Cinnamon Rolls

I’m still enjoying a nice little break for the holidays to rest, reset, and reflect on the way I want to run my business. It’s been an incredibly stressful year for me, and just about everyone else. In the new year you can look forward to new menu items from my bakery, and shipping throughout the United States. I’ll also be working on creating a lifestyle section of the blog where you can read about some of Nick and I’s favorite ethical, vegan restaurants and products like skin care, makeup, clothing, and more. Creating new recipes for the blog is a great deal of fun, but it’s also a lot of extra work for me throughout the week when I have a lot to do with the bakery. This way I can continue to provide quality content to help readers learn more about veganism, sustainability, and leading an ethical lifestyle without the added stress of having to cook and bake every minute of my waking life. That being said, I’m having a lovely holiday vacation and excited for New Years, even though I’m a bit bummed out that Christmas is already over. Christmas has always been my favorite holiday. I enjoy finding the perfect gifts for friends and family, and spending time with people I don’t normally see often. This year was a bit different with the pandemic, but it was still fun nonetheless. Nick and I woke up on Christmas morning and enjoyed one of my all time favorite Christmas traditions, next to opening the presents, which is homemade cinnamon rolls.

For this recipe I’ve adapted my Grandma Billie’s recipe for Sticky Buns, and made it into the best cinnamon rolls I’ve ever had. We also crafted a delicious cream cheese frosting to put on top of the rolls right when they come out of the oven. These cinnamon rolls are warm, ooey-gooey, and reminiscent of every delightful childhood Christmas. They’re also incredibly easy to make, and only require a few ingredients. I put them together the day before Christmas, and leave them in the fridge until Christmas morning. I have no interest in making a dough for cinnamon rolls, and waiting for it to proof on Christmas morning, no matter how easy the recipe is.


Cinnamon

  • Servings: 12-16
  • Difficulty: easy
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Cinnamon Roll Dough

  • 1 cup oat milk
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp vegan white sugar
  • 2 tbsp Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp instant yeast
  • 6 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup vegan butter, we used earth balance
  • 2/3 cups vegan brown sugar

Cinnamon Roll Frosting

  • 1 cup vegan powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter
  • 1/4 cup vegan cream cheese, we used tofutti
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Cinnamon Roll Dough Directions

  1. Heat a sauce pan on medium heat for about a minute. You can tell if it’s ready by flicking water at it. If it sizzles and quickly evaporates you’re good to go. Add the oat milk in. It should make a hiss as it goes into the pan. Keep it on medium heat and stir until it begins to simmer whisking occasionally. Don’t stir the liquid continuously as you want it to scald a little bit for this recipe.
  2. Very carefully add in the oil. The oat milk has probably reached a pretty high temperature here, so it may jump and splash back a little.
  3. Whisk in the sugar and salt and allow to simmer for another minute.
  4. Turn off burner and remove the liquid from heat. Allow to cool until it is about room temperature.
  5. While the milk mixture cools combine the egg replacer with 1/4 cup of water in a separate bowl. Mix thoroughly and set aside.
  6. In a large mixing bowl combine yeast with one cup hot water. The water should be hot, but not so hot you can’t touch it.
  7. Add the egg replacer, the milk mixture, and three cups of flower and beat by hand or with a hand mixer.
  8. Add in the rest of the flour. If you chose to use a hand mixer you’ll want to ditch it at this point, because the dough is about to get too heavy for it. Mix the flour in with your hands or a spoon until a soft, somewhat sticky dough has formed.
  9. Knead for a few minutes on a floured surface. Grease mixing bowl, and return the dough ball to the bowl. Cover with a towel and set aside for an hour or until dough has doubled in size.
  10. Once the dough has doubled break it into two portions so it is easier to work with. Roll out each portion separately into a roughly 14″x8″ rectangle.
  11. In a bowl soften one cup of margarine to room temperature, and cream in the vegan brown sugar.
  12. Cream together the room temperature vegan butter, and brown sugar. Spread thoroughly on top of each rectangle.
  13. Dust each dough rectangle with cinnamon atop the butter layer.
  14. Grease two Pyrex baking dishes (sized approximately 15″x8″) with excess butter and brown sugar mixture. Make sure the mixture reaches all the way up the sides, as well as completely coating the bottom.
  15. Roll each rectangle up longways like a pumpkin roll or jelly roll, and cut into 16 pieces
  16. Place your pieces in the buttered pans leaving about 1/2″ of space in between each one.
  17. Allow to proof for an additional half hour at room temperature. At this point you can bake them immediately or refrigerate them for up to 24 hours.
  18. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  19. Bake for 25 minutes, and then ice all the cinnamon rolls while they are still hot. Enjoy warm, or allow them to cool.

