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Vegan Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls

Cooking Method
Difficulty Intermediate
Prep Time: 40 min Cook Time: 25 min Rest Time: 15 min Total Time: 1 hr 20 mins
Servings 9

Vegan Chocolate Hazelnuts Cinnamon Rolls are moist, soft, mouthwatering dessert, breakfast, or brunch! These rolls are topped with silky coffee icing that will melt in your mouth.

    For the Dough
  • 2 unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup organic granulated sugar
  • 2 quick rise yeast (instant yeast)
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 1/2 all-purpose flour
  • For the Filling
  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate spread (use more if needed)
  • 1/3 cup raw unsalted hazelnuts, chopped (optional)
  • 1/3 cup date sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • For the Icing
  • 2 tablespoons vegan heavy cream or plant milk
  • 1 teaspoon expresso powder
  • 1 1/2 vegan confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    Make the Dough
  1. Warm the milk in the microwave for 90 seconds. Make sure is just warm and not hot or it will kill the yeast.

  2. In a large mixing bowl add the milk, sugar, and yeast. Let it sit for 5 minutes, it will be a bit foamy on top.

  3. Add melted butter, salt, and flour to the yeast mixture. Using a spoon, or a stand-up mixer with the dough hook or paddle attachment mix to incorporate for about 3-4 minutes.

  4. If needed, add 1/3 of flour at a time, until the mixture pulls away from the sides of the bowl. The dough should be slightly sticky.

  5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 3-4 minutes, until you have a smooth ball of dough.

  6. Place the dough back inside the large mixing bowl, cover it with a towel and let it rise in a warm place for 20 minutes. I place my bowl inside the oven with the light on. The dough will double the size.

  7. Assemble the Cinnamon Rolls
  8. Grease a 9x13-casserole dish, or a pie pan. Set aside until needed. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  9. Sprinkle a clean counter or pastry mat with flour. Punch the dough down. Using a rolling pin roll the dough into a large rectangle, about 1/2 inch thick. Sprinkle more flour on top while rolling to prevent sticking as needed.

  10. Using the back of a spoon or small spatula spread the vegan chocolate spread. Sprinkle date sugar or brown sugar, cinnamon, and chopped hazelnuts.

  11. Roll up the dough into a tight 16-inch log. Starting with the long end closest to you. Using a sharp knife cut into 12 even rolls between 1-1.5 inches each.

  12. Place the rolls into the prepared baking dish or tray of your choice. Bake them for about 20 to 25 minutes or until the rolls are lightly golden brown and the centers are cooked.

  13. Make the Coffee Icing
  14. Warm milk or heavy cream in the microwave for 30 seconds. Add expresso instant powder and mix until coffee powder is completely dissolved. Slowly add confectioners' sugar to make a thick syrup mixture.

Keywords: cinnamon rolls, vegan, chocolate, vegan baking