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Vegan Dinner Rolls

These vegan dinner rolls are kid approved and fun to make! Making rolls from scratch has never been so easy with the simple process from this recipe that results in soft in the center and flaky on top rolls!

Enjoy the process with your kids and relax while your favorite homemade Thanksgiving side rises and gets ready to be baked. 

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Vegan dinner rolls in a bread basket with a blue-gray linen underneath and garlic salt next to it.

Sides are such an important part to making Thanksgiving dinner great!

As a kid, I know I grew up eating mostly sides at Thanksgiving dinner (and desserts), all while being surrounded by relatives who couldn’t understand why I wouldn’t even try the meat they prepared.

But, the one thing everyone had on their plate, including me, was the rolls! So rest assured, whether you’re making a 100% vegan Thanksgiving this year, or a mixed food dinner, everyone will love these fluffy dinner rolls! 

Ingredients For These Simple Vegan Dinner Rolls

Vegan dinner roll ingredients laid out on a white marble countertop

Sugar: when dealing with yeast (the next ingredient), we really should proof it and feed it some sugar- this helps react and make the dough rise in warmth. I use regular granulated (vegan) sugar here. Brown sugar has also been tested and works just as well.

Yeast: This recipe does require yeast to help the dough rise when warmed. It’s part of what enables the rolls to be both fluffy and soft on the inside and flaky on the outside, like magic!

Soy Milk: You can use any non-dairy milk you please, I’ve found that non-dairy milks with a bit more fat content work best, like soy or oat. Just make sure it is warm when mixing it in, around 100-110℉.

Flour: Only all purpose flour has been tested in this recipe.

Salt:  This helps enhance the flavor of the rolls, but can be omitted if you’re avoiding salt.

Plant-Based Butter: Unfortunately, I have not come up with a roll recipe that avoids all vegan butters and oils. The butter adds a richness and depth in flavor that is hard to replace. Luckily, it’s easy to find and buy vegan friendly butter!

Garlic Salt: This is to top the rolls and is 100% optional, but also adds a deliciousness to it and makes it a bit more unique!  

How to Make Fluffy Vegan Rolls

*Note that these instructions can be printed below

4 photo collage of making vegan dinner rolls. Proofing the yeast, adding flour, stirred, and kneaded.

Step one:  Mix the sugar, yeast, and warm milk in a bowl, let sit for at least 5 minutes, it should foam.

Step two: Add in 2 to 2 ½ cups of the flour, salt and mix until everything is well combined.

Step three: Add in the cut up butter and combine with the rest of the dough, add more flour ¼ cup at a time until the dough is just slightly sticky to the touch.

Step four: Knead for 10 minutes.

Step five: Let sit in a warm place for at least 45 minutes, it should just about double in size.

4 photo collage of making vegan dinner rolls. Dough risen after rest, shaped into balls, risen again, and then baked.

Step six: Separate into 15 even pieces, roll into balls, place evenly in your casserole dish, let rest in a warm place for at least another 45 minutes..

Step seven: Grease your casserole dish and preheat your oven to 375℉.

Step eight: Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Step nine: Brush on the melted butter and garlic salt, if using, before enjoying your favorite dinner!

Homemade vegan dinner rolls in a baking dish done and ready to eat.

Tips for making the best homemade & soft vegan rolls

Being a lover of side dishes, this recipe is one of my favorites and has been tested quite a few times. So, let me share some tips with you to help ensure these turn out amazing!

  • Be sure to let the dough rise twice, once as one large ball of dough, and the second time as individual rolls in a baking dish. They don’t rise much while actually baking, so these steps are critical to making sure they turn out how they should.
  • Let the dough rise in a warm area of your house. Whether it be in a sunroom or right near your fireplace, on top of a warm stove, etc. It won’t rise if it isn’t warm enough, if it’s not in an area of your home that you’d like to on a cold day, then it’s probably not warm enough.
  • Don’t add too much flour! In order for these to come out fluffy, be sure not to add more than 3 cups of flour to the dough.
Close up image of homemade vegan dinner rolls, so you can see the fluffy and soft insides and golden tops.

Ways to enjoy rich and buttery vegan dinner rolls

These vegan rolls are an amazing side to add to Thanksgiving dinner, but you don’t have to wait for a special time of year to enjoy them!

These dinner rolls would go great with some vegan pasta alfredo, soup, or even some homemade spaghettios!

They are best served warm!

Other ways to enjoy them:

  • Eat as is
  • Cut in half and add some plant-based butter on the inside
  • Skip the garlic salt on top, cut in half and add jam
  • Dipping or scooping sauces and jams
  • And so many more ways!

*If you need an appetizer that’s just as delicious as these rolls, but isn’t made completely from scratch, then try out these simple vegan crostini.

How to Store Dinner Rolls

Room Temperature: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-4 days.

Close up of an overhead shot of vegan dinner rolls still in the baking dish.

More vegan recipes to serve with rolls

Vegan dinner rolls in a bread basket with a blue-gray linen underneath.

Vegan Dinner Rolls

Shawna Clapper
These vegan dinner rolls are the perfect easy side to any dinner! They are a staple at holidays, like Thanksgiving, and potlucks, and the smell of the dough rising will fill your home with a comforting smell of the holidays!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 15 rolls
Calories 129 kcal

Equipment

  • Bowl and spoon (or stand mixer)
  • 9 inch by 13 inch Casserole Dish
  • Tea Towel or kitchen linen (to cover dough while it rests)

Ingredients
  

  • 3 tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 instant packet Yeast
  • 1 ⅓ cup Soy Milk warm (between 100-110F)
  • 2 ½ cups Flour plus more for kneading if needed
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ cup Plant-based Butter cut into tablespoons or smaller

Optional Topping

  • 2 tablespoons Plant-based Butter melted
  • Garlic Salt

Instructions
 

  • Mix the sugar, yeast, and warm milk in a bowl, let sit for at least 5 minutes, it should foam.
  • Add in 2 to 2 ½ cups of the flour, salt and mix until everything is well combined.
  • Add in the cut up butter and combine with the rest of the dough, add more flour ¼ cup at a time until the dough is just slightly sticky to the touch.
  • Knead for 10 minutes.
  • Let sit in a warm place for at least 45 minutes, it should just about double in size.
  • Separate into 15 even pieces, roll into balls, place evenly in your casserole dish, let rest in a warm place for at least another 45 minutes..
  • Grease your casserole dish and preheat your oven to 375℉.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes
  • Brush on the melted butter and garlic salt, if using, before enjoying your favorite dinner!

Notes

These rolls store well at room temperature for 3-4 days. If possible, don’t add the melted butter on top of ones you’re planning on saving for later. They will still save well with the melted butter, but they look better if the melted butter isn’t added before saving.

Nutrition

Calories: 129kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 203mgPotassium: 36mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 224IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 61mgIron: 1mg
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