These are literally the Best Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls you will ever have! With a golden, fluffy dough that is filled with a delicious cinnamon sugar mixture. All topped off with a vegan cream cheese icing that is out of this world!
These Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls take a bit of extra time due to letting the dough rise. Even though they take some extra time, trust me when I say these are worth every second of waiting! But if you are in a time crunch, try my easy No Yeast Cinnamon Rolls instead and you'll have delicious, tender cinnamon rolls on the table in no time (under 30 minutes!).
This recipe is for my gluten free cinnamon rolls. If you would like a regular cinnamon roll recipe, you can check out my Classic Vegan Cinnamon Rolls Recipe!
My best gluten free cinnamon rolls are made with whole, good-for-you ingredients to make delicious and wholesome cinnamon rolls. Here's what you'll need:
Cinnamon Roll Dough:
- Milk: For vegan and gluten free cinnamon rolls, use a dairy free milk like almond or oat milk. If you are not concerned about these being vegan, dairy based milk will work as well.
- Maple Syrup: A natural, delicious sweetener like maple syrup is great in the dough. If you prefer, you can use honey or agave syrup.
- Butter: Vegan butter or regular butter can be added here.
- Salt: A bit of salt is added for flavor and to control the yeast.
- Active Dry Yeast: Yeast is what makes these cinnamon rolls fluffy and enhances the flavor.
- Yogurt: A little bit of yogurt adds moisture to the cinnamon rolls. You can use non dairy yogurt for a vegan option.
- Gluten Free All Purpose Flour: King Arthur Measure for Measure gluten-free flour is the best gluten-free flour blend you can get. You cannot replace the flour with almond flour or another gluten-free flour. It has to be a 1-1 replacement flour.
- Butter: For a vegan filling, use vegan butter.
- Sugar: Any kind of sugar will work here, such as cane sugar or coconut sugar.
- Cinnamon: Ground cinnamon is essential for a classic cinnamon roll.
Cream Cheese Icing:
- Cream Cheese: Vegan cream cheese can be used in the place of dairy based cream cheese.
- Butter: Feel free to use vegan butter or dairy based butter.
- Powdered Sugar: Confectioners sugar, or powdered sugar, adds sweetness and texture to the cream cheese icing!
How to Make This Recipe
- Prepare the Dough: Preheat the oven to 350 F. Mix the melted butter, warm milk, maple syrup, and salt together in a bowl. Sprinkle the yeast evenly across the top of the mixture, gently stir, and let sit for 10 minutes. Add the gluten free flour and mix until a dough forms. Add the yogurt to the dough and knead the yogurt into the dough with your hands. This will make the dough more elastic and easier to rolls out.
- Let the Dough Rest: Leaving the dough in the bowl, form it into a round mound and cover it with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel. Allow it to sit for 30 minutes. It helps if the dough is in a warm place, so I like to set the bowl on top of the oven as it preheats. This helps the yeast and makes the dough rise faster. Keep in mind, since these are gluten free, they will not be as voluminous as gluten based rolls.
- Roll it Out: Turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface and roll it into a ¼ inch thick rectangle or oval. Add more flour as needed if the dough is sticky. Spread the softened butter over the top and sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar.
- Create the Rolls & Bake: Roll the dough into a log and cut it into 10-12 pinwheels. Please the pinwheels into a baking dish so that they are close but not touching. Cover with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let them sit for another 30 minutes. Bake them for 30 minutes in the oven.
- Make the Icing: While the cinnamon rolls are baking, make the cream cheese frosting. Use an electric hand mixer to mix the butter, powdered sugar and cream cheese. Allow the rolls to cool and then spread the icing over the rolls. Enjoy!
- Don't skip the resting! Your gluten free cinnamon rolls need time to let the yeast do its magic and rise, in order to be as fluffy as possible. Although this adds to the time if takes before you can be eating your cinnamon rolls, it is totally worth it.
- If you are in a pinch and don't have time to let the dough rise, try my No Yeast Cinnamon Rolls! They are super easy to whip up in just 30 minutes.
