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These gluten free honey rolls are pillowy soft and almost melt in your mouth. They make the best dinner rolls or slider rolls. I share easy step-by-step directions with photos to walk you through making this incredible recipe.

A pan filled with baked honey rolls.

This new recipe is for my readers who love fluffy, soft dinner rolls and those who love to use rolls like this to make sliders. I am talking game-day sliders that taste incredible.

I was inspired to make this recipe when I saw Milk Honey Rolls in an old Better Homes and Garden Magazine. Their recipe is complicated; some ingredients must be cooked, etc.

Gluten free baking is so different from regular baking that I suspected these cooking steps would not work. I modified the recipe and the steps to make these gluten-free milk honey rolls. I am including the link to see their steps, just in case you are curious.

If you love baking bread and rolls made with yeast recipes, I have a lot of great gluten free bread recipes for you to try!

Why This Recipe Is Great:

  1. I tested this recipe multiple times to get it right, so you don’t have to waste ingredients trying to make a recipe.
  2. I will tell you exactly what brands of gluten free ingredients to use and how much by measure and weight.
  3. I have a lot of experience creating bread recipes that work. I include a lot of easy-to-follow step-by-step directions with photos.
  4. These rolls freeze well, so you can make a big batch and have some for later.

So good! I used Pamela’s All Purpose Flour (3 cups) and then 1 cup Pamela’s Baking mix for flour. Rose beautifully and even good cold, still soft! I’ll keep making this recipe!”

Taffy N., Pinterest comment

I made these with almond milk and plant butter. My daughter really likes them. She is GF and DF. Good recipe. I recommend it.”

Sara L., blog comment

If you want gluten free rolls with flavors like whole wheat, try these Gluten Free Yeast Rolls.

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Ingredient Notes:

Photos of the honey milk rolls ingredients.
  • Gluten Free Flour Blend – I have only tested this blend with the Authentic Foods Steve’s GF Bread Blend. I did one test with my DIY gluten free flour blend, and it still needs some tweaking due to needing more flour than Steve’s blend. I will keep you posted when I test it again.
  • Yeast – Use active dry yeast. I have not tested instant yeast.
  • Honey – I highly recommend using inexpensive honey. There is no need to use expensive artisanal honey in this recipe.
  • Milk – I used regular milk in this recipe. I have not tested plant-based milk yet.
  • Butter – Use unsalted butter.
  • Eggs – Size large.
  • Salt – I used sea salt.
  • Topping – Certified gluten free rolled oats. I think sesame or poppy seeds would be even better.
A honey roll on a small white plate.

Tips For Sucess:

  • You only get one good rise when baking gluten free. It is important to shape your rolls before you rise the dough.
  • Rise your rolls in a warm oven. I preheat the oven to 200º F. I then turn the oven off, cover the rolls loosely with plastic wrap, then place them in the warm oven. This may not be needed in the hotter summer months, but this is how I tested the recipe.
  • Always ensure you are using a gluten free flour blend that works with yeast. Many brands do not and will state this on the bag or their website. This gluten-free flour blends article talks more about this, and I share a list of blends that will work with yeast.
  • Store it the right way! Learn How to Store Gluten Free Bread so you can keep it fresh.

I have a lot of resources to help you make incredible gluten free rolls and bread. If you need more tips, read my Gluten Free Bread Troubleshooting Guide.

These rolls are fluffy and springy. If you press down on them, they puff right back up! If you need a no-yeast recipe, try this easy Gluten Free Bread Without Yeast.

Recipe Step-By-Step Directions:

Photos of steps 1 and 2 making the honey rolls.

Step 1: Add the milk and honey to a glass dish or measuring cup. Heat in the microwave for 25 seconds. You do not want the liquid hotter than 110º F. Stir to mix the honey and milk. Add the yeast and let it sit for 5 minutes until it gets bubbly.

Step 2: Add the yeast mixture, melted butter, and eggs to the stand mixer. Mix on low speed until they are blended.

Photos of steps 3 and 4 making the honey rolls.

Step 3: Add the flour and salt to the stand mixer. Mix on low and gradually increase to medium speed.

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Did you know?

Every gluten free flour blend will be different due to their grain-to-starch ratio. Always use your best judgment and add more flour if your dough is wet and hard to shape.

Step 4: The dough forms well with this flour blend.

Here are photos of the rolls before and after the rise.

Step 5: Use your hands to tear off some of the dough and roll it into balls. Place the dough balls on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. I used a 1/4 sheet pan, but a 9×13 pan will also work well.

Step 6: Loosely cover the rolls with plastic wrap and allow them to rise. As mentioned in the Tips for Success section above, I let my rolls rise in a warm oven. Rise the rolls for 40-45 minutes. You can see how much my rolls rose.

Photos of steps 7 and 8 makin the honey rolls.

Step 7: Use a whisk to mix the remaining egg in a small dish. Use a pastry brush to brush each roll with the egg wash.

Step 8: The original recipe used rolled oats for the topping. I would recommend using sesame seeds instead. The rolled oats were a little crunchy, taking a little away from the rolls. If you do use rolled oats, use certified gluten free oats only.

The pan filled with baked honey rolls.

Step 9: Bake the honey rolls at 350º F for 20-25 minutes. The final baking time will vary depending on the size of the rolls you make.

