Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls


  • For the Dough:
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy)
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon coconut palm sugar (or just sugar), divided
  • 1 packet of yeast (rapid rise or instant is fine)
  • 1 large egg, whisked
  • 2-1/2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1:1 Baking Flour (or gluten-free flour blend of your choice)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • For the Filling:
  • 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar (or just sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup extremely soft butter
  • For the Icing:
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons hot water

YIELD: 12 rolls

Nutrition Information:

  • Per Roll
  • Calories - 284kcal
  • Total Fat - 16.2g
  • Carbohydrates - 34.8g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1g
  • Sugars - 22g
  • Protein - 2g


Add butter to a large glass bowl then melt in the microwave. Add milk and 1 Tablespoon sugar then microwave for an additional 45-50 seconds, stir with a spatula, and take a temperature using an instant read thermometer - we’re looking for 110 degrees. Sprinkle in yeast then stir gently and let sit until foamy, 8 minutes. (If your mixture does not foam, likely your yeast was old and/or the temperature of the milk mixture was too cool or too warm.) Add whisked egg and remaining 1/3 cup sugar then stir gently to combine.

In another bowl add gluten-free flour blend, baking powder, and salt then stir with a fork to combine. Add to wet ingredients in two batches, stirring until flour is just incorporated (small lumps remaining are fine) before adding the next batch. Dough should be very soft but not overly sticky - kind of like sugar cookie dough. Cover with a kitchen towel then set somewhere warm to double in volume, 1 hour. I turn my oven on 350 degrees and set the bowl on top of the stove near the back where the warmth comes up from the oven. Your dough may not rise if it's not in a warm enough spot.

Combine sugar and cinnamon from filling recipe in a small bowl then set aside. Spray a 9” pie plate with nonstick spray, place a round piece of parchment paper in the bottom, then spray again. Set aside.

When the hour is up and the dough has risen, scrape the dough onto a large sheet of parchment paper that’s been lightly sprayed with nonstick spray then, with lightly oiled hands, spread dough into a 1/4” thick rectangle, roughly 10x14”. THE KEY TO SUCCESSFULLY SLICING THIS DOUGH IS TO NOT PRESS IT TOO THIN.

Using your fingers, gently spread softened butter over the dough, leaving 1” clear on the bottom. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture evenly on top, avoiding the clear strip of dough then, using the parchment paper, gently roll the dough from the top down towards you. Continue to roll the dough into a log using the parchment paper instead of your hands until you reach the bottom. Lightly pinch the seams of the dough together then slice the log into quarters using a sharp knife in one slicing motion vs sawing at the dough. Wipe off knife in between cuts as necessary and/or dip knife in flour blend to prevent sticking. Slice each quarter into thirds for 12 slices total then arrange the slices in the prepared pie plate. Since the dough will be very soft, it helps to use the knife to re-slice and scrape each roll off the parchment paper and into the pan.

Place rolls somewhere warm again to rise until puffy for 40 minutes. During the last 10 minutes of rising time, if your oven is not on already, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake rolls for about 24 minutes, or until golden brown on top, mine usually take closer to 30 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through.

Let rolls cool for 15 minutes then make the icing. Add ingredients for the icing in a bowl then whisk vigorously until smooth. Spoon icing on top of the rolls then serve. Rolls are best the day they're made but leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator and microwaved for 20-25 seconds uncovered to warm back up.

This recipe was adapted from the original by Iowa Girl Eats.

I find these rolls to be more like a muffin, more cakey, then the original gluten-filled dough like version. At first I was a little disappointed, BUT they taste so good that I honestly think I prefer these better. Even my non-Celiac boys agree, they are in love with these cinnamon rolls and request them almost daily.

Colleen Saltarelli

Colleen is an ISSA Certified Nutrition Coach, Culinary Institute of America Graduate and Your Gluten-Free Celiac Sidekick.

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