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Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Roll 1

It’s been a long week, and it’s time for some–you guessed it–cinnamon rolls.

I’ve always been a bit of a home-body. I love traveling every once in awhile–meeting new people, seeing new things. I like it. But, I feel safest and happiest when I’m curled up on my own couch in my own living room with my family at home.

As Jonathan’s graduation date gets closer, we’ve been plagued with a question: “Where to, now?” Because Jonathan and I both grew up out of the United States as what you’d probably call missionary kids, we don’t really feel that home-ish connection to anywhere here. And, while Thailand seems like a kind of home for Jonathan, and Guam seems like a kind of home for me, we’re just not sure where “home” really is.

And so, the search begins. There’s not a lot of job opportunities for Jonathan in the city that we live in now, so a move is almost inevitable. It’s a little bit stressful for me–to think about moving to a new place and finding new friends again. But, it’s going to be fun. (Yes, Lindsay, it’s going to be fun.)

Offering a much-needed respite from the agony fun of brainstorming new “homes,” cinnamon rolls carry me away with their enticing aroma and soft sweetness.

Cinnamon Roll 2

And they’re vegan. Say whaaaaaaaaaattt??

Yep–completely animal-free, cruelty-free, compassionate, healthy plant-based, delicious, vegan mofo, whatevayouwannacallit–that’s what these are. Cinnamon. Rolls.

Cinnamon Roll 4


What? Doesn’t everyone dip their cinnamon rolls in coconut milk or cream, or am I weird?

Weird or not, I’m doing it again, because it was sososososososososososososo good.

You know you want some.  Go ahead. Pull out your flour and sugar. You won’t regret it.

Cinnamon Rolls

Serves 12
Prep time 1 hour, 45 minutes
Cook time 32 minutes
Total time 2 hours, 17 minutes
Allergy Soy, Wheat
Meal type Bread, Breakfast, Dessert
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
Occasion Christmas, Valentines day


  • 4 tablespoons vegan margarine (I used Earth Balance.)
  • 1/3 cup soymilk (or almond milk, sweetened or unsweetened)
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm water (not too hot, or you'll kill your yeast.)
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons organic cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup pure cane sugar
  • 2 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons vegan margarine (for the filling)
  • 3 tablespoons applesauce (for the filing)
  • 3/4 cups brown cane sugar (for the filling)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon (or more or less, based on your preference, for the filling)
  • 1 pinch salt (for the filling)


Step 1
In a microwave safe bowl, place soy milk and vegan margarine, and microwave on high for about 10 seconds, or just long enough to melt most of the margarine.
Step 2
Whisk together soy milk, melted vegan margarine, lukewarm water, and active dry yeast. Allow the mixture to sit for just a minute or two, just to make sure that your yeast gets ever so slightly foamy.
Step 3
Add vanilla, salt, cornstarch, and sugar to your wet ingredients and whisk together.
Step 4
Kneed flour and wet ingredients together for a few minutes until a sticky dough forms. You can use a mixer or your hands (my preference). Depending on your flour brand, you may need to add a teaspoon of water or flour, just to make sure your dough is slightly moist/sticky and not too dry. I know my dough is just right when it mostly sticks to itself, but still clings to my fingers just a tiny bit too.
Step 5
Place dough in a clean bowl, covered with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel, and put in a warm dry place to rise for 60 minutes.
Step 6
Meanwhile, you can start putting your filling together. Melt your vegan margarine in a microwave, then mix it with your applesauce in a small bowl or cup. In a separate small bowl, mix together your brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
Step 7
Roll dough out on to a lightly floured surface and roll into a 12 inch by 22 inch rectangle.
Step 8
Brush the rectangle with your margarine/applesauce mixture--making sure all the edges and corners get coverage as well. Now, sprinkle your brown sugar/cinnamon mixture over the rectangle evenly.
Step 9
Roll the rectangle up lengthwise (meaning, make a 22 inch long roll). Cut your roll into 12 equal rolls, and place in an oiled 9 x 13 inch baking dish. (Mine was glass.)
Step 10
Place that baking dish in a warm dry place (I like to turn my oven on for just a minute, then turn it off, and put my rolls in there), and let your rolls rise for about 30 to 45 minutes.
Step 11
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. (Make sure it's empty!) Then, bake your cinnamon rolls for about 30-35 minutes--or just until the tops are golden brown, and a fork comes out clean. Nobody likes doughy cinnamon rolls. ;)
Step 12
I like to douse mine in plain 'ole coconut milk or cream without any extra sweetener or anything. Enjoy!


