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Vegan Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Spice Frosting

Vegan Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese spiced frosting are the combo of your fall dreams. Soft, fluffy perfection.
Course Breakfast, brunch, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword dairy free breakfast, dairy free dessert, dairy free recipes, vegan breakfast, vegan dessert, vegan recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Rise Time x2 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 12 cinnamon rolls
Calories 492kcal
Author LarishaBernard


For the Dough

For the Apples

  • 2 large apples (sweet but firm - like Fuji, Gala, Pink Lady)
  • 1 tbsp vegan butter
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar

For the Filling

For the Vegan Cream Cheese Spiced Frosting

  • 6 oz vegan cream cheese, room temperature (Wayfare is our favorite brand)
  • 2 tbsp vegan butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (or same amount of orange zest)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom


  • In a large bowl for a stand mixer, combine flour, sugar, yeast, salt, and nutmeg. 
  • Turn stand mixer onto low and add in the apple cider, applesauce and vanilla extract.
  • Add in the vegan butter and let go for 5-7 minutes, adding in the remaining flour if needed to not be sticky and form a ball.
  • Once ball is formed, grease the same bowl mixed in and place the dough ball back into the bowl. 
  • Cover with a towel or plastic wrap and let sit for 60-90 minutes in a warm, draft free place until doubled.

For the Apples

  • Peel, core, and dice small the apples.
  • Add the butter to a skillet over medium low heat.
  • Add the brown sugar and stir.
  • Add diced apples and let cook down for 5 minutes until softened.
  • Remove from heat and let cool down completely.
  • Once dough is doubled in size, pull out the dough and lay it out on a lightly floured surface.  
  • Using a rolling pin, roll dough into an approximately 17×25″ rectangle that is 1/4″ thick.  
  • For the filling - In a bowl, cream the butter. Then, add sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom. 
  • Spread the filling mixture evenly over the dough. 
  • Scoop out the apples, discarding the juice, and spread evenly over dough.
  • Carefully roll cinnamon rolls into log from the longest side up. One completely rolled, place seam side down. Cut into 12 even sized pieces.
  • Place into a greased 9x13 baking dish and cover to rise for 45-60 minutes or until cinnamon rolls are touching.
  • Preheat to 350 degrees F.
  • Once heated, place dish inside and bake in oven for 30-35 minutes.

For the Vegan Cream Cheese Spiced Frosting

  • While rolls are cooking, in a bowl beat together the cream cheese and butter well.
  • Add in the powdered sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom and mix again.
  • Add in vanilla extract. Combine.
  • Remove rolls from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before topping with frosting.
  • Best served warm.


*See post for notes about Top 8 Allergy Free variation
**Nutritional facts are just estimates. Please utilize your own brand nutritional values to double check against our estimates. 


Serving: 1roll | Calories: 492kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 416mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 989IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 2mg