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Apple & Raisin Cinnamon Rolls

These are the best cinnamon rolls I’ve ever made. You do need to set yourself at least 2 hours to make these but they. are. so. worth. it.

vegan apple raisin cinnamon buns


Apple & Raisin Cinnamon Rolls
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Serves: 12
  • Dough
  • 2¼ tsp quick rising active dry yeast (or one packet) (See note 1)
  • ½ cup warm water (between 110-120ºF)
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar
  • ¾ cup room temperature unsweetened non-dairy milk (soy, cashew, almond all works in this recipe)
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted, plus ½ tsp for topping the dough before rising
  • 3 to 3½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • Filling
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup raisins (soaked in boiling water for 5-10 mins)
  • 2 small apples, peeled, sliced and chopped
  1. Grease a large bowl with coconut oil. Set aside
  2. Heat up the water. Place in a medium bowl. See note 2
  3. Add the yeast to the water and sprinkle the sugar on top. Let it sit for 5 mins in a warm place (in the oven or in the microwave) until it looks foamy
  4. While the yeast is rising, mix 3 cups of flour in a bowl with the sugar, cinnamon and salt. Start with 3 cups of flour and add more if needed
  5. Once the yeast is ready, add the non-dairy milk and coconut oil. Mix
  6. Add the dry ingredients and mix until it forms a dough. It should not be sticky; after the 3 cups, add ¼ cup of flour at a time until everything comes together.
  7. Flour a surface (countertop or large cutting board) and start kneading the dough. Knead for about 2-3 mins and form a ball. Place in greased bowl and add oil on top to prevent drying out.
  8. Place a paper towel or cloth over the bowl and let it rise for about 1 hour. Let it sit in a warm place (in the oven or in the microwave) until it doubles in size.
  9. Once the dough has risen, flour a surface and roll out to make a 12x18 inch rectangle.
  10. Spread the coconut oil over the dough
  11. Mix the sugar and the cinnamon in a bowl and spread over the dough.
  12. Add the raisins and apples all over.
  13. Time to roll! Along the long side (18 inch) start rolling upwards. You want to roll it as tightly as possible.
  14. Cut in 12 pieces.
  15. Using a 9 to 12 inch round cake pan, either grease the pan with oil or line with parchment paper. Place all the pieces in the pan and let it rise for another 30 mins in a warm place.
  16. Heat oven to 375ºF
  17. After the rolls have rested, bake for 20 minutes or until they are lightly browned.
  18. Remove from oven and let sit for a few minutes in pan, serve and enjoy!
  19. Optional topping: almond milk mixed with powdered sugar
1. I use the quick rise active yeast in this recipe. Every time I used it, I did let the dough rose for an hour before rolling it out. I never tried simply adding the yeast directly with the dry ingredients (like you normally would with quick rise yeast) so if you do try the quick method, I cannot guarantee the same results. If you use the traditional active dry yeast, follow the instruction listed in the recipe.
2. You do not want the water to be too hot since it will kill the yeast. Follow the instruction on the packet but usually, water heated between 110F-120ªF is good. If you don't have a kitchen thermometer, I would start boiling water and remove from heat as soon as it starts boiling. Rest for 2-3 mins off the heat.
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