If you're not a fan of vegan "butter" or margarines like Earth Balance, etc., you could almost positively use coconut oil, or some other type of vegetable oil. I say "almost," because I haven't tried it yet myself. It's on my to-do list, though.

These cinnamon rolls will stay good for a few days at room tempterature. Heat them up in the microwave for 15 seconds, drizzle on some coconut milk, and devour.

This recipe was originally inspired by Mia's Caramel Apple Pull-Apart Bread at Alaska from Scratch.

“Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”  Matthew 7:9-11 (King James Version)



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  • Cara @ TheVeganBarbie September 20, 2013, 7:53 pm

    I’m drooling…I LOVE cinnamon rolls

    • Lindsay September 21, 2013, 9:23 pm

      Thanks, Cara! ME tooooooo! Lol

  • Anthony September 21, 2013, 10:22 am

    Hi Lindsay, no comment about cooking cause i know nothing about it, but your photos are really amazing. All your shots are excellent… Keep it up! Wish you all the best :)

    • Lindsay September 21, 2013, 9:23 pm

      Thank you, Anthony! It really means a lot to have anyone say that to me. I do work very hard to get my pictures to look the way that they do, but I still have a lot to learn and a long way to go. Thanks again for your encouragement. :)

  • Valerie September 21, 2013, 1:31 pm

    I LOVE dk. raisins in my c. buns…what quantity would you add to your recipe?? Cheers, Valerie :)

    • Lindsay September 21, 2013, 9:22 pm

      Hmm…..I would sprinkle about 2/3 cup of raisins over the rolled out rectangle of dough and filling. I love raisins too, but some of my family members don’t. Thanks for remembering raisins! :)

  • Shobelyn September 24, 2013, 9:07 pm

    Oh my, oh my, vegan cinnamon rolls, I want some very soon. Thanks for the recipe.

  • Shobelyn September 24, 2013, 9:12 pm

    BTW, do not lose heart about your move. It happened to my family too. We had move twice in a year and it was so stressful to me. It is great now that we had found a place where we can plant our roots. Blessings to you and your family.Also, your pictures look amazing. Good job!

    • Lindsay September 25, 2013, 9:51 pm

      Thanks, Shobelyn! It’s good to know I’m not the only one who hates moving. :) It’s good for us, I guess. ;)

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious September 25, 2013, 4:22 pm

    NOTHING beats homemade cinnamon rolls!

    • Lindsay September 25, 2013, 9:53 pm

      I agree, Chung-Ah! I’m honored that such a big kahuna of blogging would visit my little site. Thanks for coming again!

  • Monica February 19, 2014, 8:42 am

    These look delicious! Plan on trying them this weekend. Quick question though. How many grams are in one “packet” of yeast? I’ll be working in a university kitchen where everything comes industrial sized. Thanks in advance, and I can’t wait to try these!

    • Lindsay February 20, 2014, 1:38 am

      Great! According to the RedStar website, one package of yeast is equal to 2 and 1/4 teaspoons, or 7 grams. :) Hope you enjoy them!

  • Gaia August 7, 2014, 3:25 am

    I made these today and they turned out so amazing!
    I’m usually very cautious when trying out vegan recipes, because they almost never turn out the way I expect them to be, but these were oh-so-good!!
    The dough was gorgeously fluffy, and they tasted exactly like non-vegan cinnamon rolls! They’re all gone now (my non-vegan family devoured them which is a surprise as they would never touch my vegan desserts hehe)
    I only switched the vegan butter for coconut oil, equal part, and they still worked!
    I’m so ecstatic to have found the PERFECT cinnamon roll recipe, and I’m about to try some of your other recipes too!
    Thanks so much for sharing!!

    • Lindsay August 7, 2014, 6:43 pm

      Yay! Thanks, Gaia! I’m so glad you enjoyed them. :)

  • Kyle November 15, 2014, 12:25 pm

    Hi Lindsay,

    These look great. Planning on baking off a bunch tomorrow morning for a birthday breakfast. I was just wondering if I could prep the dough today, assemble and bake tomorrow? Would this work? Or would the dough turn into a giant balloon. Thanks for the help!

    • Lindsay November 16, 2014, 2:06 am

      Hi Kyle! Best wishes on your brunch tomorrow! Sorry I didn’t get to your comment until now. I would assume your plan would work, but I haven’t made it in advance myself, so I couldn’t tell you for sure. :)


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