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Spiced Chai Cinnamon Rolls

These vegan cinnamon rolls are filled with fall flavors!
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Servings: 9 buns

Ingredients

Dough

  • 1 cup chai latte (chai tea brewed with dairy-free milk) warm to the touch
  • 1 packet active dry yeast 2 1/4 teaspoons
  • 3 tablespoons sugar + 1/4 teaspoon
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil melted
  • 2-3 cups all-purpose flour gluten-free if needed
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Filling

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • Pinch salt

Icing

  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons chai latte (chai tea brewed with dairy-free milk)

Instructions

Dough

  • Heat chai latte until warm to the touch, not too hot. 
  • Add yeast and 1/4 teaspoon sugar to warmed chai latte. Let sit for 15 minutes until yeast mixture becomes foamy.
  • Once foamy, whisk in 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together 2 cups flour, 3 tablespoons sugar, and salt.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until combined. 
  • Slowly add up to an additional cup of flour to form a dough slightly sticky to touch, but not sticking to your hands. You likely will not need to add all of the flour.
  • Knead the dough for 3-5 minutes by hand or using a mixer.
  • Form dough into a ball and cover with a hand towel. Let rest for 30 minutes, the dough ball should grow in size.
  • While the dough rises, grease a 9" round pan (or 9" x 9" pan) and prepare the filling.

Filling

  • Add cinnamon, brown sugar, and salt to a bowl and mix to combine.
  • Heat coconut oil to soften until spreadable (do not melt). 
  • When the dough has finished resting, flour a clean surface and roll the dough out into an 11" by 14" rectangle.
  • Spread softened coconut oil over the dough rectangle, leaving about 1/2" on one of the longer ends clean.
  • Sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar mixture over the coconut oil.
  • Roll the dough from the longer side with oil/filling to the longer clean side. Use a little water to help the clean dough stick and seal to the roll.
  • Cut the dough roll into 9 even pieces and place in the oiled 9" pan, swirls facing up.
  • Preheat the oven to 350º Fahrenheit.
  • Gently cover the rolls with a hand towel and let rise another 15 minutes. 
  • Bake rolls for 25-30 minutes, until lightly golden.

Icing (optional)

  • Mix icing sugar with chai latte. Start with 1 tablespoon of liquid and add more until the desired consistency is reached.
  • Drizzle baked cinnamon rolls with icing.

Notes

*Recipe modified from Where You Get Your Protein.