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Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls (Vegan) for Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day is all about the brunch.

The problem is, though, that going out to brunch on Mother’s Day is a bit of a circus. You’ll need reservations, and if you try for something more casual, you’ll likely encounter lineups and long waits.

chocolate cinnamon buns (vegan)

Maybe skip the whole thing all together, and make your mom breakfast in bed?

I love this recipe because you make it the night before, allow it to rise overnight, and then bake it in the morning. It’s totally NBD, but the final product is pretty impressive.

I’ve made these before without the chocolate, but you guys, it’s Mother’s Day. It begs for something special, and in my world, special equals either donuts or chocolate. Or chocolate donuts.

Warm, oozing sweet chocolate, your mom will love these. Trust me. I am one.

A quick word about vegan chocolate: most chocolate that is 70% or more (dark chocolate) is vegan. It won’t have milk added to it. They can’t legally call it “vegan” because it’s been manufactured in a facility that handles milk, but it won’t have milk in it. Check the label to be sure, but pretty much any dark chocolate won’t have milk in it.

Here, I used Green & Blacks, which is both organic and fair trade, a British brand I’ve personally loved a long time.

Okay! On with the recipe, we have a mother to impress!

vegan chocolate cinnamon buns

Vegan Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls

(makes one round 8″ cake tin, double for two)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup vegan milk (I used homemade cashew)
  • 3 tbsp aquafaba
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp melted vegan butter
  • 1/2 tsp yeast

 

  • 2 tbsp–1/4 cup melted vegan butter
  • 3-4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1-2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 85% dark Green & Blacks Chocolate bar, chopped

Method

  1. I make mine in the bread maker. Fire all the ingredients into your breadmaker in the order listed, then select the dough setting. If you don’t have a bread maker, place all the wet ingredients in the bowl of your mixer and use the paddle attachment. Mix the wet ingredients together well. Switch to the dough hook, and first add the sugar, then the yeast, and then slowly, in batches, the flour until it’s all incorporated. Add the salt last. The dough is done when it pulls away from the sides of the bowl. It should not be shaggy. If it is, dump it onto the counter, sprinkle with a little flour, and knead some more, continuing to sprinkle with flour and knead until it is smooth and elastic.
  2. Place in a large bowl in a warm spot and cover with a damp towel. Allow to rise for about and hour or 90 minutes.
  3. Dump the dough onto your counter (flouring if needed) and punch it down. Begin to roll it out into a rectangle, about 1/2″ thick.
  4. Brush the surface with melted vegan butter, then sprinkle over a fine layer of cinnamon. Follow that with a thicker layer of brown sugar, and finally, sprinkle over the chopped chocolate.
  5. Roll the dough up, jelly-roll style. Cut it in half, then each half in half, and each of those halves in half, to give you 8 pieces. Place in a greased, 8″ cake pan, cover with a wet towel, and allow to rise in a warm spot overnight.
  6. In the morning, preheat your oven to 375, and bake for about 15-20 minutes until golden on top. Serve warm.

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Sparkly Rainbow Unicorn Poop

It’s been a while since I had this much fun in the kitchen.

This last week has been a stressful one–you may have noticed that there were no new posts this past week, and that’s because I was shifting hosting providers for my three sites. This is always incredibly stressful and nerve-wracking, and in this case, also resulted in downtime on all my sites. Yech. Never a good feeling that people out there might be looking for you, and you are nowhere to be found.

Sparkly Rainbow Unicorn Poop

I was also sick, and Michael was sick, it was just good times all around here at the Casa Coleman.

But on the weekend, I spent a bunch of time in the kitchen, which is always the very best kind of therapy.

I’ve been working on a vegan poop emoji meringue for a while now, and I’ve made some okay ones, but I’m not 100% happy with them so far, so I will continue to work on that, and hopefully have that for you later in the week. But in the mean time, I present to you: sparkly rainbow unicorn poop.

A little girl in my life was having a birthday this past weekend, and I decided to make something girly and outrageous, something a 9-year-old would swoon over. And sparkly unicorn poop seemed like just the right thing. It took me a few tries, but I figured it out eventually.

Here’s how to do it.

unicorn rainbow poop

Sparkly Rainbow Unicorn Poop

Ingredients

Method

Start by making the sugar cookie dough. You will need to bump up the stiffness of the dough slightly, I would add an additional 2 tbsp to 1/4 cup of flour.

Sparkly Rainbow Unicorn Poop 1Once you’ve made the dough, get 4-6 containers, depending up on how many colours of food colouring you have. I would stick with pastels–pink, purple, yellow, green and blue are all good options. Place a little of the food colouring in the bottom of each of the containers. Now roll out your cookie dough into a kind of thick log on your work surface. Cut it in half, and then cut each half into thirds. Place each sixth in one of your containers. Now, mix the food colouring into each of the dough portions.

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Once each dough portion is coloured, pull them out and roll them out into a log about 1-2″ thick on your work surface. Repeat for them all until you have 6 different-cloured logs of approximately similar sizes.

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Lay the 6 logs beside each other, and carefully begin to roll them together. You will get one large multicoloured log. Place this in the fridge for about an hour to set.

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Remove from the fridge, and cut a section of the log off, about 4″ worth. Begin to roll it out until it forms a rope about 1/2″ in diameter. Cut this rope into 6″ lengths, and then slightly roll each 6″ portion a little more.

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You can now begin to form the “poops.” Start by making a circle on the outside, then fill it in and build up on it, kind of like a snake. Give the top bit a bit of a pinch and twist to give it that ice cream cone tip. Place your “poops” on a baking sheet, making sure to leave at least 3″ of space in between. Once you have made all your poops, put them back in the fridge while you preheat the oven.

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Bake at 350 degrees for about 10-11 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the pan slightly, then remove to cool completely on a wire rack.

Once the cookies are cool, sprinkle some edible glitter dust in a small dish. Use a soft brush to brush the tops of each of the cookies with the glitter dust.

Serve and enjoy!

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