Step 10: Move the rolls to a cooling rack and cool a little before serving.

Holding up a honey roll with a bite taken out so you can see the inside of the roll.

Slider Filling Ideas:

If you are making sliders, you want delicious filling ideas! Try some of these:

This BBQ Chicken Sliders filling is perfect for these gluten free slider buns!

Storage:

Store the leftover rolls in an airtight container. Gluten free doesn’t keep fresh for long, so I highly recommend storing leftover rolls in a freezer-safe zip bag in the freezer. Microwave the rolls for 30 seconds to thaw them.

Recipe FAQ:

Can you make these rolls dairy-free?

I have not tested this recipe with dairy-free ingredients, so I cannot advise until I have time to test this.

Can you swap the honey for sugar or maple syrup?

I haven’t tested this recipe with sugar. If you try it, note this will change the ratio of the liquid-to-dry ingredients, so you will need to make adjustments. You can swap the honey for maple syrup.

Is yeast gluten free?

Most yeast is gluten free. It is still best to double-check the brand you use to ensure the one you use is gluten free. Note that Red Star “Platinum” is NOT gluten free!

A top view of a roll with a pad of butter on it.

Serve these rolls with this tasty Apple Butter or Honey Butter recipe.

More Gluten Free Bread Recipes:

A pan filled with baked honey rolls.

Fluffy Gluten Free Milk Honey Rolls

Sandi Gaertner
These amazing pillowy soft gluten free honey rolls are perfect as a side or as slider rolls!
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5 from 9 votes
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Rise Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Course Gluten Free Bread Recipe
Cuisine American
Servings 12 rolls
Calories 262 kcal

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Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups gluten free flour blend (563 grams) * See Notes! (Weight for Steve's Blend Only!)
  • 1 ¼ cup milk * See Notes
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast *See Notes
  • cup honey
  • ½ cup unsalted butter melted
  • 3 large eggs One is for the egg wash.
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • Add the milk and honey to a small glass dish. Heat it in the microwave for 25 seconds. You do not want the liquid hotter than 110º F. Stir to mix the honey and milk. Add the yeast and let it sit for 5 minutes until it gets bubbly.
  • Add the yeast mixture, melted butter, and eggs to the stand mixer. Mix on low speed until they are blended.
  • Add the flour and salt to the stand mixer. Mix on low and gradually increase to medium speed.
  • Note, you can also mix this all by hand.
  • Use your hands to tear off some of the dough and roll it into balls. Place the dough balls on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. I used a 1/4 sheet pan, but a 9×13 pan will also work well.
  • Loosely cover the rolls with plastic wrap and allow them to rise. Rise the rolls for 40-45 minutes. You can see how much my rolls rose.
  • Rise your rolls in a warm oven. I preheat the oven to 200º F. I then turn the oven off, cover the rolls loosely with plastic wrap, then place them in the warm oven. This may not be needed in the hotter summer months, but this is how I tested the recipe.
  • Use a whisk to mix the remaining egg in a small dish. Use a pastry brush to brush each roll with the egg wash.
  • Bake the honey rolls at 350º F for 20-25 minutes. The final baking time will vary depending on the size of the rolls you make.
  • Move the rolls to a cooling rack and allow them to cool a little before serving.
  • Store the leftover rolls in an airtight container. Gluten free doesn't keep fresh for long, so I highly recommend storing leftover rolls in a freezer-safe zip bag in the freezer. Microwave the rolls for 30 seconds to thaw them.

Notes

  1. I only tested this recipe with Authentic Foods Steve’s GF Bread Blend. I will test other blends, but note this is by far the best blend to use.
  2. I used whole milk; I haven’t tested any plant-based milk yet.
  3. I have not tested rapid yeast in this recipe.
  4. Verify your yeast is gluten free. Note Red Star Platinum is not gluten free.
  5. It is critical to shape your rolls before the rise. Gluten free dough only gets one good rise.
  6. Store in an airtight container. Freeze if you don’t finish them, they will stay fresh longer in the freezer.

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1rollCalories: 262kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 7gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 221mgPotassium: 65mgFiber: 4gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 337IUVitamin C: 0.05mgCalcium: 67mgIron: 2mg
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18 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Used King Arthur gluten free flour. worked well. Not only did I make the rolls also used the recipe to make a loaf of bread. Mixer made the texture better than by hand

  2. Shoot I put three eggs in the recipe instead of 2! Gosh I hope the rolls turn out. I was obviously not paying attention.

  3. 5 stars
    I made these with almond milk and plant butter. My daughter really likes them. She is GF and DF. Good recipe. I recommend it.

    1. Hi Betty, Two things. First, The Authentic Foods Steve’s GF Bread Blend is workable and easy to get the shape. If you use a different flour, it is important to use a flour blend that works with yeast. Other blends may also need a lot more flour. I would try wetting your hands a little and rubbing them over the rolls to smooth them out.

  4. Have you made this with an egg substitute? My daughter is G-intolerant as well as eggs.
    This looks like a great recipe for Thanksgiving if I can do an egg sub.

  5. I don’t see where I’m supposed to mix the butter in…is this supposed to be included in the recipe? Mine are currently rising so I guess I’ll find out…

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