Healthy, Happy Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Healthy Happy Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls


  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons vegan, organic butter spread
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablesoons turbinado sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 packet yeast
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 6 tablespoons apple butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

In a sauce pan, bring milk and butter spread to a slight simmer until the butter is melted. Move this off the stove. In a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, egg, sugar, and salt. Add the yeast and milk mixture and stir. Slowly add in the flour, 1/2 a cup at a time until entirely incorporated. Cover with a damp cloth and place somewhere warm to double in size.

Once doubled, dump the dough onto a surface and knead slightly. Add flour here but only if it is absolutely neccesary(the dough should be sticky but able to be handled). Stretch the dough out into a square with 1/4 inch thickness. Smear on the apple butter and generously sprinkle on cinnamon. Roll into a log with as many rotations as you can achieve. Cut into 8 rolls and place in a lined baking pan. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Once the rolls have risen, place in the oven for 18-20 minutes and take out while still slightly soft.

This recipe is far from perfect, so as I make more I’ll be updating it. That being said, it’s the only one that’s worked for me so far in terms of precise measurements and instructions. They’re very low fat on their own so I enjoy smearing peanut butter, organic vegan butter, or whatever fat I might be craving at the time. I also like it because it’s very versatile. For softer, flakier rolls, use 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 all-purpose flour. For a richer filling, omit the apple butter and instead do a brown sugar butter filling by melting 1/4 vegan butter spread and brushing it on, sprinkling on top 1/3 cup turbinado sugar.

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I’ve always wanted to make these, and some day I’ll give myself that shove to do it! But until then, I’ll just stare at how wonderful yours look!

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