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Nine vegan banana bread cinnamon rolls with vanilla glaze on a sheet of baking parchment.

Banana Bread Cinnamon Rolls (Vegan)

Banana bread cinnamon rolls - these vegan cinnamon buns are a different way to use up brown bananas! Soft, fluffy banana yeast bread with a sweet cinnamon filling; they are great for breakfast, brunch or snacking! Egg and dairy free.
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American, baking, vegan
Keyword cinnamon rolls
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Resting Time 13 hours
Total Time 14 hours 5 minutes
Servings 9 people
Author Domestic Gothess



  • 500 g (4 cups) white bread flour
  • 8 g (2 ¼ tsp) instant yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 50 g (¼ cup) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 240 g (1 cup) mashed ripe banana (from two large but make sure to measure it out)
  • about 160 ml (⅔ cup) lukewarm non-dairy milk (I used soy)
  • 60 g (¼ cup) vegan butter melted


  • 120 g (⅔ cup) light brown soft sugar
  • 1 ½ Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 60 g (¼ cup) vegan butter softened


  • 130 g (1 ¼ cups) icing (powdered) sugar
  • 1 ½ Tbsp non-dairy milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract


  • To make the dough, place the flour, sugar, salt and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook and mix to combine.
  • Add the mashed banana, melted butter and most of the milk and mix to form a rough dough. Add the rest of the milk as needed to form a soft, slightly sticky dough.
  • Knead with the stand mixer on a high speed for about 5-10 minutes, until the dough is smooth and stretchy. The dough should be a bit sticky, but if it seems too wet you can add a little extra flour. If you don't have a stand mixer it can be kneaded by hand on a lightly oiled surface but it is quite a messy job.
  • Place the dough in an oiled bowl, cover and place in the fridge to rise overnight. (Or in a warm place until doubled in size - 1-2 hours.)
  • For the filling, mix together the light brown sugar and the cinnamon in a bowl and set aside.
  • Punch down the risen dough and give it a brief 30 second knead to knock out any air bubbles.
  • Roll the dough out on a floured surface to an approx 30x45 cm / 12x18 inch rectangle and spread the softened butter evenly over the surface.
  • Scatter over the cinnamon sugar mixture and press it down gently.
  • Roll the dough up tightly from one of the long edges into a sausage and trim off and discard the ends.
  • Use a sharp knife to slice the roll into 9 even slices then arrange them cut side down in a 23cm/9inch square tin lined with baking parchment.
  • Cover loosely and set aside to rise for 30-40 minutes until puffy. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4.
  • Once the buns have risen, bake for 30-40 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 94C/201F on a probe thermometer. Cover them loosely with tin foil partway through baking if
    the tops start to colour too much.
  • Leave to cool in the tin for 30 minutes then carefully lift them out using the baking parchment and place on a wire rack.
  • To make the glaze, sift the icing sugar into a bowl and gradually stir in the milk and vanilla until it forms a thick but pourable glaze. Drizzle the glaze over the tops of the buns and serve. Store any leftovers in an airtight container for up to two days.