I’m not sure where powdered sugar falls on the spectrum for eating WFPB. If you’re eating WFPB, you obviously should not be eating cinnamon rolls or other high sugar/fat/calorie foods very often (or, like, ever), but if you want a treat you can make some cinnamon rolls! These are pretty painless to make and don’t use many ingredients. I’ve adapted this over from a minimalistbaker.com recipe.
Servings: 8-10, depending on the size you make them
- 1 packet active dry yeast
- 1 cup unsweetened plain almond milk
- 3 tbs. unsweetened applesauce
- ¼ tsp. sea salt
- 3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1½ tsp. ground cinnamon
- ¼ cup + 1 tbs. organic cane sugar, divided
For the icing:
- 1 cup organic powdered sugar
- 1-2 tbs. unsweetened almond milk
In a bowl, microwave (in 30 second increments) the almond milk and 3 tbs. of applesauce until it’s warm.
Transfer the milk and applesauce to a large mixing bowl and sprinkle the yeast over it. Let the yeast sit for 10 minutes, then stir in 1 tbs. of cane sugar and salt.
Add in flour ½ cup at a time, stirring it together as you go. When the dough is too thick to stir, transfer it to a lightly floured surface and knead for a minute or so until it forms a loose ball (don’t overmix!). Put the dough back in the bowl and cover it with plastic wrap or a towel. Let the dough rise for 1 hour.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a thin rectangle. Sprinkle the cinnamon and remaining ¼ cup cane sugar over the dough.
Preheat the oven to 350°F at this point.
Tightly roll up the dough and place it seam-side down. With a large sharp knife or a string of floss, cut the dough into 1½”-2″ sections and position the rolls into an 8×8″ square baking pan (use a silicone pan, or line your pan with parchment paper if you want to minimize the mess you have to clean).
Bake the rolls for 25-30 minutes or until slightly golden brown.
While they are in the oven, whisk together the powdered sugar and 1-2 tbs. of almond milk to make the icing for the rolls.
Pour the icing over the rolls. Let them cool for a few minutes, then serve immediately.
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Applesauce is a genius idea!
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