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Vegan Spelt Cinnamon Rolls

Today is a very exciting, very cinnamon-y day.

Did you know that vegan cinnamon rolls aren’t that easy to come by? For a little while now I’ve been working on a recipe that captures the ooey gooey cinnamon goodness we all love. Today I am SUPER excited to share what I came up with- I promise you will not be disappointed! Say hello to… Vegan Spelt Cinnamon Rolls!

I opted to go with spelt flour (not gluten-free but many gluten-sensitive people can tolerate it) because it gave the dough a more malleable, rollable quality. The first time I tried the recipe I made the rolls quite large (about 8 in the baking dish), which was tasty but I felt like the filling to dough ration was a little off. The second time I rolled the dough out a little thinner and sliced the rolls smaller so that about 16 fit in the baking dish and the filling to dough ration was much better. I recommend keeping the rolls on the smaller side (hey, you can eat more that way!) but feel free to go with your heart’s desire!

When I served the rolls warm I drizzled a little coconut whipped cream on top. It added a great taste but melted quite quickly! Stay tuned for a follow up recipe with the perfect cinnamon roll topping…

 

Vegan Spelt Cinnamon Rolls
 
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Recipe type: dessert, breakfast
Cuisine: vegan
Serves: 20
Ingredients
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened almond)
  • 1 package (2¼ tsp) of yeast
  • 2 tsp coconut palm sugar
  • 1 tbs ground flax seeds
  • 3 tbs warm water
  • 3 cups spelt flour + extra for sprinkling
  • 2 tbs coconut palm sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract
  • filling- ½ cup melted vegan butter (I used Earth Balance), ½ cup coconut palm sugar, 1 tbs ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Pour milk into a small bowl and add yeast and sugar. Let sit for 10 minutes, until bubbles form.
  2. Prepare flax "egg" by stirring flax seeds together with 3 tbs warm water. Let sit for 10 minutes before using.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, coconut palm sugar, baking powder and salt.
  4. Add flax "egg", coconut oil and vanilla extract to bowl of milk and stir. Add contents to large bowl of flour and stir throughly.
  5. Use your hands to knead dough for a minute or two. Form dough into ball, place back in bowl, cover with a towel and let rise for 1 hour.
  6. Prepare filling by string together vegan butter, ½ cup coconut sugar and cinnamon.
  7. Grease a 9" x 12" (or equivalent size) baking dish. Sprinkle extra flour on a clean surface.
  8. Punch dough down, then use a rolling pin to roll it out to rectangle ¼" - ½" thick.
  9. Spread filling evenly over dough. Start on one end, gently rolling dough into log. Spread a little vegan butter over a knife and slice the roll into 1"-2" pieces.
  10. Place pieces in baking dish. Cover with a towel, place in a warm spot and let rise for 1 hour.
  11. Bake rolls at 375° for 22-25 minutes. Serve warm.

 

 

 

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6 Responses to Vegan Spelt Cinnamon Rolls

    • Good question…I haven’t tried to freeze them but you could prepare them a day in advance and let them sit overnight in fridge. Let me know how it goes!

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