This Sticky Cinnamon Roll recipe features brown sugar, maple syrup and just the right amount of cinnamon, making them moist and chewy. And if that's not enough, these vegan cinnamon rolls are topped with walnuts, raisins then drizzled with icing to make them an irresistible treat any time of day.
3 Tablespoons water
1 Tablespoon golden flax meal
1 cup + 2 Tablespoons warm water
2 ½ teaspoons active dry yeast
4 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup sugar
⅓ cup (71 grams) Regular Vegan Butter or non-hydrogenated stick margarine, melted
1 teaspoon salt
¾ cup + 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
¼ cup Regular Vegan Butter or non-hydrogenated stick margarine, softened
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
2 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
¼ cup walnuts chopped
¼ cup raisins
Prepare the dough1)
In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the 3 Tablespoons water and the flax meal. Set aside.
In another small mixing bowl, whisk together the warm water and the yeast. Allow the mixture to sit for about 10 minutes so the yeast activates.
Add the flour to a medium mixing bowl.
In another medium mixing bowl add the sugar, Vegan Butter, salt and whisk until well incorporated.
Add the flax meal mixture from Step 1 and the yeast mixture from Step 2 to the bowl containing the sugar and Vegan Butter mixture. Whisk until well combined. Add these wet ingredients to the bowl containing the flour and stir until the dough comes together into a sticky ball.
Lightly dust a clean surface with flour and knead the mixture for 5 to 10 minutes. The dough should be firm and smooth, not sticky. Place the dough back into the mixing bowl, cover and place in a warm place like on top of the stove for 1 hour. After 1 hour has passed, knead the dough for about 30 seconds and let it rest for 10 more minutes.
Prepare the filling7)
In a small bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, Vegan Butter, maple syrup and cinnamon. Set aside.
Roll up the dough8)
Roll the dough into a flat 16 x 20 inch rectangle. Spread the Vegan Butter, sugar and cinnamon mixture evenly on top using a dough scraper or spatula.
Carefully roll up the dough lengthwise so it's 16 inches long. Cut it into 1 ½ inch sections with a sharp knife.
Preheat the oven to 400F (204C). Place the rolls close together, cut side up in a lightly greased 9x13 glass or ceramic baking dish. This will ensure that the rolls don't unravel during baking. Sprinkle the walnuts and raisins over them. Cover with plastic wrap and let the buns rise for one more hour.
Prepare the icing11)
Prepare the Vanilla Icing and set aside.
Bake to perfection12)
Bake until the cinnamon rolls are golden brown, about 15 minutes, rotating the dish halfway through the baking duration. Pour the icing on the warm rolls before serving. You may want to heat the icing up a little so it can easily be poured.