I guarantee you’ve never had cinnamon rolls like these before. Move over, other cinnamon roll recipes, because these are The BEST Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls. They’re thick, they’re fluffy, they’re sweet, they’re chewy, and they are truly divine. Whether you are gluten-free and have been missing cinnamon rolls, or if you’ve been looking for a healthier version of your favorite treat, I promise that these cinnamon rolls won’t disappoint!
Hi friends! Thank you for your patience as I finally got my act together and tested this recipe a billion times to get it right for you guys. Attempting something like cinnamon rolls can definitely be daunting, especially when you’re going in blind. I tried practically every combination of ingredients in the book, in order to achieve the perfect texture and result. I did it, so you don’t have to!
But here’s the thing – making cinnamon rolls on the regular doesn’t have to be daunting. In fact, cinnamon rolls are actually very EASY to make. You just have to realize that, unlike 99% of my recipes, this one doesn’t come together in 10 minutes. I’d give yourself a solid hour or so, to make sure that they turn out perfectly. But the result will be well worth any wait, and once you nail this recipe, it’ll get easier over time!
When made according to the instructions below, these cinnamon rolls taste JUST like Cinnabon! Truly! I have fond memories of loving Cinnabon cinnamon rolls as a kid, and if you did too, then I promise that you will love this recipe as well.
Which leads me to the question of substitutions… unfortunately, I do not recommend making any substitutions in this recipe, if at all possible. Why? Because baking is a science! I spent days playing around with different variations of the ingredients below (as well as trying out different ingredients) to achieve the ideal results. And this, my friends, was the only way to do it! If you do decide to substitute, I can’t guarantee your rolls will turn out the same… or have that same Cinnabon nostalgia. It’s just the way that baking goes, sometimes!
What You Need to Make This Life-Changing and Delicious Recipe
Gluten-Free Flour: I use the Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 gluten-free baking flour in this recipe, and I highly recommend it here! But any 1:1 gluten-free flour should work well in this recipe.
Coconut Sugar: I love using coconut sugar, because it gives the perfect amount of sweetness, minus the refined sugars!
Unsalted Butter: Real, unsalted butter works perfectly, in this recipe!
Non-Dairy Milk: You can use any non-dairy milk you’d like, in this recipe! I use almond milk, but they all work the same. 🙂
Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple Cider Vinegar may seem like a strange ingredient in cinnamon rolls, but there’s a method to this madness! The vinegar helps to achieve the right texture and consistency.
Eggs: You’ll need both whole eggs and egg yolks for this recipe. And like I mentioned above, they cannot be substituted for a flax egg or other egg replacement.
Rapid / Instant Yeast: Yeast IS gluten-free, and is a necessary component to helping these rolls “proof” – aka, rise!
Vanilla Extract: Vanilla extract is a “must” for achieving that perfect, bakery flavor. Don’t skip this!
Baking Powder: Baking powder will help these cinnamon rolls rise. And who doesn’t want a fluffy cinnamon roll?!
Xanthan Gum: Xanthan gum is a binder that helps these rolls hold their fluffy shape. If your 1:1 baking flour already includes xanthan gum, then you can omit this. If not, then add it in. Always check the ingredients on your flour first, because too much xanthan gum will create a gummy texture!
Sea Salt: A pinch of sea salt is a necessity in any baked good!
Cinnamon: Of course, you need cinnamon in order to make cinnamon rolls!
Powdered Sugar: While the rolls themselves are refined sugar-free, we’ll need a little powdered sugar to make the icing. I promise, it won’t hurt, and will make the icing taste absolutely delicious!
Can These Cinnamon Rolls be Made Vegan?
Unfortunately, this recipe cannot be made vegan (trust me, I’ve tried!) While it can be made dairy-free, the eggs are essential to achieving that perfect light and fluffy texture.
If you are looking for a vegan-friendly recipe, however, I just released my Real-Deal Vegan Cinnamon Rolls recipe, and let me tell you, it really is the real deal. This recipe is NOT gluten-free (a gluten-free AND vegan cinnamon roll recipe is much harder to develop than it may sound), however it is vegan and does not include any eggs. Woohoo!
How to Make These Delicious Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls
As I mentioned above, making these Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls is a small labor of love. This is not a 10-minute recipe; it takes some time, but I promise, the end result is totally worth it.
This recipe really comes together in three main steps. First, it involves making the dough (aka the cinnamon rolls themselves). Second, it’s about making the delicious, creamy, cinnamon filling. And finally, it’s about making the decadent glaze that we’ll drizzle over the top.
