Cinnamon Buns, The Best Raw Cinnamon Bun Recipe Ever!

What was once a super secret recipe only shared at my Raw Food n Yoga Surf Adventure retreats is now ready for you to enjoy!

Learn how to make the Best Raw Cinnamon Bun Recipe while being wildly entertained by Jake!

I must say that they taste and feel like the real deal!

Now before you start making the best raw Cinnamon Bun recipe I must let you know that you will want a strong blender such as the Vitamix blender (grab one here if you don’t have one, I promise it’s worth the investment)

As well as a dehydrator with teflex sheets (I recommend the Excalibur, grab yours with free shipping here)

Next, you want to get semi-ripe – ripe plantains…

Plantains are bigger more dense high-calorie bananas that require more fine-tuned ripening in order to be tasty raw. You essentially want to ripen them until they have at least some black and are starting to get just a bit soft. If you want really sweet buns let them get more and more black and more squishy and soft, if you want more fluffy less sweet buns then use less ripe plantains with some black and give to them. The reason we are using plantains is because they are a thick dense banana that will make the “batter” thicker, thus allowing for thicker fluffier cinnamon buns. If you can not find plantains burro bananas, quadradas, ice cream bananas or even red bananas can work. If you can not find any of these double or triple the amount of chia, use regular bananas, and let the “batter” sit for 10 minutes to thicken before pouring on the teflex sheet.

Check out my whole blog post on How to Eat Raw Uncooked Plantains for more info on plantains and the different stages of ripening. 

To the recipe!

The Best Raw Vegan Cinnamon Bun Recipe

(makes 9-12)

7-12 ripe / semi-ripe plantains (enough to make 1.9 liters)

.9 lb dates 

1/4 cup chia seeds

3/4 cups raisins

2 young coconuts (with jelly)

1-3 tbsp cinnamon

** If you want to enjoy these raw vegan cinnamon buns at lunch you are going to want to start the recipe the day before, between 7 – 9 pm.

Slice 3 of the plantains into the Vitamix and add the chia, blend using the tamper till smooth. Slice up the rest of the plantains until the blender is full and then add a bit of cinnamon, and blend until smooth. You will want to be aggressive with the tamper to make it easier on the blender, this is a thick batter! Let the mixture sit for 3-5 minutes for it to thicken slightly. Pour the “batter” on a teflex-lined dehydrator sheet and use a flat-edged knife to form it into a large thick rectangle/square.

You want to try to make this batter about 1/3-1/2 an inch thick, once the batter is even spread across the sheet place it in the dehydrator at 118° overnight. 

After you put the sheet in the dehydrator place the raisins in a bow, open one coconut, and pour the coconut water over the raisins. Place the soaking raisins in a covered dish in the fridge.

In the morning (7 – 9 am) take the tray out of the dehydrator and place another Excalibur tray on top of the “pancake” with the mesh side facing down. Quickly and carefully flip the trays so you can remove the bottom tray (now the top) and carefully peel the teflex sheet off of the partially dried batter.

It should be slightly moist but just tacky to the touch rather than wet. Using a sharp knife carefully cut the rectangle into 9-12 strips and slightly separate them on the tray to allow air between them.

Place back in the dehydrator at 118° for 1-3 hours. 

While the strips are in the dehydrator, scoop all coconut jelly from the coconuts and blend with 1/2 of the coconut/raisin water, 1/6th of the raisins, and 4-6 dates. Blend till smooth adding dates to desired sweetness. **Remember the rolls and date pate will be very sweet so the “icing” doesn’t need to be crazy sweet.

Scoop the icing into a bowl leaving a tiny bit in the blender. Add the dates (be sure to pit) and the rest of the coconut/raisin water into the “dirty” blender, and blend till smooth adding cinnamon to taste—place in a bowl.

Once the strips are dried to desired firmness (1 – 3 hours) take the plantain batter strips out of the dehydrator and spoon the date mixture evenly onto each strip.

Add the raisins on top of the date paste placing a bunch of raisins in a cluster at one end to create the center of the rolls. Slowly and carefully roll up each strip with the cluster of raisins in the middle.

Place the rolled buns on the dehydrator trays closest to the back leaving the “tail” end facing towards / just touching the next roll to keep them together for drying. If you have extra date paste you can spoon the rest on top of the buns and then dehydrate for 1 -3 hours 🙂

When you just can not wait a second longer take those warm cinnamon buns out of the dehydrator and scoop the “icing” on top!

