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Vegan Cinnamon Buns with Vanilla & Chai

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Vegan Cinnamon Buns shot from overheat with ooey gooey icing.

Prep

30 minutes

Cook

30 minutes

Yield

14

These Vegan Cinnamon Buns are so delicious with the vanilla chai twist. They're ooey, they're gooey, and you're going to love them!

These super-soft, and easy-to-make, sticky Vegan Cinnamon Buns are damn delicious. They have a yummy holiday spin on them with the addition of vanilla and chai that seriously makes them so comforting and delicious. Whip these up for dessert this Thanksgiving or holiday season, or just make them for a sweet snack that your whole family will love. Nothing says the holidays like the smell of cinnamon coming from your oven!

Close-up of Vegan Cinnamon Buns in baking dish.

Close-up of Vegan Cinnamon Buns in baking dish.

Why you’ll love these sticky Vegan Cinnamon Buns:

  • Easy: This recipe is so easy-to-make
  • Comforting: They are ooey & gooey and have a twist of vanilla and chai that is so comforting
  • Vegan-Friendly: This cinnamon rolls recipe, including the icing, is totally vegan friendly

Vegan Cinnamon Buns shot from overheat with ooey gooey icing.

Hand holding Simply Organic Pure Vanilla Extract used in vegan cinnamon buns

Icing being poured on Vegan Cinnamon Buns

Ingredient Notes:

Vanilla: There is nothing I could emphasize more than the importance of using a good quality, pure vanilla in your baking. You CAN taste the difference between the real thing and the cheap stuff. I like to use Simply Organic’s Pure Vanilla Extract because it’s high-quality and makes everything I put it in taste amazing. Their Vanilla Extract is made from premium Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans and has no GMOs, sugar, or fake color or flavor. In this recipe, the combination of the warming vanilla and chai tea really makes an earthy, comforting taste that can’t be beaten.

Cinnamon buns without icing.

Side angle of vegan cinnamon rolls

How do you make Vegan Cinnamon Buns?

These directions look like a lot, but I promise this recipe is fairly easy to pull off, AND it’ll be worth it. These ooey gooey cinnamon buns scream “THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS HERE!!!”. And if you need anything to get you in the mood this year, these are it.

For the buns:

  1. Into a small bowl add 1 cup flour and yeast. Stir and set aside
  2. To a small pot, add almond milk and teabag.  Heat for 5 or so minutes or until warm
  3. Into a large bowl whisk together the warm milk tea infusion, brown sugar, egg replacement, salt and melted butter till well combined
  4. Into the large bowl add the flour and yeast mixture. Whisk for around 2-3 minutes or until everything is well combined and lots of bubbles have developed
  5. Now stir in the remainder of the flour, slowly, and add more as you need. You want it to be pliable but not too sticky. Knead for 5-10 minutes and add flour to the surface area to make the process easy
  6. Grease the sides of a large bowl and add in your dough. Add oil to the top of your dough and place a damp cloth over the top of the bowl. Place in a warm place for around 15-30 minutes
  7. While your dough recipes prepare your sticky sauce by adding all your ingredients into a pot and simmer on low heat till completely melted. Whisk/stir constantly to avoid burning
  8. Once ready remove from heat and let it cool. This should only take a few minutes
  9. You can now preheat your oven to 350F and grab a baking dish – I used a 16″L x 9″W x 2.50″H.
  10. Once your sticky sauce has cooled add it to the base of this baking dish and make sure it’s spread around evenly
  11. Once your dough has risen punch a hole into the middle of the dough (this is very satisfying) and let it rise by double once again
  12. Using a rolling pin roll out the dough into a large rectangle, around 20 X 14 X 1 but use whichever dimensions work best for you and your baking dish
  13. Once you have flattened the dough, sprinkle with some brown sugar and cinnamon (add as much or as little as you’d like). Roll the dough width-wise, keeping it tight and cut into around 12-14 rolls. Place them onto the sticky sauce and set them aside to rise till doubled in size.
  14. Once ready, bake for 25-35 minutes

For the icing:

To make your icing, simply add your ingredients into a deep bowl and blend using hand mixer for around 1-2 minutes. Once your cinnamon buns are ready then spread over the icing and enjoy these babies hot!

