Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

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December 21, 2009

Every family has a different holiday tradition. Some of these traditions are based on religion, ethnicity, or heritage. For instance, many Italian-American families eat cioppino on Christmas eve as part of the Feast of Seven Fishes.

Other traditions just crystallize over the years; my family's Christmas morning always began with the intoxicating aroma of bacon. The other components of Christmas breakfast varied: sometimes eggs, sometimes pancakes, but always bacon.

It's just me and my boyfriend on Christmas this year, and breakfast is my responsibility. I'm vegan, he's not, and finding a compromise can be tough. He would very much like to continue my family's bacon legacy, but I'm not too keen on that idea.

A scrambled tofu burrito is right up my alley, but that would put him in a soy-coma.  Cinnamon rolls are a tradition for many families, and their ooey, gooey, cinnamon-sugar, carb-overload goodness appeals to both of us.

Of course, vegans can't just pick up a box of Cinnabon or plop a can of Pillsbury onto a baking sheet. I could veganize a typical cinnamon roll recipe, but Christmas morning is not the time to take risks. So, I've scoured the blogs to find a suitable alternative. Below are a number that all look delicious, yet differ by preparation time and ingredients. Hopefully one will suit your tastes.

Vegan Yum Yum: Perfect Cinnamon Buns

Happy Herbivore: Whole Wheat, Fat Free Vegan Cinnamon Buns

Tasty Vegan: Cinnamon Rolls

Earth Vegan: Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese

Vegan Bicyclinguist: Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

Spice Island Vegan: Vegan Pecan Sticky Buns- Move Over Cinnabon

Cooking with Dia: Dia's Gluten-free/Vegan Cinnamon Buns

Do you have a good vegan cinnamon roll recipe to share?

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Melissa Peterman's picture

We're doing cinnamon rolls this Christmas morning! Great post Helen!

Cat ~ Verdant Eats's picture

Vegan cinnamon rolls are also on our Christmas morning agenda this year! I'm betting there are more holiday morning cinnamon roll junkies out there than you might realize. :)

I don't mind admitting to the world that I'm a total cinnamon roll cheater. Instead of making a special dough, I use leftover pizza dough (which is, ahem, homemade from scratch by yours truly). Since the dough is obviously (!) not sweet, I just knead in a couple of tablespoons of sugar before rolling it out. My filling is pretty traditional (sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, a little melted Earth Balance) and I top my rolls with icing made from powdered sugar and orange juice. NOM!

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amish baby crib's picture

This is something that is really interesting. I wonder how it tastes. It might be the same! Thanks for sharing.