Ready to serve, enjoy wholeheartedly!!

Let me know what you think, do you agree this is the best raw Cinnamon Bun recipe ever?!

** A special note, with a 9-tray Excalibur you can easily make multiple batches of these and keep them in the fridge for a few days, have a cinnamon bun party, or freeze them for a few months!! 🙂

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  1. had issues big time with cracking to my slab, even after like 6 hours on 115 it looked the sierra dessert, i was just curious what would have caused this? i ended up making stacks as couldnt roll them as was to dry….any ideas why i had such bad cracking? it was almost like 115 was WAY to hot, i have a sedona dehydrator so maybe its just that much better than the Excalibur, bloody shame as i waited ages for them plantains to go black!

    1. I’m sorry to hear you had troubles with the recipe. Truthfully I have had troubles with Sedona dehydrators, on average I find they take near double the amount of time to dehydrate and are more prone to mold. I prefer the Excalibur and have no issues dehydrating at 118, my preferred temperature to be honest. Time need be considered in nutrient loss as well and the enzyme theory is not accurate. This is a topic I have talked personally with Dr Graham on and he agrees on 118-119 being a good general temp to dehydrate. Hope you give it another go, merry Xmas!!!

  2. I love this recipe, chris! Thank you so much for posting it. Im about to make it for a second time. Ive had no trouble with cracking in my excaliber either. Im going to use bananas this time as the only plantain around here in Indiana is the weed/herb that grows in our lawns. I made a bunch last time and froze them. Id put 2 in the dehydrator the night before I planned to eat them to have them warm and gooey for breakfast.

    1. Such a pleasure ahhh I am dehydratorless right now haha would love to make em too! Banana is great as well, a little thinner, I find using a bit more chia helps

  3. Dude I am dying out of laughter here!! Best kitchen videos ever thanks bro, will definetly make this. Gonna have to improvise a little cause I have a round dehydrator with the heator in the middle.. But yea, it should work too! Anyways, thanks. Peace&love

    1. hahah so happy to hear you enjoyed it brother!! thanks for the love! Let me know how it goes n always room to upgrade with a excalibur, just saying! 🙂

  4. I just ate three of these! So good! My kids even loved them. I was skeptical but plantations are awesome! I finally found some organic ones and had to try this. I didn’t have enough to fill my Vitamix so I did add some regular bananas. It worked out but would have been better with all plantations. Thank you so much! This is my second recipe I’ve made of yours and I’m sold! My raw heart is forever grateful!

  5. I have made this recipe numerous times. It is absolutely the most amazing raw vegan cinnabon ever. I am now making a version with date caramel, sans raisins, but with crumbled walnuts instead. Loads of cinnamon. If you don’t have the baby cocos you can make a cashew cream cheese frosting. Not as low fat, but…yeah, delish. TY Chris Kendall. So kind of you to share this deliciousness. Like Mon (mannah) from heaven it is.

    Notes: I follow directions. I blend only 3 bananas with the chia until really well blended and add one banana (plaintain) at a time. I let it sit for the 5-10 minutes. Then I put on a teflex and use spatula to spread as evenly as possible. I do a corner test at around 8 hours to see if it’s ready for transfer. If it looks like it won’t peel easily I put it in for another half hour to 45 and check again. NB: raw food is always different. no recipe will ever turn out the same. It will depend on the weather, the humidity, what’s in your heart, whatever, but this is a slam dunk. Just follow the directions. Cracking: my theory is it was not spread so evenly? So perhaps uneven drying led to pulling on one side. Not sure though. I would just eat it cracked in a bowl with the sauce/cream on top and call it a pudding! Yum!

    1. Awww so blessed by the love shared n that you enjoy the recipe so much, I agree it is pretty dang good! Thanks for sharing your tips as well, sounds perfect!! MMMM with walnuts too ahhh so good!!

  6. How many regular bananas should I use in this recipe? Do I put on the icing ”top before serving and no longer dehydrator? If I store it in the fridge, will I make coconut sauce later?

    1. The amount would vary depending on the size, I don’t really recommend making it with regular bananas as the “batter” isn’t as thick or fluffy. If doing so I would try to get the same volume as shown in the video, a nearly full blender… to get it thicker you would need come close to doubling the chia or doing 1/2 chia 1/2 psyllium husk.
      I usually put the icing on last after being dehydrated, but sometimes do put it back in the dehydrator for 15-20 minutes. If you store in fridge best to do so without the icing and add it fresh later, but it does work both ways. Hope this helps!

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