Delicious Gluten-Free Cinnamon Bun Muffins Recipe

My loves, have you ever craved a warm, gooey cinnamon roll fresh out of the oven but felt that it was off-limits because of certain dietary restrictions? Fear not, for I have created a recipe for Gluten-Free Cinnamon Bun Muffins that will satisfy your cravings and leave your taste buds dancing with joy.

These muffins offer all the delicious flavor and comfort of traditional cinnamon rolls without any gluten or dairy. They are also free from any refined sugars, making them a healthier choice for those who still want to indulge in something sweet.

My goal as a nutritionist and food blogger is to empower you to make mindful dietary choices that fit your lifestyle, allowing you to enjoy the foods you love without compromising your health. So whether you’re following a gluten-free or dairy-free diet, or simply looking for a healthier alternative to traditional cinnamon rolls, this recipe is perfect for you.

So let’s dive in and make these incredible Gluten-Free Cinnamon Bun Muffins!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Gluten Free Cinnamon Bun Muffins
Gluten Free Cinnamon Bun Muffins

My dear readers, I assure you that this is not an ordinary muffin recipe. These Gluten-Free Cinnamon Bun Muffins are a game-changer, and you will love them for several reasons!

Firstly, the cinnamon in these muffins makes them wonderfully aromatic and tasty. Cinnamon is known for its warm and cozy flavor profile, which blends perfectly with these muffins’ moist texture.

Secondly, this recipe is gluten-free, so if you’re someone with gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, you can still enjoy delicious baked goods without worrying about the adverse effects. These cinnamon roll muffins may be free of gluten, but they don’t compromise on taste or texture.

Thirdly, these cinnamon bun muffins are dairy-free and vegan-friendly, which means they won’t leave you feeling bloated or uncomfortable after eating them. In addition to being dairy-free and vegan-friendly, they are also nut-free and soy-free for those who need or prefer allergen-free baking.

Fourthly, this recipe is versatile and easy to customize. You can use any flour blend of your choice that’s gluten-free or paleo-friendly. You can swap out the filling with anything from sticky buns to a cinnamon twist or even a cinnamon swirl, depending on your preferences.

Finally, just think of these gluten-free cinnamon bun muffins as homemade cinnamon rolls but in muffin form! They’re quick to bake compared to traditional cinnamon rolls, making them perfect for weekend brunches or weekday breakfasts.

In conclusion, you’ll love this recipe because it’s deliciously aromatic and flavorful with the added bonus of being versatile enough to meet various dietary needs while still providing an indulgent treat. So go ahead and try out these Gluten-Free Cinnamon Bun Muffins today!

Ingredient List

 Indulge in a guilt-free treat with our delightful gluten-free cinnamon bun muffins.
Indulge in a guilt-free treat with our delightful gluten-free cinnamon bun muffins.

Before diving into the recipe, let’s take a look at the list of ingredients you’ll need. Don’t worry, this recipe requires only simple and easily accessible ingredients that can be found in your local grocery store.

Dry ingredients:

  • 2 cups gluten-free flour blend (1:1 gluten-free all-purpose flour or Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten Free Flour blend works best)
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Wet ingredients:

  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or any dairy-free milk
  • 1/4 cup neutral-tasting oil, like avocado or grapeseed oil
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

For the cinnamon swirl:

  • 4 tablespoons melted butter (use vegan butter for dairy-free option)
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

You may notice that the ingredient list calls for both baking powder and baking soda. That’s because these two ingredients work together as raising agents and help the muffins rise properly. Additionally, using almond flour in combination with gluten-free flour blend creates a lighter, less dense texture.

Now that we have all our ingredients ready, let’s head to the next section and start baking these delicious gluten-free cinnamon bun muffins!

The Recipe How-To

 There's nothing like the smell of freshly baked cinnamon buns to kick-start your day.
There’s nothing like the smell of freshly baked cinnamon buns to kick-start your day.

Now that we know the ingredients for these delicious Gluten-Free Cinnamon Bun Muffins, let’s get started with the recipe.

Step 1: Prepare the Oven

Preheat your oven to 375°F. Then, line your muffin tin pans with parchment paper liners or spray with non-stick spray.

Step 2: Mix the Dry Ingredients

In a mixing bowl, whisk together 2 cups of gluten-free flour blend, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 2 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, and 1/2 tsp sea salt until everything is well combined.

Step 3: Mix the Wet Ingredients

Next, in a separate mixing bowl, beat together 2 eggs until lightly foamy then add 1/3 cup of oil (coconut or vegetable) and 1 tsp vanilla extract. Whisk until everything is emulsified.

Step 4: Combine The Mixture

Pour in the wet ingredients mixture into the dry mixture bowl and mix it until everything is well combined. Use a whisk or spatula to scrapes the sides of the bowl as necessary.

Tip: don’t over mix the batter; do so just enough to combine all the ingredients well.

The batter will be quite thick and slightly lumpy.

Step 5: Fill The Muffin Cups

Using a spoon or a cookie scooper, fill each muffin cup with approximately ¼ cup of batter. For a more generous muffin use up to ⅓ of a cup per muffin.

