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28 Comments 25 March 2010

Cinnamon Rolls

This recipe is an unlikely hybrid of sorts. In order to create this recipe and make it  appropriate for my gluten-free, dairy-free, corn-free situation, I adapted and then combined the works of two very different recipe mavens with polar opposite food philosophies.

A few months back, while it was snowing, I was moved to make a recipe for Cinnamon Coffee Cake in Elana (of Elana's Pantry) Amsterdam's Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook. I made it once and it was good. 

Fast forward a few months later, and I watched a TV interview with Ree Drummond (aka The Pioneer Woman) demonstrating her supposedly killer Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Frosting recipe. She suggested adding insane amounts of cinnamon to the rolls and then to go crazy with the frosting.

As I was watching a little voice in my head went, "Me want gooey cinnamon rolls!!! Oooh, why not make Elana's Cinnamon Coffeecake in muffin tins to mimic the shape of cinnamon rolls, add loads of extra cinnamon, and then top it off with loads of Ree's Maple Frosting converted to Kelly-friendly?!!" This was followed up with a slightly jealous, "Plus, who really has the time to roll out cinnamon roll dough anyway?!"

And…I just happened to have a bag of corn-free powdered sugar that recently jumped off of the shelf and into my cart at Trader Joe's. Yes!!! Finally there is easily available corn-free powdered sugar!! Oh, uh, well, for special occasions only, of course! [wink]

The results of my experiment? Brilliant!!! If I do say so myself! [tee hee] I brought them in to work and my gluten eating taste testers thought they were "phe-NOM-enal"! The nice thing about these treats is that you don't have to feel too naughty eating them. There isn't any butter and the almond flour has plenty of protein to help balance out the naughty sugar. At least that is how I rationalized!



2 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
Unsure about almond flour? Read this post and comment discussion.
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
1/2 c. dried currants
1/4 c. grapeseed oil
1/4 c. agave nectar
2 large eggs
3 Tbsp. cinnamon
Coconut oil for tin


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a muffin tin with coconut oil, coat with almond flour, and then put about a 1/4 tsp. dab of coconut oil (solid or melted) into the bottom center of each muffin base. (Why? Because this ensures the easy removal of your "rolls" from the tin.)

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl, by hand. Mix wet ingredients in a separate bowl, by hand. Combine ingredients. Fill each muffin cup about 3/4 full, not quite to the top. Since I adapted these from a cake recipe they cooked surprisingly quick. Check on them after 10 minutes and use your good baking judgment after that. See how mine got a little brown?



1 bag of powdered sugar
2 tsp. maple syrup
1/2 c. almond milk, or your personal choice of milk
1/4 c. coconut butter (aka coconut oil), melted
1/4 c. brewed coffee
1/8 tsp. salt


Make some of your favorite coffee. Melt some coconut butter. (I used an evil microwave.) Place the bag of powdered sugar in a large bowl. Add the maple syrup, almond milk, coconut butter, brewed coffee and salt. Mix thoroughly until smooth. Generously pour over the cinnamon rolls. 

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28 Comments so far

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    Ohhhh…these sound yummy!

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    Aileen says:

    oh Kelly! scrumpchilously amazing! You need to put yourself out there to illustrate cookbooks.

    You always make me hungry.


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    Nicole says:

    these sound awesome! is there any other substitute for powdered sugar that can be used?

      Katah Kenehan says:

      What you can do is make your own using starch and superfine fruit sugar, or you can find a recipe for cream-cheese like icing not using heavily processed sugars. You can find no sugar addedrecipes. Like one that uses cream cheese and pineapple juice to sweeten.

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    Lynn says:

    They taste as good as they look — being a recipient of these fabulous cinnamon rolls. Kelly girl, you put the SPICE in NICE!! Yummalicious !

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    Tracy says:


    I’m allergic to almonds, walnuts, etc. Could I replace the almond flour with a sorghum mix or rice flour? I desperately miss cinnamon rolls and am hoping I can make these with a substitution for the almond flour & walnuts.


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    Anne says:

    My goodness…do you have any nutritional info on these. They look so good, but I know myself… I can’t be stopped. LOL.

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    Kelly says:

    Hey Nicole…just need more scoop on what direction you are heading in for powdered sugar subs and why. I might have some ideas.