Cinnamon Roll Frosting Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl beat room temperature vegan butter on a low setting with a hand mixer, or stand mixer. Whip it for about two minutes until it develops nice peaks, and becomes a smooth and creamy texture.
  2. Add in the cream cheese, and mix for just long enough to integrate with the butter.
  3. Slowly sift in the powdered sugar, mixing thoroughly.
  4. Add in salt, and vanilla extract. Mix.
  5. Frosting should be a relatively thick consistency, but not thick enough to easily pipe to decorate a cake. If it seems a bit too runny, add more powdered sugar until you reach the desired consistency.
  6. Store frosting in an air tight container in the fridge until ready for use.

Vegan Overnight Oats

Having a nutritious, filling breakfast in the morning can be a challenge for a busy person. There have certainly been a lot of mornings in my life when I had to wake up early for school or work, and ran out of the door with an empty stomach or a prepackaged, processed breakfast bar in my hand. Whether or not breakfast foods are your favorite it’s important to eat before you start your day. After fasting for several hours while sleeping having breakfast replenishes glucose to boost your energy and jump start your day. Eating breakfast has a slew of other health benefits like managing your cholesterol and controlling your weight, but simply put eating breakfast can keep you firing on all cylinders. However, to reap all the benefits of breaking your nighttime fast you should strive for the most balanced and nutritionally complete breakfast foods. I understand that this can be a struggle when you’re expected to wake up early and be at your job, school, or activity on time. Nobody wants to add on another half hour to an hour of meal preparation and eating to their already early morning routine. Before you reach for that prepackaged vegan muffin or toaster pastry take the time to ask yourself if you have ten minutes in the evening to prepare a breakfast that’s not only balanced but delicious. Ten minutes is all it takes to throw together some overnight oats!

Overnight oats are a great option for breakfast whether you’re busy, or not. Oats are very affordable, and you can buy them in bulk so you always have them on hand. You can eat them cold, or pop them in the microwave for a minute. They can be made in a to go container like a ball jar, so if you’re having a really busy morning you can throw them in your lunch bag and eat them on the go. I recommend trying to squeeze in a few minutes in the morning to mindfully eat your breakfast, but I realize that for some that’s not a possibility. Having a better to go breakfast makes it possible to have a nutritious meal without interrupting your schedule. The versatility doesn’t stop there. You can make oats with any flavor combination you want.

The original recipe is super easy, and is a 1:1 ratio of oats to plant-based milk. We’ve provided a few of our favorite flavor combinations, and the measurements we used to perfect them for you in this post. Once you know the basics you can build off of that and make your oats however you want. You can add any fruit, granola, nut butter, chia seeds, chocolate, vegan yogurt, and more! If you come up with an original flavor combination that the world must know about feel free to share it in the comments below.


Vegan Overnight Oats

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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To make two servings in the same container just double the recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup oat milk or other non-dairy milk
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or other natural sweetener

Directions

  1. Measure out a half cup of dry, rolled oats, and place them in a reusable container. I like to use ball jars with reusable lids to make my oats, because they’re really easy to take with on the go.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of your preferred non-dairy milk. We use oat milk for ours.
  3. Add 1 tbsp maple syrup, and stir all ingredients thoroughly.
  4. If you wish to add additional flavorings like cinnamon, or nut butter do so at this time.
  5. Refrigerate over night, or until the milk is completely absorbed (about 8 hours).
  6. Add any additional fruit or toppings when you are ready to serve the oats. I’ve found that adding them prior to refrigeration can make them absorb too much of the milk causing them to become soggy.
  7. Serve cold, or microwave for about a minute to serve warm.

Two of my favorite overnight oat flavor combinations are apple cinnamon, and nut butter with banana. To create the apple cinnamon flavor combo add a teaspoon of cinnamon into your oats before refrigerating them. Chop up some apple to mix in, and top with after your oats are otherwise ready to eat. If you’d like you can dust a little bit of cinnamon, and brown sugar on top as garnish.

To create the nut butter banana flavor add a tablespoon of your favorite nut butter, and stir it into the oats before refrigerating them. We used almond butter, but you can use whatever you prefer. Once the milk is absorbed, and they’re ready to eat you can top them with bananas. Vegan chocolate chips are a great optional topping for this flavor combo.