Since I have such a sweet tooth and a loooooooove for desserts, I have been looking for “healthier” ways to modify my favourite recipes. I found this one on: http://minimalistbaker.com/the-worlds-easiest-cinnamon-rolls/
I only slightly changed a few things.
This one did not disappoint! It was a very simple recipe and the cinnamon buns were delicious!
You will need:
- 1 pack of instant yeast
- 1 cup almond / soy / coconut milk (I used plain almond milk)
- 1/2 cup earth balance butter
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- In a sauce pan combine the (1 cup) almond milk and (3 tbsp) earth balance butter. Stir until the butter has melted. Do not bring to a boil. Once butter has melted, remove from the element and allow it to cool.
- Pour milk / butter mixture into a large mixing bowl. Add the yeast package. Leave for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes add (1 tbsp) of sugar.
- Add (1/2 cup) flour and keep stirring. Once it becomes too thick to stir, move to a lightly floured surface and knead into a ball. In another mixing bowl, coat it with canola oil then add the dough back in. Cover it with plastic wrap / foil and leave it to set for 1 hour. It will double in size in your bowl (be prepared!).
- After the 1 hour wait, lightly flour the surface again and roll out your dough. Roll into a rectangle shape. Brush the dough with butter, (1/4 cup) sugar and (2 tbsp) cinnamon.
- At the bottom of your rectangle dough, begin to roll it upward (keeping the end of your roll facing downward). Once rolled, grab a serrated knife and begin to cut the dough into 10-12 pieces (approximately 1.5 inch pieces).
- Add butter / spray to the base of your 8×8 round pan. Brush the tops of your buns with the remainder of the melted (2 tbsp) butter.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and set your buns on top of the stove while the oven heats up.
- Once the oven reaches 350 degrees, place the rolls in the middle rack for 25-30 minutes.
- Frosting Options: Heat 2 tbsp almond milk (vanilla) with a few scoops of icing sugar on your stovetop. Once it turns into a glaze, pour immediately over your cinnamon buns and enjoy!
I only made enough icing for the ones we were going to eat right then. If you’ll be saving some, do not ice them until you’re ready to enjoy. Before enjoying, I put them in the microwave for about 10-20 seconds to warm them before adding the icing.