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Vegan Banana Bread Cinnamon Rolls


Whether or not you’re new to Bold Kitchen or have been following for years, there’s a very good probability you’ve come throughout (and/or made) my well-known cinnamon roll recipe. It simply so occurs to be the most well-liked cinnamon roll recipe on the web, and for good motive! BUT, do you know I’ve equally scrumptious vegan cinnamon rolls which are fully dairy free and style like a cross between a Cinnabon and banana bread? WHO’S READY TO GET THEIR BAKE ON?

Once I first shared this recipe I had examined it roughly 5 occasions to get the right fluffy outcomes that can make you higher than Betty, nearly ask cool as Ina, and undoubtedly as legit as Martha. (Hoping all of us get these references.)

These banana bread cinnamon rolls are fluffy, delicate, and style like a cinnamon roll and banana bread had a child. Contemporary bananas are nestled in between every cinnamon sugar roll for the final word banana cinnamon roll celebration. I MEAN COME ON, NOW YOU HAVE TO TRY THEM.

vegan cinnamon rolls in a pan

Components in banana bread cinnamon rolls

We’re utilizing easy pantry staples in these banana cinnamon rolls, plus just a few swaps to maintain them vegan. Right here’s what you’ll must make them:

  • Bread flour: the trick to maintain these vegan cinnamon rolls delicate and fluffy is to make use of bread flour as an alternative of all function flour. Principally, bread flour has a better protein ratio, which suggests it produces a lighter and softer cinnamon roll as an alternative of 1 that’s dense. It’s meant for use in breads and rolls, so do your self a favor and decide up a bag ASAP.
  • Granulated sugar: this sort of sugar is used to sweeten the banana bread cinnamon rolls and to assist activate the yeast.
  • Brown sugar: personally, I like utilizing darkish brown sugar for a extra strong molasses taste in these swirls, however gentle brown sugar will work.
  • Fast rise yeast: use fast rise or on the spot yeast on this recipe to assist the cinnamon rolls rise quicker. You may also use lively dry yeast, however the cinnamon rolls could take barely longer to rise.
  • Vegan butter: we’re utilizing vegan butter on this recipe. Nonetheless, in the event you aren’t vegan or dairy free, be at liberty to make use of common unsalted butter. Or you may strive my common cinnamon roll recipe.
  • Mashed banana: not solely does mashed banana assist to present the cinnamon rolls that banana bread taste, nevertheless it additionally helps to maintain the recipe vegan. That’s proper, no flax eggs wanted! The banana additionally provides a pure sweetness AND softness to the cinnamon roll dough. SO addicting. Simply just be sure you measure out the mashed banana to ¾ cup. DO NOT USE MORE. DO NOT USE LESS. Belief me!
  • Milk: I maintain these cinnamon rolls dairy free and vegan through the use of unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Plus, it provides a stunning trace of vanilla. Merely the perfect. You should use any dairy-free milk you’d like reminiscent of oat milk or one other nut milk, too.
  • Walnuts: these are non-obligatory, however I like including chopped walnuts to the filling as effectively!
  • For the frosting: we’re making a straightforward vegan cream cheese frosting by mixing softened vegan cream cheese, vegan butter, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and cinnamon.

banana bread cinnamon roll dough laid out on a board

Can I make them gluten free?

Sadly, I’ve not examined these cinnamon rolls utilizing a gluten free flour, so I can not advocate it.

Sorts of yeast used for making cinnamon rolls

There are two forms of yeast to select from in baking:

  1. Energetic dry yeast: this sort of yeast should be dissolved in liquid, or additionally what’s referred to as being “proofed” earlier than it’s added to the remainder of the dough elements.
  2. Fast rise yeast: also called on the spot yeast (that is the model I exploit and love!) and what we’re utilizing for this banana bread cinnamon roll recipe. It may be added to the dough with none ‘proofing’ required, so that you don’t want to take a seat and watch the yeast to verify it bubbles. I do nonetheless prefer to dissolve it in somewhat little bit of milk and sugar to assist get it began, which is famous within the recipe directions.

unbaked vegan banana bread cinnamon rolls sliced

How are you aware when yeast is activated?

After including yeast to heat milk you’ll usually watch and wait to see if the combination bubbles. You then’ll know that your yeast is activated. Nonetheless, on this recipe (as I discussed above) we’ll be utilizing a fast rise yeast to make these vegan cinnamon rolls, which doesn’t should be “proofed” earlier than including in the remainder of the elements. You’ll merely add the yeast to your warmed milk and sugar (the sugar helps get the yeast began!) and proceed on with the recipe. Simple!

