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The World's Easiest Cinnamon Rolls

Easy cinnamon rolls with just 7 ingredients and no complicated steps. Just proof, roll out, and bake! Plus, they're vegan and SO delicious, fluffy, and gooey!
Author: Minimalist Baker
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings: 10 (rolls)
Category: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 Month (freeze before baking)
Does it keep? 3 Days

Ingredients

DOUGH

  • 3 Tbsp vegan butter (such as Earth Balance)
  • 1 packet instant yeast* (or use rapid-rise yeast // 1 packet yields ~ 2 1/4 tsp)
  • 1 cup unsweetened plain almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp organic cane sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour*

FILLING

  • 3 Tbsp vegan butter (such as Earth balance // melted)
  • 1/4 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1/2 - 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon (to taste)

TOPPING

  • 2 Tbsp vegan butter (such as Earth balance // melted)

Instructions

  1. DOUGH: In a large sauce pan (or in a bowl in the microwave at 30-second increments), heat the almond milk and vegan butter until warm and melted, never reaching boiling. Remove from heat and let cool to 110 degrees F (43 C) or the temperature of bath water. It should be warm but not too hot or it will kill the yeast.

  2. Transfer mixture to a large mixing bowl and sprinkle on yeast. Let activate for 10 minutes. Then add 1 Tbsp sugar and the salt and stir.
  3. Next add in flour 1/2 cup (68 g) at a time, stirring as you go (you may not add it all). The dough will be sticky. When it is too thick to stir, transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead for a minute or so until it forms a loose ball (be careful not to overmix). Rinse your mixing bowl out, coat it with avocado or olive oil, and add your dough ball back in. Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise for about 1 hour, or until doubled in size (see photo).

  4. FILLING: On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a thin rectangle. Brush with melted vegan butter and top with sugar and desired amount of cinnamon.

  5. Starting at one end, tightly roll up the dough and situate seam side down. Then with a serrated knife or a string of floss, cut the dough into 1.5 - 2 inch sections and position in a well-buttered 8x8-inch square or comparable sized round pan (you should have about 10 rolls as original recipe is written). 

  6. TOPPING: Brush with vegan butter (melted) and cover with plastic wrap. Set on top of the oven to let rise again while you preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C).

  7. Once the oven is hot, bake rolls for 25-30 minutes or until slightly golden brown. Let cool for a few minutes and then serve immediately.
  8. Optional: Frost with dairy-free cream cheese frosting or a simple mixture of 1 cup (112 g) organic powdered sugar and 1-2 Tbsp (15-30 ml) almond milk.

Notes

*You can use regular yeast, but it will require more time to let them rise properly.
*I have not tried making this recipe gluten-free. However, some of you have tried using gluten-free blends with some success (scan the comments for tips). At this time I haven't tested this recipe gluten-free and can't guarantee the results if substitutions are made.
*I have not tested this recipe with other sweeteners, but it may work! Let me know in the comments if you have success.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without frosting.

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 10 rolls)