Funfetti Cinnamon Rolls

by Heather

 So my birthday was 2 weeks ago. I’m a foodie dork and celebrated by making myself cinnamon rolls. But not just any cinnamon rolls. Funfetti cinnamon rolls. Because c’mon, who doesn’t LOVE funfetti?! Can you blame a girl for celebrating with sprinkles?
Funfetti cinnamon rolls that are dairy free and vegan. Whole wheat. Fun.

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Well when I first posted these, I promised I’d post the recipe “tomorrow” because the babe was waking up and I had to go. Umm yeah. Pretend that was yesterday, mmkay?

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These are based off my original healthy cinnamon rolls recipe. Well not even “based off of”…they pretty much are my vegan cinnamon rolls. I just changed the blend of flours for a bigger whole grain kick and upped the vanilla to get a more “birthday cakey” taste. And added sprinkles of course. I’m fairly certain those aren’t vegan or healthy, but they were definitely necessary. Winking smile

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So next time you need to celebrate with breakfast, give these a try. Even if you need to make up a holiday to justify the celebration. Oh heck, who needs to justify celebrating? Just do it!

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Funfetti Cinnamon Rolls

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by with a Side of Sneakers

Ingredients (9 cinnamon rolls)

For the Dough

  • 1 c almond milk
  • 2 1/4 tsp instant yeast {or 1 packet}
  • 1 1/4 c whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/4 c spelt flour (plus up to 1/4 c for kneading)
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 4T pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 c rainbow sprinkles

For the Filling

  • 3 Tbsp vegan margarine/butter
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla

For the Icing

  • 1/2 c powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp almond milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla


Warm almond milk for about 40 seconds in the microwave. Stir in yeast and set aside.

Mix flours, baking powder, sugar, salt, vanilla, cinnamon and pumpkin.

Add in almond milk and yeast mixture.

Fold in sprinkles.

Spread clean, flat surface with flour. Adding flour as necessary to prevent sticking, knead dough until it forms a nice, slightly elastic-y ball.

Using a rolling pin, spread dough into a rectangle approximately 1/2 inch thick.

Melt margarine or butter. Mix together brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla.

Spread the butter liberally across the top of the dough, then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture.

Starting from the skinny end of the dough rectangle, roll the dough tightly towards the other end.

Slice the roll into ~1-1 1/2 inch strips, discarding the ends if necessary.

Grease a 9×9 baking dish and place rolls in pan. Cover and refrigerate.

When you’re ready to bake your cinnamon rolls, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Bake cinnamon buns for about 25 minutes.

Mix icing ingredients together and spread on warm rolls.

Top with sprinkles!

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What’s your favorite food to celebrate a birthday with?

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P.S. Don’t miss the little man’s 4 month update on tiny sneakers!

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Nichole May 23, 2012 at 8:31 am
Happy belated birthday! Wow I've always wanted to bake homemade cinnamon rolls and you have raised the baking bar! These look fantastic!!
Heather (Heather's Dish) May 23, 2012 at 8:36 am
so fun!
Lindsey May 23, 2012 at 9:03 am
My husband's birthday is tomorrow and these might be the perfect birthday breakfast!
Lauren @ Sassy Molassy May 23, 2012 at 1:13 pm
Yeah, these look awesome! I made the Pioneer Woman's cinnamon rolls on Easter and actually thought they had a bit too much butter and sugar (gasp). Plus, I personally don't notice the HUGE difference between a healthy version and an unhealthy and I much prefer the health factor for my own good anyway.
Liz @ IHeartVegetables May 23, 2012 at 3:51 pm
Those are SO cute!!!! And super festive :) Happy Birthday!! I bought some butter extract at the store the other day... I bet a bit of that would be good in this! (I don't know, maybe not?? I'm not sure what to do with it really, haha)
Caroline @ chocolate & carrots May 23, 2012 at 7:02 pm
Yes!!! These are awesome Heather! :D
Erin @ Texanerin Baking May 24, 2012 at 4:01 pm
Happy belated birthday! I love that these are whole grain. And funfetti just makes them more fun. :)
Mike Ray @ Napoletana pizza May 31, 2012 at 6:21 am
It seems to preety nice dish which will be very much like by all kids. The colour and the seeds involved in it is very nice. It is very much created a desire in me to make this lovely dish.
Elle June 3, 2012 at 4:12 pm
How fun! Happy Birthday to you. Sprinkles add so much celebration don't they?
Sylvia @ Frolic Through Life June 3, 2012 at 5:17 pm
Happy belated birthday! These rolls look amazing. I cannot resist anything funfetti or cake batter flavored!
KymberlyFunFit June 5, 2012 at 12:09 am
Am I the only person who does not like funfetti? You can have my share! However, I do like cinnamon rolls fo sho! And I wish you a belated happy birthday!
Caroline @ chocolate & carrots September 15, 2012 at 2:20 pm
What a fun birthday breakfast! I'll have to remember this for Liam when gets older. :-)
Caroline @ chocolate & carrots September 15, 2012 at 2:21 pm
...and I guess I love these so much that I commented twice....well, now three times. Yessss! :-)

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