The key to making this recipe PERFECT every time is ensuring that you follow the direction step-by-step. I know that this is probably a given, but with this recipe, it is especially crucial. Even though this recipe is time consuming, trying to cut corners or speed up the process may result in these rolls falling flat. Trust me, I’ve tried!
You may also notice that this recipe includes making your dough in a Kitchenaid stand mixer with a dough hook. This is optional, but highly recommended. It not only makes the process go easier, but it also helps to ensure that your dough reaches the perfect consistency, every time.
If you don’t own a stand mixer, then your next option is to knead the dough by hand. Keep in-mind that this dough is sticky, and you don’t want to add additional flour to the mixture to aid in the stickiness (it’ll make these rolls dense, which we want to avoid!)
How to Prepare These Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls Overnight
If you want to prepare your rolls ahead of time, so they’re nice and fresh to bake in the morning (we LOVE a warm breakfast treat!) then just follow these simple steps while you’re preparing them:
Follow steps 1-10 as directed, laying your pinwheels on the baking dish. Once they’re all laid out, wrap the baking dish in plastic wrap or with a bowl, and set them in the fridge overnight. Then, in the morning, take them out of the fridge and, without uncovering them, let them rise at room-temperature on the counter for 45-60 minutes. Then, follow the baking instructions above. Easy peasy!
Enjoy these gluten free cinnamon rolls and tell all your friends! Tag me on Instagram if you make them, so I can repost!
I guarantee you've never had cinnamon rolls like these before. Move over, other cinnamon roll recipes, because these are The BEST Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls. They're thick, they're fluffy, they're sweet, they're chewy, and they are truly divine. Whether you are gluten-free and have been missing cinnamon rolls, or if you've been looking for a healthier version of your favorite treat, I promise that these cinnamon rolls won't disappoint!
1 Glass Baking Dish I love this set of beautiful baking dishes!
1 Thermometer A thermometer is an essential in my kitchen.
1 Kitchenaid Stand Mixer I love this Stand Mixer – it's my favorite kitchen gadget!
1tsp xanthan gum (NOTE: if your gluten free flour blend already contains xanthan gum, you can omit this! The Bob's Red Mill suggestion above DOES contain it, so you are all good if you purchase that one)
pinch sea salt
FOR THE FILLING:
4tbspunsalted butter, softened
FOR THE GLAZE:
2 3/4cupspowdered sugar
1/4cupnon-dairy milk (I used almond milk)
Warm the non-dairy milk in a small bowl in the microwave for 45 seconds-1 minute. NOTE: you don't want the milk to be too hot, or it will kill the yeast. I suggest using a thermometer so as not to exceed 110-115 degrees F), but that's up to you!
Pour the yeast on top of the milk, and let it sit for a few minutes. It should very slightly begin to bubble/fizz, but in each time I've made this recipe, it's very slight. Don't get alarmed if yours doesn't bubble up. It's all good.
After about 2-3 minutes, add the coconut sugar to the bowl with the milk/yeast, and whisk together. Next, add the eggs, melted butter, and apple cider vinegar to the mixture and whisk together. Set bowl aside.
Next, add the gluten free flour, baking powder, salt, and xanthan gum (if using). Use the dough hook on a kitchen aid mixer and mix for about 5 minutes until a dough forms. If you don't have a kitchen aid / dough hook, no worries, knead the dough with your hands for a few minutes, until a dough forms. The dough will be sticky. Do not add any more flour. Place a damp, warm towel on top of the bowl, and let it sit for 1-1.5 hours so the dough rises (it should double in size).
While the dough is rising, prepare the filling ingredients. In a medium bowl, whisk together the softened butter, coconut sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract.
Preheat oven to 350. Line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper. I suggest oiling the inside of the dish first, so that the parchment paper sticks.
Once the dough has doubled in size, it's time to have some fun. Pour some flour on your surface, and use your hands to form a rectangle with the dough, about 9 inches by 9 inches (the dough should be about 1 inch thick).
Spread the filling onto the rectangle, leaving about 1/2 inch from all sides with no filling.
Roll the dough tightly into a log shape (I like to roll from the bottom up).
Slice the dough into 9 equal pieces. Gently place each piece into the baking dish. There should be no space left in the baking dish.
Bake for 25-28 minutes until light golden brown.
Remove from oven and let cool.
Prepare the icing by whisking together all ingredients in a small bowl and the drizzling on top of the cinnamon rolls.
Store in a covered container in the fridge for up to one week.
To soften, simply microwave for 30 seconds.
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