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My 317th recipe, “Vegan Cinnamon Roll”, a super easy breakfast recipe idea. Soft and fluffy rolls filled with the flavor and aroma of cinnamon and topped with the richness of Silk Almond Creamers.
I always love fresh baked goodies for breakfast. While I tend to stick with more traditional Indian breakfast dishes when at home, I unleash my love for baked goodies while I travel. Since I travel a lot, I have enjoyed many a cupcake, muffin, breakfast bars, etc. Though I have seen cinnamon rolls in many of the stores here, it had eluded me for quite some time.
My first encounter with cinnamon rolls was on a memorable vacation in Alaska. We were on a day cruise enjoying the beauty of Kenai Fjords and watching a few orcas and seals playing around us. On that day they served fresh hot mini cinnamon rolls for breakfast. They were simply divine. So light, fluffy, and perfectly sweetened by the cinnamon sugar. The whole cruise ship was in fact covered with the aroma of the fresh baked cinnamon rolls. Pairing those rolls with a hot cup of coffee and enjoying it among the most gorgeous sceneries has been etched in my memory forever.
And yes, I do have a certain weakness for coffee as well. I am one of those folks who need a hot cup of coffee to wake me up in the morning. And I am not a huge fan of black coffee. I either need milk or creamer in my coffee. While I prefer adding milk while at home, it is usually coffee with creamers while on vacation. However, powdered creamers are not my favorite. I love my coffee to be rich with flavor which most of those powdered creamers do not provide. I was always on the lookout for flavored creamers which add a bit of vanilla or caramel flavor to my cup of coffee.
When I came to know about Silk Almond Creamers I was thrilled to give them a try. While I am not vegan, I do enjoy making and tasting vegan dishes. Hence I usually have an instant connect with the products offered by Silk. I love their dairy free milk, yogurt and use it quite often. So I was pretty sure that the Creamer would also work great as an everyday option for me. I decided to purchase both the Silk Almond Vanilla and Silk Almond Caramel Creamer from my local Walmart. In case you choose to visit one of your local Walmarts, the Silk Almond Creamers are located in the refrigerator section along with other milk and yogurt products.
Silk Almond Creamer is everything I would have asked for. It is free of dairy, lactose, gluten, casein, egg, peanut and as well has absolutely no cholesterol or saturated fat. It was full of flavor with a touch of nuttiness, a hint of vanilla and subtle sweetness. The perfect ingredient to make my delicious cup of coffee.
I then decided to incorporate it into a delicious recipe as well. Something which is loaded with the flavors of the creamer and pairs perfectly well with the coffee. As the Silk Almond Creamer imparts a lot of flavor, this Vegan Cinnamon Roll recipe just needs a few ingredients to make. The whole roll itself is very soft, light and fluffy. And the creamer doubles up serving as the icing for the rolls as well. An eggless, vegan Cinnamon Roll that tastes just like your favorite coffee creamer.
Vegan Cinnamon Roll
A soft, fluffy and incredibly delicious Vegan Cinnamon Roll made with just a few ingredients including coffee creamer. Perfect when served warm for breakfast.
- Vegan Butter - 1 stick (1/2 Cup) + 2 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
- Silk Almond Vanilla Creamer - 1 Cup
- Active Dry Yeast - 1 packet
- Salt - 1/4 tsp * Refer notes
- All purpose flour - 2 to 2 1/2 Cups
- Sugar - 1/4 Cup
- Cinnamon powder - 1 Tbsp
First add the vegan butter and Silk Almond Creamer to a pan, heat until butter is melted and the mixture is warm. Do not let the mixture to boil.
Turn off the flame and transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl. Let the mixture cool down to about 100 - 110 F temperature. You can use a candy thermometer or it should be just warm to touch. Add the yeast to the mixture, mix well and left it sit for 10 mins.
Now add the salt to the mixture. Add the all purpose flour about 1/4 Cup at a time and mix well with a spatula or fork. Stop when you are not able to mix with the spatula. Transfer the dough to a floured surface.
Knead for about a minute or so until the dough comes together. Do not overwork the dough.
Transfer the dough back to the mixing bowl. Cover it with a wet kitchen cloth and leave it in a warm, dark place for about 1 to 2 hours. The dough should double in size. Now, transfer the dough back onto a floured surface.
Use a rolling pin to roll it into a thin rectangular sheet. Melt 2 Tbsp of the butter and brush it on top of the dough. Combine the sugar and cinnamon powder and sprinkle evenly to cover the entire surface of the dough.
Start rolling the dough from the longer end tightly into a log. Use a sharp greased knife to cut the dough into 1.5 inch rolls. Transfer them to a greased 8X8 baking pan.
Preheat oven to 350 F. While the oven is preheating, cover the dough with the kitchen towel and leave it to raise for 5-10 mins. Melt the remaining 1 tbsp of the butter and brush the rolls with butter. Then, bake the rolls for about 27 mins or until golden on top.
Let the rolls cool down for a few mins. Enjoy warm.
- The rolls are just delicious on their own. However, optionally you can drizzle on some icing on top of the rolls as well. To make a simple icing, mix about 1 - 2 Tbsp of the creamer with 1/4 Cup of powdered sugar. Drizzle the icing on top of the cinnamon rolls.
- The icing is however purely optional. Do adjust the quantity of icing as per taste.
- Recipe was loosely adapted from here.
- The vegan butter I used for this recipe already had a bit of salt. hence I ended up using less than 1/4 tsp of salt for the actual recipe.
- It is important to have the creamer and butter mixture between 100 - 110 F. If it is any colder, the yeast will not activate. If it is any hotter, it will kill the yeast.