gluten free vegan pumpkin cinnamon roll muffins

Thanksgiving morning is crazy.  Baking, cooking, cleaning, stressing.  You are in overdrive, making sure you aren’t forgetting to make the cranberry sauce or trying to keep the turkey from overcooking.  Family is filling your house and the smells are intoxicating.  It may be chaos, but it’s a day of eating delicious food that we all look forward to!  Stuffing our bellies until we can’t move.  Yes, it is a good thing. 

Now I know that breakfast isn’t really on your mind on Thanksgiving morning, but if you make these pumpkin cinnamon rolls…it will become a necessity!  Little bites of cinnamon goodness that are everything you love about a classic cinnamon roll.  Gooey center with a drizzle of vanilla glaze.  These gluten free and vegan muffins are so easy to make!  Just a couple simple steps and you have pumpkin cinnamon roll muffins for all of your guests.  Double or triple the batch.  Your family will thank you.  These most certainly would be a great addition to your day of giving thanks!

gluten free vegan pumpkin cinnamon roll muffins

makes 12 muffins

  • 1 1/2 cups Sarah’s gluten free flour blend
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 teaspoons rapid rise yeast
  • 2/3 cup warm non-dairy milk*
  • 3 tablespoons sunflower seed oil
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • 1 tablespoon Earth Balance buttery spread*
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of ground nutmeg
  • pinch of ground allspice


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Dissolve the yeast in a
measuring cup filled with the warmed milk.  Set aside to proof.  In a
large bowl, combine flour blend, sugar and salt.  Stir in milk mixture,
oil, pumpkin, and vanilla into the flour mixture.  Mix until smooth.  Scoop
into muffin cups sprayed with cooking spray.  Let rise for 15 minutes.

the dough rests, mix together buttery spread, brown sugar, and cinnamon until
crumbly.  Sprinkle evenly on top of rested dough
and press sugar mixture down into the dough with your fingertips.  Place
pan into a cold oven, then set the oven temperature to 350 degrees. 
Bake for 20 minutes, until muffins are golden brown on edges.   Remove from
pan and cool for 10 minutes on wire rack.  Whisk together the icing and
drizzle over muffins.  Serve warm.

*If you can tolerate dairy, feel free to use regular milk, as well as butter.

Recipe adapted from Joy the Baker 

Check out our google hangout with Lexie from Lexie’s Kitchen, where we chat about tips on entertaining the kids on Thanksgiving day!  I share the recipe for these heavenly cinnamon roll muffins, as well my family traditions.  Happy Thanksgiving, friends!


  1. Anonymous says

    Two questions. First, may I substitute coconut milk for almond milk? And second, can I make ahead of time and let rise over night so I can bake the next morning?

    • says

      Yes, you can substitute almond milk for the coconut. I have not made this ahead of time so I'm not sure how they would in the morning. I would put them in the fridge, then place on the counter for 30-40 minutes prior to baking. It's a good thing to try though, less to do in the morning!

  2. says

    On your GF flour blend, is there anything I can substitute for the potato starch? I have a new-found allergy to potatoes and I am having a hard time finding a blend without potato starch. RIP potatoes. 😉

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