Vegan Cinnamon Raisin Bagels

Homemade Vegan Cinnamon Raisin Bagels

There’s something incredibly comforting about the fresh aroma of homemade baked goods wafting through the air, especially when it’s the irresistible scent of cinnamon and raisins mingling together. Bagels, with their super chewy texture and versatile flavor profiles, are a beloved staple in many households. And what’s even better? You can craft them from scratch in your own kitchen, ensuring they’re delicious and tailored to your dietary preferences. In this recipe post, we will make vegan cinnamon raisin bagels entirely from scratch. And I bet you will be surprised at how simple they are to make!

The Art of Vegan Baking

Vegan baking has come a long way, with innovative substitutes and techniques ensuring that the end result is just as delightful as its non-vegan counterparts. When it comes to bagels, achieving that perfect look and texture without eggs or dairy might seem daunting, but fear not! With the right ingredients and some patience, you can easily create vegan bagels that are just as satisfying.

There’s something undoubtedly comforting about the aroma of warm cinnamon and plump raisins mingling together in a freshly baked bagel. Cinnamon raisin bagels are a classic favorite, offering a delightful blend of flavors that make them perfect for any time of day. Whether you enjoy them toasted and slathered with vegan cream cheese or incorporated into creative recipes, there are many ways to savor the deliciousness of cinnamon raisin bagels. Today, let’s explore five mouthwatering ways to enjoy this beloved treat.

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5 Ways to Enjoy Vegan Cinnamon Raisin Bagels

  1. Classic Breakfast Delight: Toasted with Vegan Cream Cheese and Jam
    • There’s no denying that the classic combination of toasted cinnamon raisin bagels paired with creamy vegan cream cheese and a generous dollop of your favorite jam is a match made in breakfast heaven. The warmth of the toasted bagel contrasts beautifully with the cool, creamy texture of the vegan cream cheese, while the sweet jam adds a burst of fruity flavor with every bite. Whether you prefer raspberry, strawberry, or apricot, this breakfast delight is sure to start your day on a delicious note.
  2.  Indulgent Dessert: Cinnamon Raisin Bagel Bread Pudding
    • Transform your leftover cinnamon raisin bagels into a decadent dessert with this indulgent recipe for bagel bread pudding. Simply cube your bagels and soak them in a mixture of almond milk, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and a touch of maple syrup. Once soaked, bake the mixture until golden and crispy on top. The result? A rich and satisfying dessert that’s perfect for cozy nights in or special occasions. Top with a heavy drizzle of vegan caramel sauce or a scoop of dairy-free ice cream for an extra decadent treat.
  3.  Energizing Snack: Cinnamon Raisin Bagel Chips with Peanut Butter
    • Turn your cinnamon raisin bagels into crispy, crunchy chips for a satisfying midday snack. Simply slice your bagels thinly, brush them with some melted vegan butter, and sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar before baking until crisp. Once cooled, dip them in creamy peanut butter for a protein-packed snack that will keep you energized and satisfied throughout the day. These bagel chips are also perfect for dipping in your favorite dessert hummus or enjoying on their own as a tasty pick-me-up.
  4.  Creative Lunch Idea: Cinnamon Raisin Bagel Sandwiches with Spiced Chickpea Salad
    • Elevate your lunch game with these flavorful cinnamon raisin bagel sandwiches filled with spiced chickpea salad. Simply mash cooked chickpeas with vegan mayonnaise, curry powder, turmeric, and a squeeze of lemon juice, then spread the mixture onto toasted cinnamon raisin bagels. Top with fresh spinach leaves, sliced cucumber, and avocado for a satisfying and nutritious meal that’s bursting with flavor and texture. This is a fun sweet and savory sandwich that makes for a quick and easy lunch at home or on the go.
  5.  Decadent Brunch Treat: Cinnamon Raisin Bagel French Toast
    • Take your brunch to the next level with this mouthwatering recipe for cinnamon raisin bagel French toast. Dip slices of cinnamon raisin bagels in a mixture of almond milk, flaxseed meal, vanilla extract, and a pinch of cinnamon before frying until golden and crispy. Serve your French toast with a bit of 100% pure maple syrup, a dusting of powdered sugar, and a heavy scoop of coconut whipped cream for a decadent brunch treat that’s sure to impress. Pair with fresh fruit or a side of crispy vegan bacon for the ultimate brunch experience.

