Magical Cinnamon Rolls w Vegan Option (Low Fat & Whole Wheat)

If you’ve never seen a fluffy, wholewheat, sticky, gooey cinnamon roll, I have a question for you:




Who are you???


Crawl out of that cocoon you’re living in right now.

And stare.

You’re looking at it.

Who knew it would be whole wheat?


No one.



Magical Cinnamon Rolls

No. of servings: 9 big rolls or 16 small ones

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For dough (very loosely adapted from here)
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (vegan: 1/2 tsp + enough soy milk to make 1/2 cup and let rest for 5 minutes)
  • 1/4 cup non-fat yogurt (vegan: use soygurt or coconut yogurt or 1/4 cup melted earth balance or 3 tbsp oil)
  • 25g egg (well beaten) (vegan: 1 tbsp oil or 2 tbsp Ener-G Egg Replacer)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp/ 25g white sugar
  • 2 tbsp/ 25g black or brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup/ 162g unbleached white bread flour
  • 1 cup/ 128g whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp instant yeast (1/2 envelope)
For Filling
  • 3 tbsp reduced fat spread, softened (I used oil based spread, which is vegan)
  • 2 tbsp palm sugar (type that has been chopped into very small chunks) You can also use demera sugar but the taste is slightly different
  • 15 mini marshmallows (use vegan marshmallows)
  • 3 tbsp icing sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder





  1. Mix all wet ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Add all dry ingredients  into the mixer bowl of a stand mixer.
  3. Add wet  ingredients.
  4. Mix at speed 2 for 10-15 minutes until smooth dough that passes windowpane test is formed.
  5. Shape the dough into a smooth round and place in a mixing bowl, cover with cling wrap and let it rise till double in volume for about 60mins.
  6. Remove dough and give a few light kneading on a lightly floured work surface. Press out the trapped air as your knead.
  7. Roll and stretch the dough out on a lightly floured surface into a 15” by 24” (38 cm by 61 cm) rectangle.
  8. Mark off 1” along the 24” edge of the dough, closest to you.(You will not spread any filling on this edge.)



  1. In a food processor, add in marshmallows and icing sugar.
  2. Process till marshmallows are sort of minced. (The icing sugar prevents bits of marshmallow from sticking) Alternatively, use manpower!! Like I did.
  3. Mix well the marshmallow mixture with palm sugar and cinnamon powder.


How to assemble

  1. Spread the softened reduced fat spread over the dough with a rubber spatula and then evenly distribute the filling. Be careful to leave your 1” edge clean.
  2. As a final step, use your rolling pin to lightly roll the filling mixture.
  3. Starting at the far edge of the dough, roll it up tightly.
  4. Begin at the far 24” edge and roll up the dough toward the 1” clean edge.
  5. The clean 1” edge is used to seal the finished roll.
  6. Trim the left and right ends of the roll. The result will be a 24” roll.
  7. Trim off the left and right ends of the roll so that you have a fulsh end at each end of the roll.
  8. Then mark the roll every 1 1/2 inches (3.8 cm).
  9. Cut the roll into 1 1/2” long portions.This may be done with a knife.
  10. Line your baking pans with parchment paper.
  11. Place 5 rolls into 8” square baking pans 1” apart. (One roll in each corner, and one in the center.)
  12. Cover with a lint free cloth and let rise in a warm, draft free place until almost double, approximately 1 hour.
  13. After rising, rolls should be touching each other and the sides of the pan.
  14. This is important for best results. This gives the resulting rolls the soft, moist outer edge that most people prefer.
  15. Preheat oven to 375F/180C. Bake for 10-15 minutes. 
  16. (Optional but recommended step) Brush the tops with butter! once removed from oven.



This post is going to YEASTSPOTTING!!!



13 Responses to “Magical Cinnamon Rolls w Vegan Option (Low Fat & Whole Wheat)”
  1. ahh this looks amazing qiting!
    you’re like a culinary genius! 🙂

  2. Celia Gallegos says:

    I am dying to make this!! But what is 25g eggs??

    And where exactly in a store would I find instant yeast, reduced fat spread, palm sugar & icing sugar??

    • qiting93 says:

      25g eggs is about 2 tbsp eggs. You can find instant yeast at the baking supplies section, reduced fat spread where they store butter and cheese refrigerated, palm sugar at the Asian section if not get demerara sugar and icing sugar at either the baking supplies section or sugar section I guess 😀 Hope this helps!

  3. caloricandcrazy says:

    My dad would love this! thanks for posting 🙂

  4. Those cinnamon rolls look so good! 🙂

  5. Oh my gosh, I’ve been trying to find a healthier recipe for cinnamon rolls! Thanks for posting!!

  6. Staxy says:

    I’ve just finishes making these and they’re rising as I type! I’m very excited for the result, however I can not find baking instructions – time and temp. I’ll just wing it this time, but could you please post those as well? Thank you!

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