Gluten Free Cinnamon Bread Recipe

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Perhaps this is a rhetorical question, but can one ever have too many recipes for cinnamon bread, cinnamon rolls and cinnamon buns?

If you look through my recipe blog, you’ll see clearly where I net out on this one, which is why I have no hesitation in sharing with you the newest addition to the collection, my Gluten Free Cinnamon Bread Recipe.

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Gluten free cinnamon bread on Words With Boards gluten free board.


And may I just say that — at least for the moment — I’m infatuated with this heavenly gluten free cinnamon swirl bread and it’s my total favorite recipe. Like I said … for the moment.

I know as a recipe author, I’m never supposed to say that (it’s like choosing your favorite child!) but I’ve made so. darn. many. of these loaves in the past few weeks, that I know this recipe intimately and I absolutely adore it.

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I love every little swirl, every tuck and twist.

I love that this gluten free bread smells yeasty and delicious, but also that it has subtle sweet, cinnamon undertones that fill my kitchen while baking and make me want to grab a pat of butter and wait impatiently by the oven door.

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I love that I can’t wait to slice into each loaf I bake just to see what delicate design is waiting for me. And within each loaf, how the threads of cinnamon-sugar weave their way through the loaf differently every time, so each slice bears a different imprint of sugar.

I’m sure next week I’ll be on to the next infatuation with some other new favorite recipe, but I can say with confidence that I’ll still always love this recipe. So what I want to know now is how much will YOU love this recipe? I can’t wait to see YOUR pictures of your swirls and hear all about how you’ve decided to make your gluten free cinnamon bread. 

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There is no real wrong way, so long as you follow the ingredients I lay out — please don’t veer off course with the ingredients and then question why your loaf is dry or flat or sinks or crumbles or won’t roll up. Every ingredient is chosen for a reason, and the gluten free flour is the very most important!

If you use my award winning gfJules Bread Mix, you will be rewarded with an amazingly beautiful, soft, just-like-Pepperidge-Farm-Cinnamon-Swirl-Bread which you can proudly share (or keep all to yourself!) with any gluten eaters in your life. You’ll also have no trouble with the dough because it will behave itself and roll easily for you without crumbling or falling apart (you’ll see in the video!).


If you follow the from-scratch recipe instead, there are several more dry ingredients you’ll need to gather, but as long as you’re using my #1 Voted gfJules Flour as the base, you should have no troubles. 

My video shows how to make this delightful recipe from start to finish using the method I choose most often: three rolls of dough. But you can make it using any variation on that technique. One choice would be to simply use one roll of dough, as pictured here below.

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Just roll the dough out so it is as wide as the length of your bread pan (usually around 8.5 – 9 inches), then spread the melted butter, cinnamon and brown sugar + raisins or cranberries, if using, then roll up and compress the roll a bit if need be to fit into the length of the pan. Transfer the roll to the pan, seam-side down, brush with more melted butter and you’re done. It’s ready to rise and bake!

Another method is to roll out the dough as shown in my video or the photos above, but then to cut into cinnamon roll size pieces and then to lay the pieces into the pan in various places like a gluten free monkey bread. This method makes more of a gluten free cinnamon roll bread and is super fun to cut into!

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I highly recommend using the icing option with this method, as it completes the gluten free cinnamon roll bread taste and look. Here’s a peek at what it looks like after baking but before icing.

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The icing on this gluten free cinnamon roll bread really makes it next-level gluten-free-breakfast-bread-amazing, but it’s definitely not required. This gluten free cinnamon bread is perfectly delicious undressed.

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Which method will you choose? One big swirl or three? Four? Or perhaps gluten free cinnamon roll bread style with heavenly icing on top? You can’t go wrong with any!

Gluten Free Cinnamon Bread Recipe

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Gluten Free Cinnamon Bread Recipe

Yield: 1 loaf
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

The icing on this gluten free cinnamon roll bread really makes it next-level gluten-free-breakfast-bread-amazing, but it's definitely not required. This gluten free cinnamon bread is perfectly delicious undressed.



