05 May 2010

Look Mom, I Can Make Cinnamon Buns Too!

I want to start branching out a bit and changing some things
 up with my blog posts. I don't intend my blog to be only photos
 of what I eat, but to feature recipes, product reviews, and other 
fun stuff. So I went into the kitchen today to do some baking!!!

 Vegan Squirrelly Buns 
created by Snacking Squirrel

In a bowl measure 4 cups flour of your choice and set it aside

In a seperate bowl add 1 cup of lukewarm water, then
 dissolve in 1 teaspoon of sugar. To help the buns rise, pour in 
1 packet of instant yeast and let everything sit for 10 minutes

After 10 minutes, it should be bubbly (active yeast cells) 
Now stir together to make sure all the yeast is dissolved

Add to this 1/2 cup more lukewarm water1/2 cup brown sugar
 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 cup oil. I used olive oil, but any type is fine

Add the liquid mixture into your bowl of flour, slowly mixing and 
stirring. Halfway through, roll up your sleeves, and get kneading!

When it's all mixed, place a towel over top and let the dough rise for
 1 hour. Place it in a warm or sunny spot for a better, fluffier dough. Don't 
do what I did, and forget to do this part! Hence why mine aren't fluffy!

Spread some flour on the counter to stop the dough 
from sticking, then start rolling it out with a rolling pin

Continue adding more flour if it starts sticking. You want 
the dough to be thin so make sure you roll it out really well

When it's spread out you can trim up the bits if you'd like. 
Then spread on 1-2 tablespoons butter of your choice

Here's the fun part. Sprinkle on approx. 1-1.5 cups of brown 
sugar. Enough to coat the dough evenly. Then toss on as much 
cinnamon as you'd like, measurement doesn't matter. After I added 
3/4 cup chopped walnutsYou can use raisins or pecan or dates too!

Gently roll it up and slice into approximately 8-10 pieces

Place into a well greased baking dish

Cover with a cloth and let it hang out and rise some more in a
 warm spot. I put mine in the sun by a window. After 1 hour put 
them into a preheated oven @ 400 F. Bake for 20-25 minutes

The sugar oozes to the bottom making them sticky and lovely!  

makes approximately 10 servings


maya said... [reply]

vegan cinnamon buns!!!! or should i say squirrelly buns!? ;) LOVE IT. too cute, and yuummmmm how good do those look, u have got me hungry ;) those seriously look like the best cinn.buns. ever! and actually looks easy to make! great recipe, and instructions..may have to give it a go! :)


* said... [reply]

WOW, your vegan cinnamon buns look so perfect and so, so yummi, as Maya said you got me hungry ;) and i am bookmarking this page so perhaps i will make this recipe, looks super easy, love your instructions!! and gosh i can not even remember the last time i had a cinn.bun....probably like when i was 12...8 years, (too long) ;)!!!

Simply Life said... [reply]

wow! those look AMAZING!!!

Molly said... [reply]

those look SOOOOOOOOOOOO good... you are a genius girl! yum.. must bookmark this page now!

Danielle (Coffee Run) said... [reply]

The squirrelly buns are delicious looking!! [not gonna lie, I smirked @ that cuz I'm immature :D ]

Mandiee said... [reply]

you are amazing, my dear. thank you for making these vegan since I absolutely don't know how I would resist them otherwise. Seriously. They look sooo good! Oh, and I love the little heart you drew on the dough; too cute!

Have a lovely day!

P.S. I didn't have a chance to read your post about the gluten free challenge until today but count me in :). Great idea, girl!

Jessie said... [reply]

Kelsey, I've GOT to try your "Squirrelly Buns" - they look sooo delicious! And they really look fluffy in the pictures! Usually when I make them they're dripping in butter, but your version looks much better :)

alex said... [reply]

you are awesome! Thanks for posting this! This recipe is bookmarked and I will be making these next week!!! (breakfast for dinner - bfd!)

Ann @ Appalachian Appetites said... [reply]

Oh my gosh they look heavenly!!! Have to make these!!!

Krista said... [reply]

I love cinnamon buns! These look great, Kelsey!!

Megan D said... [reply]

Squirrely Buns, I love it!! These look so amazing!

Anonymous said... [reply]

Your buns look delicious ;)

I've been meaning to try my hand at baking with yeast, but it still intimidates me. Maybe one day.

Anonymous said... [reply]

Oh. My. Cinnamon. Buns.

