The BEST Gooey Cinnamon Rolls–Vegan and Sugar-Free!

I’ve been wanting to try Minimalist Baker’s cinnamon rolls forever but never had a great reason to take time away from my normal cooking to make them. Until last weekend! My daughter’s school was having a geography banquet and her state was Arkansas and it just so happens that cinnamon rolls supposedly are a big deal in Arkansas so I got the recipe and went to work.

I modified the recipe a bit to be sugar free, used coconut milk and a slightly different flour. Even with changes they turned out super yummy…hubby said the best cinnamon roll he’s ever had. My daughter liked them all right but surprisingly said they were too sweet and she liked the ones I have done before much better which are actually much healthier than these! Hah! Ok?!

They were good…yeasty, soft, tender and delicious. Put them on your must-make list!

The BEST Gooey Cinnamon Rolls--Vegan and Sugar-Free!
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Ingredients
Rolls
  • 8 T. Vegan Butter (I used Earth Balance)
  • 2 c. Lite Coconut Milk (canned)
  • 3 T. Xylitol
  • 2 Pkgs (1 pkg=2 ¼ t.) Instant Yeast
  • ¾ t. Sea Salt
  • 6 c. Unbleached Fine Pastry Flour
Filling
  • 8 T. Vegan Butter, melted (I used Earth Balance)
  • ½ c. Lakanto Powdered Monkfruit Sweetener
  • ¼ c. Xylitol
  • 3 T. Cinnamon (or to taste)
Frosting
  • 8 T. Vegan Butter, softened (I used Earth Balance)
  • ¾-1 c. Lakanto Powdered Monkfruit Sweetener
  • 1 Pkg (5.25 oz.) Coconut Milk Powder (I used Native Forest)
  • ¼-⅓ c. Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2-3 t. Almond Extract
  • Chopped, Toasted Pecans for topping (optional)
Instructions
For the Rolls
  1. In a medium saucepan, heat the coconut milk and butter over medium heat until warm and melted. Transfer mixture to a mixing bowl of an electric mixer and let cool to 110 degrees.
  2. Whisk in the xylitol then sprinkle on the yeast and let it activate for 15 minutes.
  3. Add the salt and stir.
  4. With a dough hook, beat in the flour 1 cup at a time on low speed until dough forms a loose ball and starts to pull away from the sides of the mixing bowl. Dough will be slightly sticky but still able to be handled.
  5. Coat a large bowl with oil and place your dough ball in the bowl and turn over once. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for one hour until doubled in size.
For the Filling
  1. While the dough is rising, make the filling.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together the butter, powdered monkfruit, xylitol and cinnamon. Set aside until ready to use.
  3. Once the dough has risen, roll the dough out into a large, thin rectangle on a lightly floured surface.
  4. Spread filling to about ½ an inch from each edge of the rectangle. Don't use too much or it will leak out the edges. Starting with the side closest to you, roll the dough away from your body until you get about 1 ½” from the other side and then take the edge of the opposite side and fold it over the side you rolled up. Slice into 16 rolls.
  5. Spray two, 9x9 pans with non-stick spray or lightly oil. Place 8 rolls in each pan and bake for 25 minutes.
  6. Let rolls cool completely before frosting.
For the Frosting
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add the monkfruit, coconut milk powder, vanilla and almond extract.
  3. Beat on medium speed until smooth and creamy and no lumps remain.
  4. Spread evenly over cinnamon rolls and sprinkle with pecans (if using).
Notes
Makes 15 cinnamon rolls

 

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Mango Strawberry Pineapple Crumble–Vegan, Gluten-Free and Sugar-Free!

A couple weeks ago I bought a huge box of honey mangoes (our fave!) and *thought* they were just on the verge of being perfectly ripe…maybe in a day or two. It turned out I was right but we just couldn’t eat them fast enough so I turned to Pinterest for help.

There were a lot of mango “ice cream” and “mousse” recipes that popped up immediately but I just wasn’t getting any inspiration from them and then I stumbled across a Mango Pineapple Crumble that sounded different and delicious!

And I was right! I don’t know if I’ll ever make a traditional apple crumble again because this more tropical, summery version is just soooooo extremely good. And the sweetness of the fruit means you need to use little to no sweetener. The gooey fruit filling paired with the crisp, salty-sweet topping studded with little pieces of nuts is to-die-for.

