Vegan Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Rum Spice Icing

Vegan Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Rum Spice Icing


Vegan Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

This Vegan Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll recipe takes every opportunity to pack itself with pumpkin and then become enhanced with a delicate balance of cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and cloves. Barley malt syrup can be a little tough to find but it's an essential flavor booster that puts the pump in pumpkin for these vegan cinnamon rolls. Rum Spice Icing is literally icing on the cake.

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Vegan Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Recipe

For the dough

3 Tablespoons water
1 Tablespoon golden flax meal

½ cup + 2 Tablespoons warm water
2 ½ teaspoons active dry yeast

4 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1 cup pumpkin purée
½ cup sugar
¼ cup (54 grams) Regular Vegan Butter or stick margarine, melted
1 Tablespoon barley malt syrup
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon cloves

For the filling

¾ cup + 2 Tablespoons sugar
¼ cup (54 grams) Regular Vegan Butter or stick margarine, softened
1 Tablespoon pumpkin purée
1 Tablespoon barley malt syrup
1 ¾ teaspoons ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon cloves

¼ cup pecans chopped

For the icing

Vegan Rum Spice Icing

1) Prepare the egg replacer mixture

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the 3 Tablespoons water and the flax meal. Set aside. 

2) Activate the yeast

In another small mixing bowl, whisk together the warm water and the yeast. Allow the mixture to sit for about 10 minutes so the yeast activates.

3) Measure out the flour

Add the flour to a medium mixing bowl.

4) Whisk together the flavor building ingredients

In another medium mixing bowl add the pumpkin purée, sugar, Vegan Butter, barley malt syrup, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and whisk until well incorporated.

5) Build the dough

Add the flax meal mixture from Step 1 and the yeast mixture from Step 2 to the bowl containing the pumpkin purée mixture. Whisk until well combined. Add these wet ingredients to the bowl containing the flour and stir until the dough comes together into a sticky ball.

6) Knead the dough and allow it to rise

Lightly dust a clean surface with flour and knead the mixture for 5 to 10 minutes. The dough should be firm and smooth, not sticky. Place the dough back into the mixing bowl, cover and place in a warm place like on top of the stove for 1 hour. After 1 hour has passed, knead the dough for about 30 seconds and let it rest for 10 more minutes.

7) Prepare the filling

In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar, Vegan Butter, 1 Tablespoon pumpkin purée, barley malt syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Set aside.

8) Roll the dough and apply the filling

Roll the dough into a flat 16 x 20 inch rectangle. Spread the Vegan Butter, sugar and cinnamon mixture evenly on top using the back of a spoon.

9) Roll up the dough and cut it into sections

Carefully roll up the dough lengthwise so it's 16 inches long. Cut it into 1 ½ inch sections with a sharp knife.

10) Assemble the rolls in the baking dish and allow them to rise once more

Preheat the oven to 400F (204C). Place the rolls close together, cut side up in a lightly greased 9 x 13 inch baking dish. This will ensure that the rolls don't unravel during baking. Sprinkle the pecans over them. Cover with plastic wrap and let the buns rise for one more hour.

Vegan Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

11) Prepare the icing

Prepare the Vegan Rum Spice Icing and set aside.

12) Bake the vegan cinnamon rolls to perfection

Bake until the cinnamon rolls are just starting to turn golden, about 17 minutes, rotating the dish halfway through the baking duration. Pour the icing on the warm rolls before serving. You may want to heat the icing up a little so it can easily be poured.
This recipe makes about 12 Vegan Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Rum Spice Icing.

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