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Cinnamon buns, the “vegan” remix.

September 14, 2013

Since lil’ bun and I have been on a “bread” baking frenzie lately…..we decided to make cinnamon buns! It’s been forever since we’ve made these and since we’re into “healthy” baking now, we revamped our original recipe, vegan style. Although these take longer to make than most cinnamon bun recipes, they are worth the wait.

Well, here you go!

For the dough (yields 15):
250mL soy milk (or regular milk or some other alternative)
1/4 cup brown sugar (or white or coconut sugars)
1/4 cup vegetable oil (we used grape seed oil)
1 tsp yeast
2 cups whole wheat flour + 1/4 cup set aside (or white flour)
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt

For the filling:
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon (or more if you love your cinnamon)
1/4 cup brown sugar (or white or coconut sugars)
2 tablespoon coconut oil melted (or butter, you can also use more if you need to)

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Let’s do this! Here’s the how to:

1. In a pot, mix together the milk, sugar and oil. Warm it on medium heat until it starts to steam up, then remove it from the stove. Let this mixture cool for an hour.

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2. Add yeast and 2 cups of the flour into a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the center of it and carefully pour in your cooled milk mixture.

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3. Stir the flour and milk mixture until just combined, it should look sticky still. Let this sit for another hour.

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4. Add in the remaining 1/4 cup of flour, the baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir until a dough ball forms. The dough should feel nice and pillowy soft.

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5. Add the sugar and ground cinnamon together. You can also melt the coconut oil/butter at this point if you like. DO NOT combine the melted coconut oil/butter and cinnamon sugar together.

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6. On a lightly floured surface, roll your dough out as thin as possible into a rectangle shape.

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7. Brush on your melted coconut oil/butter onto the dough, then sprinkle on your cinnamon sugar.

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8. Roll the dough towards yourself, making sure each roll is tight. When you’re done, pinch the seams together so that it won’t unravel.

9. Cut it into 1″ rolls. Place them onto a greased baking sheet or casserole dish, so that they are right next to each other. Set them aside to rise for 30mins. At this point you can preheat your oven to 350F (180C).

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10. Bake at 350F (180C) for 20 minutes

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The result after 3 hours of prep were these wonderful little cinnamon buns. They weren’t overly sweet and had just the right amount of cinnamon to them. Lil’ bun enjoyed slowly unraveling each one before she ate them. Apparently, it helps “savour” their deliciousness. I whipped up a quick batch of healthy cream cheese “icing” to go with them too. It’s plain greek yogurt, cream cheese and brown sugar mixed together 3:2:1 ratio. Well, I better get back to them before they disappear on me ! Happy baking!

Edit: Just as I thought…by the time I got back to the oven…brother dear had already devoured 5 of them…

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