{Vegan} Key Lime Coconut Cinnamon Rolls

There are some things that just make me weak in the knees.

Back massages for one.

And cinnamon rolls for another.

Massage my back and I turn to jelly.  Pass me cinnamon rolls and I melt like a puddle of butter in Kansas summer.

{Vegan} Key Lime Cinnamon Rolls

But the neat thing is, there is absolutely no butter (or jelly, in case you were worried) involved in these cinnamon rolls!  No butter, no eggs, no milk, but can you tell?  Not a chance!  These are my favorite cinnamon rolls to date and I can safely say (after eating every single one) that the combination of soft and fluffy roll covered in coconut shreds and key lime is irresistible.

I can’t even.


You can drizzle a key lime glaze on top to give it a more cinnamon roll feel, but they really don’t need it.  Since there is no cinnamon, they don’t look very traditional, and my siblings did ask if that was parmesan cheese and green onions.  Cheese and onions?  Guys, the kitchen smells like the tropics (or Bath n Body works, take your pick.)  Reluctantly, I did have to agree with them.  But once you take a bite, all you can think about is lime and coconut.  Those flavors are throughout the entire recipe – there is lime juice in the rolls themselves, but it is subtle and not overwhelming.  It supports the filling of coconut and lime zest which is absolutely amazing.  Seriously, that filling is SO good.  All it is coconut, zest, and sugar, so that makes sense – what is not to love?

{Vegan} Key Lime Coconut Cinnamon Rolls

The dough itself is very easy.  Am I the only one with a doughaphobia?  (Heard of it?  If not, I’ll start working on a project called the food bloggers dictionary 😉 )  Doughaphobia – apprehension of yeast and the time involved.

Guess what – yeast is a breeze in this recipe.  You add it in with all the other ingredients like it is salt or sugar.

And – these are done in an hour.  Yep, one hour.  Totally worth it.  My week has personally been the craziest of the summer and if I can make cinnamon rolls during this time, so can you!  (I also made five minutes {Gluten and Dairy Free} Chocolate Covered Strawberry Truffles … so yeah :) )

This cinnamon roll dough is soft and easy to work with and bakes up into a tender and fluffy roll that I couldn’t stop eating.  If you are worried about there being no butter in the filling, you are covered there too.  The coconut shreds, sugar, and lime zest caramelize and stick to the cinnamon roll dough like a charm.

{Vegan} Key Lime Coconut Cinnamon Rolls

I hope you are convinced that you need these. Specifically warm from the oven.

I am so excited to be sharing over at Jellibean Journals today!  Jelli has created one of my favorite sites to visit with her varied posts on being a baker, a mother, and a blogger.  I first found her via her Chocolate Mint Brownie Cheesecake and was completely hooked with her cinnamon roll ice cream.  She helped me with Twitter thanks to this post and really encouraged and inspired me with this post on improving your marriage (and isn’t she just gorgeous?)

Find the recipe for the vegan Key Lime Coconut Cinnamon Rolls here!


  1. says

    I bet these rolls taste like summer in a baked good! It’s hard to go wrong with the coconut + key lime flavor combination (even if your audience isn’t quite sure what’s going on at first!). They look great, Mary France – checking out the recipe now! Enjoy your weekend :)
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  2. says

    Cheese and onions…gotta love siblings! I am so impressed that there is no butter, eggs, or milk in these cinnamon rolls. These look and sound amazing! I love the lime and coconut flavor together, too. So perfect for this time of year!
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  3. says

    Love Lime and Coconut together! Why have I never had that flavor on cinnamon rolls?! You are my new hero :) And goodness, back rubs get me every time too! Always makes me forget everything and I’m completely relaxed. Now I want a backrub and one of these cinnamon rolls! Thanks Mary Frances :)
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  4. says

    Oh man. What if you were getting a massage while eating these? I think that’s my idea of a perfect life.
    Love key lime. Love cinnamon rolls. Done. Amazing. Coconut is nice, too. :)
    Thank you for tempting me right before bedtime. Now I have to go eat something. But I’m trying these ASAP!
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  5. says

    Cinnamon rolls already have me swooning but key lime and coconut sounds utterly amazing! Can’t believe these are vegan and done in only an hour – love it :)

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