These fluffy, soft, and incredible cinnamon rolls are not only vegan, but they are made start to finish in 1 HOUR.
Is it just me, or do you never crave cinnamon rolls on a Saturday night? I find it is always Sunday morning, when I want them, after I missed the chance of Saturday night cinnamon roll prep. Overnight cinnamon rolls are the reason no one likes to make them! Having to go through all that work, all those rises, and then you've got to put them in the refrigerator and sleep on it. TORTURE.
I want cinnamon rolls and I want them NOW. Can anyone relate? It's the hangry talking. But luckily, I've got a quick fix. 1 Hour Cinnamon Rolls! Plus, VEGAN! Who am I?!
Another plus- as if you need any more convincing to make these?! No mixer required! I made these by hand!
I'm not vegan, but I do make a lot of vegan things at work (as a baker). So I am getting more into finding ways to turn favorite desserts into vegan-friendly versions. And with these, you would never know the difference if I hadn't told you they were vegan. They taste amazing!!!
First, let's talk about how these cinnamon rolls are possible in just 1 hour. By doubling the usual amount of yeast used in the dough, they are able to rise more, and rise quicker. Traditionally, you use somewhere around 1 packet of yeast, which is 2 1/4 teaspoons. The usual recipes call for making the dough, letting it rise for an hour, rolling it out and making the rolls, and then letting them rise again, and sometimes overnight in the refrigerator. Most of the time, we don't feel like doing all that work!! So by taking a few shortcuts and manipulating a few things, we can still create delicious, soft, fluffy cinnamon rolls.
So, what makes them vegan? Well, by removing anything that contains animal products, in this case the butter, eggs, and milk. I used coconut oil as the fat, and warm water instead of milk. The eggs you don't even notice are missing! Even if you are not a vegan, you could make these and love them. Plus, it's great for when you don't have eggs or milk or butter. There's still a way to make cinnamon rolls without going to the store. ;-)
For my step-by-step photos, see below the recipe. Enjoy!
And please tell me how you like them if you try them!
- 4 1/2 tea. (2 packets) rapid rise yeast
- 1 cup warm water (110°)
- 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup + 1 tea. sugar
- 2 T. melted coconut oil (for the filling)
- 1 T. cinnamon (for the filling)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar (for the filling)
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar (for the frosting)
- 2-3 T. water (for the frosting)
- 1/4 tea. vanilla extract (for the frosting)
Don't mind the bad quality photos for the step-by-step... I used my cell phone and was making these at an ungodly hour of the morning..