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Healthy Vegan Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls - These pumpkin spice cinnamon rolls have all the cozy flavors of fall, and are so much healthier than the traditional. It's higher in fiber, protein, healthy fats and nutrients, and it's dairy free + vegan! These rolls don't compromise on taste or texture either; they're perfectly sweet and incredibly soft! #fall #autumn #healthy #dessert #cinnamonroll #pumpkin #pumpkinspice #cinnamon #spice #vegan #dairyfree #fiber #nutrient #soft #bread #yeast

Healthy Vegan Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls

These pumpkin spice cinnamon rolls have all the cozy flavors of fall, and are so much healthier than the traditional. It's higher in fiber, protein, healthy fats and nutrients, and it's dairy free + vegan! These rolls don't compromise on taste or texture either; they're perfectly sweet and incredibly soft!
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Rest Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Desserts
Servings 16

Ingredients
  

Dough

  • 3 ¼ cup white whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour divided, plus more for rolling
  • 1 cup warm oat milk or other nondairy milk
  • 1 ½ cup pumpkin puree or 15 oz can
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup avocado oil or light-tasting olive oil
  • 2 ½ teaspoon active dry yeast or 1 packet
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • cup finely ground flaxseed meal

Filling**see notes for added sugar-free option

  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ cup coconut sugar or any granulated sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • teaspoon ground ginger
  • teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ cup finely ground flaxseed meal

Icing (optional)

  • 1 cup powdered cane sugar
  • 2 tablespoons oat milk or other nondairy milk
  • 3 tablespoons cashew butter

