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Amazing Vegan Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls (Gluten Free option!)

Fluffy Vegan Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls

  • Author: thebananadiaries
  • Prep Time: 20
  • 60+ minutes, rest:
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 12
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Fluffy, soft, and sweet amazing vegan eggnog cinnamon rolls that are undetectably eggless and dairy free! Made with a sweet vegan eggnog that’s full of nutmeg and cinnamon, this classic Christmas breakfast recipe is the perfect holiday brunch! There’s even a gluten free option!


Ingredients

Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls:

  • 4 1/4 cups (540 grams) + 1 tbsp all-purpose flour, divided (plus more for flouring surface)

  • 1 tbsp ground nutmeg

  • 1 packet (8 grams) activated yeast

  • 1/2 cup (90 grams) granulated sugar or coconut sugar

  • 1 1/4 cup (270 grams) Native Forest Light Coconut Milk, divided, prepped as vegan eggnog

  • 1/4 cup (57 grams) salted vegan butter, melted and room temperature

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1/3 cup (87 grams) unsweetened applesauce, room temperature

Filling:

  • 1/2 cup (113 grams) vegan butter or coconut oil, softened

  • 3 tbsp ground cinnamon

  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg

  • 2/3 cup (65 grams) coconut sugar

Eggnog Icing:

 

  • 3 cups powdered sugar

  • 4 tbsp vegan eggnog (reserved from homemade vegan eggnog)

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


Instructions

 

  1. Please read through all the instructions before beginning. 

  2. Prep: Grease a medium sized bowl with olive oil or coconut oil, and set aside. Make sure the vegan butter for the dough is melted and cooled. Make sure that you’ve made the vegan eggnog using Native Forest Light Coconut Milk prior to beginning.

  3. Activate the yeast: In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the vegan eggnog until it reaches 110F- use a food thermometer to accurately measure the temperature. Any cooler or hotter, and the yeast won’t activate properly. Add in 1 tbsp sugar and the extra 1 tbsp flour. Gently whisk together, then sprinkle yeast, mix with a spoon lightly, cover, and let activate for 10 minutes in a warm area.

  4. Make the dough: When activated, pour the mixture into a large bowl or a stand mixer with the dough attachment. Add in the remaining sugar, applesauce, melted vegan butter, and vanilla extract. Mix on medium speed until combined. Then add in about half of the flour and nutmeg, and mix on medium speed until the flour starts to incorporate into the wet mixture. Add the remaining flour, and mix on medium speed until a shaggy dough forms. Lightly flour a clean surface and place the dough onto the surface, sprinkling some extra flour on top or kneading.

  5. First proof: Knead the dough lightly, for 2-4 minutes, until it forms a smooth dough ball that’s not sticky. Then place the dough into the greased medium bowl, cover with a cloth or wrap, and place into a warm area to let rise for 1 hour. It should be double in size. If it’s at least 80F outside, you can place the bowl outside, otherwise you can place it in the oven (which is turned off) and turn on the oven light or start preheating the oven to 350F and place the bowl near or on top of the oven.

  6. While the dough is rising: grease a large casserole dish with oil and set aside. In a small bowl, mix together the vegan butter, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg for the eggnog cinnamon roll filling. Set aside.

  7. Make the vegan eggnog cinnamon rolls: After the dough has doubled, lightly punch down the dough. Lightly flour a clean surface, and place the dough in the middle. Sprinkle a little extra flour on top of the dough and flour the rolling pin. Roll the dough out to be a large rectangle (12 in x 18 in). Lightly spread the dough with cinnamon roll filling mixture to the edges of the dough.  Roll into tight rolls and away from you. Slice the roll into 12 even cinnamon rolls. To easily slice, you can use a piece of thin twine or unflavored floss. Place into the oil-greased dish.

  8. Second proof: Cover again with a clean towel or wrap, and place over or by the oven while the oven preheats to 350F. Let the cinnamon rolls rise for 30 minutes while the oven is preheating.

  9. Bake the cinnamon rolls: Place the cinnamon rolls into the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until lightly golden on the top. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes while you prepare the icing.

  10. Make the dairy-free eggnog icing: in a medium bowl, whisk together the icing ingredients until you reach a smooth and consistent texture.

  11. Serve and enjoy! Spread the frosting onto the vegan eggnog cinnamon rolls and serve warm. If you have any leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container and place them in the fridge for up to 4 days. To reheat, simply warm them on a baking sheet with parchment paper at 350F for 5-7 minutes.


Notes

Eggnog: Homemade vegan eggnog made with coconut milk makes these rolls super delicious. However, if you’re short on time, you can use store bought vegan eggnog!

Gluten Free: To make these eggnog cinnamon rolls entirely gluten free, use the base dough of these vegan gluten free cinnamon rolls, swapping out the dairy free milk for vegan eggnog. Please make sure to follow the instructions of the gluten free cinnamon rolls recipe for making and rising the dough.

Overnight option: Make the eggnog cinnamon rolls the night before up until you’ve placed the sliced rolls into the casserole dish. Cover the rolls and place them in the fridge to rise overnight. About 30 minutes before you’d like to serve them, place the rolls on the counter as the oven preheats. Then bake the rolls as you normally would!

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