Expert Tips & FAQ:

How long will this recipe take me? In total, 1.5 hours but don’t let that scare you, I promise this vegan cinnamon roll recipe is easy to follow.

Do I need to add the vanilla and chai? Nope, you can keep them classic and simple if you’d like!

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How do I store these? Store in a tight container for up to 5 days on the counter. If you want to freeze them I’d suggest freezing without the icing and making the icing fresh when you are ready-to-eat them.

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Vegan Cinnamon Buns

5 from 12 votes
These Vegan Cinnamon Buns are so delicious with the vanilla chai twist. They're ooey, they're gooey, and you're going to love them!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Vegan Breakfast, Vegan Desserts, Vegan Comfort Food
Servings 14

Ingredients
  

For the Dough:

For the Sticky Sugar Syrup:

For dusting:

  • 1/2 cup brown or white sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

For the Cinnamon Icing:

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Instructions
 

  • Into a small bowl add 1 cup flour and yeast. Stir and set aside.
  • To a small pot, add almond milk and teabag.  Heat for 5 or so minutes or until warm.
  • Into a large bowl whisk together the warm milk tea infusion, brown sugar, egg replacement, salt and melted butter till well combined.
  • Into the large bowl add the flour and yeast mixture. Whisk for around 2-3 minutes or until everything is well combined and lots of bubbles have developed. Now stir in the remainder of the flour, slowly, and add more as you need. You want it to be pliable but not too sticky. Knead for 5-10 minutes and add flour to the surface area to make the process easy.
  • Grease the sides of a large bowl and add in your dough. Add oil to the top of your dough and place a damp cloth over the top of the bowl. Place in a warm place for around 15-30 minutes.
  • While your dough recipes prepare your sticky sauce by adding all your ingredients into a pot and simmer on low heat till completely melted. Whisk/stir constantly to avoid burning. Once ready remove from heat and let it cool. This should only take a few minutes.
  • You can now preheat your oven to 350F and grab a baking dish – I used a 16″L x 9″W x 2.50″H.
  • Once your sticky sauce has cooled add it to the base of this baking dish and make sure it’s spread around evenly.
  • Once your dough has risen punch a hole into the middle of the dough (this is very satisfying) and let it rise by double once again.
  • Using a rolling pin roll out the dough into a large rectangle, around 20 X 14 X 1 but use whichever dimensions work best for you and your baking dish!
  • Once you have flattened the dough, sprinkle with some brown sugar and cinnamon (add as much or as little as you’d like). Roll the dough width-wise, keeping it tight and cut into around 12-14 rolls. Place them onto the sticky sauce and set them aside to rise till doubled in size.
  • Once ready, bake for 25-35 minutes.
  • To make your icing, simply add your ingredients into a deep bowl and blend using hand mixer for around 1-2 minutes.
  • Once your cinnamon buns are ready then spread over the icing and enjoy these babies hot!
  • They last for one week in a tightly sealed container, keep at room temperature.
Review This Recipe Let us know how it was!
Jacqueline Bourveais

5 stars
These were wonderful. So gooey and so fluffy!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you !!!!

Whitney Driegder

5 stars
Ok, I am addicted to these.

Maria Koutsogiannis

Aren’t they just the best!

Henry Peters

5 stars
These were perfect for Christmas morning!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you, Henry!!

Nicole Weiss

5 stars
Reviewing the original buns…could not find the recipe in the search …fantastique 👌

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much for the love, nicole!

Charlotte

This is just what I’ve been looking for!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Let us know what you think, Charlotte!

Emma

My kids are going to freak!!

Maria Koutsogiannis

They are going to love it!

BRENDA

These look amazing Maria !!!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much, Brenda!

Lauren Marinigh

5 stars
OMG cinnamon rolls WITH CHAI? Mindblown!

Maria Koutsogiannis

I PROMISE YOU THESE ARE AMAZING

Michelle Menard

5 stars
Literally the best cinnamon buns. Not too rich but so satisfying. Will be making them during the holidays!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much for the love, Michelle!!!! I love these!!!!

Elisa

5 stars
The perfect holiday brunch treat I cant wait to make thse

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you, Elisa!

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