Small-Batch Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls {Vegan}

Small-Batch Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls {No Refined Sugar, Vegan}

I really think there’s some kind of biological cinnamon-roll clock in my body. I’ve been thinking about these rolls non-stop for the past 3 weeks.

Of course, cinnamon rolls are close to my heart because they involve copious amounts of my favourite spice. Thus, it was definitely necessary during my no-added-sugar recipe development phase to make a sugarless version. Like, I don’t mean a shitty #health version. I wanted them to be just as soft and sticky, with glaze and all.

Small-Batch Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls {No Refined Sugar, Vegan}

I’ve baked bread using pumpkin purée (specifically, these pumpkin spice pretezeeeellls!!!) and adored the golden hue and pillowy texture it added. Roasted sweet potatoes seemed like a good substitute. Due to their inherently saccharine nature, I thought I could get away with leaving sugar out of the dough.

Small-Batch Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls {No Refined Sugar, Vegan}

Onto the filling! Medjool dates = muscovado sugar, flavour wise. Plus they’re gooey and spreadable when blended. I just needed to jazz up them up with some creamy nut butter, a bit more sweet potato puree (to help make it a bit easier to spread) and of course CINNAMON.

Small-Batch Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls {No Refined Sugar, Vegan}

The glaze was a bit of a hassle (icing sugar is magical and also a pain to substitute) but I ended up with a pipable glaze once I realised the key ingredient to a sugar-free icing is coconut yogurt.

Oh, and I made these for my flatmates last week. There were none left by the end of the day. I think that confirms my legit cinnamon roll aims were met.

– dough recipe adapted from Oh, Ladycakes
– to make the sweet potato puree: poke holes all over a sweet potato using a fork. Wrap it in foil and then bake for 45-60 minutes, depending on the size of the sweet potato. Leave to cool then scoop the flesh out, discarding the skin, and blend until smooth.
– spare sweet potato puree can be frozen!

Small-Batch Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls {No Added Sugar, Vegan}

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For the dough:

  • 1/2 cup (120 g) sweet potato puree (see notes)
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 3 tbsp melted coconut oil or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) oat milk (or other non-dairy milk)
  • 1 tsp active dried yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (60 g) all-purpose (plain) flour, plus more for kneading
  • 1 cup (120 g) wholewheat (wholemeal) flour

For the filling:

  • 4 medjool dates , , pitted
  • 2 tbsp sweet potato puree
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 heaped tsp nut butter , (I used pecan butter but cashew, almond or coconut would work well)
  • 3 tbsp chopped pecans

For the glaze:

  • 1 tbsp coconut butter , , melted
  • 1 tsp tapioca starch or cornstarch
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp coconut yogurt , (I used Coyo)


Make the dough:

  • In a medium bowl, stir together the sweet potato puree, flaxseed, coconut oil, oat milk and yeast. Add the salt and flours and mix well. Tip the contents of the bowl out onto a lightly floured surface and knead the dough, sprinkling with flour as needed, until smooth and only slightly sticky (about 6 minutes). Lightly oil the bowl you were using and place the dough in it, turning to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and leave in a warm place until doubled in volume (about an hour).

Make the filling:

  • Cover the pitted dates with boiling water and set them aside for 5 minutes to soften then drain, discarding the soaking liquid. Place the soaked dates into a blender with the sweet potato puree, cinnamon, vanilla and nut butter. Blend until completely smooth (You could also put everything in a jug and use an immersion blender to blend up this filling mixture).


  • Punch the risen dough down and roll out into a 9 x 10-inch rectangle. Cover the entire surface of the dough with a layer of filling. Sprinkle with the chopped pecans. Roll the dough up starting at the short edge so you end up with a 9-inch long log. Cut into 6 equal pieces and arrange in a lightly greased cake pan. Cover with oiled plastic wrap and leave in a warm place for 30 minutes to rise (20 minutes into the rising time, preheat your oven to 350 F (180 C)). Remove the plastic wrap and bake for 20 minutes. Leave to cool for 10 minutes.