Whether enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert, vegan cinnamon raisin bagels are a versatile and delicious treat that’s perfect for any occasion. From classic combinations to creative recipes, there are countless ways to savor the sweet and savory flavors of cinnamon raisin bagels. So why not whip up a batch of homemade bagels and get creative in the kitchen? With a little imagination and a lot of flavor, the possibilities are endless.

If you make my vegan cinnamon raisin bagels (or any of my recipes!), don’t forget to post a picture on Instagram, tag me @chefsummerstorm, and #gardengrub so I can see your recreation!

Vegan Cinnamon Raisin Bagels

Homemade Vegan Cinnamon Raisin Bagels

Author Chef Summer Storm – garden grub
Get ready to make delicious homemade vegan cinnamon raisin bagels with this easy-to-follow recipe! Not only are they simpler to make than you might think, but they also taste better than any store-bought bagels.
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Rest Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 8 bagels


  • Standing mixer with dough hook attachment
  • Cooking thermometer


Bagel Dough

  • 1 1/2 cups water, warmed to 110 degrees Fahrenheit (IMPORTANT!)
  • 1 tbsp barley malt syrup or brown sugar
  • 2 3/4 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 4 cups bread flour, spooned and leveled (Must use bread flour!)
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Vegan butter or coconut oil, for greasing the bowl

Water Bath

  • 2 quarts water
  • 1/4 cup barley malt syrup or brown sugar

Vegan Egg Wash

  • 1 tbsp vegan liquid Just Egg
  • 2 tsp water


Bagel Dough

  • Warm the water to 110 degrees Fahrenheit and add it to the standing mixer bowl. The water needs to be at this temperature to activate the yeast.
  • Add the barley malt syrup (or brown sugar) and instant yeast to the water, give it a quick stir, and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, the yeast should have risen to the top and become super frothy. If the yeast does nothing, it may be spoiled, and I recommend starting over with new yeast.
  • Add the vanilla extract, bread flour, and salt to the mixer and mix on the lowest speed with the dough hook attachment for about 2 minutes, just until everything is combined.
  • Mix the cinnamon and sugar and set aside.
  • Now, while still mixing on low speed, slowly add the raisins to incorporate them into the dough evenly. Then, slowly add in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Once the cinnamon sugar has been added, let the dough knead for 4 more minutes.
  • Grease a large mixing bowl with vegan butter or coconut oil and roll the dough ball to coat all sides. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the dough and then wrap the top of the bowl in a piece of plastic wrap.
  • Place the dough in a dark, warm place and let it rest for 60-90 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size. It may take longer if your home is cold!
  • Line two large sheet pans with two to three pieces of parchment paper on each pan. I use three pieces of parchment paper on thick sheet pans to prevent burning. If you use only one piece of paper, the bottoms of the bagels will burn.

How to Shape the Bagels

  • Punch the dough about 4 times to release any air bubbles. Then divide the dough into 8 equal pieces, lay them on your counter, and cover them in plastic wrap to keep them from drying out.
  • Working with one piece of dough at a time, pinch and shape it into a tight ball and then poke a hole in the center. I like to do this with a chopstick and then go in with my fingers to loosen the hole to about 1 1/2 to 2 inches in diameter. Watch my video for a quick visual of how I do this! Place the shaped bagel back under the piece of plastic wrap and finish this step with the rest of the pieces of dough.
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Water Bath & Baking

  • Fill a large, wide pot with the 2 quarts of water and barley malt syrup (or brown sugar) and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally to ensure the sugar doesn't sit at the bottom of the pot.
  • Once boiling, turn the heat down to medium-high and drop in 2-3 bagels. *I always flip the top/pretty side down first. Cook the bagels for 1 minute, flip them, and cook them for 1 more minute. Place the pretty sides facing up on the prepared sheet pans, 4 bagels per pan. Repeat this step with all bagels.
  • Mix the vegan liquid egg and water, and using a pastry brush, lightly brush the entire tops and sides of the bagels with it.
  • Place the pans on the middle oven rack and bake them for 20 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through. The bagels should be a deep golden brown color in the end. Remove them from the oven and let them cool for at least 20 minutes.
  • Enjoy as is, toasted, with vegan butter or cream cheese. However, you'd like!
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