergen Information: Dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, corn-free. Can be made nut-free
Makes an 8 inch cake pan full of pull apart rolls.

Ingredients:
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup almond milk(or other non dairy milk)
1 Tablespoon raw sugar or maple syrup
2 teaspoon yeast
1 Tablespoon flaxmeal(optional)

3/4 cup Bread flour (or all purpose flour)
1/4 cup raw Cashew flour (ground raw cashew)
1/2 cup whole Wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 Tablespoons Oil /melted earth balance
2 Tablespoons ground raw sugar or other sugar

Filling
2 Tablespoons or more melted vegan butter or coconut oil or organic canola oil
1/3+ cup raw sugar coarsely ground(or half fine powdered sugar/brown sugar and half granulated sugar)
2+ Tablespoons Cinnamon powder

Icing- Adapted from Pioneer woman's maple frosting
1/4 cup ground raw sugar or vegan powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon instant coffee ground
1 teaspoon oil
1+ teaspoons almond milk
1 teaspoon Maple syrup
pinch of salt

Method:
In a large bowl, add warm water, 1 tablespoon sugar, yeast, flaxmeal. mix and let sit for 5 minutes or until frothy( if the yeast does not get frothy, it is most likely old  or dead).
Mix the baking powder and salt in wheat flour.
Add all the flours, oil, sugar, oil, ground cashew, warmed almond milk.
Mix with a spoon, then knead for 2 minutes until well combined.
(At this point You can let the dough rise for an hour and then punch it down and then make the rolls. Or store the dough overnight in the refrigerator, then let it sit on the counter for an hour before you proceed to make rolls. Or proceed to make rolls immediately without any rise time as below.) 
Using 2-3 Tablespoons wheat flour, roll the dough into a somewhat rectangle ( roughly 12 by 8 inch)
Spread the oil/melted butter liberally.
Sprinkle filling sugar evenly on top.
Sprinkle as much cinnamon as you like. 
Roll up the rectangle and seal the edges.
Cup up the rolls an inch wide, about 12 or more pieces
Dip each roll bottom in some flour and place on parchment lined or greased cake pan. The flour helps seal the oil and sugar in the roll reducing the bottom mess.
The 12 rolls will fit an 8 inch cake pan with a little space in between.
Spray water on top and Lightly cover pan with a towel.
Let it rise for 40-45 minutes in a warm place.
Bake at preheated 375 degrees F for 20-22 minutes until golden.
Remove the buns from the pan. Let cool for 5 minutes.
Icing:
Till then prep the icing.
Mix all the ingredients of the Icing to form a smooth thick mixture.
Add a few more drops of almond milk if needed.
Or you can make a simple sugar icing. Mix 1/4-1/3 cup powdered sugar and a teaspoon or so almond milk to get a thick mixture.
Drizzle as much or as little icing on the rolls. Or dip the rolls in the icing.
Serve warm.
The rolls are best served fresh and warm, but will keep on a cool counter without icing for upto 2 days.

Notes:
Cashew flour or wheat flour can be substituted with more bread flour. You might need a few Tablespoons more bread flour to get a non sticky dough.



These rolls of deliciousness are being shared at Ricki's Wellness weekend. Healthy Vegan Fridays

70 comments:

  1. Looks mouthwatering! The one with the icing looks to die for!

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    1. Thank Angie.. they are soo delicious!

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  2. wow richa! these remind me of the pillsbury cinnamon rolls my mom used to make us when we were little. they look so soft and pull-aparty and cinnamony. i am drooling for one right now..

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    1. Thanks Caitlin.. these are so much healthier.. i looked at a few usual recipes and they add a cup of butter in the dough and another cup in the filling.. :)

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  3. I just finished breakfast but these look so yummy I'm sure I could eat an entire pan! Question: if I made them nut free (didn't use cashew flour) what should I use to replace that measure ... more whole wheat or other? And I totally understand about the sweet frosting making teeth hurt ... me too, I might try just a light smear of whipped cream cheese to melt :)

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    1. You can use any of the other flours. with wheat you will need the same amount.. with bread flour, maybe a few Tablespoons more.
      the melty sugar just out of the oven is enough for me:)

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  4. Wow, those look insanely good! You seriously have the luckiest husband anywhere.

