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Sunday morning cinnamon rolls

I don't know about you, but this pandemic has brought out the baker in me. I've always enjoyed baking but 2020 has brought about a new-level baking extravaganza.


My go-to baked goods are usually bread and bread rolls, pizza, black bean brownies, chocolate banana bread and cinnamon rolls.


Today I'd like to share with you a simple and very satisfying cinnamon roll recipe.


Seeing as a healthy and happy lifestyle is all about balance; eating, moving and thinking well on average, but allowing a bit of indulgence in between, these rolls fit nicely!


Cinnamon rolls
Sunday morning cinnamon goodness

So here's the recipe. It makes 14 rolls and takes about two hours from start to finish (10 minutes prep time, 120 minutes rising and baking).


Ingredients:

Dough:

  • 2 cups plant milk (such as almond or oat), at room temperature

  • 1/4 cup oil or vegan butter (melted)

  • 1/4 cup aquafaba (chickpea brine)

  • 2 tablespoons sugar or other sweetener

  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

  • 1 packet active dry yeast

  • 5 1/2 cups flour, divided

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Filling:

  • 1/2 cup vegan butter

  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

Icing:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 2 tablespoons plant milk

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, oil/melted vegan butter and sugar. The mixture should be warm but not hot.

  2. Sprinkle the yeast evenly over the warm mixture and let set for 1 minute.

  3. Add 5 cups flour and 1/2 teaspoon of salt to the milk mixture and mix until just combined.

  4. Cover the bowl and set in a warm place to rise for 1 hour.

  5. Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C.

  6. After 1 hour, the dough should have nearly doubled in size.

  7. Remove the towel and add an additional 1/2 cup of fl