- Make sure the milk is just warm when you mix it with the yeast. Warm liquid help the yeast develop, but if it is too hot, it can kill the yeast instead of making it thrive!
- To help the dough rise faster, place it on top of the preheated oven! You can do this in both the first rise with the dough in the bowl, and in the second rise with the cinnamon rolls in the baking dish. This is a super great trick anytime you need something to rise faster!
Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely! To store leftover cinnamon rolls, put them in an airtight container in the fridge. To reheat, you can pop these in the microwave for about 20 seconds. Don't warm them up for too long or all the icing will fall off!
To make in advance, follow the instructions up until it is time to ice the cinnamon rolls. Instead of icing them, let them cool and then wrap them in plastic wrap, then place them in an airtight container and freeze them until you are ready to eat. Once you want to eat the cinnamon rolls, let them thaw in the fridge, warm them up in the oven and ice them the day of.
The dough might not be rising for a different number of reasons. First, make sure that you added all of the ingredients in their correct measurements. If so, then it might be the temperature of your house that is preventing the dough from rising. If your house is particularly cold or it is winter time, then give the dough a bit of extra time to rise.
These can absolutely be made vegan by replacing the dairy based ingredients with vegan alternatives such as almond milk, vegan butter, and vegan cream cheese. If you want a gluten based vegan cinnamon roll, head over to my Classic Vegan Cinnamon Rolls Recipe.
More Cinnamon Roll Recipes to Try
- Best Vegan Cinnamon Rolls with Yeast
- No Yeast Vegan Cinnamon Rolls
- Vegan Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
- Vegan Blueberry Sweet Rolls
Vegan Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls
Not Gluten Free? Click the link below for my Classic Vegan Cinnamon Rolls Recipe
Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls
- 1 cup warm (not hot) almond or oat milk
- 2 tablespoon maple syrup
- ¼ cup melted vegan butter
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon non dairy yogurt
- 2 cup gluten free all purpose flour I recommend King Arthur Measure for Measure gluten-free flour. Please don't substitute any other flour such as almond flour, baking flour, etc.
Vegan Gluten Free Cinnamon Roll Filling
- ⅓ cup softened vegan butter
- ½ cup sugar (any kind)
- 2 teaspoon cinnamon
Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting
- 4 oz vegan cream cheese
- ¼ cup softened vegan butter
- 1 ½ cup confectioners sugar
Vegan Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls
- Reminder, this is my recipe for gluten free cinnamon rolls. If you are not using gluten free flour and will be using regular all-purpose flour, please scroll up for a link to my classic vegan cinnamon rolls recipe.
- Preheat the oven to 350
- To prepare the gluten free cinnamon roll dough, begin by mixing the melted vegan butter, almond or oat milk, maple syrup, and salt together in a bowl. Sprinkle the active dry yeast evenly across the top of the mixture, stir gently, and let it sit for about 10 minutes.
- Add the gluten-free all purpose flour and mix until a dough forms. Add the non dairy yogurt into the bowl and use your hands to work the yogurt into the dough. This step is going to make the dough more elastic and hold together better during rolling.
- Leaving the dough in the bowl, form it into a round mound and cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel. Allow it to sit for 30 minutes. I like to sit my bowl on top of an oven preheated to 350. The warmth from the oven helps the dough rise faster. Reminder, since these cinnamon rolls are gluten free, the dough will not be as voluminous as dough with gluten.
- Roll the dough onto a well-floured surface into a ¼ inch oval or rectangle (add more flour if the dough is too sticky to roll). Spread the softened butter to cover the dough. Evenly top with the sugar and cinnamon.
- Roll the dough into a log and cut it into about 10-12 pinwheels. Place the pinwheels into a baking dish so that they are close but not touching. Cover with a kitchen towel and let them rise for another 30 minutes. Bake the rolls in the oven for about 30 minutes.
- While the rolls are baking, make the vegan cream cheese frosting by using an electric hand mixer to mix together the softened vegan butter, powdered sugar, and vegan cream cheese. Allow the rolls to cool and spread the icing over the rolls. Enjoy!