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    1. he sure is.. and so am I:) he had to cook everyday for a few days in between with my balance all crazy. and he managed it with his office work, other house work and stuff. he deserves all these goodies:)

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  5. No excuse not to make these; you've covered all the bases! Yummy!

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    1. There is no excuse.. you need to make these!:)

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  6. i can have these plain without any icing. the overhead shot is too good.

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  8. holysweetrolling! They look so head-spinningly delicious!
    I'd love them without the icing, fresh from the oven so when you tear them gently apart, they're all steamy hot and smelling cinnamony, and you pop a bit in your mouth even though it might still be too hot and you almost burn your tongue, but you just can't wait to taste them!
    ...Well now I just have to make them because I'm all worked up into a cinnamon roll frenzy. ;)
    Many thanks!

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    1. I hear you about burning your tongue.. been there done that! yes you should whip up a batch!

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  9. Wow, your cinnamon rolls look oh my goodness good!!! I have been looking for healthier cinnamon roll recipes. I am excited to see your beautiful recipe! Cinnamon rolls are my weakness, I adore them WAY too much:-) Hugs, Terra

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    1. That gooey sugary cinnamony stuff with fresh bread can get totally addictive:)

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  12. I love the cinnamon rolls...these look perfect and not overly sweet. The close up view makes them really drool worthy !

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  13. I just made cinnamon rolls for the first time the weekend before last and they were so darn good we never had a chance to snap a picture (not even just for instagram!). Mine were yeast-free, though, so I'm dying to try a version made with yeast- these are definitely going on the must-try list! :-)

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    1. The yeast version comes out soo soft and pillowy! i made a few batches before i could take some pictures:)

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  14. What a great idea to use almond milk instead of real milk! I have to try it, it looks amazing!!

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    1. Thanks Yvonne. i love almond milk the rolls! it keeps them so soft and moist and creamy.

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  15. It's been many years since I made vegan cinnamon rolls. They were so YUM!

    I should try these sometime...

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    1. Yes, you need some cinnamon rolls:)

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  16. Richa, these look amazing! I would love one right now. :)

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  17. Bonjour, je suis fran├žaise (I am french). My engliqh is not very good but I have translated your recipe. It looks so good... I am going to do this tonight! Thank you from France!!!

    Merci

    Elodie

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    1. Thank you Elodie.. hopefully the translator did a good job:) Let me know how they work out!

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  18. A couple of quick questions about the ingredients:

    -By 'wheat flour' do you mean regular whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour?
    -Also, in your opinion, is 'bread flour' necessary? I usually don't use white flours, so I'm wondering if I could use Spelt or something else.

    I LOVE cinnamon rolls, so thank you for posting!

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    1. Hi Stacey,
      - yes it is whole wheat flour
      - the bread flour keeps the bread less dense. You can use all whole wheat flour or spelt. Use about 1/2 cup to substitute the 3/4 cup bread flour and see if you need more. Also add a Tablespoon of vital wheat gluten to the flour. knead for a few minutes to get a not too sticky dough.
      All whole grain flour breads can end up too dense. The added gluten and a longer kneading time will help.
      Hope this helps. let me know how they work out. :)

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  19. I absolutely live cinnamon rolls, but can't eat them because I'm gluten- and lactose-intolerent. So, thank you so much for sharing this recipe!! :-)

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  20. Oh my lord, I just need to move in with you and let you bake for me. My hubs isn't much into baked goods, so I always end up eating too many, which is why I don't post enough treats. So LUSH Richa!

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  21. When "best" and "cinnamon rolls" are the keywords, I am so in!!

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  23. Lovely cinnamon rolls,I liked the healthy version of rolls,just tried them and it came out very good.Thanks again.

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  24. Those look amazing! can i substitute the cashew flour with almond flour/meal?

