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Sweet Potato Cinnamon Streusel Buns

Who doesn't love a warm cinnamon roll, dripping sweet glaze, on a lazy Saturday morning? Or Christmas morning?! Our tradition is homemade cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning. It means getting up a bit earlier than typical to get them ready and into the oven so that they're still warm when breakfast rolls around. We also usually have hot chocolate with them.


Yeah, that's a lot of sugar! But it's such a rare thing that I'm okay with the indulgence...sort of. I created this recipe based on a basic sweet roll recipe that I've used for years (I think a friend gave it to me?) but I really wanted to add some nutritional element to it. I decided to try steamed, mashed sweet potato and unbelievably, these rolls turned out amazing on the first try!



These buns are everything you could want in a sweet roll. Light, fluffy with a great cinnamon flavor and the sweet potatoes are completely undetectable. I usually ice them with my Orange Maple Glaze and serve them with a homemade vegan hot chocolate. To give the nutritional value another boost, I use ground walnuts in the streusel filling to add protein, antioxidants and omega-3's. These rolls are so delicious and make a perfect treat for a holiday morning or anytime you want something sweet for breakfast.

I will let you know right now that I own a bread machine and I used it to do the heavy lifting with these rolls. And I know that bread-making can be a bit daunting and both time- and labor-intenstive but with a bit of practice, you can be master breadmaker, either with or without a bread machine. 





Sweet Potato Cinnamon Streusel Buns

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***This recipe was created using a bread machine. If you don't have a bread machine, mix the yeast with a bit of the sugar and water first, combine all the other ingredients, and the yeast, mix well and knead until elastic. Allow to raise until double, about 45 minutes. Punch down, allow to rest 5 minutes, then follow the remaining steps below.
Prep Time: 15 minutes   Bread Machine Time: 1 hour 30 minutes  Hands-On Time: 10 minutes 
Additional Rising Time: 20-25 minutes  Baking Time:18-20 minutes
1 3/4 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 cup sprouted whole wheat flour
1/4 cup Earth Balance Buttery Spread, melted
1/2 cup non-dairy milk
1/4 cup warm water
2 small sweet potatoes, steamed and flesh scooped out
3 tbs natural cane sugar
1 1/4 tsp fine grain sea salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 package active yeast (about 2 1/4 tsp)
For the streusel filling:
1/2 cup walnuts, finely ground 
3 tbs organic light brown sugar
3 tbs natural cane sugar
2 tbs flour
2 1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 tbs Earth Balance Buttery Spread
1. Put all the liquid ingredients into the pan of a bread machine first. Then spoon the flours over the liquid so that it completely covers it. Add the remaining ingredients, except for the yeast.
2. Using a clean finger, make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Pour the yeast into the well. Close the lid of the bread machine and set it on the "Dough" setting. 
3. Once the bread machine has run the entire dough cycle, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Punch down and allow to rest for five minutes. LIghtly oil or butter a baking dish.
4. Using floured rolling pin, roll the dough into a 12x10 rectangle. In a small bowl, combine all the filling ingredients. Use your fingers to mix well until the mixture is moist and crumbly. Sprinkle/spread evenly over the rolled-out dough. Starting with the long edge close to you, roll the dough of tightly, pinching the edges to seal. Cut into equal size rolls and place into the prepared baking dish. The rolls should be close together but not touching. They need room to rise and spread.
5. Cover the rolls with a damp cloth and allow to rise until double in size, 20-25 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake rolls until they just start to brown, about 18-20 minutes.
Allow to cool slightly before serving. If desired, you can frost them with my Orange Maple Glaze. These rolls will keep, tightly wrapped for about a day or you can wrap individually with plastic wrap and seal in freezer bag in the freezer for up to 6 weeks. Just allow to defrost at room temperature.


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Hi! I'm Milissa and my passions are healthy, mostly-plant-based food, saving money, enjoying my family, living in grace and honoring God.

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