Easiest Cinnamon Rolls Ever - only 5 ingredients!
If you are looking for a yummy pregnancy snack that is as good as it is healthy, then check out this super easy Cinnamon Rolls Vegan recipe! There is no dough-making involved - which means less waiting, less work and more fun! For this recipe, pre-made whole-wheat pizza dough is used, so all you have to do is make the filling, roll, cut and bake. Traditionally, cinnamon rolls use butter and refined sugar for the filling. For these super healthy vegan rolls, it is recommended to use vegan butter, coconut oil, any specialty oils (hazelnut, walnut, pistachio), or a blend with olive oil. Or, experiment with nut butters!
There is some debate about whether vegan butter is actually a better choice than butter.
Here is a comparison of the two:
|Vegan Butter||Dairy Butter|
|Most brands contain ingredients that are sustainably sourced (cruelty free).||Most brands use generic milk from cows in factory farms (bad living conditions).|
|Plant foods take less resources (space and water) than animal products.||Animal products (namely dairy and meats), take huge amounts of resources.|
|Plant foods contain no cholesterol.||Dairy contains cholesterol.|
|Less saturated fats.||More saturated fats.|
The price is comparable and the taste is almost exactly the same. So make the switch to support a healthier you and care for the planet and animals.
Coconut sugar is used instead of regular refined sugar. Coconut sugar has a great caramel-y taste and is more sustainable than cane sugar. It also has minerals, amino acids, and a lower glycemic index.
1 package of pre-made whole-wheat pizza dough (Trader Joe’s brand was used)
¼ cup coconut sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
5 tablespoons vegan butter (Earth Balance was used for this recipe) or about 4 tablespoons of your choice of oil/s
¼ cup chopped dates
⅓ cup chopped pecans
4 oz. vegan cream cheese or coconut butter
Maple syrup to taste (a couple tablespoons should do it)
1-2 teaspoons lemon juice
water to thin out to desired consistency
Follow the directions for dough prep on the package. This may include setting the dough on a lightly floured surface and letting it rise for 25-30 minutes.
While you are waiting, mix together the coconut sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and optional add-ins in a small bowl and set aside. After any dough prep is done, roll out into a rectangle about ½ to ¼ inch thick. Pre-heat the oven to 350 F and line a cake pan or 8x8 dish with parchment paper. They will spread out and touch as they bake.
Spread 2-3 tablespoons of oil or vegan butter onto dough. Sprinkle the sugar mixture. Roll into a log and cut into 8 pieces.
Put rolls into pan. They should all have a bit of room around them (about ½ an inch). Drizzle the remaining 1-2 tablespoons of vegan butter or oil on the outsides of the rolls.
Bake for 25-45 minutes. There is variation in the cooking time depending on what oil/butter and dough you use. Mix together glaze ingredients, smear on, and enjoy!
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