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Date Sweetened Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

Indulgent Vegan Cinnamon Rolls with a date-sweetened cinnamon date filling.
Servings 9 cinnamon rolls

Ingredients
  

Dough

  • 3 tbsp vegan butter
  • tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • ½ tsp cane sugar (for the yeast)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 heaping cups unbleached all purpose flour

Cinnamon Date Filling

  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 tbsp vegan butter (melted)
  • 1-2 tbsp maple syrup (to taste)
  • 1-2 tbsp coconut sugar (to taste)
  • tbsp cinnamon

For Topping

  • 2 tbsp vegan butter

Cream Cheese Yogurt Icing

  • 3 tbsp vegan cream cheese
  • 3 tbsp plain yogurt of choice
  • ½ tbsp unsweetened almond milk
  • tbsp maple syrup
  • splash of vanilla
  • pinch of salt

Instructions
 

  • For the Dough: Heat the almond milk and vegan butter in 20-30 sec increments until warm (not hot or it will kill the yeast). Allow it to cool if needed. Add in the yeast and cane sugar, stir and let it activate.
  • Once the yeast is activated, pour it into a large mixing bowl with 2 cups of flour, slowly adding more if needed. The dough should be sticky. Knead lightly until a ball is formed, being careful not to over mix. Coat mixing bowl with oil and put the ball back in. Cover with saran wrap and allow it to rinse in a warm place until 2x in size.
  • In the meantime, prepare the filling. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse until smooth.
  • Once the dough is ready, roll into a thin rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Spread the filling in an even layer, covering all of the dough. Starting from the long end, tightly roll the dough into one long log.
  • Slice into 9 even rolls.
  • Transfer the rolls to a prepared baking dish, cover again and allow it to rise for another 30 mins.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°.
  • Brush the melted butter on top of the cinnamon rolls.
  • Bake for about 30 mins or until lightly golden brown.
  • While the rolls bake, prepare the icing: Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Allow the cinnamon rolls to cool before serving with icing, and enjoy!

Notes

Dough adapted from Minimalist Baker.