Vegan Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls

This date-sweetened vegan sourdough cinnamon rolls is a healthy alternative.

5 from 2 reviews

Looking for the perfect vegan cinnamon bun? Try using sourdough starter for added flavour and chewy texture. It’s easy to take this classic cinnamon roll and adapt it for a healthier version. See the section above for making a cinnamon date filling instead of the classic sugar filling.


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  • 1/2 cup sourdough starter
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/4 tsp of instant yeast (not necessary, but adds a bit of a boost)
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar (optional, for sweetness)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups flour (+ more, as needed)


  • 1 1/2 Tbsp melted vegan butter
  • 1/2 cup packed raw brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon


  1. Mix the sourdough starter, water and instant yeast. Stir in the melted butter, sugar and salt. Then add the flour. Knead as required to bring the dough together. However, don’t over knead as you want it to be a soft dough, not bread-like.
  2. Allow to rise in a warm location until doubled in volume (about 2-4 hours). 
  3. On a floured surface, gently roll the dough into a 10″ by 14″ rectangle. Brush with the melted vegan butter then sprinkle on the cinnamon and sugar. At this point, you could also add 1/4 cup of raisins or walnuts.
  4. Roll the dough along the 14″ side, forming it into a tight cylinder. Squeeze gently to even out the layers.
  5. Slice into 12 rolls, and place them in a greased 8×8″ glass dish with the cut side down.
  6. Allow them to rise for another 2-4 hours, until fluffy.
  7. Cook at 350 F for 30-40 min (until the tops are browning).


  • I recommend using earth balance spread (affiliate link). It is just the best-tasting vegan butter that I have tried.
  • Though this recipe would work with whole-grain flour it is not gluten-free. If you want to avoid gluten try my gluten-free cinnamon bun recipe instead.

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