Dough Heaven

by Heather

Well I can’t get anything past you guys. The mystery treat I was in the middle of making last night, was in fact…

mixing doughdough ball dough rising

cinnamon rolls!!!

Ever since I tasted that magical fat free vegan cinnamon bun from Great Harvest, I’ve been itching to try my hand at my own recipe.


While they turned out completely different from inspiration (see above), these cinnamon rolls were pretty darn tasty in their own right.

cinnamon rolls

I was concentrating so hard on making sure these would rise (probably because of my many impatient bread making experiences) that I think I overdid it. These definitely rose!! I was going for a little bit of a doughier, chewier bun, but I had I not known that, I’d be pretty impressed with these.

Delicious. And healthy as far as cinnamon buns go. They definitely kick Pillsbury to the curb. 😉

Let’s see, where did I leave off last night?

Ahh the infamous dough rise:

dough rise

cinnamon filling

cutting rolls

cinnamon roll slices

That’s where I left off last night. As tempted as I was to bake them right then & there, I decided it would be a much better treat for the morning.

What a good idea that was! 20 minutes after waking up, and I was smelling these babies:

fresh cinnamon rolls

Sooo good.

cinnamon buns

I debated sharing the recipe, as it’s still a work in progress, but why not?!

Whole Wheat Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

3 T water

1 T flax meal

3/4 c hemp milk (or any milk)

1 packet instant yeast

2 c whole wheat flour

1 c bread flour

1 t baking soda

1/2 t baking powder

1/4 c sugar

1/4 t salt

2 t cinnamon

4 T applesauce

4ish T brown sugar

confectioner’s sugar, milk, vanilla

Mix flax & water together. Set aside. Gently warm milk and stir in yeast. Set aside. Mix together remaining ingredients up to cinnamon, plus 3T of the applesauce. (I only added 1/2 the bread flour, and used the rest when kneading. I also put 1 t cinnamon in the dough because I wasn’t thinking…) Knead dough until a ball forms. It will be slightly sticky. Cover & let rise for 30 minutes. Punch dough down & let rise another 10 minutes. Roll dough out in rectangle. Mix 1 T applesauce, cinnamon, and brown sugar together, then spread over dough, leaving border around edges. Roll dough into log, and cut into 1” slices. Place in baking dish (close together). Let rise another 30 minutes or overnight in the fridge.

Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

Mix confectioner’s sugar, milk, and vanilla to make icing & drizzle on top.

Eat. and eat and eat and eat. 🙂

Changes: I think I’ll omit the baking powder/soda- the yeast is probably enough (& I think I could taste it…) I’d also increase the filling amount- you can never get too much!

You can bet I’ll be continuing to experiment. 😉

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman July 26, 2010 at 9:08 am
These look so so good. (Better than Cinnabun, I should add.) I'd make these, but I fear eating the entire batch in one go!
Madeline - Greens and Jeans July 26, 2010 at 9:43 am
Oh my goooooosh. I definitely think I need to make these if I'm baking for a bunch of people or I will be eating the whole tray!
Daniel July 26, 2010 at 9:53 am
Wowie, those look sooooo good! You can bet that this recipe will be created sometime this week in my house, haha. Is bread flour necessary or could I use all WW or WW pastry flour instead? I really don't want to buy yet another kind of flour and then never use it. :P And how long does it usually take for your flax egg to "come together"? Sometimes mine doesn't seem to hold, but I don't know exactly what I'm looking for to begin with!
Heather July 26, 2010 at 10:11 am
Any combo of flours will work! I just let the flax sit while I get the other stuff ready, then throw it in the mix. It just kind of thickens the water- I don't even know if I would completely call it "coming together."
Tina July 26, 2010 at 10:09 am
Those look pretty amazing to me. I love cinnamon rolls and it has been too long since i have had one.
Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly July 26, 2010 at 10:49 am
WOW! Those look amazing!!!
Matt July 26, 2010 at 10:51 am
Those look AMAZING! Thanks for sharing the recipe!
tanyasDailyProductReviews July 26, 2010 at 11:29 am
those look so good
Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life July 26, 2010 at 11:46 am
They look amazing!!
Heather July 26, 2010 at 12:10 pm
OMG, I just want to reach through the screen and grab one! Yum!
Katie (Sweet Tater) July 26, 2010 at 12:19 pm
those look amazing!
Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg July 26, 2010 at 2:49 pm
Droooooooool. Drool. :-)
mindy @ just a one girl revolution. July 26, 2010 at 3:45 pm
Oh, I will definitely be making those in the near future!

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