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a stack of two slices of vegan cinnamon roll coffee cake with vanilla glaze and cinnamon crumble

Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

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  • Author: Kaylie Grace
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 16 slices 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


This cinnamon roll coffee cake recipe is vegan, gluten-free friendly, dairy-free, and eggless! The sweet cake is filled with a brown sugar swirl, cinnamon streusel crumble, and vanilla glaze drizzle. It’s so quick and easy to make compared to homemade cinnamon rolls. Enjoy this vegan baked good as a breakfast treat, for brunch, or dessert. It’s great for holidays, parties, and celebrations! #coffeecake #cinnamonrolls #veganbaking #vegancake #cinnamonroll #vegancoffeecake #eggless #veganbaker 


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Coffee Cake

  • 3/4 cup canned coconut milk*
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter, melted**
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce, room temperature
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (or gluten-free baking flour)*** (408 g)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Cinnamon Sugar Filling

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon

Cinnamon Crumble

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour (or gluten-free baking flour)*** (102 g)
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter, melted**
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Vanilla Glaze

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Prep: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8×8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper (or grease with vegan butter or coconut oil).
  2. Cinnamon Sugar Filling: In a small bowl, add brown sugar, granulated sugar, and cinnamon. Mix together.
  3. Cinnamon Crumble: In a small bowl, add flour, brown sugar, melted vegan butter, chopped pecans, cinnamon, and salt. Mix together until evenly combined. If needed, use clean hands to incorporate the ingredients.
  4. Coffee Cake: In a large bowl, combine canned coconut milk, melted vegan butter, applesauce, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Whisk together. Add flour, granulated sugar, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients just until combined; do not overmix the batter.
  5. Assemble: Using clean hands or a spatula, spread half of the coffee cake batter across the bottom of the pan. Top with an even layer of the cinnamon sugar filling. Again, using clean hands or a spatula, add the remaining coffee cake batter over the cinnamon sugar filling. It’s okay if it doesn’t cover every inch of the filling and there are gaps throughout. Finally, add the cinnamon crumble over the top.
  6. Bake: Bake coffee cake for 40-45 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out nearly clean. Remove from the oven and let cool inside the baking dish.
  7. Vanilla Glaze: In a small bowl, add powdered sugar, coconut milk, and vanilla extract. Whisk together until smooth.
  8. Glaze and Slice: Once the coffee cake has cooled, gently lift the parchment paper to remove it from the baking dish. Drizzle the vanilla glaze on top. Slice into 16 bars. Enjoy!


  • *Coconut milk: Be sure to use canned coconut milk. Shake the can vigorously to mix the liquid and cream inside. If needed, you can whisk the liquid and cream together. Then, measure 3/4 cup.
  • **Vegan butter: Measure the vegan butter, then melt it. In order to melt the butter, microwave it for 20-40 seconds.
  • ***Flour: Be sure to measure the flour accurately. Do not scoop or pack flour into a measuring cup. Instead, gently spoon it into the cup and level off any excess with a flat object (like the back of a knife). For the most accurate results, I recommend weighing the flour on a food scale.
  • How to store: Store leftover cinnamon roll coffee cake inside a sealed container in the refrigerator. Enjoy within 3-5 days. If saving longterm, freeze for up to 3 months.


  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 345
  • Sugar: 31g
  • Fat: 12g
  • Carbohydrates: 55g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 3g