{vegan} cinnamon scrolls w' cinnamon glaze


i. hate. rising. but it's okay because i get cinnamon rolls at the end!!! 

on saturday night i competed in the relay for life. for those who don't know, it's basically where you compete in teams, with one member walking constantly for 18 hours to raise money for the cancer council . it was simultaneously fun, exhausting, cold, dewy, refreshing and full of 3 am instant noodles, flannel and bad selfies. these were brought along as provisions for the squad. 

cinnamonny, well glazed and extra delicious - what more can you ask for in a cinnamon roll? am i right? of course i am. let me tell you that after walking for hours on end, there's nothing better than sitting down, snuggling up and eating comfort food. 

the relay included limited sleep, a cross-dressing fashion parade, a 2 am talent show, candle lighting, lots of walking (duh), laughs, photos that we'll no doubt regret in years to come, fruit loop jewelry and  one epic 18 hour pyjama party.  

anyway, so there was a come-to-jesus moment that happened for me the other day. i'm sitting there in chapel (and i'm not particularly religious  btw), listening to a total babe of a school chaplain talk about how she delivered her cousin's baby and about how we have the chance to be "fresh". to start anew. and that it's us who decides when these moments are. then she referenced the latest ben c, movie and well that was great :)

so i'm sitting there and the power of love by celine dion is playing in my head and i think the famous words:"there is no rule book"

now it's totally beyond me why these events happened at the exact same time, and how it all accumulated to this epic realization, but it did. i'm a changed (almost) woman. 

there is no rule book to me, means that nobody writes what you can and can't do. life doesn't come with a how-to guide. instructions don't detail which subjects you choose at school, what you do once you leave school, how you're meant to spend your free time, what you say, do, wear and dress. there are no rules. you decide. the ball is well and truly, in your court.

now that makes some people feel empowered and strong. motivated, maybe even driven. me? it scared the living daylights out of me. last month i killed a succulent for god's sake!!! a succulent!!!  it wasn't even mine!! (sorry mum). if i kill the un-killable of the plant kingdom, how was i supposed to make important life choices??

so after spending the rest of the afternoon mentally rocking back and forward in a corner, i figured out that (plot twist) i actually like having the ball in my court. the power that scared me, seems considerably less scary as time goes by. suddenly all these choices and options appeared possible, once i realised that the only person, or authority, standing in my way......was me. my own limitations have held me back for so long, and i feel like we all can relate to this.

it's like my chaplain (and benedict cumberbatch & keira knightley) said: "sometimes it's those whom we expect the least of, that do the things we could never imagine". give your self permission to do incredible things, and you just might surprise yourself. oh and have a cinnabon while you're deciding what you want to do with your newfound power.  

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this recipe was adapted from the lovely ashlae of ohladycakes !! definately check her out!!! the glaze may take a while to 'set' on the rolls, so make sure that they are at least 90% cooled before glazing and leave them for a while before nomming them down. a second rising isn't compulsory (i'm frankly too impatient) but if you really want that extra lift, you can rise again once they've been placed onto trays for 45-50 minutes. also, you can use your own preferred gf flour blend as always.

{vegan} cinnamon scrolls w' cinnamon glaze 

{makes 12 rolls}


7g dry active yeast

1/4 cup warm water

2 1/2 tablespoons vegan butter 

1/2 cup castor sugar

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

3/4 teaspoon sea salt

3 1/2 cup unbleached plain (gluten free) flour 

1/4 cup gf self-raising flour


2 tablespoons vegan butter

1 tablespoon cinnamon, ground

1/2 cup castor sugar


1 cup icing sugar

2 teaspoons vegan butter or coconut oil

hot water (about 1 tablespoon, but will depend on fat choice)


let's roll!

lightly oil a large bowl and set aside. preheat your oven to 190 degrees Celsius/375 Fahrenheit. 

in a small bowl, combine water, a pinch of sugar and yeast. cover and leave for 15 minutes or until frothy. 

in a small saucepan, combine  the butter, sugar, almond milk until warm and melted. remove from heat and leave to cool completely. 

add flour and salt to the bowl of a stand mixer with the hook attachment. mix together for 20 seconds, before adding the butter mix and yeast.

mix on high speed until a dough is formed . once dough starts pulling away from the bowl, roll out onto a lightly floured surface. if dough is too wet, add flour one tablespoon at a time, until a sticky dough is formed. 

knead the dough for 2-3 minutes, before rolling into  a large ball. place the ball into the prepared oiled bowl, cover and leave for one hour in a warm place to rise. 

meanwhile, mix the cinnamon and castor sugar together for the filling. leave the vegan butter out to soften.

once the dough  has risen (don't worry if not much happens) roll out the dough into a rectangle about 2-3 cm thick. spread the butter  all over the rectangle and sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar mixture. roll the dough into a tight (i said tight, really tight!!) sausage and slice into 12 even rolls. 

lightly oil a tray and separate the rolls evenly.bake for 18 minutes  then leave to cool. 

combine all the glaze ingredients together in a small bowl, then drizzle over the cooled buns. leave to set for 15 minutes, then stuff your face in front of movie marathon of choice!



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