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Cinnamon rolls are one of those treats that I always crave, especially on Christmas morning. When I grew up, my mom would make me and my brother a can of Pillsbury buns every Christmas and I thought, why shouldn’t I still have cinnamon buns? So, I decided to make myself some vegan keto cinnamon buns for the holidays this year.
A few years ago, I made some vegan keto cinnamon buns that I really enjoyed. It’s been a while and I’ve made a few tweaks to the recipe, so I figured it was time to update the recipe. Instead of making a million confusing notes on the original recipe, it just seemed easier to start fresh. If you’re feeling nostalgic, the original is here (the differences are pretty much that the original were smaller and had a glaze..there’s no metric, though).
Like the previous iteration, these are nut-free and gluten-free. They’re also soy-free, depending on what type of vegan cream cheese you use. I’m also working on another coconut-free version because I know there are a lot of you out there that can’t do coconut! This recipe is also really fun because it’s easy to completely change the flavor profile by switching out the spices in the filling and the extract used.
Notes on Making Spice Vegan Keto Cinnamon Buns
- I definitely recommend using parchment paper for this recipe. It makes the whole process so much easier. See below for tips on rolling the buns out!
- My favorite granulated sweetener is the granulated one from Lakanto (use code MeatFreeKeto for 20% off!). I find that their sweeteners are less “cooling” than most erythritol sweeteners and it functions really well in place of sugar, giving baked goods the right texture.
- You could really use any winter baking spice blend for the filling (gingerbread, pie spice, etc) in place of the cinnamon. You could also use a tsp of powdered espresso or cocoa powder. Both are delicious!
- Almond extract is also lovely here, as is orange. If you use the cocoa powder in the filling instead of cinnamon, you could also use raspberry extract and it would be delightful.
- I tried to take pictures of the filling and rolling process below. Sorry my nail polish is all chipped and sad and the lighting in my kitchen is less than ideal…
- Keep in mind that the carbs in erythritol don’t count towards net carbs as the body doesn’t digest them and they don’t impact blood sugar.
- I try to be as accurate as possible with the nutrition calculations, but as there are differences between varieties and brands of certain ingredients, you may come up with slightly different numbers!