Cinnamon has to be one of the best spices out there. The smell and taste of cinnamon mixed with a little coconut sugar and vegan butter sure get the tastebuds going. These Raw Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls are my fun take on a breakfast classic. These rolls are sweet, loaded with that cinnamon goodness and topped with a delicious dairy free frosting. These yummy cinnamon pinwheels are a great mid-day snack, vegan dessert, or an extra sweet way to start your day.
the gluten free cinnamon rolls dilemma
I’ve made quite a few vegan gluten free cinnamon buns, and I still haven’t found one that is fluffy/not dense. I totally get that working with gluten free flours is very tricky. But I am always on the lookout for a cinnamon bun that doesn’t sit heavy. So after some brainstorming, I realized a raw version might be the way to go. I figured why not make a raw version of the classic breakfast and see what happens. It didn’t disappoint.
cinnamon + Chrismas = magic
Growing up, on Christmas morning I looked forward to breakfast almost as much as my stocking. My mom would either make her classic coffee cake, or we would get cinnamon buns from Cinnabon. I mean Christmas is already exciting enough as a kid, but knowing that besides Santa coming that I would get to wake up to the sweet and fragrant smell of cinnamon and sugar in the house, well it just couldn’t really get better than that. The flavour of these cinnamon rolls definitely has me walking down memory lane. I may be reminiscing of the deliciousness of cinnamon and the magic of Chrismas for a kid.
These vegan gluten free cinnamon rolls are quite sweet. Because these rolls are already filled with coconut sugar and cinnamon, you may find that you don’t need the dairy free frosting as it will add more sweetness to the rolls. So the choice is completely yours. When you cut off the ends of the dough roll taste the ends and decide if it is sweet enough for you. If you can handle more sweetness, add the frosting.
two options for the dairy free frosting
I’m also giving you two options with the vegan frosting. You can have a thicker icing on top or a runny, more of a glaze topping. They are both delicious and both use almost the same ingredients. the thicker option calls for 1 tbsp of vegan butter, so if you don’t have that on hand the glaze will work! They both are delicious and taste similar, the consistency is mostly where they differ.
On the Picky Husband’s first bite he said these vegan gluten free cinnamon rolls were too sweet. I looked at him, unimpressed. Adam is the guy that walks past the Cinnabon in the mall to smell the freshly baked cinnamon buns and to sample whatever they have that day. I said there is no way these dairy free cinnamon rolls are as sweet as Cinnabon. He slyly agreed. But again, you have options. If you like extra sweet things go with the dairy free frosting, and if not, let the cinnamon rolls be as they are.
here are a few reasons why I love these Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls, so listen up!
- Who can really say no to a cinnamon roll? They are like the Queen of breakfast. Any holiday morning needs to have some version of a cinnamon roll in it. Cinnamon swirl oatmeal, cinnamon coffee cake, raw cinnamon rolls, or the classic cinnamon bun. Cinnamon makes the holidays better.
- I use Ceylon cinnamon in my baking-known to have amazing health benefits. Some research shows that it helps to lower blood pressure, help regulate your glycemic index and aid indigestion. So I’m sticking with this type of cinnamon in all my baking!
- These dairy free cinnamon rolls take no time to make. Again, with most raw treats the waiting time is the longest. But even for these rolls, the fridge time is only 1.5 hours total, so nothing crazy! It’s totally doable to whip these rolls up in the morning for a later breaky.
Guys, these dairy free cinnamon rolls are amazing! The flavours are spot on, they are gooey, sticky and quite sweet. The nut base of these gluten free cinnamon rolls is a pretty good substitute for the traditional bun. Enjoy some cinnamon goodness, with or without the dairy free frosting, it’s bound to be the perfect midday pick-me-upper.