Soft, tender, buttery, these easy vegan dinner rolls are easy to make and will add something extra special to your next family dinner, or even a Thursday night “sit on the couch watching TV” dinner.
I have been into making homemade bread for a long time now. I think it started because my mom always insisted on making homemade dinner rolls for our family dinners. And I’m oh-so-glad she did!
Now I love making homemade dinner rolls, whether it be for big family gatherings, or even small weeknight meals with me and Shawn. Of course, I took my mom’s recipe and veganized it, and she doesn’t mind a bit!
Ingredients for Easy Vegan Dinner Rolls
Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make these easy vegan dinner rolls:
- Plant-based milk
- Brown Sugar
- Fast Rise Active Yeast
- All Purpose flour
- Vegan Butter
- Vegetable Oil
Eight ingredients (including water). That’s not too bad, right? Now, you could add a ninth ingredient if you want, which would be whole wheat flour. The thing is with whole wheat flour, it makes it trickier for your rolls to rise as high.
In fact, if you want to include some whole wheat flour in this recipe, I would maybe sub around a quarter of the all purpose flour with whole wheat flour. Or you can use it add additional flour when you’re kneading it. That will add some fiber, while keeping your easy vegan dinner rolls nice and fluffy.
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Bread Requires Time
It may seem like a lot of time is involved in making easy vegan dinner rolls, but not all of it requires your one-on-one attention. All good bread requires some time to rise, and you know, that’s ok. Right?
Sometimes we’re in too much of a hurry. Bread is a way of make us realize that good things come to those that wait.
So you’ll make the dough and then it will sit and you can do other things. And then you’ll come back and make rolls and then the dough will need some more time to sit…and you can do other things.
See? It’s not that bad!
I do have a couple of tips to share with you though.
Tips to Make these Dinner Rolls Perfect
Here are some of my favorite tips after making these dinner rolls and perfecting the recipe-making process:
- Use a 9″ baking dish. I like using a smaller pan because it forces the dough balls to rise nice and tall. More room for vegan butter that way! 😂
- Make sure to dip your fingers in the oil when you’re forming the dough balls. The oil will help you “work the dough”.
- To get equally-sized rolls, weigh the total dough on a kitchen scale and divide that by 12. Then weight each individual dough ball to get a consistent dinner roll size.
- My favorite tip is to add a little more melted butter as soon as they come out of the oven.
Also, you can make these easy vegan dinner rolls ahead of time. Don’t you love that! You can make the dough and prepare the dough balls in a pan and then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate the whole pan.
Or, if you want to get really creative, create the dough balls and place it in the freezer and then once the dough balls have frozen, put them in a freezer bag. That way you can remove and cook a few at a time.
If I were doing that, I would definitely double the batch so we could have fresh baked dinner rolls any time we wanted it. Also, I would be sure to allow extra time for the frozen (or refrigerated) dough balls to warm up to room temperate before they start rising.
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Soft, tender, buttery, these easy vegan dinner rolls are a perfect and easy recipe to add something extra to your next family dinner.
- ½ cup Water
- ½ cup Plant-based milk , plain (not vanilla flavored)
- 1 tablespoon Brown sugar
- 2 1/2 teaspoons Fast Rise Active-dry yeast (1 packet)
- 2- 2½ cups All purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 3 tablespoons Vegan butter , melted
- 1 tablespoon Vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons Vegan butter , melted, for brushing
Combine the water and milk together in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for about 20 seconds, until the liquid becomes just lukewarm. You should be able to insert your finger in the liquid and not feel a notable difference.
Add the brown sugar and sprinkle the yeast over the top. Stir. Set aside.
In a separate bowl combine 2 cups all-purpose flour and salt. Stir to combine.
The yeast should be frothy by now. Create a well in the middle of the flour and pour the yeast mixture in the middle. Stir to incorporate. Use a spatula to sort of "knead" the dough in the bowl. Add up to 1/2 cup additional all-purpose flour as needed until the dough pulls slightly away from the sides of the bowl. It will still be sticky.*
Spray the dough ball in the bowl with vegetable spray. Cover with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel and place in a warm, dry place to allow the dough to rise until it's doubled in size, roughly an hour or more.
When the dough has risen, prepare a 9" square baking dish** by adding a tablespoon of vegetable oil. Spread the oil around the pan.
The dough will be sticky so sprinkle flour, over the top and gently work the flour into the dough. The dough should reach the point where it's still sticky, but will form into a ball.
Next, pinch off sections of the dough a little larger than a golf ball. Dip each ball in the oil from the pan and gently pull the sides down, working the dough until it's the shape of a ball. It can help you work the dough if you occasionally touch your fingers into the oil in the pan. Place the dough balls about 1" apart on your prepared pan.
Spray a sheet of plastic wrap with vegetable spray and place that over the rolls (so the plastic won't stick to the rising rolls). Cover and let rise 30-40 minutes until doubled in size.
When you're ready to bake, heat your oven to 350F. When the oven is at the correct temperature, remove the plastic wrap from the rolls, and place the pan in the oven. Bake for 25 minutes, until golden brown on top.
Remove them from the oven. Immediately coat with a thin layer of melted vegan butter. These rolls are best when served warm, but can be made ahead, frozen or refrigerated, and heated up prior to serving.
*Yeast rises best in a moist environment so lean on the side of the dough being too sticky rather than too dry.
**If you want the rolls to rise nice and high, using a smaller dish (like a square 9X9 baking pan) is better.
Make-ahead Tips: Cover the dough ball in plastic wrap and either freeze or refrigerate. In addition, you can freeze dough balls (before they have risen) by putting them on a tray and placing them in the freezer, once frozen, transfer to a freezer bag.
If you're working with refrigerated or frozen dough, be sure to allow additional rising time in the subsequent step.
To make evenly sized rolls, weigh the entire ball of dough and then divide by 12 and measure each individual dough ball.
You know I love a good, vegan bread recipe. Have you tried my Vegan Sweet Potato Dinner Rolls?
Shhh! They’re not done rising yet. But soon they’ll be light and fluffy and perfect for your next dinner!
Whatever vegan bread you’re biting into, enjoy!