Gluten Free Raisin Cinnamon Rolls

Using a square pan or large muffin pan, you can make these delicious sweet gluten free raisin rolls. The dough is incredibly easy to work with and the cinnamon rolls have the texture of gluten cinnamon rolls. Everyone will enjoy their tender texture straight out of the oven. Add raisins to the filling or not.

I also have a cake-like textured Fluffy Gluten Free Cinnamon Roll Recipe that includes a video of how to roll the dough. Just realize that recipe has a very soft dough. This new recipe below is much easier to handle.

Check out the texture of these rolls in the Gluten Free Raisin Cinnamon Roll Video.

You can also make a King Cake using this recipe. See Gluten Free Cinnamon Roll King Cake.

Sweet Gluten Free Raisin Rolls

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: Makes 6 cinnamon rolls

Sweet Gluten Free Raisin Rolls

These delicious gluten free cinnamon rolls are made from perfectly textured dough for easy handling. Add raisins or not.


    For the Cinnamon Rolls:
  • 3/4 cup potato starch
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch (or tapioca flour for corn-free)
  • 1/2 cup white rice flour
  • 1/4 cup sorghum flour
  • 1/4 cup nonfat milk powder
  • 2 tablespoons golden flax seed meal
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons instant dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons gluten-free baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons xanthan gum (or guar gum for corn-free)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup nonfat gluten-free Greek yogurt (or dairy-free yogurt)
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup neutral-flavored oil
  • 2 - 3 large eggs*, at room temperature (almost 1/2 cup) (or 4 - 6 tablespoons liquid from cannellini beans + 2 - 3 tablespoons butter or margarine)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3/4 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Carla's All-Purpose Gluten Free Flour Blend recipe (or potato starch), or as needed for dusting
  • For the Filling:
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • For Egg Wash (Optional for Brown Edges):
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted for basting
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon honey, for shine and slight crust
  • Oil, for pan
  • For the Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream (or full-fat coconut milk)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure/gluten-free vanilla (McCormick or LorAnn's Clear Imitation)


  1. Oil a 9 x 9-inch square baking pan or 6-cup large muffin pan; set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine potato starch, cornstarch, rice flour, sorghum flour, non-fat milk powder, flax seed meal, yeast, baking powder, xanthan gum, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the yogurt, honey, oil, eggs, water, and vinegar.
  4. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and beat on high speed using the whisk/balloon attachment until thoroughly combined, 1 minute.
  5. Oil a large bowl. Transfer the dough to the oiled bowl and either roll it around in the oil or spray the top and sides of the dough with oil so that it doesn't become dry. Cover the bowl with a tea towel and allow to rise in a warm environment, 80 - 100°F, until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
  6. If using raisins that are overly dried/dehydrated, soak the raisins in hot water for 5 minutes or until they become rehydrated and soft. Pat the raisins dry with paper towels; set aside.
  7. Once the dough rises, lay out two overlapping sheets of plastic wrap about 15 x 20-inches and dust generously with gluten-free all-purpose flour or potato starch. Scoop the dough onto the dusted plastic wrap, dust with flour, and pat out a little. Then roll the dough out with a flour dusted rolling pin to about 11 x 15-inches. Allow the dough to rest while you prepare the filling.
  8. In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon; add the raisins and stir; set aside.
  9. Baste the 11 -x15-inch dough with melted butter, sprinkle with the brown sugar-raisin mixture making sure to place some filling to the very ends of the long edges. You can leave a 1/2-inch border on the shorter edges.
  10. Lift the plastic wrap up and roll the dough up starting with the shortest end. Slice into six separate rolls, about 1-3/4-inches wide and transfer them to the prepared pan, filling only two-thirds of the pan.
  11. Set the pan aside to rise in about an 80°F environment for 30 minutes or until the rolls fill at least two-thirds of the pan. While rising, preheat the oven to 400°F with a rack in the center of the oven.
  12. Once the rolls rise, place the pan on the center shelf of your oven. Bake 15 minutes.
  13. While the rolls bake, combine the egg, milk, and honey; set aside.
  14. Also while the rolls bake, whisk together the confectioners' sugar, heavy whipping cream, and vanilla; set aside.
  15. After the 15 minutes, using a pastry brush, baste the tops of the rolls with the egg mixture and bake an additional 5 minutes. (Basting with egg wash is optional. It creates golden colored tops, which also add a little flavor.
  16. While the rolls bake an additional 5 minutes, whisk together the glaze ingredients until no lumps remain; set aside.
  17. Remove the rolls from the oven. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter and baste the tops of the rolled dough. Drizzle the tops of the cinnamon rolls with glaze. Serve warm.
  18. Freeze leftovers in a single layer. Once frozen, store in a resealable storage bag. Microwave on low to reheat.


For Egg Free: replace each egg with 2 tablespoons liquid from a can of cannellini beans plus 1 tablespoon fat (butter, dairy-free margarine, coconut oil with a tiny bit of full-fat coconut milk, etc.)

9 Replies to “Gluten Free Raisin Cinnamon Rolls”

  1. Hello what is the ingredients that I can substitute the Milk powder for ?
    I need to prep the recipe vegan or dairy and egg less

  2. The best gluten free cinnamon rolls recipe that I found. The texture is spot on. Rose really well. Instead of the frosting I made a Carmel nut filling and made sticky buns. It was a big hit. This will be my go to cinnamon roll recipe.

  3. The best gluten free cinnamon roll recipe. I tried others but this cooked all the way through no gummy middle and rose realy well. I actually made sticky Buns and they turned out so good. The texture of this is very similar to regular ones.

  4. Would it work out to leave out the Flax seed meal, or to substitute with something else? I do not have that one and because I live rurally it may be hard to find.

    1. I’m not sure if this recipe would work as well without the flaxseed meal. It helps create more structure in the dough. Do you have any psyllium husk powder? A small amount of that with equal amounts of extra water may work.


  5. I’ve been following the recipe exactly and my dough is not rising at all. I’m not quite sure why it is not working.

    1. Mistiramerrill,

      Are you using my recipe for flour blend? Are you using instant yeast? I’m assuming you recently used your baking soda and baking power and know they still work? Please get back back to me on those. In addition, you do not want to totally flatten the dough when you roll it out. I look forward to hearing from you.


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