Vegan Cinnamon Swirl Buns - how to make an absolute breakfast classic healthier! Naturally sweet, thoroughly sticky, a real weekend treat | thecookandhim.com

Posted in Recipes on 30.08.2017

Vegan Cinnamon Swirl Buns

prep: 2 hours 20 mins / cook: 30 mins / inactive: 0 mins / total: 2 hours 50 mins / quantity: 12 buns Print recipe?

As a recent discoverer of the mighty aquafaba as a vegan substitute for egg, I’ve been on a bit of a mission to see just how versatile it can be.

Here I’ve used it as a binding agent in these vegan cinnamon swirls …  didn’t realise you could make a healthier version of an absolute classic? These are jaw droppingly delicious – natural date and maple sweetness make these a sticky, chewy breakfast favourite in our home!

Vegan Cinnamon Swirl Buns - how to make an absolute breakfast classic healthier! Naturally sweet, thoroughly sticky, a real weekend treat | thecookandhim.com

Like all yeast/bread concoctions you get a bit of a workout in if you knead by hand but once that’s done, you can put your feet up/potter about/actually go to the gym/walk the dog/play Hay Day (ahem) while the yeast does its thing and turns your dense lump of dough into a doubled in size pillowy thing

Vegan Cinnamon Swirl Buns making the dough | thecookandhim.com
Vegan Cinnamon Swirl Buns dough proving | thecookandhim.com

I’ve given a quantity of cinnamon for this recipe but feel free to increase the amount if you’re a particular lover of cinnamon (random odd fact: in our house we call it sinnywig – do you have peculiar ‘isms’ in your house?  Please say you do, we love our isms!)

You can also omit the maple syrup from the filling mixture if you don’t want them too sweet.  Oh and I’ve included Baobab Powder for some extra fruity oomph.  You can read all about this amazing superfood right here!

Vegan Cinnamon Swirl Buns making the filling | thecookandhim.com

Then for the second prove of these swirls you need to roll the dough into a large rectangle approximately 55 x 30 cm / 22 x 12 inches before slathering on that sticky sweet filling.  You’re basically making a large doughy swiss roll.  I like how those words sound!

  • Knock the proven dough back
  • Roll out
  • Spread
  • Roll up
  • Slice
  • Second prove
Vegan Cinnamon Swirl Buns rolled dough and filling | thecookandhim.com
Vegan Cinnamon Swirl Buns rolled dough and filling | thecookandhim.com
Vegan Cinnamon Swirl Buns cut rolls | thecookandhim.com

And I know I go on a lot about the smell of things but .. omg .. the smell that fills your house while these are baking.  Don’t cook them with the windows open or you might have people queueing at your door ??‍?‍??‍?‍?‍?

Vegan Cinnamon Swirl Buns cut rolls and Meg | thecookandhim.com

Vegan Cinnamon Swirl Buns

prep: 2 hours 20 mins / cook: 30 mins / inactive: 0 mins / total: 2 hours 50 mins / quantity: 12 buns

Ingredients

  • 220g wholemeal bread flour
  • 250g strong white bread flour
  • Large pinch salt
  • 7g sachet fast action dried yeast
  • 3 tblsp aquafaba (the water from a can of chickpeas)
  • 255ml almond milk
  • 1 tblsp olive oil
  • 1 ½ cups dates – pitted
  • 1 tblsp Organic Baobab Powder

Optional

  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2-3 tblsp maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Tip both flours, salt and yeast into a large bowl, initially keeping the salt and yeast separate in the bowl
  2. Gently warm the aqufaba, almond milk and olive oil until just tepid then add to the flour mixture and stir together to form a soft, slightly sticky dough.
  3. Turn out onto a floured work surface and knead for 10 minutes
  4. Put into a clean, oiled bowl, cover with a t-towel and leave in a warm place for 1-2 hours to prove until it’s doubled in size
  5. Meanwhile make the date filling by soaking the pitted dates in boiling water for 5 minutes – this helps make them soft enough to blitz to a smooth paste
  6. Drain the dates and tip into a food processor with 1tsp ground cinnamon and the baobab powder and process until very smooth
  7. Tip the proven dough onto a floured work surface and knead gently to knock the air out then roll out to a large rectangle 55cm x 30cm / 22 x 12 inches
  8. Spread the date mixture onto the dough, then roll up like a swiss roll.  Cut the roll into 12 slices then lay them cut side up onto a greased and floured or parchment lined baking sheet
  9. Prove for another 45 minutes – 1 hour then bake for 30 minutes till golden
  10. While they're baking, mix 2 tblsp maple syrup with 1 tsp cinnamon to make the glaze
  11. Remove from the oven and glaze immediately using a pastry brush or just spoon it over!
  12. Leave to cool for as long as you can stand it (I promise the smell is absolutely intoxicating!)

Notes

  • If your dates are very fresh and squidgy you don't need to soak them, they should blitz up just fine without it
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