Home ยป The best vanilla cinnamon rolls recipe

The best vanilla cinnamon rolls recipe


Light and fluffy tear apart vanilla rolls with a silky smooth vanilla cream cheese glaze.

This recipe produces the most perfect rolls each time!

They’re fun to make, as well as tasting delicious! I can assure you, you will want more than one- haha!

Vegan has never tasted better!

Cinnamon rolls are one of my favourite things in the whole wide world! They’re my guilty pleasure!

I decided to switch things up a little and eliminate the cinnamon in exchange for vanilla.

I use vanilla bean which as a much stronger flavour and works beautifully in these rolls.

My mouth is watering just thinking about them!

I’ve been making these rolls all over Christmas and into the New Year, I have got all of my friends and family hooked.

There is no trick here, just a few ingredients make the ultimate vegan cinnamon…or in this case vanilla rolls! 

Why not give them a go?! You won’t be disappointed!

Preparation- Around 3 hours

Baking time- 20-25 minutes

Makes- Approximately 10 rolls

Level- Medium

Ingredients for the rolls

-240ml of dairy-free milk (I use unsweetened almond milk)

-2 tablespoons of dairy-free butter 

-1 sachet of active dry yeast powder (9g)

-1 tablespoon of golden caster sugar

-410g of self-raising flour

Ingredients for the filling

-10g of dairy-free butter

-1 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste

– 1 tablespoon of golden caster sugar

Ingredients for the glaze

-350g of icing sugar

-1 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste

-1 tablespoon of dairy-free cream cheese

-3 tablespoons of dairy-free milk (I use unsweetened almond)

To make the rolls

Step 1- Place the dairy-free milk and butter into a saucepan and heat until melted.

Allow to cool a little.

Step 2- Pour into a bowl and sprinkle in the yeast and mix.

Pop into a warm place and cover with a tea towel for the yeast to activate.

This will take around 15 minutes.

Step 3- Once the yeast is foamy, add in the sugar and mix until combined.

Step 4- Add the flour to the yeast mixture a little at a time until sticky dough forms.

Step 5- Knead on a lightly floured surface for a few minutes until a smooth dough forms.

Step 6- Place into a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a clean tea towel.

Place in a warm area for approximately 2 hours to rise. You want it to double in size.

Step 7- Flour a clean surface and roll out the dough into a rectangular shape.

Step 8- Mix the butter and vanilla bean paste together, then spread all over the dough.

Step 9- Sprinkle the tablespoon of sugar over the melted butter, making sure it’s even.

Step 10- Starting at a long side, roll the dough into a log, pinching it as you go to keep it rolled up. 

Step 11- Once in a log, using a knife or string, cut into 1 – 2-inch rolls.

Step 12- Generously grease a square baking tin/ dish with melted butter and line up the cinnamon rolls, leaving space as they will rise.

Step 13- Brush melted butter over each roll.

Step 14- Cover with a clean tea towel and pop back into a warm area and allow to rise for 20 minutes.

Step 15- Preheat your oven to 180 degrees c.

Step 16- Once the rolls have grown in size, pop them into the middle of the preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden in colour.

Step 17- Once baked, remove from the oven and set aside.

To make the glaze

Step 1- Place the icing, vanilla, cream cheese and milk into a food processor/blender and whizz up until smooth.

Add as much milk as needed for a smooth glaze.

Step 2- Smooth over the rolls until fully coated.

Serve the rolls while warm.

Best enjoyed warm, day of making.

Once cooled, store in a sealed container. 


Make sure you follow me on my social media

My Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/thelittleblogofvegan/

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/littleblogofvegan/

Twitter- https://twitter.com/BlogofVegan

I would love to see your take on my recipes. Tag me on social media using the hashtag #Blogofvegan #thelittleblogofvegan 

All of my social media links are in the side bar…come and say Hi!

Share and follow me for more yummy posts to come!



  1. Natalie
    January 17, 2019 / 6:37 am

    I love cinnamon rolls! They look amazing!

    • The Little Blog of Vegan
      January 18, 2019 / 1:17 am

      Thankyou Natalie! x

  2. Behocz
    November 5, 2019 / 11:08 am

    I obtained some useful points with this blog site. Bottle Unloaders

  3. Amy
    July 17, 2023 / 9:16 am

    Is there a way I could prep them the night before and bake them the next morning?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

As seen in