Orange cinnamon buns

With orange flavor & cardamom

I mean, who doesn’t love cinnamon buns? Silly question I know cause the answer is yes to the majority. Anyways, I wanted to make a different kind this time, trying cardamom and orange! Now who loves that kind? Me! And so will you when you bake them. It resulted into a new favorite as it got so much flavor. It’s definitely a blissful moment taking that first bite as it warms your soul with a hug, indeed a necessity these days when it’s minus 13 here in Oslo. So there is my argument for baking these goodies, it will only do you well. And even if it’s not that cold where you are, let’s remind us that these are also healthier as they have no refined white sugar in it, nor butter or dairy milk! I guess i have convinced you enough, so let’s get to it!


For the bread dough

• 100 ml almond milk

• 100 ml water

• 1 tsp coconut sugar from https://www.midsona.no/cocosa/cocosa-sukker/

• 2 1/4 tsp instant yeast

• 60 ml sunflower oil

• 400g white flour

• 1 tsp ground cardamom

• 1 orange zest only

• 2 tbsp orange juice

For the filling

• 55 g coconut sugar from https://www.midsona.no/cocosa/cocosa-sukker/

• 3 tbs dairy free butter

• 1 1/4 tbs cinnamon

• 1,5 tbs ground cardamom

• 2 oranges zest only

• 2-3 tsp apricot and orange jam (I found out that I took a bit too much of the jam when trying to form them as knots, can be a bit messy so you can choose to either skip it or try with just a little)

Top it with shaves almonds! It’s optional but it gives it a good crunch and they just get more irresistible, aaand prettier.


1. First add warm almond milk and water to a bowl at lukewarm temperature. Then add the rest of the ingredients, but first start with the yeast and let it rest about 10 minutes before mixing all together.

2. Next step is kneading the dough for approx. 10 minutes if you have a breadmaker. If not do by hand but it might take you longer to knead the dough well. It should be elastic and shaped into a loose ball. In case it’s too sticky, add more flour until the desired consistency mentioned above.

3. Up next is to let your dough rise to doubled size around an hour covered with damp cloth.

4. When the time has passed, sprinkle some white flour to the surface so it’s easier to roll the dough. Use a wooden or marble rolling pin to do the process until you have shaped a nice rectangle!

5. With room tempered dairy free butter, spread it with a spoon equally across the surface. After that add your filling and do same procedure.

6. Fold the dough into 3 parts, one side meets the middle, while the other side does same and at last fold it over for the third time into one piece.

7. Cut the dough into 12 to 13 equally sized smaller rectangles. Then form them into knots tying them together. Let them rest for 45 minutes covered in cling film for them to rise one last time.

8. Bake them until golden brown and soft in the middle on 180 degrees fan oven for about 20 minutes!

Enjoy everybody and comment how it went or if you have any questions/doubts on how to make them.

With love & care, Melanie x

Vegan, dairyfree & refined sugarfree.. Instead with coconut sugar!