These cinnamon rolls are easy, delicious, and vegan. The nutmeg in the dough can easily be replaced with cardamom for a more Scandinavian flavor, as well. They can be iced or plain and are delicious either way.
Yield: around 10 rolls
Prep Time: around 2 hours
Bake Time: 20-25 minutes
2 1/4 cup AP flour
1/8 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoons grated nutmeg
1.75 ounces vegan butter
3/4 cup almond milk
1 teaspoon yeast
For the Filling:
1.75 ounces vegan butter, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 cup almond milk
1 Tablespoon maple syrup
In large bowl combine flour, sugar, salt, and nutmeg. Set aside.
In medium saucepan heat butter and milk on medium heat, until butter is melted and mixture is warm to the touch. Remove from heat.
In small bowl, combine yeast and a few Tablespoons of the milk mixture. Stir and let sit until bubbling.
Once yeast is activated and bubbling, add to the flour mixture. Then add the remaining milk mixture and stir to combine.
Once it is too difficult to use the spoon or spatula, switch to using your hands to bring the dough together.
Turn out onto a clean surface and knead until smooth. You can test the dough by slicing with a sharp knife and, if it is full of air bubbles, it is ready and you can stop kneading.
Place the dough into a large bowl and cover with a clean towel. Let rise for one hour.
Towards the end of the rise time, begin making the filling by creaming together the butter, sugar, and cinnamon.
Once dough has risen, roll out into 11″ by 17″ rectangle. Spread filling evenly over rectangle.
Using the long end, begin rolling the dough to form a log.
Slice into equal pieces using a sharp knife or plain floss. Depending on how the dough roll is and the size of the pieces, this will yield 10-12 buns. Place the buns into a parchment-lined baking dish.
Cover with a clean towel and let rise again, for about 45 minutes to an hour.
Preheat oven to 425º F. Brush rolls with wash mixture (almond milk and maple syrup).
Bake rolls at 425º F for about 20-25 minutes, until lightly golden all over the outside.
These rolls are super simple to make and taste so, so good. They are great for holiday brunches and cinnamon rolls are just the best.
*Optional Icing: whisk confectioner’s sugar, almond milk, and vanilla until desired consistency. Top cinnamon rolls for even more sugary goodness!