We ate it with a little scoop of our homemade vanilla dairy/sugar-free ice cream. So good! And perfect for any Easter gatherings coming up!

Enjoy!

Mango Strawberry Pineapple Crumble--Vegan, Gluten-Free and Sugar-Free!
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Ingredients
Fruit Filling
  • 2 c. Bite-Size Chopped Fresh Pineapple
  • 2 c. Diced Honey Mango (or regular mango will work as well)
  • 2 c. Chopped Strawberries
  • 1 t. Lime Zest
  • 2 T. Fresh Lime Juice
  • ⅛ t. Cinnamon
  • ⅛ t. Nutmeg
  • ⅛ t. Ginger
  • 2-3 T. Xylitol (optional...the fruit is almost sweet enough as is or use stevia, erythritol, etc)
  • 2 T. Tapioca Flour
Crumble Topping
  • 1 c. Almond Flour
  • ½ c. Tapioca Flour
  • 1 c. Rolled Oats
  • ¾ t. Sea Salt
  • ¼ c. Xylitol (or stevia, erythritol, etc)
  • ½-¾ c. Lite Coconut Milk (canned)
  • 2 T. Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 c. Chopped, Toasted Pecans or Macadamia Nuts
Instructions
  1. Directions
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Combine all ingredients for the filling in a large bowl and stir well until everything is evenly coated. Pour into a 9x9 pan.
  4. Stir together all the dry ingredients for the crumble and then pour in the coconut milk and stir until well combined and sticky. Spread evenly over the top of the fruit filling.
  5. Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes until hot and bubbly and slightly browned on top.
  6. Serve warm.
Notes
Serves 8-12

 

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Valentine’s Day Top 3

 

It’s been ages since I did a recipe roundup and I thought what better time than now–Valentine’s Day–to do one! So here you go….my top three healthy, chocolate desserts perfect for the most perfectly perfect day of love and romance and all things hearts and pink.

First up, these Homemade Chocolate Candy Cups are so stinking easy and soooooo good. They’re fun to make because you can top them with whatever your heart desires…nuts, dried fruit, sprinkles, coconut, etc. So creative! And SO much better for you than anything you could buy at the store. 🙂

Second, this Dark Chocolate Strawberry Cream Cake is my all-time favorite cake ever. When I made this, we weren’t quite 100% plantbased, so there is a good amount of eggs in it but I plan on seeing if there are any substitutes that will work for making it completely free of any animal products! If you try to make it vegan, let me know! In the meantime, this cake is waaaaaaaaaay healthier than something you’d get from your local bakery, so make it and enjoy!

And lastly, these Ultimate Fudgy Vegan Brownies are my absolute favorite chocolate dessert on my blog–I have converted many non-vegan, SAD (standard American diet) friends to these brownies. Everyone who tries them loves them because they simply are the fudgiest, chewiest brownies you could possibly ever want.

Ditch the Russel Stovers and get in the kitchen! Enjoy!

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Vegan Baked Chocolate Frosted Donuts

Is it donuts or doughnuts? I literally spell it differently every time I type the word. I have no idea which one to choose. BUT WHO CARES because however it’s spelled we’re talking about DONUTS. Let’s just eat them and feel suuuuuuuuuper guilty later. Or not! Because these are actually healthy donuts!

Yep, vegan, refined-sugar free, oil-free, baked and SO FREAKING DELICIOUS. My favorite donuts are the cake type and this particular donut is just like a piece of moist chocolate cake with finger-lickin’ chocolate frosting slathered all over the top. Aaaaaaaaad it’s even made with BEANS. Yes. Indeed.

So healthy. So good. Make them for someone you love….Valentine’s Day is a GREAT excuse to eat chocolate. 😀 So indulge and enjoy!

