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These gluten free peanut butter cinnamon rolls with a peanut butter glaze are about to become your family’s favorite morning treat. Roll them up with cinnamon and butter, bake, then drizzle peanut butter glaze all over them when they come out of the oven! (I also include nut-free and dairy-free options!!)

A peanut butter glazed cinnamon roll on a plate next to a plaid napkin.

Today, you get this post from my husband’s point of view. Mr. Fearless Dining is quite witty and a die-hard peanut butter fan. If you want to skip the long story, go straight to the recipe and hit that big Jump to Recipe button at the top.

Hi Everyone, it is Mrs. Fearless Dining’s husband, David.

It’s Christmas morning, and your kids are up faster than Santa’s sleigh sped around the world last night. They need some kind of breakfast to fuel the present-opening frenzy. There’s the usual daily breakfast stuff (blah).

Please let Sandi know how your family enjoys these Peanut Butter Cinnamon Rolls! (She already knows how much I enjoyed them – it meant a trip to the virtual doghouse, but it was so worth it!) If you prefer regular cinnamon rolls, try her Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls recipe!

A pan of cooked peanut butter glazed cinnamon rolls.

Cinnamon rolls have universal appeal (a whole chain of stores making just these!) and peanut butter. I needn’t say more.

Peanut butter is even more delicious and more healthful than cinnamon rolls, and it’s just as tempting. Combine peanut butter and cinnamon rolls, and even those with the steeliest wills will be wiping crumbs off their faces (while your wife is not looking and after she asked you to wait until the photos are done.

I’m only human, and these were sitting around for hours!).

But there is more to say: by using peanut butter in these delicious rolls, the protein content slows down the hyper-burn rate a bit. We’ve lowered the likelihood of sugar-crash-temper-tantrum-driven tears falling among the shreds of wrapping paper.

And that, my friends, is a blessing on Christmas morning.

If you celebrate holidays other than Christmas, then make these peanut butter cinnamon rolls on New Year’s Eve to help you recover on New Year’s morning. (But good luck on keeping them around that long!)

Note this post was updated from an old December 2019 post with more information.

You may also love these Gluten Free Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls!

Ingredient Notes:

Photos of the peanut butter cinnamon rolls ingredients.
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  • Gluten free flour blend – I recommend Authentic Foods Steve’s GF Bread Blend or Cup4Cup to make this recipe. These are by far the best for cinnamon rolls. This doesn’t mean other blends won’t work, I just haven’t tested any others. Try to avoid flour blends that are high in starch.
  • Xanthan gum – As always, if your blend does not contain Xanthan Gum, you must add 1 teaspoon.
  • Honey – You can use cheap honey for this recipe…no need to use expensive local honey.
  • Butter – I recommend unsalted butter.
  • Eggs – Use size large
  • Yeast – Use one packet of dry yeast. I used regular, not rapid rise. Double-check that the brand you use is gluten free. Red Star Platinum is NOT gluten free!
  • Milk – Dairy-free or regular milk is fine. If you make this gluten-free cinnamon roll recipe dairy-free, use dairy-free butter.
  • Peanut butter – I recommend using unsalted peanut butter for this recipe.

Recipe Step By Step Directions:

The yeast bubbling in a measuring cup.

Step 1: Add the yeast, honey, and warm water to a small bowl. Be sure your water is no hotter than 110º F. Allow the yeast to get bubbly for about 10 minutes.

Dough mixing in a mixer.

Step 2: Add your wet ingredients to a large bowl of a standing mixer. Add the peanut butter and other ingredients to your mixer. Use the paddle attachment or dough hook attachment.

Step 3: Slowly add the dry ingredients and mix at low speed, gradually increasing the speed until you have a dough ball.

Step 4: You only get one good rise in gluten free, so you need to shape the rolls before rising the dough.

Dough Rolled Out on wax paper.

Step 5: Roll the gluten free cinnamon roll dough out flat. I rolled my dough to a 1/2-inch thickness. It is fine to dust the counter or silicone mat with rice flour to prevent sticking.

Mix up the cinnamon sugar filling in a medium bowl.

Dough Rolling with the cinnamon layer.

Step 6: Sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon filling. Carefully roll the dough.

Use thread to cut the dough to make even rolls. I loop the thread under the roll. Pull each end up. Twist the ends and pull each so that it cuts through the dough.

Step 7: Place the cut rolls in a greased 9×13 baking pan. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and place it in a warm place to rise. Rise the rolls for 45 minutes or until they double in size.

Step 8: Bake the rolls at 375º F for 25-30 minutes.

Peanut Butter Glaze in a mixing bowl.

Step 9: Mix the peanut butter glaze and brush and whisk to get any lumps out. Drizzle the peanut butter glaze over the warm cinnamon rolls.

