Boozy Apple Butter Cinnamon Rolls

This post is affiliated with the Vegan Month of Food.  Learn more about #VeganMoFo here.  In each post this month, I hope to give you a tidbit of information that will make you think about your food or animals.

Today I'd like to talk a little about Meatless Mondays before I reveal the recipe.  Meatless Mondays are an easy way to transition to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, or it's a great way to help the environment and your health!

Meatless Monday writes, "going meatless once a week may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. And going meatless once a week can also help reduce our carbon footprint and save precious resources like fossil fuels and fresh water."

Check out this infographic from The Humane Society:

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There are so many great recipes on Pinterest for meatless entrees.  Two of my favorites are black bean burgers and eggplant parmesan.  According to Abe's Market, by going meat-free on Mondays for one year, we can save the lives of about 1,000,000 factory farm animals; each household can save over $200; and you can reduce your risk of heart disease by 19%.

Let's be clear: you can't eat Cheetos and reap the benefits of Meatless Monday.  Replace your regular Monday meal with extra veggies; be creative!

Think about it and let me know if you make the commitment to go meat-free on Mondays for a year!

Now, onto the cinnamon rolls!

These are so ooey-gooey delicious, plus they have no butter in them - so there's less guilt!

Ingredients:
3/4 c. almond milk, or other type of non-dairy milk
1/4 c. cardamon-infused bourbon (learn more about infusing your own liquor!)
3 T. coconut oil, softened
1 T. organic cane sugar
1 T. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1 1/2 c. bread flour
1 1/2 c. organic whole wheat pastry flour
2 1/2 tsp. yeast

1 c. Boozy Bourbon Apple Butter

Directions:
Load your bread machine as directed by the manufacturer. (For mine, I’m supposed to load it with the liquid ingredients first, then dry, followed by the flour and yeast last. I listed the ingredients in the order that I would put them in.)

Once it’s loaded, plug it in and set it to the “dough” setting. Sit back and relax!

Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease a 8x8 pan with coconut oil.

Sprinkle some flour on a flat surface. Once the bread machine is through its cycle, take the dough out and pat it down so the dough is covered in flour.  Roll it out to about 1/2 inch in thickness.

Spread the apple butter out evenly across the dough.  Roll it out into a log and slice; I sliced mine into 8 rolls.  Place the rolls in the pan and cover the pan with plastic wrap.  

Let the rolls rise in a warm place for 20-30 minutes.  After, remove the plastic and bake for 25-30 minutes.

You can mix some powdered sugar and a bit of almond milk to make a glaze.  Drizzle it over the rolls.

Enjoy these rolls that taste decadent, but aren't filled with fat and butter!

Cheers!
-Aileen

PS - And let me know if you're planning on doing Meatless Mondays for a year!