Sweet Cinnamon Buns

by Maggie on June 22, 2010

Who doesn’t love a good cinnamon bun?

My friend Krista makes the most yummy ooey-gooey cinnamon rolls.  She used to bring them to brunches and I would devour at least two or three whole rolls (okay, maybe four).  And I always walked away wanting more!

Since Callum’s diagnosis I’ve had a hard time recreating the perfect Krista-inspired cinnamon bun.

I’ve been working on this recipe for a while now, and Pete and I are very happy with it!

I call them Sweet Cinnamon Buns because they’re not really proper cinnamon buns.  But they are sweet and they are loaded with cinnamon!

They are guilt-free too!

Sweet Cinnamon Buns would make a great treat in the morning, at a brunch, or with your afternoon tea!  And the kiddies will like them too.  Promise.  And, no one will know they’re gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free!  So free!

Sweet Cinnamon Buns

1 ¼ cups hot water

2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast

5 tbsp ground flax combined with enough water to equal 3/4 cups

3 tbsp coconut oil (sunflower or canola oil would also work)

3 tbsp maple syrup (agave or honey would also work)

1 1/3 cup quinoa flour

½ cup almond flour

½ cup potato starch

2/3 cup tapioca starch

½ tsp baking soda

1 tbsp guar gum or xanthan gum

1 1/2 tsp sea salt

2 tbsp cinnamon

Sweet Cinnamon Bun Mixture

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup coconut oil

3 tbsp cinnamon

Grease a muffin pan and preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  I use coconut oil or sunflower oil for greasing.

In the bowl of your mixer, add yeast to hot water and let sit for 5 minutes while the yeast kicks into action. Place five tablespoons of ground flax in a liquid measuring cup and add enough water to equal 3/4 of a cup.  Once the yeast has done it’s thing (you need to see it poof up) add flax-water mixture, oil, and maple syrup. Stir to combine.

Mix the dry ingredients well (I usually do this while I’m waiting for the yeast to do its thing) and gradually add to the wet ingredients. Mix on medium speed for 5 minutes until all ingredients are well mixed. The mixture will be very gooey and messy (so annoying to clean up but so worth it).

Combine Sweet Cinnamon Bun Mixture ingredients in a small bowl.  Add to the batter and combine by hand.  Spoon into greased muffin cups (3/4 full) and let rise for 30 minutes.

Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. Makes one dozen Sweet Cinnamon Buns.

There are so many options with these buns.  Here are some of my ideas:

  • Make my Sweet Cashew Cream and drizzle on top
  • Add apples or raisins
  • Make a crunchy top by combining 1/3 cup evaporated cane sugar with 1/3 cup oil and 2 tablespoons of cinnamon.  Drizzle on top of the buns before setting aside to rise.
  • Here’s the original recipe– I’ve modified them a lot since then.

Have you seen Jenn from The Cinnamon Quill’s recipe for cinnamon rolls? These have been on my To Make list for a while now. They look so good!

I have submitted this Sweet Cinnamon Bun recipe to the monthly round up of gluten-free recipes called Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten-Free .  The theme for this month’s round-up is Dairy-Free Delights.  Thank you to Zoe for hosting!

You can also find this recipe and many more ‘slightly indulgent’ recipes at Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free
What else could we do to jazz these buns up a little?

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Erica Sara June 22, 2010 at 9:53 am

These look delicious & so easy! I’m putting on my “to make” list… so excited to try them!


Iris June 22, 2010 at 7:50 pm

Hmmm…I do believe I have all the necessary ingredients to make these. Yum!


Danielle June 23, 2010 at 10:24 am

I think I could actually smell them baking as I was reading this post. Either you are a great writer or I am having a stroke….


Maggie June 26, 2010 at 8:19 am

@Danielle I hope that it’s just that I am a great writer…


Annie June 23, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Oh Maggie these look so tasty! I love love love cinnamon buns. And I confess that I am very tempted to break down for a ‘cinnabon’ everytime I’m in the mall even though I know perfectly well that even the smell is artificial! These however look just as good in a deliciously healthy guilt free kinda way. Can’t wait to try them!


Maggie June 26, 2010 at 8:20 am

Annie – I have the exact same Cinnabon problem! They’re just so soft and gooey with junk! These are at least soft! Let me know what you think when you try them.


Aubree Cherie June 24, 2010 at 8:28 am

Ooo, these look good! Cinnamon is one my favorite spices; you can’t really go wrong I don’t think when you use it. These look pretty easy to make too, cool!

~Aubree Cherie


Maggie June 26, 2010 at 8:21 am

Hi Aubree – I agree, cinnamon rocks! I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone say, “Oh there’s too much cinnamon in those! ” 🙂


gfe--gluten free easily June 24, 2010 at 1:36 pm

Can you believe I’m out of coconut oil? I know … me either, but maybe it’s a good thing for the time being. It’s so hot here, I can’t stand the thought of baking right now. When I have lately, the AC has run nonstop for hours on end. Anyway, these look so good, Maggie! They look like cinnamon buns to me. 🙂 Conventional stuff is overrated anyway. 😉 Interestingly enough, I had a very memorable and BAD Cinnabon experience right before being diagnosed. I’ll gladly take these babies instead. Thanks so much for the recipe, dear!



Maggie June 26, 2010 at 8:23 am

Hi Shirley – Baking has been difficult in this heat! But I just can’t stop! I hope you like them.


Alisa June 25, 2010 at 5:08 pm

Marvelous! I am always amazed at completely whole food creations like these.


Maggie June 26, 2010 at 8:23 am

Thanks Alisa!


Sophie June 29, 2010 at 8:57 am

MMMMMMMMM,…these cinnamon buns look like the real thing & they are gluten free as well!

I so want to make these,….yummmmm!!!

I am living gluten free since 6 weeks & I am bloggingGF ever since too!
I have tons more nergy & I feel a lot better too!

You have a COOL foodblog!
Many greetings from a fellow foodie fan from Brussels, belgium!!


Maggie June 29, 2010 at 9:37 am

Thanks so much Sophie! I’ll definitely check out your blog too. Let me know if you make these, they’re really easy and yummy. I’m so glad living gf is going so well for you. Yay to more energy! Come back soon.


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