Classic Swedish Cinnamon Buns – on the Healthier Side

Classic Swedish Cinnamon Buns – on the Healthier Side

Did you know, cinnamon buns actually orginiate from Sweden? Basically, Cinnamon buns are one of the most Swedish treats in the world. In fact, ever since 1999, the 4th of October is annually celebrated as national cinnamon bun in Sweden. You can’t not like having an to excuse to eat cinnamon buns!

As one of my first recipes on my blog, I have made these cinnamon buns a ridiculous amount of times. Likewise, have I tweaked the recipes equally many times, simply to make it the best recipe possible. These bad boys are filled with extra much filling and tons of flavour, to satisfy your cinnamon bun needs. Also, these bad boys are made with such good ingredients, you can even have them for breakfast! Hooray!


Glazing the buns with some icing American style

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Classic Swedish Cinnamon Buns

Classic Swedish cinnamon made in vegan and wholesome



For the dough

  • 175 ml / 3/4 cup luke warm (37°C) milk of choice
  • 2 tsp dairy-free margarine, melted (or neutral oil)
  • 2 tbsp / 20g coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 25g / half a package of fresh yeast
  • 250g / 500 ml / 2 cups of wholewheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt

For the filling

  • 200g pitted dates or other pitted dried fruit
  • 2 tbsp nut butter
  • 34 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • A generous pinch of salt
  • A vegan substitute for egg wash (need ideas? Press here) or one egg, beaten
  • A handful of pearl sugar or icing for decorating


  1. In a large bowl mix the lukewarm milk, margarine, sugar, cardamom, and yeast.
  2. Set aside 50ml / 1/4 cup flour. Start mixing in the rest of the flour, a tablespoon or two at a time, until the dough starts to pull away from the bowl.
  3. Shape the dough into a ball and flour well. Put it back in the bowl and let rise for 20-25 minutes.
  4. In the meantime, mix all the ingredients for the filling completely smooth in a blender or food processor.
  5. Preheat the oven to 175°C / 350°F and prepare 2 baking trays. On a VERY well-floured surface (you need more flour than you think, trust me) roll the dough into a large rectangle. Cover the rectangle with the cinnamon filling, leaving the edge, around 1,5 cm / 1/2 inch, clean. Continue and roll the rectangle into a, more of less, beautiful log.
  6. Using a sharp knife, cut the log into 12 cinnamon buns. Transfer the buns to the baking trays and let rise for 20-45 minutes, depending on how much time you’ve got on your hands. If you’d like, you can give the buns a quick egg wash or brush on some other vegan egg wash substitute.
  7. Bake for 18-22 minutes until golden! Let cool, decocrate and enjoy!



If you want to feel slightly more fancy you can shape your cinnamon buns into “knots”. If you’d like to learn how to make those here’s two videos that may help you. Here is the first one and the second one. Mine ended up semi-failed, haha.

Keywords: Vegan, whole food, refined sugar-, oil-free, fruit sweetened, Swedish cinnamon buns, kanelbullar



  1. Sofia
    2019-01-08 / 13:53

    Hi Hanna! So super exited to try this recepie as I am in love with cinnamon buns and now that I’m breastfeeding I’m so extremely ’sötsugen’ and I really need to keep it healthy! So theese will be perfect!

    Do you remeber which kind of milk and which kind of nutbutter you used?
    All the best! Sofiablomman

    • 2019-01-08 / 14:16

      I’m so glad to hear you like the recipe! I most likely used soy milk and almond butter. Please, do let me know what you thought of the recipe when you tried making it.

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