Vegan Apple Cinnamon Rolls (*No Yeast*)



A few weekends ago, my best friend and I went on a Fall hike and ended up at the cutest little café (as one typically does after a Fall hike). While I got to enjoy a delicious pumpkin muffin and flat white, I couldn't stop staring at her apple cinnamon bun!



Now to be completely transparent, I REALLY don't like recipes where there is inactive or waiting time...like cookies. I don't have the patience to wait for cookie dough to chill. I have no chill. I want to make, bake, clean, and eat cookies, now. Not two days from now.



That's kinda how I feel about cinnamon buns and the proofing time required with yeast. Now I can appreciate a well proofed cinnamon bun from others, but having to wait a few hours here and there for the dough to rise is just not for me.


That's why I make *no yeast* cinnamon rolls ;)

Tips and Tricks for Rolling Cinnamon Rolls


Work on a well floured surface. Don't be afraid to get messy in the kitchen. It's worth it in the end, I promise!!

A round dough sits on a floured kitchen surface.

After rolling out the dough, cut off the edges with a sharp knife to make straight edges and a perfect rectangle. This makes it a lot easier to roll the dough with the filling.

The dough is rolled out into a rough rectangle. Four black lines show that viewers should cut off the edges of the rough rectangle to make straight edges.

Roll the dough from the longest side. Don't be afraid to take your time with this step. Alternatively, cut your strips now and roll them up individually.

Dough with apple and cinnamon brown sugar filling lays on a black floured kitchen surface. A text box is in the middle of the rectangle that states "Roll this way" with an arrow pointing right.

When cutting the 8 cinnamon rolls, I like to start by cutting the log in half. And then use the two halves to cut those halves into halves. And then once more to get 8 pieces. I hope that makes sense - it makes life so much easier!


A log of the apple cinnamon cinnamon roll lays on a black countertop with  a sharp knife to the right and a greased nine by nine pan on the left. On the log, it is numbered one, two, three to indicate that bakers should cut the dough first in the middle of the log to half it. Then with the two halves, half it in the middle a second time. Now with four pieces, the third line indicates to half the four pieces a third and final time.

9x9 Baking Pans vs. 12 muffin tin pan? Totally a personal choice, but if you aren't into pulling apart your cinnamon buns from each other and dealing with a sticky mess, I suggest going with the muffin tin pan! Just don't forget to generously greasy the tins with vegan margarine/butter or cooking spray before placing the raw cinnamon rolls in the pan.