Cinnabun Copycat (gluten and yeast free)

Oh yes I did!!

I made the most delicious cinnamon buns ever!

First of all, every self-declared chef needs a super cute apron, right?    ?  ?  ? ====>

My first few batches were not sugar-free, but man were they awesome.  Then, because I wanted to get the sugar count down, I tried it with a sweet alternative and I must say they were still tasty, but not nearly as sweet (of course). So, I’d suggest trying both ways, but of course, I always root to seek the less sugar option when possible.

This recipe is a huge WIN in our house, my hubby and kiddos loved it more than those you get in the refrigerator pop-cans and they say they tasted like cinnabuns!!

Take my advise, if you are a family of 4 or more, ouble this recipe becaus they go FAST.

Here they are…in all their cinnamony glory!

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Yeast and Gluten Free Cinnamon Buns *sugar free alternative

Super quick gluten-free yeast-free cinnamon buns, a preview recipe from my new cookbook, Gluten-Free on a Shoestring Quick & Easy!

Course: Desserts

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 25 min

Total Time: 40 min

Serves: 12


  • For the dough 3 1/2 to 4 cups 490 to 560 g all purpose gluten free flour (I used Bob’s Red mill 1 to 1)
  • 2 teaspoons xanthan gum (omit if your blend already contains it)
  • 2 12 teaspoons baking powder
  • 14 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 12 cup granulated sugar *can use coconut palm sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2 eggs room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup (8 fluid ounces) milk of choice (I used almond milk) at room temperature
  • For the filling 1 cup light brown sugar *or coconut palm sugar with 1 TBSP molasses
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 18 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons (56 g) unsalted butter melted and cooled
  • For the glaze 1 cup confectioners’ sugar *may use this alternate
  • 1 tablespoon milk or almond milk (any kind) plus more by the 1/4 teaspoonful if necessary


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease the wells of a standard twelve-cup muffin tin and set it aside. *I used an oversized muffin tin to make bigger buns, but less.
  2. In a large bowl, place 3 1/2 cups of the flour, the xanthan gum, baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, and the granulated *sugar, and whisk well. Add 6 tablespoons of the butter, the eggs, and the milk, and mix until the dough comes together. The dough should be smooth and relatively easy to handle. If the dough seems sticky, add more flour by the tablespoon and knead it in with well-floured hands until the dough is smooth.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a piece of lightly floured parchment paper (this step is crucial to the rolling process). Sprinkle the dough lightly with extra flour and roll it into a 12-inch by 15-inch rectangle, about 1/4 inch thick (no thinner or it will break while rolling). *you may need to divide dough in half and make 2 batches as you will need a large surface to roll it out
  4. Make the filling. In a medium-size bowl, place all of the filling ingredients and mix to combine well. With a small spatula or back of large spoon, spread the filling in an even layer over the top of the rectangle of dough, leaving about 1/4 inch clean around the perimeter. Starting at a short side, lifting the parchment paper to roll the dough away from you into a tightly formed roll. Slice the roll in cross-section into twelve equal pieces, each about 1 inch thick. Place each roll in a well of the prepared muffin tin.
  5. Place the tin in the center of the preheated oven, and bake for about 25 minutes, or until the rolls begin to turn golden brown and the filling starts to bubble out of them. Remove from the oven and allow to cool until the rolls are firm enough to handle (about 10 minutes), then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. *Be sure to remove the rolls from the muffin tin before they are completely cool, or they will begin to stick to the muffin tin.
  6. While the rolls are cooling, make the icing. In a small bowl, place the confectioners’ sugar and 1 tablespoon of milk. Mix well until paste consistency forms. Add more milk by the 1/4-teaspoon, mixing to combine well, until the glaze falls off the spoon slowly, in a thick but pourable glaze. Add milk very slowly, as it is much easier to thin, than to thicken, the glaze. If you do thin the glaze too much, add more confectioners’ sugar a teaspoon at a time to thicken it. Drizzle or spread the icing on the cooled rolls before serving.
  7. *store in airtight container for up to a week, but believe me they won’t last a week..YUM!

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