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    Kelly says:

    Sorry, Anne, I don’t. I’ve heard their are tools online to put ingredients in and it spews out the nutrition details. I just had an email from a reader asking the same thing. Perhaps I should add a widget of this tool somehow? Well, I wouldn’t worry too much about these. The almonds are a good source of good fat and protein. So they aren’t hat naughty. You have to live a little! 🙂

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    Kelly says:

    Hey Tracy…Here is a link to a more traditional but still gluten-free cinnamon roll recipe. Looks good!

    Gluten-free girl just posted one too.

    Maybe let us know which one you enjoyed the best? 😉

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    Kim, DongJoo says:

    These sound yummy~~~

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    KristinaD says:

    What brand of corn-free coffee do you use? And which brand of almond meal? I love that it is already gluten and corn and dairy free! Now I just have to make it egg-free and I’m set!


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    Scsumrall says:

    I am curious on the Baking Soda, doesn’t it contain cornstarch ? Is their a brand that does not contain corn starch ?

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    Kee says:

    Hello Celiac chicks. I was delighted to tumble accidentally on your blog! And as a professional eater I just love the recipes! I have one question for you: Is it possible to substitue Coconut (butter, oil, flour…)for something else (I’m allergic :/)?

    I’m currently living in France and some of the ingredients are really hard to find here, if not impossible…so when are you going to have a page dedicated to your French friends ;)?

    Alright that’s 2 questions, I got carried away…

    Take care & thanks for all your hard work, it is much appreciated!

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    merry says:

    These are just insane. made them last night. sick and wrong. but so right.

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    rosa says:

    i was also wondering about the baking soda, my daughter has a corn allergy and can not eat anything with baking soda. she is allergic to peanut’s, tree nuts, corn, eggs and milk. any suggestions?

      kelly says:


      Are you sure you aren’t confusing baking soda with baking powder? Most regular baking powder contains corn starch, so that is a no-no. You can, thank goodness, buy corn-free baking powder at the health food store. Baking soda does not contain corn. At least to my understanding.

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    SewKnit says:

    They look AMAZING…Has anyone tried to make the cinnamon rolls without eggs (using an egg replacement)? If so, how did they come out? And, what replacement did you use?

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    Rachel Ramey says:

    Nicole – You can make your own powdered sugar; just whiz regular sugar in the blender. The cornstarch is only added to keep it from clumping during storage. (So you can either not store it, just make it when you need it, or replace the cornstarch with arrowroot or something.)

    Kee – You should be able to substitute butter or oil for the coconut oil. There isn’t really a comparable substitute for coconut flour, though.

    If I don’t like coffee, what would you suggest replacing it with in the frosting? Water? More milk?

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    Lynda Fjerstad says:

    These Cinnamon rolls sound delicious! Could I sustitute the Almond Milk for Rice Milk?
    I am lactose intolernt.
    Thank you for the recipe

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    Jen says:

    I just stumbled upon your website and saw this recipe and couldn’t believe my good luck. I am dealing with some health issues and am tentatively trying to be gluten and dairy free, which I feared basically tossed all baking out the window (because how do you bake without butter???) I have made these pioneer woman cinnamon rolls (all 64 of them) to the delight of many many people and was just thinking of making them again when I decided to make this diet change. I’ll be trying your recipe out as soon as I can assemble all the ingredients – thank you so much for posting!

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    Kelly says:

    Jen…glad to help! Please prepare yourself for a difference in texture with gluten-free foods. They are still delicious, but different! And tell me how you like these! 🙂 I’m dairy-free as well…so most of my recipes will work for you. Easy…just sub coconut butter/oil (same thing) for butter.

    Happy baking!

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    siew wei says:

    Can I substitute the 1/4 c. grapeseed oil and coconut oil with olive oil ?

      Kelly says:

      siew wei: the problem with olive oil is it has a strong distinct taste that doesn’t always pair well with sweet baked goods. So, you can give it a try if you want…but I don’t think it will taste good. Are coconut oil and grapeseed oil hard to find where you live? If so, what other oils are available? I’ll help you make a choice.

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    Colleen says:

    I unfortunitly can not have eggs. Has anyone tried this with some sort of egg replacement? Im brand new to gluten free baking and havent had much luck yet, would love to try this if an egg replacement may work!

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    Peg in Kensington, California says:

    Yum, but how much is a bag of powdered sugar? My proportions seemed way off. How many muffins should this make? I had 12 in a standard size muffin tin and that seems right. My first gluten-free, grain-free baking. Thanks.

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