My son loves cinnamon rolls, but since most are chock full of white flour, sugar and fat, we rarely indulge. However, last weekend he begged me to make a batch. I was determined to make a batch that was organic, vegan, made with whole-wheat and still delicious. I'm happy to report that these cinnamon rolls fit the bill - and while we won't be eating cinnamon rolls everyday in our home, these are a great vegan alternative for those times that we feel like a sweet treat! Read on to learn how you can bake organic vegan whole-wheat cinnamon rolls.
What You Need:
- 2 1/4 tsp. organic dry yeast
- 1 cup organic soy milk
- 1/3 cup organic sugar
- 1 tbsp. organic ground flax seed
- 6 tbsp. water
- 2/3 cup Earth Balance
- 4 1/2 cups organic whole-wheat flour
- 1 cup organic brown sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
For the frosting:
- 2 cups organic powdered sugar
- 10 tsp. soy milk
- 2 tbsp. vanilla
Step 1: Get Yeasty!
Heat the soy milk to 105 degrees (not hotter) in a bowl, add the sugar and sprinkle the yeast on top of the mixture. Let it stand in a warm place until the yeast gets foamy.
Step 2: Whisk It!
In a separate bowl, whisk the flax seed with the warm milk-sugar-yeast mixture until it thickens.
Step 3: Make the Dough!
Add 1/3 of the Earth Balance (melted), along with the salt and flour to the warm milk-sugar-yeast-flaxseed mixture. Mix until a large dough ball forms.
Step 4: Knead It!
Knead the dough ball for 5 minutes or until it is firm and smooth, if it is too sticky add a small amount of flour. If it is too dry, add a small amount of water.
Step 5: Let It Rise!
Place the dough ball in an oiled bowl covered with a dishcloth. Then, place it is a warm area – such as a window sill and let it sit for 1 hour or until the dough doubles in size.
Step 6: Make It Sweet!
While the dough is rising, mix the brown sugar, cinnamon and 1/3 melted Earth Balance in a bowl.
Step 7: Roll It Out!
When the dough is done rising, roll it out on a well floured counter top until it is 1/4 inch thick.
Step 8: Sweeten It Up!
Add a layer of melted Earth Balance to the entire surface of the dough and then sprinkle a layer of the brown sugar-cinnamon mixture on top.
Step 9: Roll It Up!
Roll the dough into a large tight log.
Step 10: Cut It Up!
Then, cut it into equal sized cinnamon rolls. We like to use a piece of plain dental floss to cut the rolls.
Step 11: Let It Rise Again!
Place them on an lightly oiled cookie sheet and cover with a dishcloth. Let them rise again for about 30 minutes – they will double in size.
Step 12: Bake It!
Heat your oven to 400 F and bake the cinnamon rolls for 10 minutes.
Step 13: Make the Icing!
While our cinnamon rolls are baking, make your icing. Beat together all of the ingredients until smooth.
Step 14: Add the Icing + Enjoy!
Spread on the warm cinnamon rolls and Enjoy!