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How to describe these homemade vegan cinnamon rolls: a-mazing. Don’t be fooled, these classic cinnamon swirls are much easier to make than you think!


10 Rolls

Total time

105 minutes


Breakfast, Dessert


  • yeast Mixture:
  • 1 packet (2 1/4 tsp) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup dairy free milk, warmed
  • 1 tbs sugar
  • (1.25l) fish stock
  • dough:
  • 2½ - 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 5 tbs vegan Butter (melted)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • (1.25l) fish stock
  • filling:
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1½ tbs cinnamon
  • 2 tbs vegan Butter (melted)
  • (1.25l) fish stock
  • glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbs dairy free milk


  1. Yeast Mixture:
  2. Carefully warm 1 cup of dairy free milk on the stove or in the microwave. Take care to make sure it is not too hot, or the you'll kill the yeast. The milk should feel warm to the touch, not hot (if you have a thermometer, around 110 °F or 37 °C)
  3. Add 1 tbs sugar and stir into milk
  4. Sprinkle yeast onto milk and sugar and stir
  5. Allow to sit for about 10 minutes. If the mixture gets frothy and "grows", you're good to go. If nothing happens, your yeast is old or your milk was too hot
  6. Making the Dough:
  7. To a large bowl, add all dry ingredients (flour, salt and sugar) and stir together. Start with 2 1/2 cups of flour and reserve the other 1/2 cup if your dough is too sticky/wet
  8. Gently melt the butter and add to flour mixture
  9. Pour in your milk/sugar/yeast to the flour and butter
  10. Slowly stir everything together until your dough starts forming
  11. If you need to add the reserved 1/2 cup flour, do so now. The dough will be super soft and should be a little sticky
  12. When you have a reasonably formed ball of dough, turn out onto a floured surface and gently kneed several times, or use the hook attachment on your stand mixer to kneed the dough
  13. Oil a bowl and place your dough ball into it. Place dough in a dark, warm place to rise for 1 hour. I like to set my oven to it's lowest setting and place the bowl on top of the stove (not inside the oven!), covering with a towel
  14. Filling:
  15. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon
  16. Take your newly risen dough ball and kneed a couple times on a well floured surface
  17. Roll out into a rectangle. The size will depend on how thick you want the dough to be and how wide you ultimately want the rolls to be. I roll mine out until the rectangle is roughly 12" or so by 15" or 16", with the longer edges laying horizontal and the shorter edges laying vertical
  18. Spread the melted vegan butter onto the rectangle. Leave about an inch border of each edge butterless, except for the edge closest to you
  19. Spread sugar and cinnamon mixture all over your buttered dough. Use your rolling pin to gently press the filling down onto the butter
  20. Starting with the edge closest to you, gently begin rolling the dough away from you
  21. When finished, orient the roll so that the seam is facing down on your surface
  22. Using a serrated knife, cut off about 1 inch from each side (this is where there is no filling)
  23. Cut the roll into 10 sections of about 1 - 1 1/2 inches in thickness
  24. Place rolls into a nonstick baking pan (I used a 9" round, an 8"x8" square would also work). If you're not using a nonstick pan, grease or spray your pan! I didn't need to grease my pan, but I did spritz the top of the rolls with a little coconut oil spray to get a little browning
  25. Preheat oven to 350 °F
  26. While the oven is preheating, place the pan of rolls onto the stovetop and cover with a towel again (this is a little mini rise - just for a few minutes while the oven preheats!)
  27. When the oven is warm bake rolls for 25 minutes, or until they are golden and feel firm to the touch
  28. Glaze:
  29. Whisk together powdered sugar and dairy free milk in a bowl - start with 1 tbs of milk and add 1 tbs at a time if you prefer a thinner glaze
  30. Pour glaze over warm cinnamon rolls
  31. Enjoy!
  32. View the recipe instructions at Sweet Like Cocoa



Contains allergens
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