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These Vegan Dinner Rolls are so fluffy, soft, and completely dairy-free! Made with minimal ingredients, these rolls will impress everyone.

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Easy dinner rolls, without any dairy? Yes, my friends, you can make delicious fluffy rolls without any dairy and they are delicious!

Although I’m not a Vegan, this recipe came about when I kept on making Jamaican coco bread for my family. That bread was so fluffy that I decided, why not swamp a few ingredients and shape them into rolls and make these Vegan. The results are perfect and seriously amazing.

Trust me, you won’t miss the dairy in these.

How to make Vegan Dinner Rolls

First, pour a can of coconut milk into a microwave-safe container and heat the milk until it’s about 100-110 degrees Fahrenheit. It took me about 45 seconds. Set aside.

Add bread flour, instant yeast, kosher salt, organic cane sugar to a stand mixer mixing bowl and stir to combine.

Pour in the coconut milk and 2 Tbsp of plant-based melted butter and stir until just combined and the flour is moistened.

Using the dough hook on a stand mixer, knead the dough for about 5-7 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic. It may be slightly sticky.

Once the dough is kneaded and smooth, place in an oiled bowl, cover, and allow to rise for 1 hour or until it’s about double in size.

Place the dough on a floured board and cut it into 15-16 equal-sized pieces. Roll the pieces into dinner rolls.

graphic of dough being put into dinner rolls

Place into a greased 9×13 baking dish. Cover and allow to rise for an additional 30 minutes.

dough formed into rolls

Meanwhile, position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat the oven to 375F.

Brush the top of the dinner rolls with melted plant-based butter and bake in the oven on the middle rack for 25-30 minutes, until the tops are golden brown.

Once they are done baking, remove them from the oven and brush with more plant-based butter. Serve and enjoy.

Do these taste like coconut?

They don’t! The coconut does add a depth of flavor but these don’t taste like coconut. They taste like bread.

Can these be made by hand if I don’t have a stand mixer?

Yes! To make these by hand, follow the directions but knead on a lightly floured work surface for about 8-10 minutes until the dough becomes smooth and elastic.

What’s the best pan to bake these in?

I suggest baking these in a glass 9×13 pan. I found this gave the bread a nice golden top and didn’t make the bottoms too dark. You could also bake these on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.

hand pulling one of the finished rolls

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • Heating the coconut milk before adding it to the flour helps activate the yeast. If you forget, don’t stress. It’ll just take a little longer for your dough to rise.
  • If you don’t have organic cane sugar, granulated sugar can be used, but then it won’t be Vegan, but it will still be dairy free.
  • The amount of flour used will depend on many factors. Start with 3 ½ cups and add more flour if needed.
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Vegan Dinner Rolls (Dairy Free)

These Vegan Dinner Rolls are so fluffy, soft, and completely dairy-free! Made with minimal ingredients, these rolls will impress everyone.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword dairy free dinner rolls, dinner rolls, vegan dinner rolls
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Rising Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings 16 people
Calories 303kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

  • 3 ½ – 4 cups bread flour 434-496g
  • 2 ¼ teaspoon instant yeast 7g
  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt 7g
  • 2 Tablespoon organic cane sugar 26g
  • 13.5 Oz can coconut milk
  • 4 Tablespoon plant based butter melted

Instructions

  • Pour a can of coconut milk into a microwave-safe container and heat the milk until it’s about 100-110 degrees Fahrenheit. It took me about 45 seconds. Set aside.
  • Add bread flour, instant yeast, kosher salt, organic cane sugar to a stand mixer mixing bowl and stir to combine.
  • Pour in the coconut milk and 2 Tbsp of plant-based melted butter and stir until just combined and the flour is moistened.
  • Using the dough hook on a stand mixer, knead the dough for about 5-7 minutes, until the dough is elastic. It may be slightly sticky.
  • Once the dough is kneaded and smooth, place in an oiled bowl, cover, and allow to rise for 1 hour or until it’s about double in size.
  • Place the dough on a floured board and cut it into 15-16 equal-sized pieces. Roll the pieces into dinner rolls.
  • Place into a greased 9×13 baking dish. Cover and allow to rise for an additional 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat the oven to 375F.
  • Brush the top of the dinner rolls with melted plant-based butter and bake in the oven on the middle rack for 25-30 minutes, until the tops are golden brown.
  • Once they are done baking, remove them from the oven and brush with more plant-based butter. Serve and enjoy.

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Notes

  • Heating the coconut milk before adding it to the flour helps activate the yeast. If you forget, don’t stress. It’ll just take a little longer for your dough to rise.
  • If you don’t have organic cane sugar, granulated sugar can be used, but then it won’t be Vegan, but it will still be dairy-free.
  • The amount of flour used will depend on many factors. Start with 3 ½ cups and add more flour if needed.

Nutrition

Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 323mg | Potassium: 138mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 24IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
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