January 09, 2023

Looking for a healthier dinner roll alternative? Look no further, these fluffy vegan spelt rolls have you covered! 

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Fluffy Vegan Spelt Rolls


  • 2 cups spelt flour (divided)
  • 1 packet rapid-rise yeast (1 packet yields 21/4 tsp; if using regular yeast, double the rise time)
  • 2 tbsp organic cane sugar
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened dairy free milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  1. To a large mixing bowl, add 3/4 cup (90 g) spelt flour, yeast, sugar and salt. 
  2. In a separate mixing bowl (or small saucepan over medium heat), microwave the almond milk, water, and olive oil until warm (110-120°F) or about 55 seconds. It should be the temperature of bath water. If it’s too hot, it can kill the yeast.
  3. Add wet to the dry ingredients and whisk vigorously or beat on medium/low for 2 minutes, scraping sides as needed.
  4. Add 1/4 cup (30 g) more of spelt flour and beat for another 2 minutes. Then add only enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. This might be slightly less than the remaining 1 cup. Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 1-2 minutes. Then place back in the mixing bowl, loosely cover, and let rest 10 minutes.
  5. Divide the dough into 10-11 equal pieces and carefully shape into balls, handling as little as possible. Place in a greased 8 x 8 inch baking dish or round cake pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place (such as on top of the oven or in a sunny spot) for about 45 minutes to 1 hour or until they’ve doubled in size. Then sprinkle with oats.
  6. Let cool a few minutes, then serve as is or with vegan butter and jam of choice. Store leftovers covered at room temperature up to 3 days.

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