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Easy Cinnamon Rolls in a Muffin Pan (Paleo, Gluten-free)

These easy paleo cinnamon rolls can be made in a muffin pan! Even better: they’re gluten-free and oh-so delicious!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gluten-free, grain-free, nom nom paleo, paleo, paleo dessert
Servings: 12
Calories: 247kcal

Ingredients

For The Rolls

  • cups finely ground almond flour
  • cups tapioca starch plus more for sprinkling
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • cup light coconut milk blended
  • 3 tablespoons melted ghee
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • Avocado oil spray or coconut oil spray

For The Filling

  • 1 tablespoon ghee at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

For The Topping

  • ¾ cup powdered maple sugar or Swerve confectioners sweetener
  • 1 tablespoon palm oil shortening or ghee, at room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon full-fat coconut milk or unsweetened almond milk

Instructions 

Make the rolls!

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the almond and tapioca flours, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add the coconut milk, ghee, honey, and vanilla, and mix well.
  • Lastly, add the egg. Continue to mix until a sticky dough forms.
  • Cover and chill the dough in the refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes. At this point, it should be firm enough to handle with some help from extra tapioca flour.
  • Meanwhile, heat your oven to 350°F (177°C) and spray 12 wells of a muffin pan with avocado or coconut oil spray. (Pro tip: spray the muffin pan on your open dishwasher door! Any mess you make will be gone once you run the dishwasher!)
  • Draw a 14 x 6 inch rectangle on a large piece of parchment paper. Flip over the parchment paper so the tracing is still visible and place the paper on a large cutting board.
  • Flip over the parchment paper so the tracing is still visible and place the paper on a large cutting board.
  • Place the chilled dough in the center of paper and using tapioca flour dusted hands, press the dough into the long rectangle traced on the paper with the heels of your hands until the dough is of even thickness.

Make The Filling!

  • In a small bowl, mix together the ghee, honey, and cinnamon until it is a thick paste with no lumps.

Form and Bake The Rolls!

  • Carefully spread the filling in a thin layer over the surface of the dough.
  • Using the parchment paper to help you, roll the dough tightly on the long side. Once rolled, place the dough in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes for easier slicing.
  • Slice the chilled roll into 12 even pieces with a sharp knife. Place each piece, flat side down, in a greased muffin tin well.
  • Bake for 16 to 18 minutes, rotating the tray at the halfway point. The rolls are finished cooking when the tops are golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of a roll comes out clean.

Make The Topping & Frost The Rolls!

  • While the rolls bake, prepare the icing! In a medium bowl, whisk together the powdered maple sugar or Swerve confectioners sweetener, palm oil shortening, and vanilla.
  • Slowly add the coconut milk and stir until the desired consistency is achieved.
  • Transfer the rolls from the muffin pan to a wire rack in a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Drizzle on the icing while the rolls are still warm and dig in!

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Notes

Easy Cinnamon Rolls in a Muffin Pan is excerpted with minor adaptations from Paleo Baking At Home: The Ultimate Resource for Delicious Grain-Free Cookies, Cakes, Bars, Breads and More © 2020 by Michele Rosen. Reproduced by permission of Page Street Publishing. All rights reserved.
Nutrition facts reflect about 1 tablespoon of maple sugar frosting per cinnamon roll.
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Nutrition

Calories: 247kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g