Maple Glazed Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

It’s rare when I use pumpkin puree unless I bake a pumpkin pie or make a chia seed pumpkin pudding. But there’s something different about this season and I want to make everything pumpkin…


One day while working at Starbucks with a soy latte in hand, I found myself distracted by the bakery case which featured cinnamon rolls and pumpkin bread. All of a sudden, I craved for the combination. So I decided to make my own nutrient dense version of this delicious combo of baked goods!




These Maple Glazed Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls are actually super easy to make using a lot of the same ingredients for the pumpkin dough and filling.


You’ll only spend about 15-20 minutes on this recipe while the rest of the time is reserved to allow the dough to rise and for the rolls to bake. Also, you can skip some corners and use pre-made pumpkin pie spice for this recipe.


Get the vegan Maple Glazed Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls below!

Ingredients (10 servings)


  • 3 tbsp. butter (I use non-dairy)
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 rapid rise yeast packet
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. organic cane sugar
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 1/4 – 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour


  • 2 Tbsp. butter (I use non-dairy)
  • 1/4 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice 

Maple Glaze

  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. maple extract
  • 2 Tbsp. butter; melted (I use non-dairy butter)
  • 2-3 Tbsp. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Start with the dough. In a large microwavable mixing bowl add the butter and almond milk. Microwave for about 1 minute or until the butter is completely melted and the mixture is lukewarm. Do not overheat.
  3. Combine the butter and milk thoroughly then sprinkle the yeast, salt and sugar on top. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl, whisk together the icing ingredients. Use 2 tbsp. milk to start. The icing will thicken as it sits so you may need to add more milk when ready to use. Set aside.
  5. When the yeast is activated, mix well. Then whisk in the pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin puree. Mix in the flour a little at a time until the wet mixture becomes doughy. When the dough is too thick to mix, use your hands to knead the remaining flour into the dough and make it into a ball. The dough should be a little sticky.
  6. Set the ball of dough aside and rinse and dry the bowl it was mixed in. Then use cooking spray or a little olive oil to coat the bowl. Add the dough back to the bowl and cover in plastic wrap. Set the bowl of dough on top the pre-heated oven or in a warm area. Let the dough rise for 45-60 minutes until it doubles in size.
  7. Prepare a clean surface on the counter and sprinkle with flour. When the dough has doubled in size, place it on the floured surface and use a rolling pin to make the dough into a large, thin rectangular shape.
  8. Then add the filling; brush the melted butter all over the top of the dough reserving a little butter for later. Then sprinkle the sugar, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice evenly over the butter.
  9. When the filling has been added, begin to roll the dough tightly from the wide side of the rectangle. Have the seam face down, then use a knife or floss to cut through the dough. Make 8-10 evenly sized cinnamon rolls.
  10. Place the cinnamon rolls in an 9-inch round non-stick baking pan. Brush the remaining butter on top the rolls. Then cover them in plastic wrap. Let sit on a warm surface for 10-15 minutes. The longer they sit, the bigger they’ll be.
  11. Remove the plastic wrap from overtop the rolls. Bake the rolls for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
  12. Remove the cinnamon rolls from the oven. Whisk the icing (add more milk if needed) and then pour the icing evenly over the hot cinnamon rolls. Let the rolls sit for 1-2 minutes then serve warm. Enjoy!


If you are following the SBH Plant-Based 21-day Meal Plan, one serving of Maple Glazed Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls (1 of 10 rolls) is approximately:

  • 2.5 servings Grains
  • 1 serving Healthy Fats

Note: Strong.Bold.Healthy does not promote calorie counting. However, being that some may use calorie counting as a tool to help maintain a healthy weight, 1 serving of Maple Glazed Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls (1 of 10 rolls) is approximately 273 calories. Nutritional information is a rough estimate.


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