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This single serving microwave vegan cinnamon roll in a mug is incredibly quick and easy to make without any kneading, rising or baking! Moist, fluffy and made with healthy ingredients. (gluten free option)

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This version is made with spelt flour.

Vegan Cinnamon Rolls for day 2 of mug cake week!

You guys, I’m SOOOO excited about this one. I love cinnamon rolls but most of the time I’m waaay too lazy to make a whole batch and this you guys, this recipe has answered all my woes. No kneading, no rising, no baking.

See the cinnamon roll in the photos? It’s made in the microwave, in under 5 minutes with the simplest of ingredients. Quick, easy and fuss free.

They come out super fluffy and moist, and it’s the perfect amount of sweetness!

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What You Need

I love that this recipe is made with just 8 healthy ingredients, basically everything you would eat for breakfast!

  • Spelt Flour: I found the texture to be best with all purpoe flour texture is best with spelt and all purpose flour. I’ve also tested this with oat flour and it works well but it is slightly more dense in texture.
  • Banana + Dairy Free Milk: Provides moisture to the bread.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar + Baking Powder: Makes it perfectly fluffy without instant yeast!
  • Tahini or Cashew Butter: To keep it oil free but you can totally use dairy free butter.
  • Coconut Sugar + Cinnamon: Again, feel free to use any granulated sugar of choice.

And if you fancy a glaze, I switch between these two combos:

  • More traditional: Powdered Sugar + Coconut Milk (or any milk)
  • A little healthier: Coconut Butter + Maple Syrup
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How to Make Cinnamon Rolls in a Mug

Compared to all other mug cakes, this one does take a bit more effort because you have to roll it into a cinnamon bun shape but it comes out as a beaut and is so worth the effort!

  1. Prep the dough: mash the banana into a bowl and then mix in the apple cider vinegar and half of the non dairy milk. Then add in the flour and baking soda and mix until just combined. If the dough seems dry, add the rest of the non-dairy milk little by little.
  2. Roll the dough: Dust your working surface and hands with flour and transfer the dough on top. I use a mini spatula to get all the dough out. Dust with more flour so it doesn’t stick to your hands (this is SUPER IMPORTANT! it will be a hot mess if you don’t) and then roll it out into a rectangle. Then spread the tahini and sprinkle on the cinnamon and coconut sugar. Roll it back up and then carefully put it into a 10 oz mug (or tall bowl).
  3. Microwave: Then microwave for 1 minute- the top should looked baked without any raw looking dough. You may need to add 10-20 more seconds depending on the strength of your microwave. DO NOT over cook though or it’ll be super dry.

Just for fun, I timed myself to see how long it takes to make this and in total 2 minutes and 56 seconds! A delicious incredible fluffy and moist cinnamon bun in 3 minutes, it’s kinda mind blowing.

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How to Make it Gluten Free: Substitute spelt flour for all purpose gluten free four or gluten free oat flour.

How to Make it in the Oven: Use a oven safe mug and bake at 350 F for 12-15 minutes or until fully cooked.

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This has been my go-to breakfast for the past week and also came up with a couple variations to change it up!

Before rolling the dough back up add:

  • thinly sliced bananas for a banana cinnamon roll
  • mini chocolate chips for a chocolate chip cinnamon roll
  • drizzle caramel sauce for a caramel cinnamon roll
  • swap the tahini for black sesame paste instead and make a matcha glaze

And I feel like you could totally swap out the cinnamon sugar and stuff it with sliced strawberries– the options are endless!! I really hope you try and love this single serving cinnamon roll as much as I do and have fun with all kinds of variations!

cinnamon roll made with oat flour in a mug
This version is made with homemade oat flour.

More Vegan Single Serving Desserts to Love:

gluten free cinnamon roll in a mug
This version is made with all purpose gluten free flour.

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Vegan Cinnamon Roll in a Mug

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  • Author: Lisa Kitahara
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x


Moist and fluffy vegan cinnamon roll for one made in a mug in under 5 minutes. Easy, healthy, fuss free and highly delicious!


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  • Option 1: 2 tbsp powdered sugar + 1 tsp canned coconut milk
  • Option 2: 1 tbsp coconut butter + 1.5 tsp maple syrup


  1. Into a bowl, mash the banana. Add in the almond milk and apple cider vinegar and stir to combine. Then sift in the flour and baking powder and mix until a dough forms. 
  2. Flour working surface and hands. Remove the dough from the bowl and roll into a log and then flatten into a rectangle. 
  3. Spread tahini onto the dough and then sprinkle with coconut sugar and cinnamon. Starting from the end piece closest to you, roll the dough as tightly as possible. Carefully transfer to a mug. 
  4. Microwave on high (1000 W) for 1 minute. Add 10-15 seconds if needed. 
  5. Make glaze by mixing powdered sugar and coconut milk or coconut butter and maple syrup and drizzle on top. Enjoy!


  • *For Gluten Free: Substitute spelt four with all purpose gluten free flour blend or oat flour. 
  • ** Banana puree can be substituted with apple sauce or non dairy yogurt. 
  • Helpful Equipment: 10 oz mug or bowlmini spatula 
  • Nutritional Information Disclaimer: Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated on an online tool (Cronometer) without the glaze. 
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 minute
  • Category: desserts
  • Method: microwave
  • Cuisine: vegan, gluten free


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 312
  • Sugar: 17.8g
  • Sodium: 42.5mg
  • Fat: 9.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.3g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 7.5g
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 52.5g
  • Fiber: 7.4g
  • Protein: 9.5g
  • Cholesterol: 0


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I'm Lisa, a home cook, recipe developer and founder of Okonomi Kitchen. Here, you'll find a mix of classic and modernized Japanese recipes, and creative, plant-forward meal inspiration using seasonal ingredients. I hope to share more about Japanese cuisine and culture through food and recipes.

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  1. What a delightfully tasty, healthy, and THOROUGH recipe! I loved that this is wfpb AND tasty! My family was able to get their sweet-tooth fix, without compromising health, This is a big deal during the holiday season when we throw caution to the wind and consume sweets at various events and gatherings. Per my family’s request, I was specifically hunting for a healthy cinnamon roll recipe and came upon yours. I was utterly sold when I saw that you included an oven method….how thorough. It tasted great….definitely a keeper! Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Hi, this was really yummy. I substituted mashed sweet potato plus a little extra water for the banana so it wouldn’t have a banana flavor, and it turned out great. I did notice it was a little more cake-like than cinnamon rolls I have purchased at the store. Is this because there is no yeast, or did I do something wrong?

  3. It’s really good!!! I only changed the vinegar for lemon juice and made a kind of caramel with one tbsp of sugar and one tbsp of water and put it in the bottom of the bowl, tastes amazing. Super recommended

  4. I’m not one to leave reviews, but this one is SO GOOD, I had to! I’ve made it twice now, will make it again this morning, will probably make it over and over. I can’t believe how much it satisfies my craving, tastes so similar to what I remember, and doesn’t leave me with a bloated stomachache. Magic. thank you so much for sharing!

  5. It tastes more like banana bread than a cinnamon roll, but I ain’t complaining! It’s super fluffy and tasty! The tahini adds such a nice subtle nutty flavour that compliments the cinnamon perfectly! Very easy to whip up in the morning and cooks so fast! I only needed to microwave mine for 1 minute and 20 seconds to get it cooked through. I also love that as it cools it doesn’t deflate and become a flat pancake. Will definitely make this again! 😃