Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: Eggless Cinnamon Rolls with Buttercream Frosting

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Eggless Cinnamon Rolls with Buttercream Frosting

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It is time for another cinnamon roll recipe. After I last shared the whole-wheat cinnamon rolls, many of you mamas asked if I had one for eggless cinnamon rolls, since you had some munchkins with allergies. Well I did have a recipe and I am sharing it today. Anytime you don't have eggs, but want to make something sweet and yummy, you can use flax seed as a substitute. It is a great way to add a nutritional kick to your goodies, while saving $$ by not running to the store for just a carton of eggs. It is also a great option for all those plant based/veggie eaters out there. I use flax seed in place of eggs in many of my recipes. 1 tablespoon of flaxseed + 3 tablespoons of water will equal out to one egg in a recipe. You can also use fruit purees in recipes as well to replace eggs. 1/4 cup puree equals 1 egg. I love the fact that I can still make all my favorite recipes, even if I am running low or are completely out of eggs.

This recipe is for the bread machine. If you don't have flax seed and want to use eggs, just replace the 6 tablespoons of water and 2 tablespoons of flax seed with 2 eggs in this recipe.

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Ready to make some yummy cinnamon rolls. I like to make these on Sunday. We then have leftover cinnamon rolls throughout the week for breakfast. This makes getting breakfast on the table a bit easier for me during the week. These would be a quick breakfast for littles, before school. Pair it with some fruit salad and you're golden!
Egg-less Cinnamon Rolls

¾ cup water + 6 tablespoons
2 tablespoons flax seed
3 tablespoons unsalted butter/margarine
6 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 ½ cup all-purpose flour
2 ¼ teaspoon dry active yeast

Place all ingredients in your bread machine, according to the order your manual specifies. Select manual/dough cycle. At the end of the program, punch down dough and let it rest for 5 minutes.
Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface. Roll out into a rectangle (mine was about 9x10).

1/3 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons butter/margarine, melted
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
raisins (optional)

Brush rectangle of dough with butter. Next mix your brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Sprinkle onto your dough and rub in. Next add a handful of raisins, if using them. Now tightly roll your dough into a cylinder. Cut 2 inch pieces and place into a greased 9x13 baking pan. Any leftover rolls can go into another greased pan. Recipe makes about 12-14 rolls (depending on how thick you make them). Bake at 350' for 20-25 minutes. You want them to be lightly golden brown around the edges. Top with buttercream icing and enjoy!

Buttercream Frosting

1/3 cup butter, softened
¼ cup cream or evaporated milk*
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon salt
4 cups powdered sugar

Place butter and milk in a mixing bowl. Mix for about 1 minute. Add vanilla, 1 cup powdered sugar, and salt. Mix until creamy. Slowly add the remaining powdered sugar, mixing and scraping sides of the bowl as you do. Add additional milk, if needed.

*You can also use soy milk. 

Print Recipe HERE

XO Danielle


  1. These sound wonderful!

  2. Hey Danielle,
    I love your site. It has been very helpful to my family and I. Quick question about the flax seed; can you use any type of flax seed, ie: golden? Will the flax seed substitution work in any recipe that calls for eggs? Thanks!

  3. OMgosh, these look so good!!

  4. Looks good but please, more info. on the Flaxseed. I use Flaxseed meal a lot. Is this what you mean? I also have some of the actual little Flaxseeds and I'm thinking that they would not work, but please clarify. Thanks so much. I plan to give these a the frosting recipe too!!

    1. Yes flax seed meal is just ground flax seed. That is what I use since it is easier for your body to digest if it is already ground up.

  5. Hey Danielle, just found your blog and I am loving all of your really great and USEFUL content. Kudos to blogging about things that truly can help others.


    1. Thank you Brittany so much. I am so happy that my blog is helping so many. Such a wonderful blessing:>

  6. Oh I am going to try this! My son has many severe allergies including eggs. I have yet to make cinnamon rolls for him! Thanks for this post! To previous poster, you can use any flax seed and using it for egg substitution works pretty well as long as the recipe does not call for more than 3 eggs. If you mix the flax with the water (warm works best) and let it gel up a bit it seems to work better as an egg substitute.

  7. These look soooooo good. I'm going to have to find time to make these! I pinned them to pinterest for you :D Thanks for sharing!

    Abbi @ Seasons of a Homemaker


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