Discover ways to measure flour accurately

Sure, weighing flour is the gold customary for measuring it, however in the event you don’t have a scale or are in search of a neater methodology take a look at my tutorial for measuring flour right here! It really works each time.

unbaked banana cinnamon rolls in a pan

Suggestions for making excellent vegan cinnamon rolls

As at all times, you should definitely comply with the elements and directions EXACTLY on this vegan cinnamon roll recipe. Listed here are just a few extra ideas and tips to make sure success:

  1. Don’t overheat your milk. It needs to be between 105-115 levels F. Something hotter will kill the yeast, which suggests the vegan banana cinnamon rolls is not going to rise. A easy tip is to dip your finger within the almond milk — it ought to really feel heat much like heat bathtub water however not HOT. Should you warmed it up an excessive amount of, merely wait a couple of minutes till it cools down sufficient to the touch.
  2. Use ripe bananas and measure them out. The mashed banana in these vegan cinnamon rolls will assist them bake up with out using eggs, so you should definitely measure out the quantity after mashing. Ripe bananas will be certain that these vegan cinnamon rolls have a scrumptious, banana bread taste!
  3. Use softened, room temperature vegan butter for the filling. Melted butter will doubtless trigger the cinnamon sugar filling to leak out earlier than baking. Room temperature butter is greatest!
  4. Rub the brown sugar into the vegan butter. After you unfold out the softened vegan butter, it’s necessary to rub the brown sugar into the butter and dough in order that it’s effectively mixed.
  5. Add banana slices to the filling. The additional banana slices will actually give these vegan cinnamon rolls that banana bread taste. Yum! I believe chopped walnuts or pecans would even be scrumptious within the center.
  6. Use bread flour. Bread flour is out there at most grocery shops and it makes ALL the distinction in reaching delicate, fluffy banana bread cinnamon rolls!
  7. Flour your work floor and rolling pin. That is to forestall the vegan cinnamon rolls from sticking to the floor or to the rolling pin.

adding frosting to vegan cinnamon rolls in a pan

Tips on how to make in a single day cinnamon rolls

After rolling your banana bread cinnamon rolls up, lower them as directed, prepare in pan lined with parchment paper, cowl them with plastic wrap then place them within the fridge in a single day. If you end up able to bake, deliver the vegan cinnamon rolls to room temperature and allow them to rise for 45 minutes to 1 hour earlier than baking as directed.

Storing ideas

Be at liberty to retailer your freshly baked vegan cinnamon buns coated at room temp for 1-2 days, then switch them to the fridge for as much as 5 days. Merely reheat them within the microwave to get them delicate and gooey once more!

vegan banana bread cinnamon rolls in a pan and on a plate

Freezer-friendly vegan cinnamon rolls

  • Freeze earlier than baking. The dough needs to be frozen after the primary rise (as soon as they’re rolled up with the filling in and lower). Place right into a pan and canopy effectively, then place in freezer. If you end up able to bake, let the dough thaw within the fridge — ideally in a single day, then put in a heat spot for half-hour to 1 hour earlier than baking to activate the second rise. Bake the vegan banana bread cinnamon rolls as directed.
  • Freeze after baking. Enable the vegan banana bread cinnamon rolls to return to room temperature after baking, then both freeze your entire pan, ensuring they’re effectively wrapped or coated in an hermetic container, or freeze particular person cinnamon rolls. While you’re able to eat, defrost the vegan cinnamon rolls at room temperature, then heat them within the oven at 350 levels F for 10-Quarter-hour. You may also heat them up individually within the microwave for 20-30 seconds (as soon as defrosted). I want to freeze them earlier than they’re iced, after which frost them when able to eat. The vegan cream cheese icing can be freezer-friendly!

Our fav instruments for baking cinnamon rolls

  • Stand mixer. You’ll need to use the dough hook in your stand mixer to simply knead the dough earlier than rolling it out. Don’t have a stand mixer? No worries! You may also knead the dough by hand.
  • Picket spoon. I like to recommend mixing your dough along with a picket spoon.
  • Rolling pin. For rolling out that lovely dough. Professional tip: in the event you don’t have a rolling pin you may also flour up a wine bottle!
  • Serrated knife. Utilizing a serrated knife will assist you to lower the cinnamon rolls out after you roll the dough up. You may also use floss.
  • 9×9 inch pan. I like to recommend utilizing a 9×9 inch baking pan or 9-inch round pan in order that the cinnamon rolls match effectively and bake correctly.

vegan cinnamon roll on a plate

Your cinnamon roll questions: answered

You’ll want to learn by means of the total publish for solutions to widespread questions on making these banana cinnamon rolls. A number of extra widespread questions that I get:

  1. Can I exploit all function flour? The recipe will nonetheless work with all function flour (and readers have used it with success) however I extremely advocate sticking with bread flour as a result of, as I discussed, it’s what makes the cinnamon rolls additional fluffy and scrumptious.
  2. Why did the middles come out of my cinnamon rolls? This will occur in the event you roll them a bit too tightly or in case your pan is just too small. You’ll want to lower dough off of the ends of your cinnamon roll log in order that the rolls all slot in your pan.
  3. Can I double the recipe? Yep! Simply keep in mind to make use of a bigger pan.
  4. What can I do if my dough is just too sticky whereas kneading? Merely add somewhat extra flour, a couple of tablespoon at a time, till it’s simpler to work with.
  5. Can I exploit a bread maker? I haven’t examined this recipe utilizing a bread maker, however readers within the feedback have executed so with success!
  6. Can I add mix-ins to the filling? You guess! I believe chopped nuts can be scrumptious rolled up with the banana slices.

