Sweet Potato Pecan Cinnamon Rolls [Vegan]

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If you’re looking for a delightful treat that’s not only delicious but also vegan-friendly, look no further than these Sweet Potato Pecan Cinnamon Rolls.

Made with wholesome ingredients, these cinnamon rolls are perfect for breakfast, brunch, or a sweet snack any time of day.

The combination of sweet potato, cinnamon, and pecans creates a warm and comforting flavor profile that’s hard to resist. Let’s dive into this scrumptious vegan recipe!


  • 1 cup cooked and mashed sweet potato (about 1 medium sweet potato)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melte
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


For the Dough

Begin by cooking and mashing the sweet potato. Allow it to cool to room temperature.

In a small bowl, combine the almond milk, melted coconut oil, and granulated sugar. Sprinkle the yeast over this mixture and let it sit for about 5 minutes until it becomes frothy.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the sweet potato puree, yeast mixture, flour, and salt. Mix until a dough forms.

Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead it for about 5 minutes, or until it becomes smooth and elastic. If the dough is too sticky, add a bit more flour as needed.

Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover it with a clean kitchen towel, and let it rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until it has doubled in size.

For the Filling

In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar and ground cinnamon.

Punch down the risen dough and roll it out on a floured surface into a large rectangle, about 1/4 inch thick.

Brush the melted coconut oil over the dough, then sprinkle the brown sugar-cinnamon mixture evenly. Sprinkle the chopped pecans on top.

Starting from one long edge, tightly roll the dough into a log. Slice it into 12 even rolls.


Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

Place the rolls in a greased 9×13-inch baking dish.

Cover the dish with a clean kitchen towel and let the rolls rise for another 15-20 minutes.

Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the rolls are golden brown.

For the Glaze

While the rolls are baking, prepare the glaze. In a bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, almond milk, and vanilla extract until smooth.

Once the rolls are done baking, let them cool for a few minutes before drizzling the glaze over the top.

Serve and Enjoy

These Vegan Sweet Potato Pecan Cinnamon Rolls are best enjoyed warm. They’re perfect for sharing with friends and family over a cup of coffee or tea. Whether you’re vegan or not, these sweet and gooey rolls are sure to become a favorite in your household. Enjoy!
NameSweet Potato Pecan Cinnamon Rolls [Vegan]
Prep Time30 minutes
Cooking Time25-30 minutes
Total Time60 minutes
Servings12 rolls
Yield12 rolls

Estimated Nutrition Per Serving

Calories: 280 kcal

Total Fat: 10g

Saturated Fat: 6g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Sodium: 100mg

Total Carbohydrates: 45g

Dietary Fiber: 2g

Sugars: 18g

Protein: 4g

If October was the month for pumpkin recipes, then November is undoubtedly the month to feature that other orange-hued autumn vegetable: the sweet potato!

Sweet Potato Pecan Cinnamon Rolls [Vegan]

I adapted my Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls recipe by subbing in sweet potato puree for the applesauce, and toasted pecans for the blueberries. I also tossed a bit of nutmeg, ginger, and cloves in with the dough ingredients in order to achieve a flavor reminiscent of sweet potato pie. The finishing touch was to add a bit of sweet potato puree into the glaze for an extra punch of orange color and gloss.

Sweet Potato Pecan Cinnamon Rolls [Vegan]

How about some progress shots?

After rolling out the sweet potato dough, a delectable filling of cinnamon, brown sugar, melted margarine, and chopped pecans is sprinkled on:

Sweet Potato Pecan Cinnamon Rolls [Vegan]

The filling is rolled up into the dough, which is then cut into 8 pieces like so:

Sweet Potato Pecan Cinnamon Rolls [Vegan]

The rolls are nestled into a cake pan until…

Sweet Potato Pecan Cinnamon Rolls [Vegan]

… they double in size and rise to the top of the pan:

Sweet Potato Pecan Cinnamon Rolls [Vegan]

The cinnamon rolls are baked until golden brown – and extremely fragrant:

Sweet Potato Pecan Cinnamon Rolls [Vegan]

Now, you can’t have cinnamon rolls without a sweet glaze. How about adding in a bit of sweet potato puree for a vibrant orange hue?

Sweet Potato Pecan Cinnamon Rolls [Vegan]

The finishing touch:

Sweet Potato Pecan Cinnamon Rolls [Vegan]

Yes, the glaze makes a mess.

It’s worth it, trust me.

Sweet Potato Pecan Cinnamon Rolls [Vegan]

The center roll has my name aaaall over it.

Sweet Potato Pecan Cinnamon Rolls [Vegan]

These cinnamon rolls are made without any animal products, but vegans and omnivores alike are sure to love them. Serve the rolls as part of a special Thanksgiving brunch, or for breakfast on just about any day of the week.

Sweet Potato Pecan Cinnamon Rolls [Vegan]

OTE: These cinnamon rolls are best when eaten warm from the oven. The lack of butter in the actual dough renders the outside of the rolls a bit crumbly and dry if refrigerated or frozen. That being said, they are still delicious gently reheated in the microwave or toaster oven – you just might need some extra glaze to moisten them up again :).

The following succession of photos happened in the blink of an eye:

Sweet Potato Pecan Cinnamon Rolls [Vegan]
Sweet Potato Pecan Cinnamon Rolls [Vegan]
Sweet Potato Pecan Cinnamon Rolls [Vegan]
Sweet Potato Pecan Cinnamon Rolls [Vegan]
Sweet Potato Pecan Cinnamon Rolls [Vegan]

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