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Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Buns

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So let’s talk about these buns. This recipe combines the best parts of a babka with the best parts of a cinnamon roll. Basically, these are brioche-style buns filled with cinnamon, brown sugar, and chocolate. So decadent!

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Fluffy, not too dense, and sweetish.

My sister gave this recipe a thumbs up! She enjoyed that they were fluffy and not overly sugary. You’ll feel happy after eating these, not sick!

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Make sure you have: 1) a rolling pin, 2) parchment paper or cooking spray, 3) a dish or round pan, and 4) basic kitchen utensils. I like to use an offset spatula for spreading the filling, but a butter knife will work as well.

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Cinnamon buns are made from sweetened bread dough. Here’s how I make this recipe! First, I bloom the yeast in warm soy milk. This ensures that the yeast is active. Next, I whisk my dry ingredients to get rid of clumps. I combine the dough ingredients and gently knead until the dough forms a ball. I place the dough in a bowl and allow it to rise for one hour or until it doubles in size. After the first rise, I punch down the dough and roll it into a thin rectangle (approximately a 1/4 inch in depth). I mix the filling ingredients and spread the paste over the dough. Next, I roll the dough starting from the longer side of the rectangle. Once there is a log shape, I cut between 6-8 pieces and place them in a pan to rise for 45 minutes. They are ready to bake after the second rise. Full instructions listed in the recipe card.

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Additional Notes

I suggest serving these right away. They can keep for up to 5 days, but they are best on the first day. I didn’t add a glaze because the chocolate chips were plenty sweet. You can make a simple glaze by mixing powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and milk. There aren’t many substitutions for this recipe. Cane sugar can replace coconut sugar. I don’t suggest using maple syrup because it will change the texture. I haven’t tested this recipe with gluten-free flours, so I can’t make a recommendation. Leave your questions in the comments!

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Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Buns

Fluffy and sweetish. This recipe combines the best parts of a babka with the best parts of a cinnamon roll. Basically, these are brioche-style buns filled with cinnamon, brown sugar, and chocolate. So decadent!
Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 25 mins
Course Brunch, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people


For the Dough

  • 3/4 cup warm non-dairy milk.
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast.
  • 1 tsp sea salt.
  • 2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour plus extra for dusting.
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar.
  • 1/3 cup vegan butter softened.

For the Filling

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar.
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter softened.
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon.
  • 1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips.


  • Gently stir together the yeast and warm milk. Wait for about 10 minutes and ensure that the mixture foams. If not, the yeast is likely inactive.
  • Whisk together the dry ingredients. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, and add in the vegan butter and milk mixture.
  • Transfer to a floured surface and knead the dough until a smooth ball forms (between 5-10 minutes). Place in a greased bowl and cover. Allow to rise for 1 hour or until it doubles in size.
  • After the first rise, transfer dough to a floured surface. Roll out dough into a thin rectangle. Mix together the filling ingredients, excluding the chocolate chips, and mix until a paste forms.
  • Spread the filling over the dough and leave space around the perimeter. Roll tightly from the longest side. By now, you should have a log shape. Cut 6-8 pieces and place in a lined baking dish or round cake pan. Allow to rise for 45 minutes or until they have puffed up.
  • During the second rise, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. When ready, bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Nom nom nom!


See notes above about substitutions.
Keyword chocolate chips, cinnamon buns, plantbased, sweets, yeast

Thank you for reading! If you make this recipe, please leave a review in the comments. Want more chocolate chips? Check out my Jumbo Everything Cookies! Tag me on Instagram @authentically_vegan if you recreate my recipes.

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  • Reply
    Elsie LMC
    July 24, 2020 at 5:01 am

    This both looks and sounds so yummy!! 😍 Will definitely be going down on my list of things to make 🙌💕

    • Reply
      July 24, 2020 at 8:32 am

      Thank you so much! ☺️ I hope you like the recipe!

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    August 8, 2020 at 10:56 am

    These look so delicious! And it looks like it makes the perfect amount! ❤️

    • Reply
      August 8, 2020 at 11:03 am

      Thank you so much! Since I’m single, I like to make smaller batches and I thought these worked great.

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