Gluten & Dairy Free Cinnamon Roll Recipe

by Rebecca A. Watson on June 21, 2014

in food, holidays, recipes, Solstice, vlogs

I woke up this morning to the bright sun, and I woke up early(ish). It’s the Solstice and I’m celebrating! I went on a walk/run (wun? ralk?) this morning before it got too warm and decided today was the day that I would finally finish editing my video and share with all of you something special. My Solstice gift to you, if you will.

Oh and I will. I decided that in order to write this recipe out, I had better make it this morning too. You know, for research. Plus we had loads of strawberries that needed to be eaten, and what better way to do that than with cinnamon rolls!

Gluten-free, dairy-free cinnamon rolls to be precise. And they are frickin’ mmmmazing. I have made them several times for folks who had no allergy issues at all, and now brunch is part of my social calendar. I’ve been asked for the recipe. Yep, these are a crowning acheivment for me and I want you to be a part of it. So here you are my friends. Enjoy!

gluten free dairy free cinnamon roll recipe

Makes: 8-9 rolls
Time: 2 hours


2/3 cup soy or rice or almond milk (I’ve used all three and they work equally well)
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon yeast
1/3 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups gluten-free flour blend (I like this one)
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt


2 tablespoons vegan butter, melted (Earth Balance is good)
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon


8 tablespoons vegan butter, softened
1/4 cup soy cream cheese, softened (I’ve used Tofutti and then some German kinds)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup powdered sugar

Put on some good summer music or a great podcast and warm milk to bath temperature. Yeast doesn’t like to be scalded any more than we do! Dissolve the yeast and sugar into a large mixing bowl with warmed milk. Let it bubble for a few minutes.

Add oil, vanilla and egg to the mixture. Stir to combine. Add egg and combine thoroughly. Sing to your mixture.

Sift together salt, gluten free flour mix, baking soda, and baking powder. Slowly add flour mixture to mixing bowl. Stir until well combined.

If the dough appears too wet, add more flour as necessary, but the dough will be sticky. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it with a clean towel and put it in a warm area (in the sun perhaps?) to rise for 60 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400° F (205° C). Roll dough onto a piece of foil and spread the dough into a rectangle. You’ll need to use a lot of water. See my video below.

Spread the butter across the dough. Sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon over the butter. Use the foil and a spatula (dipped in more water) to help you roll up the dough into a log.

Cut it into eight to nine pieces and set them into a greased baking dish. Leave a little space between them so they have room to grow.

Bake them for 20-22 minutes, until they’re golden brown on top. You can check to see if they’re done by sliding a knife between the rolls. If the dough doesn’t stick to the knife, they’re done!

Whip up the frosting while they cool and spread over the rolls you’re going to eat. This makes the leftover rolls easy to reheat. Refrigerate the rest of the frosting. I find the frosting recipe makes a lot, so I usually freeze half for the next time I make them. Bonus!

Serve them with fresh strawberries (or whatever fruit you have lying around). Yum!

cinnamon rolls without wheat or dairy

I’d like to thank my dear friend Ashley, who is actually a very talented movie maker. She didn’t edit or help with post production (obviously), but she did come over and help me set up my camera as I have never used a tripod in my life.

She also weighed in on lighting, focus, etc.  And I paid her with cinnamon rolls. See? I told you they were good.

Did you like this recipe? Don’t forget to check out my recipe page for several delicious gluten-free, dairy-free treats, dinners and snacks! 

Photo Credit: Anna

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Maryn June 22, 2014 at 7:16 pm

Holy cow! These look amazing and I really enjoyed the video. The rolls look fun to make and I will definitely give them a try.

P.S. You are too cute in the kitchen. Now I want to put on an apron and bake.


Rebecca A. Watson June 23, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Awwww thanks lady 🙂


Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: