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Vegan pumpkin cinnamon rolls - simplified and ready in about 2 hours, these are the perfect fall breakfastMe, I’ve always been a salty gal.

Vegan pumpkin cinnamon rolls with a maple-cream cheese glaze - simplified and ready in about 2 hours, these are the perfect fall breakfastAnd by that I mean, I will always choose salty, greasy snacks over chocolatey, sweet ones. If you gave me the choice between gooey nachos and carrot cake? Nachos, all the way.

Fresh potato chips with a homemade ranch dressing or molten lava cake? Gimme those chips……. NOW.

Vegan pumpkin cinnamon rolls with a maple-cream cheese glaze - simplified and ready in about 2 hours, these are the perfect fall breakfastPretzel sticks or a triple-layer chocolate-raspberry cake with a shiny black chocolate ganache? Well…. we might have to negotiate.

But O, of course, is the exact opposite, and it doesn’t show more than when we head to the Gulf for a quick getaway. You see, in Memphis, we’re lacking in the grocery store department, devoid of Publix or Trader Joe’s, so these stops become field trips when we head to other, more uh, modern cities! Especially when we head down to the Florida or Alabama coast, we load up on the prepared foods at Publix, squealing like little kids over the things we can’t get back home. Now, I doubt that any of it is truly better than what we can get in Memphis, but… don’t tell us that.

Vegan pumpkin cinnamon rolls with a maple-cream cheese glaze - simplified and ready in about 2 hours, these are the perfect fall breakfastO, like clockwork, always reaches for the cinnamon roll with cream cheese frosting, the size of an 8-year-old’s head. And strangely, this selection is one of the only ones out there that might lure me away from my typical, sodium-laden selection.

Knowing this, I endeavored to make him a homemade batch a couple years ago, but remembered about oh, 2 hours of the way through, how much of a pain those suckers can be to make from scratch! There’s so many rises and punches and rolls and slices that you’d think you’d end up with a batch of the finest pain au chocolat by the time you’re done, mais non.. just a we’ll-never-eat-this-many size lot that are totally delicious.. but leave you wondering where your weekend went.

Vegan pumpkin cinnamon rolls with a maple-cream cheese glaze - simplified and ready in about 2 hours, these are the perfect fall breakfastThat is.. until now! I took a note from the Minimalist Baker and pared down the steps and ingredients to one of my ultimate favorite foods, for breakfast or otherwise (including, you know, lunch and as a dinner side dish, not to mention midnight snack, elevenses, and high tea…) and infused the dough with a sweet pumpkin and warm pumpkin spice to sing of fall mornings and crisp breezes. I topped it all with a maple-spiked cream cheese frosting to round out the autumn triumverate, and I couldn’t have been more pleased.

Oh… and did I mention they’re vegan?

Vegan pumpkin cinnamon rolls with a maple-cream cheese glaze - simplified and ready in about 2 hours, these are the perfect fall breakfastThe cinnamon rolls themselves only require 10 simple ingredients and just a little more than 2 hours from start to finish. Pretty rad, huh?

The pumpkin adds a gorgeous vibrance, easy on the eyes and the tastebuds, and the pumpkin spice is a perfect natural addition to cinnamon filling and maple-cream cheese glaze. The dough is tender, the filling rich and spiced and warm, the glaze deep and aromatic and tangy and sweet. In other words..

Vegan pumpkin cinnamon rolls with a maple-cream cheese glaze - simplified and ready in about 2 hours, these are the perfect fall breakfastmy new main squeeze. Sorry, Crawtators; you’ve been replaced!

Make these. They. Are. Delicious.

Recipe By: Cheryl Malik
5 from 3 votes

Vegan Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls


Prep 10 minutes
Cook 25 minutes
Total 35 minutes
Simplified cinnamon rolls infused with pumpkin and pumpkin spice, topped with a maple-cream cheese glaze. Perfect for fall breakfasts.
10 people

Ingredients

  • 1 packet packet instant yeast
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup pumpkin purée (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pumpkin spice , divided
  • ½ cup Earth balance (vegan butter), divided
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon sugar , divided
  • 6 oz Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar , sifted

Instructions

  • In a small saucepan over low heat, or in the microwave in a microwave-safe bowl in 30-second increments, slowly heat the almond milk and 3 tablespoons Earth Balance until warm and melted together--do not boil. Remove from the heat and let cool to about 110º, or the temperature of bath water--warm but not hot. If the mixture is too hot, it will kill the yeast!
  • Add the sugar then transfer mixture to a large mixing bowl and sprinkle on yeast. Let sit and bloom for about 10 minutes (should get foamy), then add the salt and stir. Add the pumpkin purée and stir.
  • Sift the flour together with 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice. Add the flour mixture in 1/2 cup at a time, stirring as you go. The dough will be quite sticky, and if it becomes too thick to stir, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for a minute or two until it forms a loose ball. Coat a large bowl with a neutral oil and add your dough. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and set in a warm place and let rise for about an hour, or until doubled in size.
  • Stir together 1/4 cup sugar, remaining 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice, and 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Roll out dough into a thin rectangle onto a lightly floured surface. Using a pastry brush, brush with 3 tablespoons melted Earth Balance and top with sugar-spice mixture. Starting at one end, tightly roll up the dough, ending with seam side down. Then with a very sharp chef's knife or serrated knife (or string of floss, if that's your bag), cut the dough roll into about 1 1/2" - 2" sections. Place in a buttered 8x8" square or 8" round pan and brush with remaining 2 tablespoons melted Earth Balance. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and place on top of oven to rise again while you preheat the oven to 350º.
  • Once the oven has preheated, bake for about 25 minutes or until slightly golden brown. Meanwhile, make your glaze: beat the vegan cream cheese in a medium bowl on medium speed 'til smooth, then add in maple syrup and milk and beat on high 'til smooth. Add the powdered sugar and beat on medium speed 'til creamy.
  • When rolls have finished baking, remove from oven and let cool slightly. Drizzle with maple-cream cheese glaze and serve immediately.
You can drizzle it with your maple-cream cheese glaze, then serve.

Approximate Information for One Serving

Serving Size: 10gCalories: 376calProtein: 6gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 233mgPotassium: 114mgTotal Carbs: 54gFiber: 2gSugar: 23gNet Carbs: 52gVitamin A: 2419IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 77mgIron: 2mg
Nutrition Disclaimers
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.

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27 Comments

  1. I’ve been vegan for about two weeks now and the one thing I’ve really been missing is cinnamon rolls. I didn’t think they would taste good without whole milk and butter. But this recipe is amazing! I replaced the all purpose with whole wheat pastry flour and it worked out beautifully. It was tender and moist and beautiful <3 Thank you for sharing the recipe!

    1. Avatar Cheryl Malik says:

      Right?! There are so many things you start to miss when you go vegan.. but cinnamon rolls definitely do not have to be one of them! These are so so so yummy, and I’m glad you had such great results with the WW pastry flour. Great suggestions! Thanks for reading and commenting Ahna!

    2. Avatar Cheryl Malik says:

      Oh, and congrats on going vegan 🙂

  2. Omg. These rolls are pure perfection and your photos are mindblowing gorgeous. Also, I want/need one in my face stat. That is all. 😀 Pinned!

    1. Avatar Cheryl Malik says:

      Thanks Sarah!! I hope you make them and love them! 🙂

  3. Cheryl….. now we are talking!!!!! (Oop!! Sorry, I meant ‘drooling’)

    I have a sweet tooth, and have always given in to cinnamon rolls, but never in a million years that I thought I would be so excited to see vegan version. But who wouldn’t when it “infused the dough with a sweet pumpkin and warm pumpkin spice…topped it all with a maple-spiked cream cheese frosting”

    Brillant & <3 <3 <3

    1. Avatar Cheryl Malik says:

      😀 And yes, cinnamon rolls are ugh! They slay me. These are just an extra special take for fall, and I’m just mad about them. Thanks Pang!!

    1. Avatar Cheryl Malik says:

      I’m going to have to calmly and coolly agree…

      FIVE THOUSAND PERCENT!!!

    1. Avatar Cheryl Malik says:

      Thanks so much Medha! 🙂

  4. Well. These are just DELIGHTFUL.

    (Funny story: I used to really dig Cinnabon rolls. One day I went with my mom during a shopping trip and she decided she didn’t want a roll. When I asked if she was sure she said “oh, well, maybe I could have the CENTER OF YOUR ROLL, that sounds good.” SHE LITERALLY DID NOT REALIZE SHE WAS ASKING FOR THE BEST PART. Moms! HA!)

    Now I just have to make these tasty treats and isolate some centers for her. 🙂

    1. Avatar Cheryl Malik says:

      NO. MOM, NO. Hahaha.. I think they actually sell just the center now! Crazy right? And thanks Carla 🙂

  5. these are amazing! I can’t wait to try to make them when the lovely wife goes out of town. I will never be able to make them as good as this, but one can always strive! Great photos!5 stars

    1. Avatar Cheryl Malik says:

      I would love to see you make these, honey!

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