Raw Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

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OMG, I’ve seen a few of these around the internet like this one and this recipe, and really made me want to try making my own.

But as you know me, I don’t like to have too much sugar (and I’m a pauper and don’t have the money to use one cup of dates at a time) so I made it in a really interesting way. With the bun part, I used 1/3 of a red delicious apple as the main sweetener. Hey, apple cinnamon, right?

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I can’t believe how well that worked out!!!

Using apples for things like this is perfect because not only does it sweeten the food, it also makes it soft and binds it. (Otherwise, you probably have to add more liquid stuff so the stuff sticks together)

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I really love it when random ideas like this hit me. I think I was just thinking of using applesauce but I wanted to be even healthier or fresher!

So hope it gives you some inspiration, that sometimes if you want something like this to be sweet, just add a little fruit. Plus, the tablespoon of date paste filling in the middle was so sweet that I couldn’t even tell that the frosting or dough wasn’t as sweet.

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Also, that reminds me, yesterday I just saw this really amazing quote that I wanted to share:

“Vegetables, fruits, grains, beans, nuts and seeds sound boring? But so does A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and yet, that boring alphabet when you put it together, makes Shakespeare. When you put the five food groups together, it makes the most delicious cuisine ever.” – Main Street Vegan

So, so, so darn true!

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Raw Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

1/3 cup diced red delicious apple
1/4 cup buckwheat flour (or groats)
1/4 cup instant oats
1/4 cup almonds
2 tablespoons golden flaxseeds
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Filling
1 tablespoon date paste (instructions below)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
A few sprinkles Himalayan/sea salt
2 teaspoons unsweetened almond milk

Frosting
1 tablespoon coconut milk
1 tablespoon better than milk rice powder
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch

Dice about 1/3 of a red delicious apple, which actually should make about 1/3 cup. Add it to the blender along with the buckwheat flour, instant oats, almonds, golden flaxseeds, olive oil, vanilla extract and ground cinnamon. Pulse and blend until the mixture is sticky and you don’t see giant chunks.

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Spoon it out onto a bowl and knead it with your hands until it forms a dough and bits and pieces don’t fly everywhere.

Dust a flat wooden surface with a little more buckwheat flour and lay the dough on top. Use a rolling pin to make a flat rectangle (not too thin though, as it may bread).

Make the filling: You will need to have pre-made date paste for this, as the amount of dates probably won’t blend well on a big blender. Please follow the date paste instructions below for this. Spoon a tablespoon of date paste into a small bowl, then add the cinnamon, salt and almond milk. Stir until the mixture is soft to spread.

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Make the frosting: Combine the coconut milk with rice milk powder or coconut milk powder (I got mine at Vitacost) and corn starch and stir until it thickens.

Scoop the filling onto the surface of rectangular dough and spread it out until it reaches the entire rectangle.

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Roll the dough up from one side to the other, like the way a jelly roll looks. Be really careful because the dough is fragile and might break. Use your hands to tug at it from different directions to firm up the parts that look like it’s going to break.

Use a knife to cut off the edges, then cut it in 5 equal sized cinnamon rolls.

Make the frosting: Combine the coconut milk with rice milk powder or coconut milk powder (I got mine at Vitacost) and corn starch and stir until it thickens.

Drizzle the frosting over the cinnamon rolls.

How to make Date Paste

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1 packet pitted dates
High speed Blender (like Vitamix)

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Add the pitted dates into the blender and blend on full speed until a thick paste forms. Spoon it into a container to use later.

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Raw Vegan Cinnamon Rolls
Serves: 2
 

Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup diced red delicious apple
  • ¼ cup buckwheat flour (or groats)
  • ¼ cup instant oats
  • ¼ cup almonds
  • 2 tablespoons golden flaxseeds
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Filling
  • 1 tablespoon date paste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • A few sprinkles Himalayan/sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons unsweetened almond milk
Frosting
  • 1 tablespoon coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon better than milk rice powder
  • ½ teaspoon cornstarch

Instructions
  1. Dice about ⅓ of a red delicious apple, which actually should make about ⅓ cup. Add it to the blender along with the buckwheat flour, instant oats, almonds, golden flaxseeds, olive oil, vanilla extract and ground cinnamon. Pulse and blend until the mixture is sticky and you don’t see giant chunks.
  2. Spoon it out onto a bowl and knead it with your hands until it forms a dough and bits and pieces don’t fly everywhere.
  3. Dust a flat wooden surface with a little more buckwheat flour and lay the dough on top. Use a rolling pin to make a flat rectangle (not too thin though, as it may bread).
  4. Make the filling: You will need to have pre-made date paste for this, as the amount of dates probably won’t blend well on a big blender. Please follow the date paste instructions below for this. Spoon a tablespoon of date paste into a small bowl, then add the cinnamon, salt and almond milk. Stir until the mixture is soft to spread.
  5. Make the frosting: Combine the coconut milk with rice milk powder or coconut milk powder (I got mine at Vitacost) and corn starch and stir until it thickens.
  6. Scoop the filling onto the surface of rectangular dough and spread it out until it reaches the entire rectangle.
  7. Roll the dough up from one side to the other, like the way a jelly roll looks. Be really careful because the dough is fragile and might break. Use your hands to tug at it from different directions to firm up the parts that look like it’s going to break.
  8. Use a knife to cut off the edges, then cut it in 5 equal sized cinnamon rolls.
  9. Make the frosting: Combine the coconut milk with rice milk powder or coconut milk powder (I got mine at Vitacost) and corn starch and stir until it thickens.
  10. Drizzle the frosting over the cinnamon rolls.

 

10 comments

  1. Paulina

    Hi, this looks delicious!! Can I substitute the better than milk rice powder with something else? I think there are not vegetal milk powders where I live. Thank you!!!

  2. Leslie

    Hi there,
    These look tasty but I was disappointed when I read the list of ingredients. The title says “raw vegan” but there are quite a few non raw ingredients.

    • Susanna

      Perhaps you define raw differently but what it means for me is that it’s not baked. It’s almost impossible to get ALL ingredients raw, it’s just not practical, esp when it’s dangerous to eat certain stuff completely raw.

      • kenufufu nzawaku

        Don’t listen to self righteous vegan militant, embarrassing our community with holier than-thou attitude. Raw DOES mean uncooked. That is the very definition of the world! So please. Small-minded individuals getting their knickers in a twist if they don’t see a straight fruit or vegetable only. Fruits and veg are beautiful yes, but we also use other things to make vegan food. There are plenty of other pure food products which are lovely and have no damage to health and are unprocessed w/no chemicals and are from nature! Anyway, loved this recipe and shall be making some tomorrow. They sell these in wholefood London for £4.99 (about 7 dollars) for 2 very small 10cm rolls. DAYLIGHT ROBBERY! Can’t wait to make this.

  3. Robin Bair

    They look incredible & I bet they taste great too!!! How clever of you!!! Thank you for sharing! Will definitely try them asap. :)

  4. Cheri

    Before I ate clean I was a cinnamon roll connoisseur. Now that I’m eating my way to health; I wouldn’t consider eating such a thing but I’m thrilled…I’m sure this will be my new fav treat!

  5. Folake

    Love this recipe and I can’t wait to make it. Before I head to the kitchen though, I’m wondering what purpose the rice milk powder serves and are there any substitutes. Many thanks.

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