  • 1 gfJules® Bread Mix
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 ¼ cups warm water
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large eggs (or substitute like flaxseed meal + water OR 1/2 cup aquafaba)
  • 4 Tbs. pure maple syrup


  • 3 cups (405 grams) gfJules® All Purpose Gluten-Free Flour
  • 1/4 cup flax seed meal (or gfJules® Gluten Free Multigrain Baking Flour)
  • 1/4 cup dry milk powder, dairy or non-dairy (e.g. Coconut Milk Powder), not reconstituted
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 Tbs. pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup yogurt, room temperature (not Greek yogurt)
  • 3/4 cup milk of choice, room temperature
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large eggs (OR for vegan use 2 Tbs. flax seed meal steeped for 5 minutes in 6 Tbs. hot water)
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbs. rapid rise or bread machine yeast (like Red Star Quick Rise®)

Cinnamon-Sugar Mixture

  • 1/4 cup melted butter or vegan butter (e.g. Earth Balance® Buttery Sticks)
  • 3 Tbs. brown sugar or coconut palm sugar (or granulated cane sugar)
  • 1 Tbs. cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries (optional)

Icing Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1 Tbs. milk of choice (canned full fat coconut milk is wonderful, but not required)
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract


  1. Follow instructions on gfJules Bread to prepare dough.
  2. If baking from scratch, whisk these dry ingredients together in a large bowl: GF flours, milk powder, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  3. In the large mixing bowl of a stand mixer, stir together the wet ingredients: maple syrup, yogurt, milk, apple cider vinegar, oil, egg or replacer and vanilla extract. 
  4. Gradually add the dry ingredient mix in with the wet by pouring slowly into the wet bowl while mixing with the paddle attachment or stirring by hand.
  5. Once incorporated, add the yeast granules; beat well for 1 – 2 more minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 200º F then turn oven off. Line a loaf pan with parchment (recommended) or oil and lightly flour with gfJules Flour and set aside (bread pan should be at least 8.5 x 4.5 inches interior dimensions).
  7. Melt the butter/vegan butter and set aside. Mix cinnamon and sugar in a bowl.
  8. Scoop either all of the dough, or one third or one quarter of the dough (as in the video above the recipe card) out onto a surface dusted well with gfJules Flour. Roll gently into an elongated shape -- the width should be the same length as your pan (so, 8.5 or 9 inches for most pans).
  9. Brush surface with melted butter or vegan butter, then sprinkle cinnamon-sugar mixture across all of the dough and add raisins or cranberries, if using. Gently roll up the dough from the long end so that the roll will be the length of the pan when completely rolled. If it expands while rolling, that's ok, just gently compress both ends together so that it will fit into your pan when you are done rolling.
  10. Either transfer the entire roll to the prepared pan or cut into smaller cinnamon roll size pieces and arrange in the pan. Repeat with remaining dough if rolling in thirds or quarters. A bench scraper makes the rolling and the transferring process easy.
  11. Brush the top of the dough with remaining melted butter, then cover with an oiled piece of parchment or wax paper. Set the pan aside to rise for 30 minutes in the pre-warmed, but OFF oven, or other warm spot.
  12. Remove from oven after 30 minute rise and preheat the oven to convection bake 325º F or static oven 350º F. Remove the cover from the raised dough and transfer to the oven when it comes to temperature. Bake on a low-middle oven rack.
  13. Cook for approximately 50-55 minutes, or until the crust is browning nicely and a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean (internal temperature should reach 205º F -- check with instant read thermometer).
  14. Remove to a cooling rack. When cooled for 15 minutes, gently lift up on the parchment to remove from the loaf pan to finish cooling before slicing.
  15. If icing, prepare the icing mixture while the loaf cools: In a medium bowl, whisk the sifted confectioners’ sugar, milk and vanilla. Add only enough milk to form a thick icing so that the icing will not be too runny; you can always add more milk if needed. If it becomes too thin, whisk in more confectioners' sugar.
  16. When the loaf is fully cooled, spread icing on top of the loaf and allow it to drizzle down the sides for prettiest effect.

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One more look at this gorgeous gluten free cinnamon bread. I promise you it tastes even better than it looks! And if you’re looking for that pretty gluten free board, check out Words with Boards!

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If you’re looking for a gluten free Cinnamon Quick Bread Recipe, you know I have one of those.

And I have a great gluten free Cinnamon Raisin Bread Machine Recipe (also works great in the oven!).

