This Vegan Cinnamon Bread is easy to make, SO moist, eggless, & dairy-free too! No yeast is needed to make a cinnamon swirl quick bread that tastes just like a cinnamon roll.
I know many of you are excited that I am FINALLY sharing this recipe after a few sneak peaks on my Instagram. Every time I share a loaf bread recipe (like my Tahini Banana Bread or Vegan Date Cake), it's always a hit!
Well, you can add this eggless cinnamon bread to the must-make list because it may be the best one yet!
Before we jump into some tips & tricks to make this vegan cinnamon cake, here's a quick recap of the simple ingredients you need to make this recipe! (full quantities in recipe card):
- Oat milk
- Apple Cider Vinegar (this helps create a vegan buttermilk & interacts with the baking soda)
- Applesauce (super important for sweetness & moisture)
- Organic Cane Sugar
- Brown sugar
- Olive Oil (if trying to make this cinnamon bread oil-free, just sub for more applesauce, but expect a more dense cake)
- Vanilla bean paste/extract
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Ground cinnamon (of course!)
- Powdered Sugar (optional, for glaze)
How to make vegan cinnamon bread
Here's how you make this no yeast cinnamon bread in just a few easy steps!
Mix all the ingredients in one bowl
First, add the wet ingredients like the oat milk, apple cider vinegar, applesauce, sugar, brown sugar, oil, and vanilla to a bowl and whisk together.
Then, add in the dry ingredients. Always make sure to add the flour first, then pour the baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon on top. This helps to make sure the leavening agents get mixed evenly within the batter and don't clump up.
Do NOT overmix the batter. This means mixing the batter JUST until all streaks of flour are gone. It's actually okay if there are some lumps in the batter.
Over-mixing batter can lead to a super dry & gummy bread which we want to avoid. Basically, you should end up with a slightly thick batter with some lumps in it as pictured below.
Make the cinnamon sugar filling
This part is pretty easy, but in a smaller bowl add in the remaining sugar & cinnamon and whisk together. Then, set aside.
Layer the batter & cinnamon sugar filling
Next, you are going to grease a loaf pan (I used this 1 pound USA Loaf Pan) and add in about ⅓ of the batter. Then top with about ⅓ of the cinnamon sugar topping and use a knife to gently swirl the batter and sugar together.
Repeat this two more times, ending with a thin layer of the cinnamon sugar on top. This will provide a nice crunchy topping that is honestly SO good. Do one final swirl with the knife and then add to the oven to bake!
Bake & top with vanilla icing
This eggless cinnamon cake takes a decent time to bake because we want to make sure the inside is cooked through completely.
After baking, run a butter knife along the outside of the pan to loosen any stuck pieces. Let the bread cool about 10 minutes in the pan, then remove and place on a drying rack to cool completely.
It's super important to use a drying rack to cool quick breads so that the bottom doesn't get too moist and soggy. Once the bread is completely cool, top with the optional vanilla icing and serve!
FAQ & Expert Tips:
There are two main ingredients that make this vegan cinnamon roll bread super moist even with a long baking time. The first is applesauce which provides tons of moisture and also acts a bit like an egg replacement to bind the ingredients together. The second item is actually the sugar itself! Sugar provide a lot of moisture to the recipe, which is why I never recommend reducing the sugar.
Yes! If you can find a 1:1 baking flour such as Bob's Red Mill, that will work subbed 1:1 in volume for the all-purpose flour in this recipe. Please keep in mind other flour substitutes like almond flour or coconut flour will NOT work with this recipe as it is not an easy substitution.
You can definitely try, but I do want to note that sugars like coconut sugar or maple sugar are more dry than cane sugar or brown sugar. Therefore, you are going to have a less moist bread if using a different sugar.
Yes, this is actually pretty easy to do! Just swap the 3 Tbsp of olive oil for 3 Tbsp of additional applesauce. The reason I like a mix is that olive oil tends to make bread recipes more tender, less dense, and leads to a better crumb. However, if you just use applesauce the bread will still taste great, it will just be more dense.
Cinnamon bread can be stored at room temperature for 1-2 days wrapped in tin foil or plastic wrap. However, it is actually best stored pre-sliced in the freezer. To store in the freezer, slice the bread and then store between layers of parchment paper in a closed container. Also, I do not recommend refrigerating leftover bread as it tends to dry it out.
I truly hope you love this Vegan Cinnamon Loaf Bread! The cinnamon sugar swirls give it so much flavor & it's such an easy recipe to enjoy for dessert or even for a special breakfast treat. Enjoy!
Looking for more sweet vegan bread recipes? Check out these SGTO favorites!
- 1 cup (236 ml) oat milk
- 1 Tbsp (14 ml) apple cider vinegar
- ⅓ cup (80 grams) applesauce
- ¼ cup (50 grams) brown sugar
- ¼ cup (54 grams) white cane sugar
- 3 Tbsp olive oil (or any other liquid oil subbed 1:1)
- 1 tsp (5 grams) vanilla bean paste/extract
- 2 cups (250 grams) all purpose flour
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp cinnamon
Cinnamon Sugar filling
- ⅓ cup (70 grams) sugar
- 2 tsp (4 grams) cinnamon
- ½ cup (60 grams) sifted powdered sugar
- 1 Tbsp oat milk
- 1 tsp (5 grams) vanilla bean paste
- Preheat the oven to 350F and lightly grease a loaf pan or line with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the oat milk, apple cider vinegar, applesauce, brown sugar, white sugar, olive oil, and vanilla bean paste.
- Next, add the dry ingredients to the bowl making sure to add the flour first followed by the baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Gently whisk the ingredients into the flour and then mix with the wet ingredients JUST until a thick batter forms and no large streaks of flour remain. It's important not to over-mix the batter or it will come out dense/dry. Keep in mind, some lumps in the batter are totally okay!
- In a separate bowl, mix together the the cinnamon sugar filling ingredients (the sugar and cinnamon) and set aside.
- Add ⅓ of the cinnamon cake batter to the greased loaf pan and use a spatula to spread evenly. Top with ⅓ of the cinnamon sugar filling and then use a butter knife to gently make a large swirl in the batter. Follow with another ⅓ of the batter and another ⅓ of the cinnamon sugar filling and repeat. Make sure not to over-swirl with the knife or you won't have thick layers throughout the bread. Finish with the remaining ⅓ of batter topped with the remaining ⅓ of the cinnamon sugar filling on top and swirl one last time with the knife.
- Add the loaf bread to the oven and bake for 50-55 minutes until cooked through. Remove from the oven, run a butter knife along the edges to loosen any stuck pieces, and let cool for 10 minutes in the loaf pan. Then, remove the bread from the pan and let cool completely on a wire rack.
- While the bread is cooling make the vanilla icing. Add the sifted powdered sugar, oat milk, and vanilla to a bowl and mix together until a thick glaze forms. Pour the icing over the cake, slice, and serve!
- If you prefer a larger cinnamon swirl add ½ of the batter to the pan, followed by ⅔ of the cinnamon sugar filling, the remaining ½ of of the batter, and top with the last ⅓ of cinnamon sugar topping. Do not put more than ⅓ of the cinnamon sugar filling on top.
- Cinnamon bread can be stored at room temperature for 1-2 days wrapped in tin foil or plastic wrap.
- To store in the freezer, slice the bread and then store between layers of parchment paper in a closed container. I do not recommend refrigerating leftover bread as it tends to dry it out.
- This recipe was lightly adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction Cinnamon Swirl Bread
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 367Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 2mgCarbohydrates: 69gFiber: 4gSugar: 33gProtein: 9g
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