Vegan cinnamon cardamom buns for Cinnamon Roll Day because I’m a little rebel! Confession time: I’ve baked traditional Finnish cinnamon rolls only once. They looked funny (if not ugly) and I thought baking cinnamon rolls is just not for me. So today I baked these no stress buns with amazing cinnamon roll swirls to celebrate this special day.
Cinnamon Roll Day
Today is October 4th and it’s the best day of the week: Friday AND Cinnamon Roll Day.
While these look nothing like traditional Finnish cinnamon rolls, they have the same lush flavor. When making these, you get the best from both: cinnamon rolls and cardamom buns.
Vegan cinnamon roll
Cinnamon rolls and buns are one of the easiest baked goods to veganize. All you need is plant-based milk and vegan butter or oil instead of using dairy products.
Also the cinnamon roll filling is super easy to make vegan as it’s basically just butter, sugar and cinnamon. That is if you make it the traditional way. I’m a little rebel in many ways and this is why I don’t really enjoy making traditional recipes exactly the way they’re always made.
What makes these buns special is my own version of the traditional cinnamon roll filling.
It’s an insanely delicious nut butter and syrup based paste with a fudgy consistency. It’s spiced with both cinnamon and ground cardamom for maximum flavor. This paste is what’s swirled inside these buns creating a most scrumptious texture!
Although there’s a generous amount of sweet paste inside swirled and twirled perfectly, these buns are not too sweet. Without the deliciously sugary vanilla frosting these buns are like cozy snack buns.
And with the frosting…they are simply heavenly!
I hope you’ll find time for baking these mouthwatering buns this weekend. I guarantee these fun buns will make you smile 🙂
Happy baking from the forest!
ps If you’re looking for a quicker cardamom bun treat, I have a delicious cardamom bun pancake recipe on the blog!
Vegan cinnamon cardamom buns
- 2 cups (480 ml) plant-based milk such as oat milk
- 1/2 cups melted neutral flavored coconut oil or any other oil or melted vegan butter of choice
- 1/2 cups (100 g) sugar
- 1 pack (11 g) active dry yeast
- 5 cups (640 g) all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/2 cup syrup I used date syrup, but any syrup you like will work
- 1/2 cup nut butter I prefer cashew butter, but almond / hazelnut / walnut would also work.
- 2 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
- 1,5 tsp ground (green) cardamom
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tbsp plant-based milk such as oat milk
- 1/4 tsp Bourbon vanilla powder or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract Also 1 tsp of vanilla sugar would work!
- Warm plant milk until it's about 42 C / 110 F (not too warm, because it will kill the yeast). Whisk together milk, oil and sugar.
- Sprinkle yeast on top and let sit for about a minute.
- Add 4 cups of flour and mix with a wooden spoon.
- Cover with a cloth and let rise in a warm place for an hour.
- After one hour you should have about double the amount of dough you started with.
- Add rest of the flour and stir well.
- On a well-floured surface, knead the dough until it doesn't stick to the surface.
- Roll the dough with a rolling pin into a large rectangle shape about 1/2 inch (1,5 cm) thick.
- Whisk all filling ingredients in a bowl until you have a sticky thick paste.
- Spread paste over the surface of the dough, also the edges.
- Cut the dough into 4 stripes, roll each stripe into a roll. NOTE: if you're watching the Tasty video, this is where I start diverging from the Tasty recipe 🙂
- Combine two rolls together and knead until you have a big ball of dough where the filling is randomly swirled inside. Do the same to the other two rolls.
- Now divide one of the balls into about 9-10 pieces and roll into small buns. Do the same to the other ball. So altogether you should have about 18-20 buns.
- Preheat oven to 225 C / 437 F.
- Let buns rise covered with a cloth for 15 minutes on a baking sheet.
- Bake buns (one baking sheet at a time) in the mid rack for about 12 minutes. Baking time varies so you can set the timer to 10 minutes first to check the buns. Let buns cool before frosting.
- Mix all frosting ingredients and cover buns with frosting.
- Enjoy these delicious treats! Happy Cinnamon Roll day!
ps You can follow Myberryforest also on Pinterest for delicious vegan food and food photography!