Ooey Gooey Cinnamon Rolls
3 tbsp Vegan Butter (Earth Balance)
1 packet (2 1/4 tsps.) of Instant Yeast or Rapid-rise Yeast
1 cup of Blue Diamond Unsweetened Almond Milk (or your preferred plant-based milk.)
1 tbsp Organic Cane Sugar
1/4 tsp of Redmond Ancient Fine Sea Salt
3 cups of Unbleached All-purpose Flour, or a gluten-free flour like Coconut Flour
3 tbsp melted Vegan Butter
1/4 cup of Organic Cane Sugar
1/2 to 1 tbsp of Frontier Herb Ground Cinnamon
1 cup of Organic Powdered Sugar
1 to 2 tbsp of Plant-based Milk
To make your dough, first melt the butter and almond milk together in a large saucepan or in a microwaveable bowl, heating in 30 second intervals. Allow the mixture to cool to 110 degrees for the best temperature for your yeast.
Transfer your mixture into a large mixing bowl and sprinkle in your yeast, allowing it to activate for 10 minutes. Next, add in 1 tbsp of organic cane sugar and 1/4 tsp of salt and then stir.
Add in your flour, 1/2 cup at a time, to your mixing bowl and stirring as you go along. Your dough will be very sticky. Once it becomes too thick to stir, transfer your dough to a lightly floured surface a knead for around a minute or so until a loose ball is formed. Be careful, you do not want to overwork your dough as this can lead to a tough and chewy cinnamon roll!
Rinse out your mixing bowl and coat it with a little bit of olive or avocado oil before adding your ball of dough back in. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set it in a warm area and allow to rise for about an hour, or until the dough has doubled in size.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out your dough into a thin rectangle with about 1/4 inch of thickness. Brush your melted vegan butter onto the dough and top with sugar and your desired amount of cinnamon.
Starting from one end, begin rolling your dough into a log shape to create your spiral rolls. Take a serrated knife or unflavored string of floss and cut your log into 1.5 to 2 inch sections, placing your rolls into a buttered 8x8 inch square or circular pan. You should have about 10 rolls total.
Lightly brush your rolls with melted vegan butter and cover with plastic wrap, allowing the dough to rise a second time while your oven preheats to 350 degrees F (176 C.) Once your oven is hot, bake your rolls for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown.
To create your frosting, simply mix 1 cup of organic powdered sugar and 1 to 2 tbsp of unsweetened almond milk or your favorite plant-based milk.
Once your cinnamon rolls have cooled, drizzle your frosting over them with a spoon and enjoy!