Make the glaze:

  • Stir together all of the glaze ingredients. Transfer to a sandwich bag and cut the tip of one corner off. Use like a piping bag to pipe glaze over the cinnamon rolls.
Tried this recipe?Let me know how it went! Mention @izyhossack or tag #topwithcinnamon!

36 thoughts on “Small-Batch Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls {Vegan}”

  1. Oh nice, these look great. I always wanted to find a good recipe for healthier cinnamon rolls that still taste and feel like real cinnamon rolls. I never made them with sweet potato, definitely something I need to try.

  2. Oh, these little sweet potato cinnamon rools look so delicious and pretty, perfect for a little break from work on this rainy day!!!
    Have a wonderful day, Franzi

  3. These look amazing but what’s more amazing is that you did it without sugar! Major props, girl! If I was your flatmate these wouldn’t have lasted more than a few minutes, much less a whole day!

  4. Good, gooey cinnamon buns remain one of my all-time weaknesses. I am also avoiding raw sugar now, and these look incredible! Kudos on the fall twist with the pumpkin flavour.

  5. What a great twist on a regular cinnamon roll. I love that they are not covered in icing. No sugar! Wow.

  6. GENIUS making the icing glaze with coconut yogurt. I always get so excited when you post vegan baking recipes because I know they’ll be delicious!! 😀

  7. Two of my favourite things: sweet potato and cinnamon rolls. Clever spin on the icing, must give these a go! 🙂

  8. This recipe is amazing! Finally a cinnamon roll I can eat and not feel guilty. Thank you so much for sharing!

  9. Hi Izy, what a great idea! I’ve been thinking about cinnamon rolls too coincidentally. This is very clever, I like the idea of using sweet potato. Perhaps I should make these very soon! xo

  10. I am such a fan of your blog and now really enjoying your creative recipes as you explore the “no sugar” approach with a sensible, even-handed, rather than a fanatical, approach. Thanks so much for sharing & I am now DESPERATE to try these as I am a lover of cinnamon in everything too! (Can’t go past peanut butter, cinnamon and sliced apple on grainy sourdough for a breakfast hit – nom!)

  11. WOW! I’m going to try making these with gf flour. Do you think that will work!? these look incredible.

  12. Very delicious recipe! I made them gluten-free and it worked fine! Just the icing was not my cup of tea… The coconut flavor just too much

  13. Hi Izy! Just wondering, for the glace, you really meant coconut butter right? Not coconut oil? Thank you for the recipe!

    • You could probably let the shaped rolls sit in the fridge overnight. Then in the morning let them sit out in a warm spot for 30-60 minutes until doubled in size and bake as usual 🙂

  14. These look amazing, think I might just have to give them a try! Perfect to eat on the sofa with a blanket watching a film – toastie!

  15. Hey Izy!
    This recipe is awesome, but I’m a little confused.
    There’s non-dairy milk in the ingredient list, but I can’t seem to find it in the instructions.
    I seem to be the only one having trouble, so it may be my stupid mistake….

  16. Bravo! Can’t wait to try these. I’m thinking they might go over well this weekend with the wee ones!

    • Coconut yogurt does contain a small amount of naturally occurring sugar – but far less sugar than is even found in plain cow’s milk yogurt! The amount of sugar in the brand of coconut yogurt I used (‘Coyo’) is only 0.5g per 100g 🙂

  17. 5 stars
    This was such a great recipe for cinnamon buns! It was exactly what I was looking for, right about of natural sweetness. Thank you for sharing, I highly recommend. Can’t wait to make them again!!

  18. 5 stars
    These were SO GOOD. I adjusted the dough a bit, used canned pumpkin, added more cinnamon and some agave to the filling (it was originally a bit too thick for my taste) and it came out perfect. Totally satisfied my cinnamon bun craving without all the sugar of usual cinnamon buns.

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