Cinnamon rolls

November 14, 2009

I have very fond memories of my mom popping open a can of Pillsbury cinnamon rolls on holidays or special occasions. If you have done much gluten free baking, you may have realized by now that you will never be able to mimic gluten free breads exactly. Unfortunately, those big fluffy cinnamon rolls really are only made possible by high gluten flours. But don’t despair! Tender, gooey “cinnamon rolls in a can” are definitely within your reach! Indulge in the recipe below, with full fat coconut milk. If you would rather use regular milk, you might want to up the butter to 6T and take the milk down to about 1/2 C, adding more warm milk if the dough is too stiff.

Cinnamon Roll Dough

  • 1 envelope of rapid rise yeast
  • 1 C sorghum flour
  • ½ C tapioca flour
  • ½ C cornstarch
  • ¼ C sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 egg
  • 4 T softened butter
  • ¾ C coconut milk, warmed in the microwave for 20 to 30 seconds (until 120-130 degrees)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract


  • 1 T cinnamon
  • ¼ C brown sugar
  • 2 T melted butter

Grease an 8” round cake pan. Mix the filling ingredients together in a small bowl. In a large mixing bowl, add the ingredients for the cinnamon roll dough in the order listed. Mix the ingredients for a few minutes with an electric mixer. You should end up with a very soft, sticky dough. Grease your hands liberally and gather the dough into a ball. Place the ball of dough back into the bowl and press it out into a large, oblong disk. Spread the filling over the dough. Roll the dough from one of the longer sides to the other. Grease a sharp knife and cut the dough into 6 to 8 slices. Lay the slices flat next to each other in the round cake pan (don’t worry if they squish a little during the transfer since they are so soft – they will still taste great!).

Place the cinnamon rolls in the oven and turn on the heat to 400 degrees. The cinnamon rolls will rise as the oven heats up (gluten-free breads do not have a long rise time). Once the oven reaches 400 degrees, bake the cinnamon rolls for 15 to 18 minutes, or until they are nicely browned on top. Serve while warm.

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