Don’t worry about getting that stubborn cheese alternative to melt. When tucked inside these dairy-free pizza rolls, it becomes melt-in-your-mouth smooth. In fact, this is a great vegan-friendly appetizer for using up shreds that your family didn’t quite love. Especially since the recipe is no knead, no rise, and no fuss!
Dairy-Free Pizza Rolls made Easy, with No Kneading or Rising
This marvelous recipe was shared with us over fifteen years ago, by my good friend Hannah of Bittersweet. Hannah is truly a master baker, and has written numerous vegan cookbooks. So you can definitely trust these dairy-free pizza rolls to be delicious. But we do have a few tips and options, should you feel like playing around with the recipe a bit.
- Milk Beverage – The type you use doesn’t matter too much. Almond, coconut, pea, or even flax milk, they all produce similar results. Just make sure it is unflavored and unsweetened. In a pinch, you can substitute water!
- Flour – If you only have all-purpose flour on hand, you can substitute it for the wheat flour – use 2 cups all-purpose flour plus additional as needed for the board and your hands.
- Sugar – You can use honey, agave nectar, or your organic sugar of choice. But don’t substitute a sugar-free alternative. The sugar helps to activate the yeast.
- Butter Alternative – Most brands will work just fine. Denser versions like Miyoko’s add more flakiness, while smoother versions like Earth Balance add more saltiness and softness. In a pinch, you can substitute coconut oil or another oil. The results will be less buttery, and less flaky if using an oil other than coconut or palm.
- Cheese Alternative – As mentioned above, these dairy-free pizza rolls are forgiving. So you can use almost any vegan shredded cheese alternative. Most brands melt well when baked inside of something.
- Filling – You can top the dough with additional toppings before rolling, just make sure they aren’t too moist and are chopped relatively small. You can add chopped pepperoni (vegan, if preferred), shopped olives, or crushed red pepper, as examples.
Special Diet Notes: Dairy-Free Pizza Rolls
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian. Just be sure to use a butter alternative and cheese alternative that suit your dietary needs.
- 1 cup unsweetened dairy-free milk beverage
- 1 (.25-ounce) packet active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus additional for working the dough
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour or white-wheat flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup dairy-free buttery spread or sticks
- ⅓ cup dairy-free pizza sauce, plus additional for serving
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 3 ounces dairy-free mozzarella-style cheese alternative
- Preheat your oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Measure the milk beverage into a glass measuring cup or bowl, and heat it for about 30 seconds in the microwave, until quite warm, but not too hot. Add the yeast and sugar, and let it sit while you whisk together the other ingredients.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the 1 cup all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk in the butter alternative until the mixture resembles fine crumbs.
- The milk mixture should be foamy or bubbly. If it isn't, you might have inactive yeast. Start over with a fresh yeast. If it is, pour it into the flour mixture and stir until a cohesive but rather moist dough forms.
- Turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface. Lightly flour your hands and pat the dough into a rectangle that’s roughly 13 x 8 inches. If the dough springs back too much, let it rest for 5 minutes, and then stretch it into shape. This is a loose dough, and might be a little sticky.
- Spread the pizza sauce over the dough, leaving a 1 centimeter edge without sauce on each side. Evenly sprinkle with the garlic powder, and then the cheese alternative.
- Gently roll the dough from a long side, moving with care and without stretching or pulling the dough. Once you have a nice log, cut 1 inch pieces with a sharp knife, using a sawing motion and as little downward pressure as possible.
- Transfer the rolls to your prepared baking sheet, a few inches apart so they have room to rise. Reshape them if necessary.
- Bake the pizza rolls for 13 to 17 minutes, until golden brown.
- Enjoy the rolls warm, served with a side of pizza sauce (or marinara) for dipping. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature and reheat to serve.