Vegan Cinnamon Buns

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!

Recipe:

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

What next?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!).
  4. 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.
  5. 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).
  6. 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.
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and set your buns on top of the stove while the oven heats up.
  8. Once the oven reaches 350 degrees, place the rolls in the middle rack for 25-30 minutes.
  9. 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.

 

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