Vegan Baked Chocolate Frosted Donuts
 
Ingredients
Donuts
  • 2 c. Chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 c. Plain, Unsweetened Cashew Milk
  • 1 ½ t. Baking Powder
  • ½ t. Baking Soda
  • 3 T. Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 t. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 t. Sea Salt
  • ¼ c. Xylitol
  • ¼ c. Sucanat
  • 2 T. Agave
  • ¼ c. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • ¼ c. Applesauce
  • 1 Aquafaba Egg
  • 1 c. Whole Wheat Pastry Flour or Whole Wheat Spelt Flour
Chocolate Frosting
  • 1 c. Lily’s Chocolate Chips, melted
  • ½ c. Plain, Unsweetened Cashew Milk
  • 4 T. Pure Vanilla Extract
  • ¾ c. Lakanto Powdered Monkfruit/Erythritol
  • 2 T. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • Fruit Juice Dyed Sprinkles, etc
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray donut pan with non-stick coconut oil spray (you will have enough batter for 12 doughnuts).
  3. Place all doughnut ingredients in a high powered blender and blend until smooth.
  4. Carefully fill each doughnut cavity with the batter and smooth out with the back of a spoon.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes in pan and remove to cool the rest of the way on a wire rack.
  6. For the frosting, beat all ingredients together in an electric mixer with the paddle attachment until smooth and stiff.
  7. Spread a layer of frosting carefully onto the top of each doughnut and top with toppings of choice. Store in airtight container in fridge.
Notes
Makes 12 donuts.

 

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Vegan, Gluten-Free Apple Crumb Pie Cupcakes

 

It’s officially fall! And apples are eeeeeeverywhere. And I love it! We’ve already made one trip to the orchard and will be making another this week–can’t get enough of them!

These cupcakes we’re inspired by a craving for cupcakes and apple pie so I rolled both into one and voila! Apple cupcake/pie magic!

And these things are INCREDIBLE, if I do say so myself. 🙂 I almost stopped with just the cake part because it is SO GOOD and can pretty much stand on it’s own, but I’d been wanting to experiment a little with frosting and decided to forge ahead.

 

The gluten-free cupcake is without a doubt one of the most moist, delicious “healthy” cakes I’ve created yet! It’s got loads of little apple chunks and just the right amount of cinnamon. I was also pretty pleased with the frosting…smooth, creamy and not overly sweet as I feel most things sweetened with xylitol, stevia, etc tend to be. It does get somewhat stiff when refrigerated so I recommend letting them sit out for a couple of minutes before eating to allow the frosting to soften a bit! And the crumb topping offset the frosting just enough with it’s salty, oaty, apple-crisp like texture and taste.

So basically total apple cupcake/pie bliss!!!

Overall, I ‘d say my first vegan cupcake was a success and I can’t wait to experiment with more sugar-free frosting recipes! Finding subs for powered sugar is TOUGH but I think doable!

Enjoy!

Vegan, Gluten-Free Apple Crumb Cupcakes
 
Ingredients
Apple Cupcakes
  • 3 c. Blanched Almond Flour
  • 1 c. Garbanzo Bean Flour
  • ½ c. Sucanat
  • ¾ c. Xylitol (or truvia, stevie, etc)
  • ¾ t. Sea Salt
  • 1½ t. Baking Powder
  • ¾ t. Baking Soda
  • 3 t. Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 t. Xantham Gum
  • 1 c. Plain, Unsweetened Coconut Milk Yogurt
  • 1 c. Plain, Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 2 T. Pure Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ c. Agave
  • ⅔ c. Almond Butter
  • 1 Large Honeycrisp Apple, finely chopped
Vanilla Frosting
  • 1½ c. Palm Oil Shortening
  • ¾ c. Vegan Butter
  • ¼ c. Pure Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ t. Sea Salt (more or less to taste)
  • ¼ c. Truvia (or stevie, powdered xylitol, etc)
  • 2 T. Tapioca Starch
Crumb Topping
  • ½ c. Oats
  • ½ c. Blanched Almond Flour
  • ¼ c. Sucanat
  • 1 T. Truvia (or stevia, xylitol, etc)
  • ¼ t. Cinnamon
  • ⅛-1/4 t. Sea Salt
  • ½ c. Vegan Butter
  • ½ t. Pure Vanilla Extract
Instructions
For the Apple Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 18 cupcake tins with liners
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, whisk together almond flour, garbanzo bean flour, sucanat, xylitol, sea salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and xantham gum.
  3. Add yogurt, almond milk, vanilla, agave and almond butter and beat on low until everything is well-combined.
  4. Gently fold in chopped apples.
  5. Scoop about ¼ cup into each muffin tin and bake for 25-27 minutes until a tester inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  6. Cool completely on a wire rack.
For the Vanilla Frosting
  1. Beat shortening and butter until smooth.
  2. Beat in vanilla, salt, Truvia and tapioca starch until everything is well-combined.
  3. Place in fridge for a few minutes to allow to firm up a bit. Meanwhile, make the crumb topping.
For the Crumb Topping
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter and vanilla until smooth.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and beat on low until well combined.
To Assemble Cupcakes
  1. Place a couple of tablespoons of frosting onto each cooled cupcake and then top with the crumb topping. Refrigerate until ready to eat.