And gluten free cinnamon rolls? I have at least six recipes … I may have lost count! Here’s one of my favorites: Mindy’s Famous Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls. Oh and here’s one for Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls with NO Yeast! And here’s my grandma’s Gluten Free Cinnamon Sticky Buns (I made them gluten free)! Just use the search bar here on my blog and you’ll find what you need — so many delicious choices!

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  1. Hi. I just made your GF Cinnamon Bread and had a question. Used your packaged bread mix. It didn’t seem
    Ike it raised like it should. I noticed in your video you added the yeast at the same time as the other dry ingredients but on the written instructions it said to add after the initial mixing of the dough in the mixer. That’s what I did. I also laid wax paper over loaf to rise…didn’t tuck in. What do I need to change?

    • It’s so neat and tidy!! But I see what you mean that it didn’t rise like it should. I think there wasn’t enough moisture to allow the dough to rise (assuming the yeast packet was still active). If it smelled yeasty, but still looked like that, I would think it needed more moisture. Since I reworked my bread mix, it doesn’t need the yogurt ingredient for stability like the recipe from scratch does, so I think you’d be better served just following the package directions on the bread mix and adding water, but using maple syrup for the sweetener. I’ve gone ahead and updated the recipe to reflect this so you don’t have to intuit what I’m saying here! The bread mix is very workable for rolling out without the yogurt, yet it should be loose enough to rise better for you with the water instead. Let me know how it goes next time. This bread would be great toasted or as French Toast, I bet!! So pretty!

  2. Getting ready to try the cinnamon bread recipe and have made the cranberry orange bread for a couple of years. Wondering if either of these could be made ahead and frozen? Your flour mix IS the bomb!

    • Awww, so glad you love it, Reba!!! And to answer your question, absolutely you could freeze these breads, once cooled. Wrap well in plastic, then foil, and you’ll be good to go!

  3. Made this this morning from scratch, it was a HUGE hit. Warm, out of the oven and 3/4 of it was gone in 2 minutes. Watching your video, it was easier then I thought. I did use Greek yogurt and only needed additional milk, as you said. DELICIOUS! Thank you Jules, once again for such a great recipe, it makes Celiac Disease a little easier.

    • That is so fantastic, Carrie! I’m thrilled that you all loved this gluten free cinnamon bread recipe so much! And also glad to hear that the Greek yogurt worked for you with the addition of some extra milk — thanks for letting me know!

  4. I followed the recipe along with the video. I used the gfJules flour since I didn’t have the bread mix on hand. It turned out great. No grit, very soft dough and easy to handle. I didn’t ice the bread, but used plenty of raisins as that is what my family likes. Great recipe, easy to follow. I’m looking forward to the next loaf. Thanks for another great recipe, Jules!


    • It’s beautiful, Monique! Thanks so much for sharing your photo! I’m so glad your family loved the gluten free cinnamon bread!!!

  5. Great success!! Soooo delicious, soft, and crust is crunchy. Yesterday I prepared it and today I put it in the toaster and added some butter. I ate it with a cup of coffee for breakfast and it was AMAZING. Tasted like heaven.

    • Can’t get much better than “tasted like heaven”! So happy you’ve made the recipe already, Miriam, and of course, so very happy you loved this gluten free cinnamon bread recipe so much!!!!

    • Hi there
      What type of yogurt? Full fat low or fat free? If I do use greek yogurt (probably 2% fat) do I need to add something else?
      I have a gf bread mix I want to use, should I go ahead and add the flax and dry milk? Thank you!

      • Hi Kerry, I don’t recommend Greek yogurt or fat free yogurt. If you do use Greek yogurt, you may have to thin it a bit with milk because the moisture is reduced. When using the bread mix, you don’t add any of the “OR” dry ingredients — all the dry ingredients you need are in the bread mix, so only add the wet ingredients to the bread mix plus the cinnamon-sugar and the icing, if using. I hope that makes more sense!

  6. Wow! That looks incredible. I think I have just enough gfJules Flour left to give this one a shot. Time to re-order! Thanks Jules, for your tireless efforts to make living gluten free AMAZING!

    • So glad you’re going to give this gluten free cinnamon bread recipe a try, Gerri! I know you’re going to love it!!!!!

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