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Vegan Apple Cinnamon Rolls
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Vegan Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Prep Time: 1 1/2 - 2 hours

Cook Time: 30 - 35 minutes

Cinnamon rolls are already a perfect pastry, and an added apple flavor makes them great for autumn. Using this recipe, you'll be prepared with a vegan dessert for fall parties, or just as a morning treat.


  • 2 Red Delicious apples, chopped into small pieces [with or without the skin]
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk [can be substituted for soy]
  • 1/2 cup of vegan butter
  • 1/3 cup and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 packet of instant yeast


  1. In a saucepan, combine the chopped apples, 1 tablespoon of butter, cinnamon, and nutmeg over medium high heat. Continue to cook until the apples are made soft, then mash them until the mixture is a thicker, applesauce-like consistency.
  2. Once finished, allow the apple mixture to cool.
  3. In a smaller saucepan, heat the almond milk and three tablespoons of butter until it reaches 110 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Pour the butter and milk mixture into a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle the packet of instant yeast over top. Allow the yeast to activate for 10 minutes. Add one tablespoon of sugar and the 1/4 teaspoon of salt, stir.
  5. Continue to stir while occasionally adding 1/2 cup of flour. When the dough becomes too thick to stir, move it onto a floured surface and knead it into a ball. 
  6. Clean out the mixing bowl you were using, then coat it with cooking spray. Place the ball of dough in it. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap [or a kitchen towel] and allow it to rise in a warm place for 1 hour. The dough should be doubled in size when finished.
  7. On a floured surface, roll out the dough into a long rectangle. Brush with 3 tablespoons melted butter. Continue to top the dough with 1/3 cup of sugar, 1/4 cup of the prepared apple mixture, and an extra 1 teaspoon cinnamon. More of the apple mixture can be added, but make sure the dough can still be easily rolled.
  8. Tightly roll the dough, and make sure the seam side is facing downward. Using a serrated knife, cut the roll into 2 inch sections. Place the sections into a greased 8x8 inch pan. Brush the tops of the cinnamon rolls with the leftover apple mixture.
  9. Place plastic wrap or a towel over top the rolls. Allow them to rise for another 15-20 minutes. While doing this, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  10. Bake the rolls for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm.

*For frosting, pour powdered sugar into a bowl and mix in 1/2 teaspoons almond milk until it has a creamy consistency. 


Photo provided by suzettesuzette, through Flickr Creative Commons.

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