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Vegan Banana Bread Cinnamon Rolls

vegan cinnamon roll on a plate

Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes

Whole Time 1 hour 55 minutes

Meet the world’s greatest vegan cinnamon rolls: vegan banana bread cinnamon rolls! These selfmade vegan cinnamon rolls are like a cross between a cinnamon roll and banana bread. They’re extremely fluffy, delicate, and make an exquisite brunch or deal with!


  • For the dough:
  • 3/4
    unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of alternative), warmed to 115 levels F
  • 1/4
    granulated sugar
  • 2 ¼
    lively yeast (1/4-ounce bundle yeast)
  • 3/4
    mashed ripe banana (from about 2 medium bananas, however be sure you measure)
  • 1/4
    melted vegan butter (or common butter if not vegan)
  • 4
    bread flour
  • ¾
  • For the filling:
  • 2/3
    darkish brown sugar
  • 1 ½
    floor cinnamon
  • 1/4
    vegan butter (or common butter), softened
  • 1
    medium banana, thinly sliced
  • 1/2
    chopped walnuts, non-obligatory however recommened
  • For the vegan cream cheese frosting*:
  • 4
    vegan cream cheese (or common cream cheese), softened
  • 2
    vegan butter (or common butter), softened
  • 3/4
    powdered sugar
  • ½
    vanilla extract
  • ½


  1. Heat milk to round 110 levels F. I like to do that by putting milk in a microwave protected bowl and microwaving it for 45 seconds. It needs to be like heat bathtub water. Switch heat milk and sugar to the bowl of an electrical mixer and sprinkle yeast on prime. Stir in ¾ cup mashed banana (ensuring you measured!) and melted vegan butter (or common butter). Combine till simply mixed. Subsequent stir in flour and salt with a picket spoon till a dough begins to kind.

  2. Place dough hook on mixer and knead dough on low pace for 8-10 minutes. Dough ought to kind into a pleasant ball and be barely sticky. (Should you don’t need to use an electrical mixer, you need to use your fingers to knead the dough for 8-10 minutes on a well-floured floor.)

  3. Switch dough ball to a big bowl greased with olive oil, then cowl with plastic wrap and a heat towel. Enable dough to rise for 1 hour or 1.5 hours or till doubled in dimension. This will kind of time relying the humidity and temperature in your house.

  4. After dough has doubled in dimension, switch dough to a well-floured floor and roll out right into a 14×16 inch rectangle. Unfold softened butter over dough, leaving a ¼ inch margin on the far aspect of the dough.

  5. In a small bowl, combine collectively brown sugar and cinnamon. Use your fingers to sprinkle combination over the buttered dough, then gently rub the sugar into the butter, you actually need to mix the sugar into the dough so it sticks. Add banana slices and walnuts on prime.

  6. Tightly roll dough up the dough, ranging from the 14-inch aspect (the smaller aspect) and place seam aspect down ensuring to seal the sides of the dough as greatest you may. You’ll in all probability want to chop off not less than an inch off the ends of the dough because the ends gained’t be as filled with cinnamon sugar as we’d need it to be. Then lower rolled into 1 inch sections with a serrated knife or use floss. You need to get 12 rolls. I prefer to make dents with a knife within the dough earlier than reducing to make 12 even rolls.

  7. Place banana cinnamon rolls in a greased 9×11 inch baking pan. (I like to recommend lining the pan with parchment paper as effectively, in case any of the filling finally ends up leaking out.) Cowl with plastic wrap and a heat towel and let rise once more for 30-45 minutes or till they puff up and contact one another.

  8. Preheat oven to 350 levels F. Take away plastic wrap and towel and bake the banana cinnamon rolls for 25-35 minutes or till simply barely golden brown on the sides. You need to below bake them somewhat in order that they keep delicate within the center, that’s why we would like them simply barely golden brown. Enable them to chill for a 5-10 minutes earlier than frosting.

  9. Whereas the cinnamon rolls bake, you may make the frosting: Within the bowl of an electrical mixer or in a medium bowl, mix softened cream cheese, softened butter, powdered sugar vanilla extract and cinnamon. Beat till clean and fluffy. Unfold or drizzle over cinnamon rolls and serve instantly. Makes 12 cinnamon rolls.

Recipe Notes

*Be at liberty to make use of common butter and cream cheese in case you are not vegan or dairy free.

Learn the total publish for ideas, tips, and even how you can make in a single day cinnamon rollse.

These vegan cinnamon rolls are freezer-friendly! Verify the total publish on ideas for freezing them.

Recipe by: Monique Volz // Bold Kitchen | Images by: Eat Love Eats

Recipe up to date on March 30, 2020, publish republished on March twenty sixth, 2023.




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