1-Hour Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

These fluffy, soft, and incredible cinnamon rolls are not only vegan, but they are made start to finish in 1 HOUR. 

These vegan 1 hour cinnamon rolls are the best I have ever had.

Is it just me, or do you never crave cinnamon rolls on a Saturday night? I find it is always Sunday morning, when I want them, after I missed the chance of Saturday night cinnamon roll prep. Overnight cinnamon rolls are the reason no one likes to make them! Having to go through all that work, all those rises, and then you've got to put them in the refrigerator and sleep on it. TORTURE.

These vegan 1 hour cinnamon rolls are the best I have ever had.

I want cinnamon rolls and I want them NOW. Can anyone relate? It's the hangry talking. But luckily, I've got a quick fix. 1 Hour Cinnamon Rolls! Plus, VEGAN! Who am I?!

These vegan 1 hour cinnamon rolls are the best I have ever had.

Another plus- as if you need any more convincing to make these?! No mixer required! I made these by hand! 

These vegan 1 hour cinnamon rolls are the best I have ever had.

I'm not vegan, but I do make a lot of vegan things at work (as a baker). So I am getting more into finding ways to turn favorite desserts into vegan-friendly versions. And with these, you would never know the difference if I hadn't told you they were vegan. They taste amazing!!!

First, let's talk about how these cinnamon rolls are possible in just 1 hour. By doubling the usual amount of yeast used in the dough, they are able to rise more, and rise quicker. Traditionally, you use somewhere around 1 packet of yeast, which is 2 1/4 teaspoons. The usual recipes call for making the dough, letting it rise for an hour, rolling it out and making the rolls, and then letting them rise again, and sometimes overnight in the refrigerator.  Most of the time, we don't feel like doing all that work!! So by taking a few shortcuts and manipulating a few things, we can still create delicious, soft, fluffy cinnamon rolls.

These vegan 1 hour cinnamon rolls are the best I have ever had.

So, what makes them vegan? Well, by removing anything that contains animal products, in this case the butter, eggs, and milk. I used coconut oil as the fat, and warm water instead of milk. The eggs you don't even notice are missing! Even if you are not a vegan, you could make these and love them. Plus, it's great for when you don't have eggs or milk or butter. There's still a way to make cinnamon rolls without going to the store. ;-)

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For my step-by-step photos, see below the recipe. Enjoy!

And please tell me how you like them if you try them!

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1-Hour Vegan Cinnamon Rolls
These fluffy, soft, and delicous cinnamon rolls are not only vegan, but they are made start to finish in 1 HOUR. They're incredible!
  • 4 1/2 tea. (2 packets) rapid rise yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (110°)
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tea. sugar
  • 2 T. melted coconut oil (for the filling)
  • 1 T. cinnamon (for the filling)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (for the filling)
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar (for the frosting)
  • 2-3 T. water (for the frosting)
  • 1/4 tea. vanilla extract (for the frosting)
Warm up the water until it is between 100°-115° F. It should feel like warm bath water. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of sugar, and all the yeast. Stir and let sit for a few minutes to activate. After 5-10 minutes the mixture should have bubbles in it to show the yeast is alive. If there is no change, toss it and use fresher yeast. Add the 1/3 cup coconut oil, salt, 2 cups of flour, remaining 1/4 cup sugar, and stir until the mixture comes together. Add additional flour in 1/2 cup increments until mixture pulls away from the sides of the bowl, but is still soft and slightly sticky. Turn dough out onto floured surface and knead a few times until you form a smooth ball. Dust your bowl with flour and put the dough back in the bowl. Set aside while you prep the filling.Combine the cinnamon and brown sugar in a small bowl and mix together. Dust the counter with more flour, and turn the dough ball out onto the floured surface. Roll dough out to a rectangle about 12x16 inches. Spread 2 T. melted coconut oil over the rolled out dough, leaving a boarder of about 1 inch around the edges free from oil. Sprinkle oil with cinnamon and brown sugar mixture, and use your hands to gently move it around so that it evenly coats the oiled dough. Use your rolling pin to gently roll over it to press the sugar into the dough.Starting at the long end closes to you, begin to (gently but tightly) roll the dough up into a log. Position the dough log so the end is underneath it. Using a sharp serrated knife, slice off the two uneven ends where there is no filling. Slice rolls off about 1 1/2 inch thick and place them in a greased 9x9 inch pan. You should get around 12 rolls. Cover with plastic wrap and set somewhere warm to double in size, for about 20-30 minutes. (I set my on the stove when the oven is preheating)Preheat oven to 350°F. Once rolls have puffed up and doubled in size, bake them for about 15 minutes. If you like them doughy, take them out around 13 minutes. Let them cool for a few minutes before glazing and serving. Enjoy!To make the frosting, mix together the powdered sugar, water, and vanilla extract. If it needs to be thinner, add small increments of additional water. To thicken, add small increments of powdered sugar. Spread over the warm cinnamon rolls.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 dozen rolls

Don't mind the bad quality photos for the step-by-step... I used my cell phone and was making these at an ungodly hour of the morning..

These vegan 1 hour cinnamon rolls are the best I have ever had.
1 hour vegan cinnamon rolls! Better than cinnabon, and the only recipe you'll ever need!