This Easy Vegan Yeast Dinner Rolls Recipe creates soft, tender, buttery dinner rolls that are simple to make. Vegan Rolls add something special to family dinners, or even a Thursday night, “sit on the couch watching TV” meal. Make these quick vegan dinner rolls with my easy-to-follow instructions. Vegetarian roll recipes are made with only a few ingredients. If you need dairy-free dinner rolls, you’ll love this recipe.
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.
Are Dinner Rolls Vegan?
Speaking from personal experience, the average store-bought dinner roll is not vegan. However, I encourage you to read labels because there are some accidentally vegan dinner rolls brands. But most dinner rolls use a combination of cow’s milk or butter.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this easy vegan dinner roll recipe:
- 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! 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 to add additional flour when you’re kneading it. That will add some fiber while keeping your easy vegan dinner rolls recipes nice and fluffy.
How to Make Vegan Dinner Rolls
Here’s a synopsis of the steps involved to make these easy vegan dinner rolls:
- Proof the yeast: Combine the water and milk in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for about 20 seconds, until the liquid becomes just lukewarm. Add the brown sugar and sprinkle the yeast over the top. Stir and set aside.
- Combine Dry Ingredients: In a separate bowl whisk together 2 cups of all-purpose flour and salt.
- Make the Dough: Add melted butter to the yeast and stir to combine. Then create a well in the middle of the flour and pour the yeast mixture in the middle, stirring 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.
- Rising Time: Cover the bowl and place in a warm, dry place to allow the dough to rise until it’s doubled in size, roughly an hour or more.
- Make Dough Balls: When the dough has risen, add vegetable oil to a baking dish. The dough will be sticky so sprinkle flour, over the top, and gently work the flour into the dough. Pinch off sections of the dough a little larger than a golf ball. Gently pull the sides down, working the dough until it’s the shape of a ball. You can touch your fingers in the oil in the pan to make the dough more pliable. Place the dough balls about 1″ apart on the prepared pan.
- Second Rise: Cover the pan and set it aside to rise for 30 to 40 minutes until doubled in size.
- Bake: When you’re ready to bake, heat your oven to 350°F. Place the pan in the heated oven and bake for 25 minutes, until golden brown on top.
- Coat with Butter: Remove the pan from the oven and immediately coat with a thin layer of melted vegan butter.
Dough rises best in a warm place. One way to do this is to heat a pyrex cup full of water in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes (until it’s hot). Then place the covered dough in the microwave and close the door. The heat from the water combined with the steam is an excellent space to allow the dough to rise.
Bread Requires Time
It may seem like a lot of time is involved in making this vegan buns recipe, 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 making 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.
Here are some of my favorite tips after making this vegan roll recipe perfect every time:
- 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 weigh 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 vegan bread rolls ahead of time.
- Fridge Method: Make the dough and prepare the dough balls in a pan and then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate the whole pan. It will keep in the fridge for 1 to 2 days. When you’re ready to bake, set the pan on the counter to allow the dough to come to room temperature. Then follow the baking instructions.
- Freezer Method: Create the dough balls and place them on a tray and place the tray in the freezer. Once the dough balls have frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag. That way you can remove and bake a few at a time. To bake, place the frozen dough balls in a pan, cover the pan, and allow the rolls to thaw and rise. Then follow the baking instructions.
Easy Vegan Dinner Rolls
- 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. Add 3 tablespoons of melted butter to the yeast and stir to combine. 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 to 40 minutes until doubled in size.
- When you're ready to bake, heat your oven to 350°F (177°C). 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.
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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 these vegan fluffy dinner rolls will be perfect for your next dinner!
Whatever vegan bread you’re biting into, enjoy!