Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls are perfect for Easter breakfast, Christmas brunch, or anytime you'd like a sweet treat! A soft, fluffy roll is layered with cinnamon, butter, and coconut sugar. Cream cheese frosting spread over the top takes it to a whole new level!
Keeping sugar in check is a challenge, but I've managed to keep this gluten free cinnamon rolls recipe free from refined sugars. There's a little honey in the dough and icing. Coconut sugar is rolled into the layers for a beautiful caramel-like sweetness!
- Potato Starch and Potato Flour are very different things, so pay attention to the amounts for each one.
- Tapioca Flour and Tapioca Starch are interchangeable.
- Coconut Sugar can be replaced with raw sugar or brown sugar, but I like the taste that coconut sugar adds.
Good gluten free dough is softer than wheat dough. So, how do you get a dough that you can roll out, spread with butter, roll up, and slice without having dry, hard buns? After much trial and error, I believe I've reached a happy medium. This is a roll that looks like a cinnamon bun with the iconic swirls of sugar and cinnamon, and yet it's light and fluffy - a true pleasure to eat! Let me show you how to do it!
Dissolve some honey in warm water and sprinkle yeast over the top. Let that sit for a few minutes.
Whisk flours and other dry ingredients together.
Beat eggs and a little vinegar into the yeast mixture for a minute or two until it becomes foamy.
Add the flour mixture to the liquid and beat this batter for 3 to 5 minutes. Add the oil and beat some more until everything is very smoothly blended.
Spread out the dough onto a well-oiled sheet of parchment paper into a rectangular shape.
Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon over it. Then, drizzle on melted butter.
Starting with a long side, roll the dough into a log shape.
Cut across the log with dental floss to make 12 rolls.
Place the rolls, just barely touching, into a parchment-lined pan.
Cover with an oiled sheet of plastic, and leave this in a warm place to rise until about 50% larger (45 minutes to an hour).
Bake the rolls in a preheated oven for about 20 minutes.
Let the baked rolls cool on a wire cooking rack for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the Cream Cheese Frosting. Spread it over the cinnamon buns and enjoy them warm!
Recipe Tips and FAQ's
Gluten free flours take longer to absorb moisture than wheat flour does, so your dough will be sticky and moist, more of a batter, as you work with it. This isn't really a problem, because it doesn't need to be kneaded anyway.
Gluten free bread does not need to be kneaded. The purpose of kneading wheat bread is to develop the gluten. Where there's no gluten, there's no need to knead!
These cinnamon rolls will freeze well in an airtight container. If you'll be wanting to reheat them, save the frosting to add just before serving.
Looking for more gluten free recipes with Cream Cheese Frosting? Try these...
Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls
- 1½ cup warm water 110°F - 115°F (43°C - 46°C)
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 teaspoons instant yeast
- ⅜ cup heavy whipping cream
- ½ cup cream cheese,
- 2 tablespoons raw honey in liquid form
- 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- Combine the honey and warm water, ideally in the bowl of a stand mixer. Sprinkle the yeast over top, and let it sit 5 to 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, whisk together all of the dry ingredients in another bowl.
- Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
- Once the yeast mixture has set and the yeast is looking a little bubbly or frothy, give it a quick stir. Add the eggs and vinegar to it, and beat for a minute or two until the mixture is frothy.
- Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and beat for 3 to 5 minutes on medium-low speed with the medium mixing paddle of a stand mixer, if you have one.
- Add the oil, and beat another minute or two until you have a smooth, but moist batter.
Shaping and Filling
- Spread out the batter with a spatula onto a well-oiled sheet of parchment paper into a rectangle approximately 9" X 14" (23 cm X 35 cm).
- Sprinkle the coconut sugar evenly over it all. Then, sprinkle on the cinnamon. Finally, drizzle melted butter over the sugar and cinnamon.
- Very carefully, using the spatula to keep the batter scraped away from the parchment and starting on a long side, roll the dough into a log shape. Because this batter is so moist, this "rolling" really amounts to about three "folds."
- With a string of dental floss, carefully slice each of 12 rolls and place them, just barely touching, into the parchment-lined baking pan. They won't look quite as perfectly uniform as regular cinnamon rolls, but you'll be rewarded with lovely soft, fluffy, gluten free rolls!
- Cover the rolls with oiled plastic and let them sit in a warm room to rise until about 50% larger in volume, 45 to 60 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C).
- Bake the cinnamon rolls for 20 minutes, or until they reach an internal temperature of 190°F (88°C).
- Meanwhile, prepare the frosting according to Cream Cheese Frosting directions.
- Allow your cinnamon rolls to cool for about 10 minutes. Spread them with frosting and enjoy them warm!
- For optimal rising of yeast dough, 80°F to 90°F (27° - 32°C) is a perfect temperature range. If your room isn't that warm, it will just take a little more time. It's important to protect your rising bread or buns from any possible cold drafts.
- While yeast should be refrigerated to keep it fresh, it needs a warm, wet environment for activation. The temperature range of 110°F - 115°F (43°C - 46°C) is ideal for the liquid. If the water is too hot, it will kill the yeast, and it won't work. Honey is added to feed the yeast and give it something on which to grow.
- If you don't have a stand mixer, mix the batter very well by hand. Use a hand mixer for the frosting.