Recipe:The World's Easiest Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

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Pie Crust

1 stick (1/2 cup) vegan buttery sticks; cold, cut into cubes
1 stick (1/2 cup) vegan shortening; cold, cut into cubes
3 cups all-purpose flour (plus flour for rolling)
1 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. white sugar
10 tbsp. (150 mL) ice water


1 tbsp. coconut oil
1/2 cup pecan halves
1 cup pecan pieces (or you can have all halves, toast together, and then separate to chop)
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup vegan butter
2 tbsp. flax meal (combine with 6 tbsp. water)
10 slated top crackers, crushed
1 tbsp. (heaping) flour
1-1/2 tbsp. vanilla extract


For the pie crust

In a food processor (or, if you don’t have one of those, a large mixing bowl and a pastry knife), blitz butter, shortening, sugar, flour, and salt until the butter and shortening is about pea-sized. Pour in ice water and mix until just combined. Transfer to a clean counter top and divide into two equal pieces. Shape the discs and wrap with plastic wrap. Let chill in the fridge for at least an hour.[1]

Once chilled, remove from fridge and roll out until 1/4 inch think and it fits your pie pan. Wrap your rolling pin with the pie crust to easily roll out over the pie pan.

Gently shape the pie crust to meet the crevices of the pie pan. Use a knife to trim edges of the pie crust, them crimp the sides or leave as is. Use a fork to poke holes all along the bottom to prevent bubbled. Cover the edge of the crust with aluminum foil to prevent burning the edges. Bake at 325°F for about 10 minutes. The crust will shrink a little bit, depending on your pan, so give it about 1/2 inch to an inch to shrink down to. Remove from oven and set aside.

To make the filling

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a skillet, melt coconut oil over medium heat. Toss pecans into pan and stir until lightly coated in oil. Sprinkle cinnamon on top and continue stirring until pecans are fragrant and lightly toasted (about 3-4 minutes). Watch carefully and stir constantly because they burn really quickly. Remove from pan and set aside to cool. Roughly chop pecans once cooler. You can reserve about 1/2 cup of them to leave on top for decoration.

In a small bowl, mix flax meal and warm water and let sit until thickened and gelled (about 5 minutes).

In a small pot, combine white sugar, maple syrup, butter, flax mixture, crackers, flour, and pecan pieces and stir over medium low heat until sugar is dissolved and mixture is fairly thick (about 5 minutes). Turn off heat, stir in vanilla extract, and transfer to par-baked pie shell. Arrange pecan halves on top as desired. If you can, submerge them in the sugar syrup a bit so that the pecan halves are protected from burning.

Keep edge of pie protected with aluminum foil, and bake for about 30-40 minutes. Remove aluminum foil from edges and continue to bake until edges are golden and the pie filling is mostly set but a little jiggly in the middle when you gently shake the pie - about another 10-15 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack. It’s best to let it sit until slightly warmed or completely cool before serving. Cut and enjoy!


The Viet Vegan


  1. This recipe makes two pie crusts (or a top and a bottom), so you have another pie crust for later, or you can double the filling recipe and make two pecan pies!