Recipes, Special Diets on April 24, 2011 by

The Non-Dairy Queen: Gluten Free Cinnamon Bun Bread

Happy Easter! We thought this recipe would be a perfect addition to your Easter line-up (if you read it in time, that is). It’s quick, easy and extra delicious! Thanks to Sarena, the Non-Dairy Queen for this gooey and decadent treat!

I would like to think that I’m a great planner for meal times. However, sometimes the kids will throw me a curve ball and ask for cinnamon rolls on Sunday morning. We all know that takes far more time than we are willing to wait for breakfast. Not to mention, who wants to make multiple batches to fit everyones dietary restrictions here (no dairy, no gluten and no soy)? Seriously, I can’t make this without thinking of how my husband and I will want some too as soon as we smell it baking in the oven. So, I developed this recipe for just those occasions that we want the cinnamon roll taste, but without all the waiting! I have made this many times for gluten and dairy lovers…they can’t tell it’s gluten and dairy (casein) free.
Gluten Free Cinnamon Bun Bread
  • 2 TBSP Smart Balance Light, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Icing
  • 1-1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1-2 TBSP water
  1. Lightly grease an 8 x 8-inch square baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flours, baking powder, sugar and salt. Dissolve the yeast in the warmed almond milk, then stir the milk mixture, applesauce, vanilla stevia extract and egg into the flour mixture. Mix well, until very smooth. Pour into prepared pan and let rest for 15 minutes.
  3. While the dough rests, mix together melted butter, brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Pour the mixture evenly on top of rested dough and swirl in with a spatula.
  4. Place pan into a cold oven, then set the oven temperature to 350F.
  5. Bake for about 30 minutes, until bread is lightly browned at the edges and the center of the bread springs back when lightly pressed. Some of the sugar mixture on top may still be bubbling. Cool for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Combing the powdered sugar and water. Pour the icing over the bread and serve warm. Leftovers can be reheated in the microwave.
Sarena is The Non-Dairy Queen. She writes about her family’s adventures in eating healthy with multiple food allergies and intolerances.




Jennie says:

I have your glutenfree bread mix which i want to use. How can I make something similar to this using that?

Hi Jennie,

I can’t guarantee that this will work perfectly, but my best guess would be that you could use the amount of bread mix needed to replace the flours (1-1/2 cups) used in this recipe. Use the bread mix just like it’s the flour in the recipe. Be sure to replace the yeast packet with rapid rise yeast, as the yeast packet is simply active dry yeast. The only thing that might cause any issue is the xanthan gum that we use in the bread mix. I don’t think it will cause a huge problem, but your dough may be a little more sticky than Sarena’s. If you do try this and you have success, we would love to hear about it. We’re always trying to give people more ways to use our mixes. We have a few other recipes for making buns, rolls, stuffing and pizza with this mix (

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