Yep, I'll be bookmarking this one, thankyouverymuch!! :)

Anonymous said... [reply]

So pretty!! I went through a phase where I made cinnamon buns practically every day for a few weeks... my brother demanded it. ;)

<3 <3

Carrie (Carrie on Vegan) said... [reply]

Oh my gosh, these look so amazing. Thanks for the step-by-step directions, I didn't realize it's not that hard to do. I'm so going to make these!!!

kris | iheartwellness.com said... [reply]

YEAHHHH I have been looking for a good vegan cinnamon bun recipe!! Thank you!!!

I love your blog doll!


Anonymous said... [reply]

Yuuuum! Those cinnamon buns look delish. :D I love the little heart on the dough.

Averie @ Averie Cooks said... [reply]

wow girl. i am so impressed! I am GF these days but even before i was, i was scared to make bread.yeast and the whole rising process scares me..i hate kitchen fails and so have never tried making bread.

and yes, certain ppl need to be told like it is, otherwise they go around spewing their crap somewhere else thinking that's acceptable!

Anonymous said... [reply]

Wow, those look amazing! I have always been intimidated by the seemingly complex recipes for cinnamon buns, but you make it look so easy!

Erica said... [reply]

oh my goodness- how good do these look? And I love the step by step instructions!!!! Such a beautiful baked good ;)

Christina said... [reply]

Oh wow, you are an amazing baker!! They look SO good!

Anonymous said... [reply]

These seriously look AMAZING Kelsey! Love the recipe, and such a perfect breakfast or snack food. And how neat that it's vegan!


Heather (Where's the Beach) said... [reply]

OMG those look sooooo good. I'm sitting down to eat oatmeal and now have those staring at me. Oatmeal is no longer tasty!

Christina said... [reply]

mmm cinnamon buns! yours look delicious and i want one! :)

Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen said... [reply]

I love making cinnamon buns! My boys are in heaven when they see them come out of the oven! Yours look delicious!

Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin said... [reply]

Those look so awesome! And, you make it look pretty easy. I always get scared of baking because there are so many steps!

Anonymous said... [reply]

Those cinnamon buns look great!!! I tried my hand at making some once and well.. they didn't turn out as pretty as yours and taste-wise? They were edible... I think. Hehe. Or let's just say no one fell ill. x)

Much love,
Nat xoxo

Jocelyn @ Peace.Love.Nutrition said... [reply]

Homemade Cinnamon Buns how fun!! Looks delicious- I haven't had one of those in year. I love when they are warm and heated--so delicious

Anonymous said... [reply]

Those look delicious! I last made cinnamon buns when our exchange student was here - while I like savory breakfasts, she loved all things sugar to start the day!

Lindsay @ http://pancakesnpajamas.blogspot.com/ said... [reply]

Kelsey..these are ridiculous. I think I fell inlove with those cinnamon buns!! They look AMAZING!Mmmmmmm! :)

Lauren said... [reply]

Wow, genius..your vegan cinnies look so so good! I don't know how people come up with recipes like these...I'm a dummy in the kitchen. I need some direction or else I'm totally lost. Anyway, these look awesome, keep them coming! xo <3

Anonymous said... [reply]

Seriously lady, I am making these..tonight or tomorrow. What do you recommend for a GF flour...the bob's red mill gluten free baking flour? These look too good to be true, but I trust you so much that these are tasty.

Love that you posted a recipe! I love blogging about more than just daily eats too. It has been fun this week but hard to maintain! Sometimes it stresses me out..but telling a story with my blog and recipes...that is my favorite part and I hope that readers enjoy too, even if they are word-heavy posts.

Naomi(Onefitfoodie) said... [reply]

i LOVe the step by step pics and instructions these look AMAZINGGG

Kelsey said... [reply]

So glad you found my blog, fellow Kelsey. Thanks for the sweet compliment. I look forward to seeing all of your offerings!

Amber @ Pampered Recipes said... [reply]

These look easy to make...for a beginner like me. Sat morn breakfast?

Anonymous said... [reply]

Those look awesome! I have never attempted making cinnamon buns, so thanks for posting the step-by-step instructions!

runnerforever said... [reply]

Now that is some serious backing, looks delish! I want to give it a try, or just have them to eat!

Karin said... [reply]

God, those buns look so good!! I have to make them asap.

megan said... [reply]

oh yum, they look incredible! I've never made homemade cinnamon rolls, but I really need to try!

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