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, heat the milk until it is just warmer than room temperature--be sure it's not too hot. Mix in the maple syrup. Add the yeast and let it sit for 5-10 minutes until it "blooms" or activates and becomes bubbly/foamy.
    Healthy Vegan Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls - These pumpkin spice cinnamon rolls have all the cozy flavors of fall, and are so much healthier than the traditional. It's higher in fiber, protein, healthy fats and nutrients, and it's dairy free + vegan! These rolls don't compromise on taste or texture either; they're perfectly sweet and incredibly soft! #fall #autumn #healthy #dessert #cinnamonroll #pumpkin #pumpkinspice #cinnamon #spice #vegan #dairyfree #fiber #nutrient #soft #bread #yeast
  • Whisk in the pumpkin puree, oil, and flaxseed meal. Once fully combined, fold in the salt, baking powder, white whole wheat flour, and ¾ c of the all-purpose flour. Cover the bowl and set aside in a warm place to rise for an hour.
    Healthy Vegan Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls - These pumpkin spice cinnamon rolls have all the cozy flavors of fall, and are so much healthier than the traditional. It's higher in fiber, protein, healthy fats and nutrients, and it's dairy free + vegan! These rolls don't compromise on taste or texture either; they're perfectly sweet and incredibly soft! #fall #autumn #healthy #dessert #cinnamonroll #pumpkin #pumpkinspice #cinnamon #spice #vegan #dairyfree #fiber #nutrient #soft #bread #yeast
  • In the meantime, make the filling. If you are using the option listed in the ingredient section (with coconut sugar), simply whisk together all the filling ingredients. If you are using the date version, follow the directions in the notes section. (the pictured filling is the date version).
    Healthy Vegan Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls - These pumpkin spice cinnamon rolls have all the cozy flavors of fall, and are so much healthier than the traditional. It's higher in fiber, protein, healthy fats and nutrients, and it's dairy free + vegan! These rolls don't compromise on taste or texture either; they're perfectly sweet and incredibly soft! #fall #autumn #healthy #dessert #cinnamonroll #pumpkin #pumpkinspice #cinnamon #spice #vegan #dairyfree #fiber #nutrient #soft #bread #yeast
  • Once the dough is done rising it should be about double in size. Fold in another ¾ c all-purpose flour, then transfer to a floured surface. Use the remaining ½ cup of flour as needed (you may need more or less) to knead. Knead the dough for 5-10 minutes. Do NOT keep adding flour until the dough is dry; only add flour if it is really sticking to the counter/surface.
    Healthy Vegan Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls - These pumpkin spice cinnamon rolls have all the cozy flavors of fall, and are so much healthier than the traditional. It's higher in fiber, protein, healthy fats and nutrients, and it's dairy free + vegan! These rolls don't compromise on taste or texture either; they're perfectly sweet and incredibly soft! #fall #autumn #healthy #dessert #cinnamonroll #pumpkin #pumpkinspice #cinnamon #spice #vegan #dairyfree #fiber #nutrient #soft #bread #yeast
  • Make sure the surface is well-floured so it doesn't stick, then roll the dough (make sure your rolling pin is floured too). Roll until it is about ½" thick. Please take note that the photo shown is only about half the dough; all of it wouldn't have fit in the frame.
    Healthy Vegan Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls - These pumpkin spice cinnamon rolls have all the cozy flavors of fall, and are so much healthier than the traditional. It's higher in fiber, protein, healthy fats and nutrients, and it's dairy free + vegan! These rolls don't compromise on taste or texture either; they're perfectly sweet and incredibly soft! #fall #autumn #healthy #dessert #cinnamonroll #pumpkin #pumpkinspice #cinnamon #spice #vegan #dairyfree #fiber #nutrient #soft #bread #yeast
  • Cut off the edges to make them super clean. You can use the scraps to make more later. This is optional, but it will result in the best-looking rolls. Spread the filling evenly throughout. If you are using the date filling, make the layer fairly thin, otherwise the date flavor can be overpowering; you will probably have some leftover.
    Healthy Vegan Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls - These pumpkin spice cinnamon rolls have all the cozy flavors of fall, and are so much healthier than the traditional. It's higher in fiber, protein, healthy fats and nutrients, and it's dairy free + vegan! These rolls don't compromise on taste or texture either; they're perfectly sweet and incredibly soft! #fall #autumn #healthy #dessert #cinnamonroll #pumpkin #pumpkinspice #cinnamon #spice #vegan #dairyfree #fiber #nutrient #soft #bread #yeast
  • Grease 2 9"x 11" (or any similar size) pans and set aside.
  • You can roll and cut the traditional way, but I find this method much easier and has a better-looking result: Cut the dough while it's flat, about 1" thick slices. Roll each slice individually and transfer to the prepared pan. Try not to pack them too closely; they will spread out. If using 9"x 11", you can fit about 6. Cover and let them rise for 30 minutes in a warm place.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • While the rolls are rising, make the icing (optional, they taste great by themselves). In a small bowl, add the powdered sugar and whisk to remove clumps. add half of the milk and whisk until smooth. Add the cashew butter with the rest of the milk and lemon juice. Whisk until smooth.
  • Once the rolls are done rising, bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes (depending on size and how fast your oven cooks). Serve warm with the icing or alone. If you aren't planning to finish them on the first or second day, freeze as soon as it cools, and microwave to reheat.
    Healthy Vegan Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls - These pumpkin spice cinnamon rolls have all the cozy flavors of fall, and are so much healthier than the traditional. It's higher in fiber, protein, healthy fats and nutrients, and it's dairy free + vegan! These rolls don't compromise on taste or texture either; they're perfectly sweet and incredibly soft! #fall #autumn #healthy #dessert #cinnamonroll #pumpkin #pumpkinspice #cinnamon #spice #vegan #dairyfree #fiber #nutrient #soft #bread #yeast

Notes

NO ADDED SUGAR FILLING OPTION:
This filling uses dates, and you will be able to taste them. If you like the taste of dates, you will probably like this filling, but if not, stick to the first option. This one is a very healthy alternative, because it provides extra fiber and nutrients, as well as no added sugar.
-18 pitted medjool dates (do not soak)
-3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
-⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
-⅛ teaspoon ginger
-¼ teaspoon cloves
-8 tablespoons oat milk (or any nondairy milk)
-3 tablespoons cashew butter
In a food processor, blend the dates with cashew butter until VERY smooth with no chunks. You can add a few tablespoons of milk if it needs help blending, but don’t put all at once. Once it is smooth, add the spices and milk. Spread on the dough as you would any filling.