Maple & Butter Pecan Cinnamon Buns [Gluten-Free, Vegan]

8 Buns
1 hr 25 min

These Maple & Butter Pecan Cinnamon Buns are fluffy, sticky, and oh so ooey-gooey. Next level comfort food. Remember those days when all you could find were dry, crumbly, sorry versions of the original cinnamon buns that just make you feel like you miss eating gluten that much more? Well, those days are over!

I've severely missed eating yeast-based baked goods because they are so difficult to find where im from. The few that I have found I have rarely enjoyed. most were dry, crumbly sorry excuses for baked goods. These Maple & Butter Pecan Cinnamon Buns will redeem gluten-free and vegan for you. They are delicious and so easy to make you’ll never have to feel sorry about being gluten free again.

Gluten-Free & Vegan Maple & Butter Pecan Cinnamon Buns

Before they rise

After they rise

After baking

Maple & Butter Pecan Cinnamon Buns [Gluten-Free, Vegan]
Recipe details
  • 8  Buns
  • Prep time: 1 Hours Cook time: 25 Minutes Total time: 1 hr 25 min
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Topping Ingredients
  • 4 tbsp Vegan butter
  • ½ cup Brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp Maple syrup
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp Coconut cream
  • ½ cup Pecans (optional)
  • Pinch of salt
Filling Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp Vegan butter, softened Left outside for a few hours
  • ½ cup Brown sugar packed
  • 2 tbsp Ground cinnamon
Dough Ingredients
  • 2¼ tsp Rapid rise yeast or 1 packet
  • ⅓ cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup Almond milk Luke warm - microwave 30 sec - Should be no hotter than body temperature
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup Vegan butter (melted) + extra 2 tbsp for brushing microwaved 15 sec
  • ¾ cup Tapioca Starch
  • 2 cups Bob's Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten-Free Baking Flour
  • 1 tbsp Psyllium husks
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
Preheat oven to 350˚F. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, add vegan butter, brown sugar, and maple syrup, stir until everything is dissolved. Add coconut cream, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt and stir till incorporated. Remove from heat and pour into a greased 9×13 pan with high sides and sprinkle pecans.
In a bowl, combine the butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon until it looks like wet sand. Set aside.
In a bowl, mix all dry ingredients except sugar and yeast and mix until combined. In a separate bowl, mix your wet ingredients with sugar, yeast, and ½ cup of the dry ingredients and mix till well incorporated. Set aside for 10 minutes or until a foamy film forms on the top.
With the stand mixer, using the paddle attachment or by hand, pour the dry ingredients a ½ cup at a time into wet ingredients until well combined. You should have a uniform dry dough but that is slightly tacky. If too wet to roll out, add more flour or if it is not sticky, add a little almond milk 1 tbsp at a time.
Take a piece of plastic wrap and lay it on a flat surface to cover an area larger than 8″ x 16″. To the best of your ability, use your hands to spread out the dough into a 10×13 rectangle. Then take another piece of plastic wrap and lay it on top and roll out your dough so that it is even and approximately ½ inch thick.
Remove plastic wrap and spread filling mixture evenly across dough’s surface. Leave 1″ along one short end without any filling, this is where your cinnamon rolls will be sealed.
Starting along the other short end (the one with filling), use the bottom sheet of plastic wrap to lift the edge of the dough and roll it up, forming a long cylinder. Start with the edge that has filling on it, that will be the center of your finished rolls. Roll around a few times to ensure that the edge is well closed.
Carefully cut the ends to even out the edges then cut them 1” inch wide and place them onto your baking pan. Cover your buns with a wet towel and place your baking pan in a warm, draft-free place for about 1 hr.
Once they have risen (see image), brush them with the 2 tbsp of melted butter and bake at 350˚F for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.
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