Cinnamon Rolls (Vegan and Gluten Free)

Cinnamon Roles. Photo by Cassandra Lees.
Cinnamon Roles. Photo by Cassandra Lees.

Every Christmas morning of my childhood was filled with the smell of cinnamon rolls. They weren’t just any cinnamon rolls, either. They were the Pillsbury kind that came in a food-grade cardboard container. I loved unwrapping the spiral package and placing the buns in perfect order on the pan. The smell ignited deep a craving for golden crust and melty icing.

But then we started eating healthier food. For several years after my parents became raw vegan, my grandmother and I would share cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning, but it wasn’t quite the same. My diet had changed too, and though the smell was still enticing, the buns tasted too sweet for me to really enjoy them. We needed an alternative.

Cinnamon Roll (photo by Nicholas).
Cinnamon Roll (photo by Nicholas).

This year, we found one: vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free cinnamon rolls. But they’re not just some sorry substitution. They are truly the best cinnamon rolls I’ve ever had. They’re sweetened with dates, raisins and a little honey, and we use nuts for the dough. The consistency and taste is¬†pretty similar to a conventional cinnamon role, but it actually feels good to my body to eat them.¬†Here’s the recipe:

Cinnamon Rolls (Vegan and Gluten Free)
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These cinnamon rolls are raw, vegan, gluten free, sugar free, and delicious.
Servings Prep Time
16 Cinnamon Roles 20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
16 Cinnamon Roles 20-30 minutes
Cinnamon Rolls (Vegan and Gluten Free)
Print Recipe
These cinnamon rolls are raw, vegan, gluten free, sugar free, and delicious.
Servings Prep Time
16 Cinnamon Roles 20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
16 Cinnamon Roles 20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Buns
Filling
Icing
Topping
Servings: Cinnamon Roles
Instructions
  1. Blend all of the Bun ingredients in a food processor. Add more water if necessary. Place in a bowl lined with saran wrap or wax paper, and set aside in fridge.
  2. Blend the Filling ingredients in the food processor until smooth and set aside in a bowl in the fridge.
  3. Blend the Icing ingredients in the food processor and set aside in the fridge.
  4. On a smooth surface, place dough on saran wrap and roll into a rectangle. Cover with filling, leaving one inch of the far edge uncovered. Roll tightly towards the uncovered edge.
  5. Use a sharp knife to cut the log into cinnamon roles.
  6. Arrange on a plate and spread icing on top. Add crumbled pecans.
Recipe Notes

(This recipe is adapted from Damy Health).

Vegan, Gluten-Free Cinnamon Roles. What more does one need?
Vegan, gluten-free cinnamon rolls can be intoxicating to those who are overly susceptible to tasty treats.

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