Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls

Recipe Classifications




Breakfast, Snack, Dessert


Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian


Brown / White

Freezes well:


Prep Time  (total time):

Under 30 Minutes  (Under 1 Hour)


Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls

Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls that are almost healthy… made from pantry staples. – Gluten-free, Dairy-Free, and Vegan.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 Rolls
Calories 245kcal



  • 1/4 cup butter or vegan butter
  • 1 cup milk see notes
  • 1/3 cup sugar divided
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons Active Dry Yeast or 1 packet of yeast
  • 1 large egg whisked
  • 2-1/2 cups Gluten-Free Baking Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup extremely soft butter or vegan butter


  • 2 Tablespoons butter or vegan butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons hot water


  • Melt butter in a large glass bowl 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 want it to be 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.
  • Meanwhile, 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 tea towel then set somewhere warm to double in volume, 1 hour. I use my oven’s “bread proof” setting, though placing the pan on a heating pad set to warm, or placing in a warm sunny spot will also work. 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 then set aside.
  • 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 10×14”. THE SECRET IS TO NOT PRESS THE DOUGH 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 to rise until puffy, 30-40 minutes. Again, I use my oven’s “bread proof” setting. During the last 10 minutes of rising time, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake rolls for 16-20 minutes, or until golden brown on top, rotating the pan 180 degrees halfway through.
  • Let rolls cool for 15 minutes then make the icing. (If you ice them while they’re too hot they’ll absorb all 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.


  1. You can use whole milk, 2% milk, and unsweetened almond milk.
  2. The consistency of this dough is like very soft play dough, so don’t be discouraged when it doesn’t feel like typical cinnamon roll dough.
  3. Don’t roll the dough too thin otherwise it will fall apart. This is the #1 thing to keep in mind to successfully get the rolls into the pan.
  4. Don’t worry if your rolls don’t slice up perfectly. They’ll rise and shape up nicely, plus they’ll eventually be covered in icing.  


Calories: 245kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 229mg | Potassium: 42mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 387IU | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 1mg

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Hi! I’m Mike. I’m happily married and have a young daughter. I’ve lived all over the world and have learned a lot from seeing others’ perspectives. I’ve also had many life altering health challenges. Fortunately, my lovely and brilliant wife helped save me by finding a new and better way for us to live. We started The Healthy Treehouse to share what we’ve learned and to learn from others, too.