Charity's Vegan Cinnamon Rolls {Recipe} {Guest Post}

Charity from The Word of a Nerd is back again!  This time with a delicious vegan Cinnamon Roll recipe.  I would love one of these yummy rolls with a cup of coffee. How about you? 

Hello There.  I'm Charity and I blog over at The Word of A Nerd.  I am a professional photographer, but I take pride in being a Homemaker as well.  On my blog I share about my life as I Eat, Pray, and Love.  I enjoy writing about cooking and baking, my love for Christ, my life as a wife, and every now and again I like to share an awesome DIY project.  I am thrilled to be posting here today and I hope to encourage some of you beautiful ladies in your walk with Christ.

So there is a story behind these cinnamon rolls. My husband loves cinnamon rolls and any time we go to a bakery, Panera bread, or the grocery store he always tries to get some. As most of you know I am embarking on trying to live more simply and trying to become more frugal. So as he continued to purchase cinnamon rolls I secretly added up the cost. A single cinnamon roll at Panera Bread was $2.69 each, and a 5 count can of cinnamon rolls from Whole Foods is $3.99. In one month while he was with me he bought 3 cans of cinnamon rolls and 4 single rolls from Panera bread - totaling up to $22.66 without tax. That's too much to spend on cinnamon rolls. I mean they are good but not good enough to spend nearly $25 bucks on.

After searching the web I compiled two recipes to adapt my own from, here and here. I combined them and  "veganized" them - in the recipe below when I say butter I mean vegan earth balance butter, milk is almond milk and cream cheese is tofutti cream cheese. I will experiment next time with using a coconut milk because I know fatter milks make the dough softer. It cost me only the price of flour to make these cinnamon rolls which was $4 for 16 rolls because I had everything else in the house already. 

I also have to tell you that even though this recipe looks really complicated its not. Most of the time is spent waiting and waiting for the dough to rise. So if you really want to boast about your baking prowess follow the detailed instructions below and try it out for yourself. I promise you will not be disappointed.

So lets get to it.
 Cinnamon Rolls

What you'll Need...

¼ tsp of Dry Yeast
¾ cup of Milk
¼ cup of Granulated Sugar
¼ cup of Water
¼ tsp of Vanilla Extract
1 Egg (Replacer)
1 tsp of Salt
¼ cup of Butter, melted
4 cups of All Purpose Flour
¼ cup of Melted Butter, to brush over the top before baking

1/3 cup of Butter
½ Tbsp of Ground Cinnamon
¾ cup of Brown Sugar
¼ cup of Granulated Sugar

6 oz cup of Cream Cheese
2 cups of Powdered Sugar
1 tsp of Vanilla Extract
½ cup Butter

What You'll Do...

In a bowl pour 115 degree warm water over your yeast and sugar. Allow yeast to bubble for 5 minutes. Do not skip this step its very important for your dough to rise properly.
To make the dough mix the egg (egg replacer), milk, remaining sugar, butter and salt. Add your flour to the mixture 1-2 cups at a time. Before adding your last cup of flour add the yeast you mixed previously and the vanilla. Then add your last cup of flour and mix on low. You need to knead the dough for 6 minutes. I did this in a stand mixer on 2 speed.
While the dough is kneading oil a metal or glass bowl. You will use this to allow the dough to rise. When you take the dough out of the mixer it may be a little tacky but form it into a ball with your hands and put it in the oiled bowl. Roll the dough in the boil so both the top and bottom of the dough is covered with a little oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise for 120 minutes somewhere warm. I used my oven.
For the filling mix the brown sugar, granulated sugar, and cinnamon together. 
After your dough has risen it should be about double the size it was before. On a floured surface punch the dough down and then roll it out into a 9X15 rectangle. Once you have it flattened spread your room temperature butter over it. Then sprinkle your cinnamon sugar mixture over the top until its covered. Now starting from one end of the longest side roll tightly to form a log. Cut evenly into 16 rolls and place into a buttered 9X13 baking dish. Cover the rolls again and allow them to rise for 90 minutes in a warm place.
Preheat your oven to 350 degree when the rolls have about 10 minutes to rise.
When they have risen again brush them with softened butter and baked for 25-30 minutes. My hubby likes his a little gooey so we did less time.

As the rolls bake for the last 10 minutes mix your frosting. To mix your frosting sift in the powdered sugar so its not lumpy and add in all the other ingredients without the milk. Add in the milk slowly until you get a glaze that spreads easy. You do not want it too runny as it will melt when put on the cinnamon rolls. Cool the rolls for about 5-7 minutes, glaze and enjoy.

I told you these rolls looked delicious.  Now, don't you wanna get to baking?  Thanks, Charity, for sharing with us your wonderful recipe.

If you missed Charity's wonderful DIY Buffet Makeover project from Monday, you have to check it out.  It is truly a beauty.

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