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  25. Made these this past Sunday and I've eaten them all already! The only difference was your rolls look much larger than the ones I ended up with. Mine seemed like mini cinnamon buns. Recipe was easy and it was delicious! Thank you very much!!

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    1. Awesome!:)) It depend son how thick you rolled the dough and how tight you made the rolls..:)Mine were quite thick, placed far apart and expanded quite nicely in the warm oven. they taste awesome in all shapes and sizes!

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  26. Thank you for this recipe. They're in the oven. Hopefully they come out as delicious as they looked going in. :-) I plan on feeding them to my non vegan family. I doubt they will know the difference! ;-)

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    1. Awesome! I hope you all like them too!

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  27. Do you think these could be made gluten free? Any flour suggestions to make up for the lack of whole wheat?

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    1. Hi Lily, just subbing one flour wont work. you can try this version instead http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2012/12/gluten-free-cinnamon-rolls-vegan.html
      Thanks

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  28. OMG it's like food porn!

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  29. Hi, these look amazing!! Was wondering if they would be suitable made with gluten free flour? So want to try them :-)

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    1. you can try with a gluten-free flour mix which has starches and gum. or use a recipe like http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2012/12/gluten-free-cinnamon-rolls-vegan.html#sthash.2Le5IiwF.dpuf

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  30. Most of the wheat is GM (Genetically Modified... Make sure you're getting an organic one... Other than that... OMG I want one right now, right now I tell you!

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  31. Did you use parchment paper?

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  32. Your blog is awesome Richa, keep up the gourmet life! Kudoz, Blessings and Success continuous!
    Florence
    Surrey, BC
    Canada

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  33. I shouldn't make these because I will eat every one of them.... And you know New Year's resolutions and all that jazz, but I read somewhere that by noon on New Year's Day 50% of people had broken at least one.... So here goes! Can not resist! HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ME....and you of course,:)

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  34. I would pretty much do anything for one of these right now!!

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  35. I would pretty much do anything for one of these right now!

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  36. Hello. What purpose does baking powder together with yeast serve in this recipe? Reduced raising time or something different altogether? Can I forgo the baking powder? Thanks!

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    1. yes you can skip the baking powder. it helps making them slightly more softer

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  37. Richa, I tried to make these on Saturday for the fam and was so excited because they look so amazing, BUT my dough didn't rise! I didn't let it sit out over night and left the cinnamon rolls for about an hour in the cake tin and they refused to perform! Is there anything I could be doing wrong--I didn't forget the yeast!

    P.S. Thank you for this site and your beautiful recipes!

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    1. The yeast might be dead/old (did it froth when you let it sit with warm water?) or it died later because of exposure to too much warm/hot or salt? i should mention to mix the salt into the flour before adding to the yeast mixture.

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  38. What type of yeast do you use? I only have fast-action yeast. Would the quantity be the same?

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    1. I use active dry yeast. fast action should work as well.

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    2. Couldn't wait for a reply! Another site said when using fast action, reduce yeast by 20% so that's what I did but it didn't raise *quite* as much as I would have liked. But it tasted great and satisfied my need for a vegan bready treat. Thank you for the wonderful.recipe!!

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  39. Can u make these ahead of time and bake them in the morning? If so, how would i do that? Thanks jess ( vegan baking challenged)

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    1. you can shape the rolls and put them in the baking pan and refrigerate. In the morning, let the rolls come to room temeprature (you can speed tht up by placing the pan in the oven at bread proof setting or 100/110 degrees F . then bake.

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    2. or you can store the dough after the first rise. Let it warm up to room temperature in the morning and shape into rolls and bake

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  40. Thank you so much for all your recipes, I dont know what I would do without your blog! I am gf, but I get ideas on what to eat. God bless you! I wish your mom a happy mothers day! =)

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    1. thanks! i am so glad you get many ideas :)) <3

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  41. when does the flax seed mix get added? I don't see it on the instructions. I might make these soon if I can muster up the courage. I don't have good luck with yeast. thanks!

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    1. it is mixed with the yeast in step 1. you can omit it if you dont have it.

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    2. just be sure it gets frothy and then do not add salt directly into the yeast. mix it into the flour and add.

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