Step 6: Bake The Muffins

Bake your cinnamon bun muffins for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of each muffin comes out clean. Let cool on wire racks for at least 10 minutes before serving.

Tip: During the baking process, the muffins will rise and take up contact with one another creating a soft sides – just like old-fashioned cinnamon buns.

Now, your Gluten-Free Cinnamon Bun Muffins are ready to be served!

Substitutions and Variations

 Satisfy your sweet cravings without the gluten using our easy-to-follow recipe.
Satisfy your sweet cravings without the gluten using our easy-to-follow recipe.

Just because you might not have all the exact ingredients in your pantry doesn’t mean you can’t still whip up a delicious batch of these gluten-free cinnamon bun muffins. Here are some substitution ideas for some of the recipe’s key ingredients:

– Gluten-Free Flour Blend: If you’re out of gluten-free flour, you can try substituting with a 1:1 ratio of all-purpose flour. Keep in mind that this will no longer be a gluten-free recipe. If you want to keep it gluten-free but don’t have a pre-made blend, you can create your own by mixing together rice flour, oat flour (make sure it’s certified gluten-free), and tapioca starch.

– Brown Sugar: If you’re watching your sugar intake, try using coconut sugar instead of brown sugar. You could also use honey or maple syrup.

– Eggs: Vegans can substitute the eggs in this recipe with 1/4 cup applesauce or mashed banana per egg needed.

– Dairy-Free: To make these muffins dairy-free, simply sub out the butter for a vegan butter or coconut oil.

– Nut-Free: For those who are allergic to nuts, substitute the almond flour with blanched sunflower seed meal or an equal amount of additional gluten-free flour blend.

You could also experiment with different variations to add more flavors and textures to the muffin. Try adding chopped nuts like walnuts or pecans to the cinnamon-sugar swirl mixture before rolling up. Or add dried fruit like raisins or chopped apricots into the batter before baking.

Don’t be afraid to get creative and personalize these muffins to match your taste preferences. The possibilities are endless!

Serving and Pairing

 The perfect blend of cinnamon and brown sugar make these muffins utterly irresistible!
The perfect blend of cinnamon and brown sugar make these muffins utterly irresistible!

When it comes to serving and pairing these gluten-free cinnamon bun muffins, there are no rules, only possibilities. These muffins are just as great for breakfast as they are for dessert or a mid-day snack.

To really elevate your muffin game, try warming them up in the oven or microwave for a few seconds before serving. This will make them even more soft and gooey, and the cinnamon aroma will fill the room.

Pairing-wise, these muffins go perfectly with a warm cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. I recommend having a big mug of coffee with cream or almond milk by your side while enjoying a freshly baked gluten-free cinnamon bun muffin. The sweetness of the cinnamon and sugar is toned down by the warmth of the coffee creating the perfect balance.

These muffins are also great for sharing with family and friends during a brunch get-together. Serve them on a platter alongside some fresh fruits and berries, yogurt or nut butter. Their swirly appearance and gooey texture make them a great addition to any brunch table.

The possibilities with these muffins are endless. If you want a novelty treat, why not try cutting them into smaller pieces and using them as topping on ice-cream or yogurt? The sticky cinnamon sugar mixture will create a satisfying crunch!

In conclusion, these gluten-free cinnamon bun muffins may be small but they pack a powerful punch when it comes to flavor pairing options. Whichever way you choose to enjoy these delicious treats, you’re sure going to have a smile on your face!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 These muffins are so fluffy, you won't even believe they're gluten-free!
These muffins are so fluffy, you won’t even believe they’re gluten-free!

Just the smell of these warm cinnamon bun muffins is enough to make anyone’s mouth water! Luckily, you don’t have to wait for a special occasion to treat yourself to a batch of gluten-free cinnamon roll muffins. This recipe is perfect for make-ahead preparation, storing and reheating.

When it comes to make-ahead options, this recipe is a winner. You can prepare the batter ahead of time, pour it into the muffin pan and refrigerate until ready to bake. Just be sure to cover the pan with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and bake within 24 hours for best results.

Additionally, these muffins store well in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days. This makes them a great option for meal prep or to simply have on hand as a quick and delicious snack or breakfast.

To reheat, pop one or two muffins in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds on high. If you prefer a crispy exterior, place them in the oven on low broil for 1-2 minutes until heated through and slightly toasted.

Whether you decide to prepare these muffins in advance or whip up a batch fresh from scratch, they are sure to satisfy your cravings for homemade cinnamon buns without any of the guilt. Happy baking!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A sprinkling of cinnamon sugar on top gives these muffins that classic cinnamon bun flavor.
A sprinkling of cinnamon sugar on top gives these muffins that classic cinnamon bun flavor.

Transition: Now that you have the recipe for these delicious gluten-free cinnamon bun muffins, let me give you some tips on how to make sure you get the perfect results every time.

When it comes to gluten-free baking, there are a few things to keep in mind. First and foremost, gluten-free flours do not behave the same way as regular flour, so it’s essential to use the right type and amount of raising agents such as baking powder or baking soda.