A close up of a peanut butter glazed cinnamon roll on a small white plate.

Expert Tips and Recipe FAQ:

Can you make these cinnamon rolls nut-free?

You can easily make this nut-free. Either use Sunbutter for the glaze or make a simple glaze with just powdered sugar and water.

Can you make this dairy-free?

This recipe is very easy to make dairy-free by using vegan butter and non-dairy milk.

How long will these gluten free peanut butter cinnamon rolls keep fresh?

These cinnamon rolls will keep fresh for up to 4 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator or up to 4 months in the freezer.

Why did the cinnamon rolls turn out tough?

If your cinnamon rolls turned out tough and dense, it is because there was too much flour and not enough liquid, or you used gluten free flour that doesn’t work well with yeast. If you use a starchy gluten free flour blend, you may need to add a little more liquid.

You can also use this super creamy keto peanut butter to make this recipe!

More Gluten Free Sweet Treats:

a close up of a peanut butter glazed cinnamon roll on a small white plate

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cinnamon Rolls

Sandi Gaertner
How to make gluten free peanut butter glazed cinnamon rolls.
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4.91 from 11 votes
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Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 22 minutes
Course Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 12 rolls
Calories 275 kcal

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Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 2 ¼ cup Gluten Free Flour Blend * see note
  • 2 teaspoons yeast
  • ¼ cup peanut butter * see note
  • ½ cup warm water
  • ½ cup almond milk * see note
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 large eggs

For the Filling:

  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cold butter for rolls
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

For the Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup Skippy Natural Honey Peanut Butter
  • 2-3 tablespoons water

Instructions
 

  • In a dish, add 1/2 cup warm water, yeast, and honey. Make sure your water is no warmer than 200º F.
  • Let sit for 10 minutes until yeast starts to bubble.
  • In a mixer, add eggs, peanut butter, melted butter, yeast mixture, and almond milk.
  • Mix on low to blend.
  • Add flour 1/4 cup at a time and continue mixing on low.
  • Once all flour is added, turn up the speed to medium high.
  • Blend one to two minutes.
  • Put plastic wrap over the mixing bowl and set in a warm spot to allow the dough to rise.
  • Rise 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350º F.
  • Cut off a large piece of wax paper.
  • Dust with flour.
  • Drop the dough on and sprinkle a little flour on top.
  • Place another piece of wax paper on top and roll to 1/2 inch thickness with a rolling pin.
  • Place tiny chunks of cold butter along the dough.
  • Spread the cinnamon sugar mixture on top.
  • Slowly roll the dough into a log.
  • With a sharp knife, cut the dough into 2 inch slices. You can also use baker's string or thread to cut the rolls. This is actually the best way to keep your rolls perfectly rounded. To do this method, put the string under the roll. Twist the string over the roll and pull to cut each roll.
  • Arrange into a greased 8×8 baking dish.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  • While the rolls are baking, add Skippy Natural Honey Peanut Butter and powdered sugar into a small bowl.
  • Add 2-3 tablespoons water.
  • Mix with a whisk to blend.
  • Spread over the cinnamon rolls and enjoy!

Notes

  1. I have tested this recipe with Authentic Foods Steve’s GF Bread Blend and Cup4Cup. That doesn’t mean others will not work, I just have not tested other flours.
  2. If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain Xanthan Gum or Guar Gum, please add 1 teaspoon.
  3. To make this recipe dairy-free, substitute the butter for vegan butter and use dairy-free milk.
  4. Other dairy-free kinds of milk will work but I do not recommend canned coconut milk.
  5. These rolls will keep up to 4 days in an air-tight container, or up to 4 months 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: 1gCalories: 275kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 7gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 114mgPotassium: 111mgFiber: 4gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 169IUCalcium: 46mgIron: 1mg
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(*This post was updated from an old 12/15 post.)

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19 Comments

  1. Hi!! I’m SOOOOOO glad I found your website!!! Silly question — if I didn’t want to add peanut butter to the dough, what could I substitute? Thanks for all you do & share!!

  2. I tried one of your other recipes and it turned out so well. The cinnamon buns sound delicious – except for the peanut butter. What can I put in instead?

    1. Hi Liese, Thank you for your note. I would just make a powdered sugar glaze if you don’t want peanut butter. I hope you like them 🙂

  3. Sandi…YUMMMM! Why aren’t we neighbors?!?! Seriously wish we at least lived a little closer. These look so perfect for the holidays…or any day 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  4. 5 stars
    This is such a brilliant flavour combination! I love cinnamon on peanut butter together but I never would have thought to use it in cinnamon rolls! Love this since I’m a huge fan of peanut butter!

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