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Orange Honey Rolls (Dairy-Free)

I love cinnamon rolls. Like truly madly deeply kind of love feelings towards these rolled and baked fluffy yeast pillows of butter and sugar delight. I’ve yet to meet a roll I didn’t fall head over heels in love with but these dairy-free orange honey rolls might be my new favourite ever!


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A baking pan full of unfrosted golden brown orange cinnamon rolls.

Orange Honey Rolls

Baked to golden brown perfection, these dairy-free orange honey rolls are made with zesty orange juice, naturally sweetened with honey and bake to cloud-like deliciousness. Warm scents of honey, orange zest, and ground cinnamon from the filling will soon wrap gloriously around your house as they bake and bubble up. 

Topped with a generous helping of sweet and tangy cream cheese glaze, these orange honey rolls are the perfect brunch, afternoon coffee, or late night sweet treat snack.

Baking With Bee Maid Honey

It’s no secret that I adore honey. Whether it’s simply slathered on a piece of warm buttered toast or baked decadently in a layer cake, honey is a go-to natural sweetener staple in my house. 

And let’s be quite clear, you won’t find just any kind of honey on my pantry shelves. You will only find Bee Maid honey. Proudly owned by Canadian beekeepers, Bee Maid Honey has been producing quality Canadian honey since 1954 and packages all of its homegrown honey products right here in Canada at two different locations. 

A white cream cheese frosted ornange cinnamon rolls sitting on a white plate with a silver fork beside it.

What Kind Of Honey Should I Use?

This delicious dairy-free orange honey roll recipe uses two different kinds of honey: liquid and creamed. I used liquid honey in the yeast mixture which has a gentle sweet flavour and creamed honey in the filling for ease of spreading and creaminess. 

With that said, if you don’t have both kinds or can only locate one of the other, don’t fret! Tested both ways, these rolls will work with either all liquid or all creamed.

How To Make Orange Honey Rolls

Anything involving yeast can feel intimidating. I totally get it. It is, after all, a living organism vital to making bread or any bread baked good and can be finicky. But don’t get flustered, I’ll walk you through it.

A silver baking pan full of white cream cheese iced cinnamon roll.s There is a roll cut out of the center and its turned a bit diagonal

The Yeast Mixture

The first and most important step to creating fluffy honey rolls is to make the beginning yeast mixture. We want to activate the yeast with warmth but not kill it with too much heat. A temperature of between 100-110ºF is what we are looking for. Too hot or too cold and the yeast won’t grow which will result in your rolls not rising. 

In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the milk and orange juice and heat for 45 seconds. Combine this warm milk and orange juice mixture with the liquid honey and yeast into the bowl of a stand mixer and combine gently.

Kneading & Rising

Add in the remaining dough ingredients and with the hook attachment, begin to mix on low. As the ingredients combine and a rough dough is formed slowly turn the mixer up to medium-high and allow to knead for 5 minutes. Transfer the smooth dough to a large well oiled bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. 

Put this dough in a warm place, I typically place it on the bottom wrack in my oven as I live in a cold climate, and allow the dough to rise for 1 hour. 

If you do not have a stand mixer, no sweat! With a little bit of effort and elbow grease, these orange honey rolls will work just as well. Using a large mixing bowl follow the above instructions and when it comes time to knead, on a well-floured surface, dump the rough dough, and being the kneading process by hand. You are looking for a tacky, but not sticky, dough. 

A close up picture of golden brown orange honey cinnamon rolls.

Orange Honey Filling 

As I mentioned before, the filling for these yummy dairy-free rolls is a combination of creamed honey, butter, orange jam or marmalade, and ground cinnamon. It’s sweet, zippy, and with a hint of warmth from the cinnamon. 

Rolling Out & Slicing The Dough

After the dough has rested for an hour and doubled in size, it’s ready to roll. On a well-floured surface roll the dough to approximately 24×12 inches. Next, spread the prepared orange honey filling on top making sure to cover the entire surface.

Starting with the short side first, tightly roll the dough into a log formation. With a sharp knife, pastry cutter, or unscented dental floss, cut into 12 even cinnamon rolls and place into a prepared 9×13 inch baking pan.

This step can get a bit messy as the filling might squish out a bit while cutting. I will generally scoop any extra filling back onto the tops of the cinnamon rolls.

Then, cover and let rise for another 30 minutes.

A orange honey cinnamon roll on a white plate. It is covered in white cream cheese frosting and has been torn open so you can see the inside of the cinnamon roll.

Baking The Rolls

Once the rolls have risen for the last 30 minutes, they are ready to bake. In a preheated 350ºF oven, bake for approximately 30-35 minutes or until the tops of the rolls are a light golden brown. Allow the rolls to cool while you prepare the icing.

Cream Cheese Icing

Combine the butter and cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer or large mixing bowl if using a handheld electric mixer and beat on high until creamy and smooth. Add in the icing sugar and orange juice and, with the mixer on low, mix until fully combined. 

Remember to scrape the edges of the bowl with a spatula every so often to make sure all the icing sugar is incorporated. 

