A while back, I was watching Food Network (ha! how many of my posts have started out like this?! I clearly get a lot of my recipe inspiration from that channel!) and The Pioneer Woman (aka: Ree) was making her version of pumpkin cinnamon rolls. Commence the drooling. I had to make them, I needed to eat them, so I looked up her recipe to get an idea of what went into them. The method I used to make my Vegan Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls ended up being quite different from the one she uses to make hers. I’ve never made her version, but I’m pretty sure mine are just as delicious!
Modifying her recipe would have been a little too complicated for what I was aiming for, so to come up with this recipe, I went back to my Apple Raisin Cinnamon Rolls recipe and changed it a little to come up with these deliciously sweet and perfectly spiced rolls of swirly pumpkin perfection (what?) 🙂
Between this recipe and my Apple Raisin Cinnamon Rolls recipe, I can’t decide which one I love best. And I’m not just saying that because they’re mine. I’ve received so many messages about those Apple Raisin Cinnamon Rolls since I shared the recipe. I’m so happy it was well-received and I hope the same goes for these vegan pumpkin cinnamon rolls!
I call them vegan pumpkin cinnamon rolls but really, they’re more “pumpkin spice” rolls. I definitely use cinnamon but I also use ground nutmeg and ginger to enhance the flavour a bit more and to make them even more fitting for fall.
These fluffy rolls are perfect to devour during pumpkin season, for Thanksgiving, or even for Christmas. Why not?
You can even have them year-round because of that stash of pumpkin puree sitting in your freezer that I showed you how to make. (Click here to learn how to make your own homemade pumpkin puree, it’s so easy!)
One last thing…my preference is to not to top these with a glaze, but that doesn’t mean you can’t. See the note below the recipe for a quick glaze recipe you can make. You can get a glimpse of what the glaze looks like in my Easy Vegan Cinnamon Rolls recipe.
Looking at my pictures here, I need to make these again soon! So, so good…
If you like this vegan pumpkin cinnamon rolls recipe, you may also like these:
- Easy Vegan Cinnamon Rolls
- Apple Raisin Cinnamon Rolls
- Vegan Hot Cross Buns
- Coconut Raisin Vegan Scones
- Vegan Pumpkin Scones
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How to Make Vegan Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
- 2 1/4 tsp yeast
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/2 cup lukewarm water
- 3/4 cup room temperature/lukewarm unsweetened non-dairy milk (I use almond)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup oil
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3 1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour
- In your stand mixer bowl, add the yeast, 1 tsp of sugar, and lukewarm water. Let stand for a few minutes.
- When the yeast has foamed up, add the room temperature/lukewarm milk, pumpkin puree, oil, salt, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground ginger, sugar and 1 cup of flour. Mix with a spoon to combine.
- Put stand mixer bowl in place, add 2 more cups of flour and using the dough hook, allow the mixer to knead.
- The dough will be sticky, add flour 1/2 cup at a time.
- Let mixer knead dough for about 4 minutes and until enough flour has been added so it is no longer sticky.
- Remove dough from mixer bowl and oil the inside lightly. Place dough back in bowl, cover with a towel and let it sit in a warm spot until it has doubled in size, about 1 hour.
- After the hour has passed, punch the dough down and let it sit for a few minutes while you prepare the pan and filling.
- Line an 11" x 13" pan with parchment paper. Allow an overhang on each side so they can be easily removed from the pan when done.
- Prepare raisins (see tip above).
- In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and ground ginger.
- Lightly flour your work surface, stretch and roll your dough into a rectangle that is approximately 12" x 18".
- Brush melted coconut oil over the entire surface.
- Sprinkle brown sugar/spice mixture onto dough.
- Sprinkle raisins evenly onto the dough.
- From the long side, firmly roll the dough. Roll slowly to ensure it is tight as can be.
- Pinch the entire length of the seam to seal and turn the entire roll seam side down so it's at the bottom.
- Slice off an inch of dough from each end.
- Slice the roll into 12 slices.
- Place each slice into the parchment lined pan. It's OK if they are close together.
- Cover with a towel and place in a warm spot. Let rise for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- After the rolls have rested, bake for about 20 minutes or until they are lightly browned.
- Remove from oven and let sit for a few minutes in pan.
- Remove using parchment paper overhang and place on a cooling rack.
- I use my stand mixer to knead the dough, if you don't have a stand mixer, knead by hand.
- Before you add the raisins, follow this tip to ensure they are plump and juicy!
- If topping with a glaze, add it while the rolls are still warm. To make a quick glaze, simply mix 1 cup of icing sugar with a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla and non-dairy milk (add 1 1/2 tablespoons of the milk to start, mix, then continue adding very small amounts of milk at a time until it reaches the desired consistency)
- These buns are their best when served warm, but of course, you may not be able to serve all 12 while they are still warm! After they have cooled, store in an airtight container and warm up when serving again.