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Fluffy Vegan Dinner Rolls with Maple Butter 

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These Fluffy Vegan Dinner Rolls taste exactly like the incredible, fluffy, sweet pan rolls I grew up with, but are entirely vegan! People with dairy and egg allergies will LOVE you for bringing these fluffy rolls to any holiday meal. Just make sure you do not skip the maple butter!

Parker House Rolls Gone Vegan!

Your expectations will absolutely be succeeded with these fluffy vegan dinner rolls! This recipe was inspired by the Parker House Roll recipes I was seeing all over Pinterest. It started when I came across a few non-vegan recipe for Salted Honey Butter Rolls by Binge Worthy BitesSalted Honey Butter Parker House Rolls by Half Baked Harvest, and Salted Honey Parker House Rolls by A Cozy Kitchen!

​In order to veganize this recipe idea, I subbed the butter, milk AND eggs to make a vegan version of Parker House Rolls that is SO. GOOD! You won’t miss the dairy or eggs, promise. 

Why You’ll Love This Recipe 

  • Perfect side dish! ​These easy vegan dinner rolls can pair well with virtually any main dish. Make them for dinner parties, holidays, weeknight meals, and more. 
  • No second rise. ​Many vegan dinner roll recipes require a first and second rise time. This easy recipe requires just 1 simple rise, which significantly cuts down the bake time. 
  • Just 6 simple ingredients. Making homemade rolls doesn’t have to mean hunting down a ton of complicated ingredients. This vegan dinner roll recipe is made with just 6 quick and simple ingredients, including the homemade maple butter! 

Key Ingredients and Substitutions 

  • Nondairy milk: Make sure to use a plain and unsweetened nondairy milk. We like to use oat milk, soy milk, or almond milk, but any plain nondairy milk of choice will work well.  
  • Maple syrup: In addition to lightly sweetening the vegan dinner rolls dough, maple syrup is used to make the maple butter. For the best flavour, use pure maple syrup. 
  • Egg replacer: Any store-bought vegan egg replacer, such as Bob’s Red Mill will work well! You could also try a flax egg by mixing 1 tablespoon ground flax with 3 tablespoons water, but I have not tried this myself!  
  • Vegan butter: Helps to add fat and moisture to the dough to keep the vegan dinner rolls light and fluffy. For this recipe, you’ll need softened vegan butter. This means it is still in solid form, but easily malleable. I used Becel brocks for this recipe, but feel free to use your favourite vegan butter. Earth Balance is a popular vegan butter that is widely accessible. 
  • Flour: I have only tested these homemade vegan dinner rolls using all-purpose flour. For the best, light and fluffy rolls, make sure to measure carefully. Don’t pack the flour down when measuring or the vegan rolls will be dense! 
  • Instant yeast: Please make sure to use instant yeast or rapid rise yeast, not active dry yeast. You will need 1 packet, or 2 1/4 teaspoons!  
  • Salt: Adding 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt helps to enhance the flavour of the dough by balancing the other ingredients. Don’t worry – it won’t make the bread overly salty! 

How to Make Fluffy Vegan Dinner Rolls

  1. Prepare the vegan egg.​ Powdered egg replacers normally have the instructions for making 1 egg on the back of the package. Typically it is 1 teaspoon or 1 tablespoon of powder, plus water. Set the mixture aside for 5 minutes to thicken! 
  2. Warm the milk mixture. ​In a small pot on the stovetop, combine the nondairy milk and maple syrup. Heat, stirring to combine, until warm but not hot. 
  3. Make the dinner rolls dough. In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, add the dry ingredients and mix to combine. Pour in the warm milk mixture, the softened vegan butter and the “egg” and mix until a soft dough ball forms, about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Rise for 1 hour.  Cover the dough with a clean kitchen towel (tea towel) or plastic wrap and leave in a warm place for 1 hour and let the dough rise or double in size. 
  5. Make the maple butter. While the dough rises, prepare the maple butter. In a small mixing bowl, add the softened vegan butter and maple syrup and stir until combined. Set aside. 
  6. Roll the dough into a long rectangle. Once the dough has risen, turn out the dough onto a clean, lightly floured surface. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a large rectangle 1/4″ thick, about 24 inches by 12 inches. 
  7. Cut the dough into 12 equal pieces. ​Spread a thin layer of maple butter over the dough, then cut the dough into 12 strips. Roll each strip from top to bottom to form individual dinner rolls. 
  8. Bake vegan dinner rolls for 24-26 minutes. Transfer the homemade dinner rolls to a parchment-lined baking pan. Using a pastry brush, brush the rolls with another thin layer of the maple butter, bake for 24-26 minutes, or until golden brown. 
  9. Serve. Let cool slightly, before serving while arm with extra maple butter. Enjoy! 