With a spoon, spatula, or pouring straight from the bowl, spread the cream cheese glaze over the orange honey rolls. This is my personal favourite part of the whole process!

A silver baking pans filled with white cream cheese glazed cinnamon rolls.

Can I Make These Orange Honey Rolls Overnight?

Yes, these rolls can absolutely be made the day before and baked fresh in the morning. I think we can all agree that a freshly baked cinnamon roll for breakfast is pretty much heaven on earth.

To do so, simply prepare the rolls up until they are sliced and in the pan. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight. Remove the rolls the following morning and allow them to sit, while still covered, at room temperature for an hour and then bake as per instructions. Voila! Freshly baked orange honey rolls.

The Best Dairy-Free Orange Honey Rolls

You are going to absolutely love these fresh orange honey rolls. Bursting with spring citrus and sweet notes of honey, these rolls are a weekend must bake. Each bite is soft, fluffy, and so very scrumptiously covered in cream cheese glaze. A fresh orange honey roll baked from scratch will never disappoint.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I did. Make sure you tag me @cakedbykatie on Instagram and leave a rating and review below if you make these!

A orange honey cinnamon roll sitting on a white plate with a silver fork by it. It has a layer of the cinnamon roll unrolled letting you look at the inside of the cinnamon roll.

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Orange Honey Rolls (Dairy-Free)


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  • Author: Katie Stymiest
  • Total Time: 2 Hours 40 Minutes
  • Yield: 12 Rolls 1x
  • Diet: Low Lactose

Description

Fluffy dairy-free orange honey rolls covered in a tangy-sweet cream cheese frosting. Bursting with fresh citrus flavor and naturally sweetened with honey, these homemade rolls will be a family favorite.


Ingredients

Scale

Dough

  • ¾ cup (177ml) orange juice, warm
  • ½ cup (118ml) dairy-free milk, warm
  • ¼ cup (60ml) BeeMaid liquid honey *
  • 2 ½ teaspoon (1 packet) instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 4 ½ (562g) cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • ½ cup (120g) dairy-free salted butter, room temperature

Orange Honey Filling

  • ½ cup (120ml) BeeMaid creamed honey *
  • ½ cup (120ml) orange jam or marmalade
  • 2 tablespoons (28g) dairy-free butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Cream Cheese Icing

  • ½ cup (120g) dairy-free cream cheese, room temperature
  • ¼ cup (60g) dairy-free salted butter, room temperature
  • 1 ½ cup (180g) icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) orange juice, room temperature

Instructions

Dough

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer or large mixing bowl, combine the orange juice, milk, honey, and instant yeast. Gently stir together.
  2. Add in the flour, eggs, butter, and salt, and with the hook attachment or a large wooden spoon combine on low until a rough dough forms.
  3. Turn the mixer up to medium-high and allow to knead for 5-6 minutes. If kneading by hand, turn the dough onto a well-floured surface and begin to knead. The dough should be a bit tacky but not sticky.
  4. Place the dough into a large well-oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel and allow the dough to rise for 1 hour.

Orange Honey Filling

  1. Combine all of the filling ingredients in a small mixing bowl and mix together until well combined and smooth.
  2. When the dough is done rising, roll it on a lightly floured surface into a 24×12 inch rectangle.
  3. With a spoon, spatula, or butter knife cover the dough with the filling mixture.
  4. Starting with the shortest side, roll the dough tightly into a cylinder-type shape. Cut into 12 even rolls.
  5. Prepare a 9×13 inch baking pan with non-stick baking spray and place the cinnamon rolls into the pan.
  6. Cover the rolls with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap and allow them to rise for another 30 minutes.
  7. Preheat the oven to 350ºF and bake the cinnamon rolls for 30-35 minutes or until the tops are a light golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes while the icing is prepared.

Cream Cheese Icing

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer combine the cream cheese and butter and mix on high for approximately 1 minute until light and fluffy.
  2. Add in icing sugar and orange juice and mix on low until combined. Turn the mixer up to high and allow to mix for another minute until smooth.
  3. Spread the cream cheese icing over the cooled cinnamon rolls and enjoy!
  4. Store leftover orange cinnamon rolls in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. These orange cinnamon rolls are best enjoyed when warm. Heat them in the microwave until warm.

Notes

* Liquid and creamed honey can be used interchangeably in this recipe

  • Prep Time: 2 Hours 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 Minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Roll
  • Calories: 456
  • Sugar: 27 Grams
  • Sodium: 389 Miligrams
  • Fat: 20 Grams
  • Saturated Fat: 12 Grams
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3 Grams
  • Trans Fat: 0 Grams
  • Carbohydrates: 76 Grams
  • Fiber: 1 Gram
  • Protein: 7 Grams
  • Cholesterol: 51 Miligrams

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8 Comments

  1. The best cinnamon buns I’ve ever made. My husband probably ate at least 3 as soon as they were cool enough.






    1. I have and it did not translate smoothly. I highly recommend for any gf bread using a recipe specifically made for gf.

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