 

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Dairy-Free Salted Caramel Apple Nachos

One of the best combos around is apple and caramel and you can’t help but notice those ginormous dipped apples when you go in a store like Wal-mart at this time of year. You know the ones, covered in every sugary things known to man–M&M’s, Oreos, sprinkles, candy corn, gummy bears, three different kinds of chocolate, etc, etc–yeah, those.

The candy is bad enough but the caramel isn’t much better. Let’s take a peak at the ingredients…high fructose corn syrup, milk, sugar, butter, artificial flavors, palm oil and of course tons of preservatives. So essentially it’s crap. But thankfully there are some great alternatives to get your caramel+apple fix and this recipe in my opinion is better than any huge, sugar covered apple you could buy.

The salted caramel sauce has the perfect amount of salt to offset the sweet of the caramel and chocolate and I love the little bites of chocolate chips and pecans sprinkled over all of it. The best part of course is that it’s totally dairy and refined sugar FREE.

It truly is a perfect, healthy fall dessert!

Dairy-Free Salted Caramel Apple Nachos
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Ingredients
5-Minute Salted Caramel Sauce
  • ½ c. Agave
  • ½ c. Unsalted Roasted Almond Butter
  • ⅓ c. Coconut Oil
  • 2 t. Pure Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ t. plus ⅛ t. Sea Salt
Apple Nachos
  • 3 Fuji Apples, cut into 30 thin slices each (toss with a bit of lemon juice to keep from browning)
  • ½ recipe 5-Minute Salted Caramel Sauce
  • ⅓ c. Lily's Dark Chocolate Baking Chips, melted
  • ¼ c. Lily's Dark Chocolate Baking Chips, for topping
  • ½ c. Toasted, Chopped Pecans, for topping
Instructions
For the 5-Minute Salted Caramel Sauce
  1. Add all ingredients to a small saucepan. Whisk together over medium-low heat until all ingredients are melted together, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
For the Caramel Apple Nachos
  1. Arrange apple slices in a circular pattern on a large plate.
  2. Drizzle with caramel sauce and melted chocolate.
  3. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and pecans.

 

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Fudge Dip

Full disclosure–this is actually a hummus recipe. Yes, that’s right dessert hummus is a thing and it has been for awhile. I’ve done a couple of variations like this Chocolate Hummus and this Pumpkin Spice Dessert Dip but this latest peanut butter and chocolate mix my be the best one yet!

This stuff is MAJORLY delicious and quite healthy! Don’t you just love when those two things get together?! I do.

Plenty of good stuff in this like protein and fiber from the chickpeas and peanut butter and lots of healthy fats! Think school lunchbox…great with apples, spelt pretzels, graham crackers, strawberries or wrapped up in a whole grain tortilla! Also good on pancakes, waffles, bagels….endless uses! Did I mention you only need a blender?! Yay!

And as always 100% vegan/plantbased and no refined sugar. 🙂

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Fudge Dip
 
Ingredients
  • 1, 15 oz. Can/2 c. Chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ½ c. plus 3 T. Natural Peanut Butter (no added oil, sugar, salt, etc)
  • ½ c. Agave (or sweetener of choice and less if you don't want it as sweet)
  • ½ t. Sea Salt
  • 6 T. Plain, Unsweetened Cashew Milk (or almond, coconut, etc)
  • ½-3/4 c. Lily's Dark Chocolate Chips
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients except chocolate chips in a high speed blender and blend on high until smooth and creamy.
  2. Stir in chocolate chips and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Serve with fruit, pretzels, cookies, pancakes, waffles, etc.

 

 

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