Recipes

Delicious Dairy-Free Cinnamon Rolls

Here’s the dough on these delicious cinnamon rolls — they’re free from refined sugar, are completely plant based and are packed with protein.

Make a whole batch for the breakfast you’ve been missing, or serve to your friends for instant popularity/vegan converts. Don’t be put off by the baking, as these cinnamon rolls are super simple and the fruity filling is to die for.

Ingredients

Dough:

  • 185ml almond milk
  • 7g active dry yeast
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. ground flaxseed
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil (melted)
  • 90g Chocolate Vegan Protein Blend
  • 180g wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon

Filling:

  • 70g pecan nuts
  • 2 medium ripe bananas
  • 6 medjool dates (destoned)
  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon

Dairy-free cream cheese icing:

  • 1-2 tbsp. almond milk
  • 100g vegan cream cheese

Method

1. Microwave the almond milk until it’s just warm. Then, mix through the yeast and maple syrup and leave to stand for 5 minutes.

2. Make your flaxseed egg to bind the mixture together — add 3 tbsp. of water to 1 tbsp. of flaxseed and leave it to soak for a few minutes.

3. Next, mix together the flour, vegan protein, melted coconut oil and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Then, slowly mix in the yeast mixture a bit at a time.

4. Sprinkle the work surface with flour, place the dough on it and kneed for 20 seconds or so.

5. Put the dough back into the bowl and cover with a tea towel to prove for about an hour until it has doubled in size.

6. While the dough proves, make the filling by blending the bananas, nuts and dates together until smooth.

7. When the dough is ready, preheat the oven to 180°C and roll out the dough on a floured surface into a large rectangle that’s around 8”x15”.

8. Cover the rolled out dough with the fruit filling before rolling from the shortest edge to form one long sausage.

9. Slice the sausage into 8-10 even slices, then place the rolls into a greased 8”x8” baking dish.

10. Cover it with a tea towel and leave it to prove for around 20 minutes.

11. Put in the oven to bake for 25-30 minutes, or until it’s golden brown, then leave to cool while you prepare the topping.

12. For the topping, combine the vegan cream cheese and almond milk. You can add some syrup here if you prefer it sweeter. Brush the topping over the top of the cinnamon rolls and tuck in.

Delicious Dairy-Free Cinnamon Rolls

Nutritional Facts

Amount per serving

Calories 270kcal 99 Calories from Fat
% Daily Value *
Total Fat11g17%
Total Carbohydrates30g10%
Protein13g26%

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Evangeline Howarth

Evangeline Howarth

Writer and expert

Evangeline is a Veganuary convert and newbie vegan with a degree in English and French from the University of Nottingham. Having recently ditched the meat and dairy, she really enjoys the new flavours and cooking techniques she’s encountered on a plant-based diet. She’s been shocked by the millions of ways you can use tofu, however still hasn’t found a decent cheese substitute!

When she’s not in the office or eating, Evangeline usually out running or sailing. As a qualified RYA Dinghy Instructor and a marathon runner, she knows the importance of providing your body with the right nutrients for endurance sports as well as a busy lifestyle.

Find out more about Evie's experience here.