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overhead view vegan pinwheels sliced on a platter

Vegan Pinwheels (Tortilla Roll Ups)

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  • Author: Verna
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 24-30 pinwheels 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


These Vegan Pinwheels are the ultimate party food appetizers! Loaded with a mock ‘chicken bacon’ cheese-y creamy ranch filling, veggies, seeds. These easy tortilla roll-ups will become your new favourite appetizer recipe. Quick & easy to make, easy to transport. Perfect for picnics, parties, game days and holidays! Serve cold.



For the filling:

  • 1/3 cup of my 5 Minute Vegan Ranch dressing  (LINK HERE)*
  • 1/3 cup vegan cream cheese, I used Daiya for this recipe
  • 227 grams vegan chicken pieces, chopped small, I used Tofurky lightly seasoned plant based chick'n*
  • 1 (227 g) can of water chestnuts, drained, rinsed and chopped small
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup red pepper, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1/3 cup imitation bacon bits, or your favourite vegan bacon bits

For the rest:

  • 3 large burrito size flour tortillas (use gluten free tortillas if needed)
  • 1/3 cup or so sunflower seeds, I buy mine roasted and salted
  • 1/3 cup or so dried cranberries, chopped (optional but tasty)



  1. First make my 5 minute vegan ranch dressing and chill until needed.
  2. Prep all your veggies and vegan chicken. Chop them small. Add to a large mixing bowl along with the ranch dressing and cream cheese. Mix well. Taste for seasonings add salt and pepper if needed.
  3. Spread an even layer of the filling on a flour tortilla. Sprinkle with some sunflower seeds and dried cranberries. Roll up TIGHTLY! (A little will spill out the sides that's normal) Repeat with remaining 2 tortillas.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and chill the unsliced rolls in fridge for 1 hour up to 5 hours. Slice into one inch or so pinwheels using a serrated knife. Enjoy! Makes approximately 24-30 pieces, 8-10 per log.
  5. You can serve these vegan appies as is or leave out the cranberries and enjoy with a side of salsa! Either way it’s a win win! Lovely for your kids lunch box, next picnic, super bowl party or your holiday Christmas platter!


  • you can use any vegan chicken pieces, like Gardein, lightlife,.. etc

Can Pinwheels be made ahead of time?

  • You can make the tortilla rolls, cover and refrigerate up to 5 hours ahead of time. Slice before serving I do not recommend making the night before as they will get soggy. The filling itself can be made up to a couple days in advance.

Can they be frozen?

  • I'm sure there are certain types of pinwheels that can be frozen like the baked variety made with puff pastry but I do not recommend freezing cold pinwheels like this recipe. They will be mushy once defrosted.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Snacks & Sides, Vegan Holiday Recipes, Gluten free,
  • Method: mixing bowl
  • Cuisine: American, Canadian,