To ensure a light and fluffy texture in your muffins, use baking powder instead of baking soda. Baking soda can create a denser result, which may not be desirable. However, if you want a more substantial texture, adding a little baking soda to the recipe can help.

Another critical aspect to keep in mind is your flour blend. Using a blend of different gluten-free flours can help achieve a texture closer to that of traditional wheat-based baked goods. I recommend using an all-purpose gluten-free flour blend or a combination of rice flour, almond flour and coconut flour.

If you’re looking for vegan or dairy-free options, it’s best to use plant-based milk alternatives such as soy milk or almond milk or dairy-free butter alternatives. Remember that dairy-free butter can alter the taste and consistency slightly, so it’s important to test combinations until you find what works best for you.

Finally, make sure not to over-mix the batter, as this can cause your muffins not to rise correctly. Mix until all ingredients are just combined and avoid over-stirring or whisking too aggressively.

With these tips in mind, you’ll be able to master these gluten-free cinnamon bun muffins with ease and impress even the toughest critics. Happy baking!


As an experienced nutritionist and food blogger, I understand that some questions may arise while trying out a new recipe or ingredient. In this section, I have compiled some frequently asked questions and their answers to give you more insights into this Gluten-Free Cinnamon Bun Muffins recipe. So, let’s dive in!

How do you make gluten free muffins less dense?

When preparing gluten-free baked treats, it is beneficial to add additional liquid to ensure the flour blends are well-hydrated and have a pleasant texture. Nevertheless, it’s crucial to eliminate any excess moisture during the baking process to avoid a sticky or gummy texture. To accomplish this, longer baking times are recommended.

Why did my gluten free muffins not rise?

Are you experiencing a sinking or flat cake? This issue may be caused by a lack of raising agents in your recipe. I suggest testing out double action baking powders for more efficient results. Additionally, if you are converting a recipe to gluten-free, try increasing the amount of chemical raising agents such as baking soda or baking powder by 25 percent. This should help your cake rise and maintain a fluffy texture.

How do you make muffins rise without baking powder?

If you happen to run out of baking powder or soda in your pantry, fret not! An ideal substitute for them are egg whites, which when whipped up, serve as a great leavening agent by incorporating air bubbles into your recipe.

Are Udi’s muffins dairy free?

These scrumptious muffins have a delightful blend of sugar and blueberry flavors in every bite, making them perfect for breakfast. They are free from dairy, soy, and nuts, making them a great option for those with dietary restrictions. They come in a 10 oz size.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, when it comes to healthy baking, gluten-free and dairy-free recipes, our cinnamon bun muffins recipe is a perfect choice. Not only are they easy and quick to make, but they also incorporate wholesome and nutritious ingredients that guarantee you a mouth-watering treat.

By using the right flour blend, raising agents, and substituting dairy with non-dairy products, we’ve managed to create muffins that are less dense and rise well. Additionally, the cinnamon-infused taste is guaranteed to have your taste buds dancing in excitement.

Remember, you can always experiment with different flours such as coconut or oat flour for a lighter texture, or use different types of sweeteners like honey or maple syrup to reduce refined sugar intake without compromising on flavor.

Whether you’re gluten-free, vegan, soy-free or nut-free, this recipe caters for everyone. You won’t miss the sticky buns or cinnamon twist anymore; this homemade cinnamon swirl pairs well with your tea or coffee without any guilt.

So go ahead and get creative with your muffin toppings: add fresh berries or sliced almonds to elevate your muffin game. The possibilities are endless!

Thank you for joining me today. I hope you found these steps helpful in preparing delicious muffins. Don’t forget to share this recipe with your friends and family for a memorable breakfast or snack time. Keep baking with love!

Gluten Free Cinnamon Bun Muffins

Gluten Free Cinnamon Bun Muffins Recipe

Here's a gluten free Cinnamon Bun Muffin recipe. I hope you all enjoy it during the holidays. Stay tuned for my Creamy Cream Cheese Frosting recipe later this week!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Gluten-free
Servings 1 batch
Calories 145.5 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
  • 1 cup blanched almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon celtic sea salt
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  • Cinnamon Topping.
  • 1. To make cinnamon topping, combine agave, cinnamon and oil in a small bowl.
  • 2. Set mixture aside.
  • Muffin Mixture.
  • 1. Combine almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.
  • 2. In a large bowl blend together oil, agave, eggs and vanilla.
  • 3. Blend dry ingredients into wet and scoop a scant ¼ cup at a time into lined muffin cups.
  • 4. Spoon topping onto muffins.
  • 5. Bake muffins for 8-12 minutes at 350°.
  • 6. Cool muffins for 2 hours then frost with Creamy Cream Cheese Frosting (stay tuned for this recipe later this week!).

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Serving: 30gCalories: 145.5kcalCarbohydrates: 1.5gProtein: 3.2gFat: 13.7gSaturated Fat: 1.9gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 237.6mgFiber: 0.7gSugar: 0.4g
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