Ideas for Serving

These vegan dinner rolls are perfect for holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, but also for regular weeknight dinners that could use a cozy, fluffy dinner roll side. Pair them with a few of our favourite holiday recipes, such as Holiday Lentil Mushroom LoafGarlic Parmesan Fluffy Mashed Potatoes, and Vegan Mini Pot Pie Pastries

Or, try them with some of our classic weeknight dinner recipes like this Creamy Lemon Garlic Pasta, this Smoky Pumpkin and Sage Stovetop Chili, or this Potato Leek Soup with Smoky Chili Oil

How to Store

Leftover rolls will keep at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 4 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

​Reheat rolls in the oven or air fryer until lightly warmed. 

Recipe FAQs 

Why did my fluffy rolls come out hard?

This can happen for a number of reasons, including over-kneading the dough, not using enough liquid, using old yeast, or not allowing the dough to rise and double in size. Additionally, baking the rolls for too long can make them tough. 

Why are my vegan dinner rolls flat?

​Flat yeast rolls is usually caused by an issue with the yeast. This can be using old yeast that did not rise properly or using too hot of a milk mixture that kills the yeast and prevents it from rising the dough. 

​How much egg replacer should I use?

This is going to depend on the brand. For best results, follow the package instructions on the back of the egg replacer. 

​Can I use softened coconut oil instead of butter?

I have not personally tried it, but it might work. If you’d like to try it, make sure to use softened coconut oil, not melted coconut oil for a similar texture to softened vegan butter. 

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Fluffy Vegan Dinner Rolls Recipe with Maple Butter


  • Author: Liv B
  • Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
  • Yield: 12 rolls

Description

These Fluffy Vegan Dinner Rolls taste exactly like the incredible, fluffy, sweet pan rolls I grew up with, but are entirely vegan! People with dairy and egg allergies will LOVE you for bringing these fluffy rolls to any holiday meal. Just make sure you do not skip the maple butter!


Ingredients

  • 1 cup nondairy milk like oat, soy or almond
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 “egg” of powdered egg replacer like Bob’s Red Mill (see note)
  • 4 tbsp vegan butter, room temp or softened
  • 3 1/4 cups all purpose flour (measure carefully and don’t pack it down or they will be dense instead of light and fluffy!)
  • 2 1/4 tsp instant yeast (make sure its instant)
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Maple Butter:

  • 6 tbsp vegan butter, room temperature or softened
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Prepare your “egg” and let sit 5 mins.
  2. In a small pot on the stove, combine the nondairy milk and maple syrup. Heat, stirring to combine, until warm but not hot.
  3. In a large mixing bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, add the flour, instant yeast and salt and whisk to combine. Add the warmed milk mixture, the softened vegan butter and the “egg” and mix until it forms a soft dough ball, about 3-4 minutes. If using a stand mixer, make sure you use the dough hook.
  4. Cover with a tea towel or plastic wrap and place in a warm draft-free area for 1 hour to rise.
  5. In the meantime, make the maple butter: to a small mixing bowl, add the softened vegan butter and maple syrup and stir until combined. Set aside.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  7. Turn out the dough onto a clean, lightly floured surface. With a rolling pin, roll dough into a long rectangle about 24 inches by 12 inches, and about 1/4 inch thick. Doesn’t have to be perfect.
  8. Spread a thin layer of maple butter over the dough. Cut the dough into 12 strips (see video for how I do it evenly). Roll each strip from top to bottom.
  9. Place in a parchment-lined square (approx 8×8 inch) baking pan. Brush the tops with a thin layer of the maple butter.
  10. Bake in preheated oven for 24-26 minutes. If you want them to be more golden on top, broil for 2 minutes at the end.
  11. Let cool slightly before serving with extra maple butter. Enjoy!

Notes

Powdered egg replacer normally has the instructions for 1 egg on the package. Typically it is 1 tsp to 1 tbsp powder, plus water. Then you let it sit for 5 mins. You could also try a flax egg by mixing 1 tbsp ground flax with 3 tbsp water but I have not tried this myself!

  • Prep Time: 1 hour 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 26 mins

4 Comments

  1. Hi Liv! Thanks for recipe. Want to clarify egg replacer. Red mill package says 1Tbsp ER to 2Tbsp water = 1 egg. But recipe calls for 1 tsp ER to 2 Tbsp water. How much ER? Tbsp? Or tsp?

  2. tried this recipe over the weekend! it was super easy and very tasty. they were gone pretty quickly

  3. Hi Liv! Love your twist on this recipe! ♡ Salted honey butter rolls are some of my faaavorites and these look delicious!

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