Chocolate Coconut Cinnamon Rolls
Serves: 12 Jumbo Buns
  • For the Bun Dough
  • Active Dry Yeast 3 teaspoons (9g)
  • Coconut Water ½ cup (120ml)
  • All Purpose Flour 4 - 5 cups (520g-650g)
  • Salt 1½ teaspoons (9g)
  • Granulated Sugar ½ cup (100g)
  • Vegan Butter 8 Tablespoons (113g)
  • Coconut Milk or more Coconut Water 1 cup (237ml)
  • For the Chocolate Schmear
  • Water 4 tablespoons (60ml)
  • Granulated Sugar 4 Tablespoons (50g)
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder ½ cup
  • Granulated Sugar 4 Tablespoons (50g)
  • Shredded Coconut 1½ cups
  • Sugar Glaze
  • Confectioners Sugar 2 cups (240g)
  • Almond Milk 2 Tablespoons or more as needed to your desired consistency
  1. Prove your yeast by mixing it with the room temperature coconut water and a pinch of the sugar.
  2. If it gets bubbly and frothy after about 5 to 10 minutes, you have proven that the yeast is alive and you may proceed with the recipe. (*if it does not froth, it is good chance your yeast is old and dead and you should buy a fresh package)
  3. Combine all of the remaining ingredients, including the proven yeast into the bowl of your Kitchen Aid mixer with a dough hook attachment
  4. Follow along in the video tutorial for mixing this dough.
  5. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a towel and set in a nice warm spot to double in size. This will take approximately 1 hour depending on the conditions in your kitchen.
  6. Once it has doubled, you will gently “punch down” the dough to release the gasses and proceed to roll the buns as shown in the video.
  7. Press the dough into the best square or rectangle you can by hand, and then roll with a rolling pin to approximately 12" X 20"
  8. Spread the entire surface with chocolate schmear recipe below and then the shredded coconut
  9. Roll up jelly-roll style and then cut into 12 equal portions.
  10. Arrange the buns in a greased 9" x 13" baking dish or a cast iron pan as I am using this time inteh video, spaced so they are about 1″ apart.
  11. Cover with a towel and place the baking dish in a warm, draft free spot to rise again.
  12. About 1 hour depending on your kitchen conditions.
  13. Once the buns have risen they will most likely be touching each other or almost touching each other and be soft and airy when you poke them, bake them in a PREHEATED 350° F oven for approximately 20- 30 minutes or until golden brown and center buns are fully baked
  14. Cool slightly and then ice with sugar glaze by combining the confectioners sugar and almond milk together and whisk smooth
As with all yeast products it is best to serve them right away.

1 day is the maximum for any fresh baked bun.
Breads, buns and rolls will get stale very quickly.

To give an extra day to the buns, be sure to wrap them tightly in an airtight container or with plastic wrap after they have fully cooled.
Recipe by Gretchen's Vegan Bakery at