Delicious Gluten-Free Sticky Buns Recipe

Howdy folks!

Are you ready for a mouth-watering treat that’s easy on your stomach? I’ve been tinkering in the kitchen, and I’m excited to share my gluten-free sticky buns recipe with y’all.

There’s nothing quite like the aroma of freshly baked cinnamon rolls – but traditional recipes can cause digestive upset for some folks. That’s where this recipe comes in! It’s free of gluten and dairy, so you can indulge without discomfort.

But don’t let that fool you – these sticky buns are still downright delicious. They’re sweetened with brown sugar and drizzled with a pecan caramel glaze that will have you licking your fingers after every bite.

So whether you’re avoiding gluten and dairy by necessity or choice, get ready to sink your teeth into some of the best darn sticky buns around.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Gluten Free Sticky Buns
Gluten Free Sticky Buns

Folks, listen up! If you’re looking for a gluten-free treat that will send your taste buds on a wild ride, then you’ll love these gluten-free sticky buns. They’re sweet, ooey-gooey, and downright irresistible. Trust me; you won’t even notice they’re gluten-free because they taste just like the real deal.

Now let me tell you what makes these babies so special. First off, this recipe uses the best gluten-free flour blend with rice flour, potato flour, and tapioca starch. These ingredients are carefully measured to give the dough that perfectly soft texture that will make your mouth water. And to give your buns that extra rise, we’ve added xanthan gum, which is crucial in gluten-free baking.

But here’s the real kicker – the pecan caramel filling! Oh my goodness, I can’t even begin to describe the rich, buttery sauce that oozes out of every bite. It’s a mix of brown sugar, cinnamon, and vegan butter that will have you swooning with delight.

But don’t worry; we’ve got options for our dairy-free friends too! Instead of cream cheese frosting traditionally used in cinnamon rolls recipe and sticky buns recipe we do not use any dairy products at all.

So whether you’re living a gluten-free lifestyle or trying something new in honor of someone who has an allergy- this recipe is sure to hit the spot!

Ingredient List

 Gooey, sweet and gluten-free!
Gooey, sweet and gluten-free!

Gluten-free flour

You will need 4 cups of gluten-free flour for this recipe. You can use a premade gluten-free flour mix or make one yourself. A good mixture to use is 2 cups of rice flour, 2/3 cup each of tapioca starch and potato flour, and 1/3 cup of xanthan gum.


To make the dough rise, you will need to use instant yeast. One packet or 2 1/4 teaspoons should be enough. You can also use rapid rise yeast if you prefer.


You will need two types of sugar—granulated sugar and brown sugar. Measure out 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1/2 cup brown sugar.


The main spice in this recipe is cinnamon, which gives it that classic cinnamon roll flavor. You will need a total of 3 tablespoons of cinnamon—2 tablespoons for the dough and 1 tablespoon for the filling.


For this recipe, you will need milk of your choice—cow’s milk, almond milk or oat milk are all good options. Use 1/4 cup in the dough and 1 cup for the filling.


This recipe calls for two eggs, which will help bind the dough together.

Vegan butter

For those who prefer a dairy-free option, use vegan butter in place of regular butter. This will still give the buns a rich flavor without using traditional dairy products.


The pecans add an extra level of sweetness to this dish but can be left out if preferred. Be sure to chop them finely so they blend well with the caramel sauce.

The Recipe How-To

 You won't believe these are gluten-free.
You won’t believe these are gluten-free.

Now comes the exciting part- let’s bake some gooey and delicious Gluten-Free Sticky Buns! I have kept this recipe vegan by using dairy-free milk and vegan butter, but you can use regular milk and butter if you prefer.

Step 1: Prepare the Dough

In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups of gluten-free flour, 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar, 1 packet of quick-rise instant yeast, ¼ teaspoon of salt, and 1 teaspoon of xanthan gum. Give them a good mix.

Pour in ¾ cup of warm dairy-free milk, 2 tablespoons of melted vegan butter, and 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon flaxseed meal mixed with 3 tablespoons water). Mix everything together until it forms a soft dough.

Step 2: Knead the Dough

Sprinkle some tapioca starch on a clean work surface to prevent the dough from sticking. Transfer the dough onto it and knead for about 5 minutes, dusting with more tapioca starch if needed.

Step 3: Let the Dough Rise

Place the dough in a bowl greased with vegan butter, cover it with plastic wrap or a tea towel, then leave it in a warm place for about an hour to double in size.

Step 4: Make the Filling

In another mixing bowl, combine ½ cup brown sugar, 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, and ⅓ cup melted vegan butter. Mix until well combined.

Step 5: Assemble the Buns

Line an oven-safe dish (9×13 inch) with parchment paper.

Roll out the dough into a rectangle shape on another surface dusted with some tapioca starch. Spread the filling evenly over the surface then sprinkle with chopped pecans (optional).

Roll up tightly starting at one end until you have a log. Cut into segments with a sharp knife, then place the segments into the prepared dish.

Step 6: Let the Buns Rise Again

Cover the dish with plastic wrap or a tea towel and let it sit in a warm place for 30-40 minutes to rise.

Step 7: Bake and Glaze

Preheat the oven to 375℉. Bake the sticky buns for approximately 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

While the buns are baking, make the glaze by mixing 1 cup of powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons of dairy-free milk in a small mixing bowl.

Once you have removed the buns from the oven, let them cool before pouring over the glaze. Serve immediately and enjoy your delicious homemade Gluten-Free Sticky Buns!

Substitutions and Variations

 Treat yourself to these indulgent gluten-free buns.
Treat yourself to these indulgent gluten-free buns.

Well, folks, it’s time to get creative! If you don’t have all the ingredients for this recipe or want to switch things up a bit, I’ve got some substitution and variation suggestions for you.

First off, let’s talk about the flour. This recipe calls for gluten-free flour, but if you’re not following a gluten-free diet, feel free to use regular all-purpose flour. However, if you want to try out some different flours for their unique flavors and textures, I’d recommend using rice flour or oat flour. You can even mix in a bit of almond flour for added nuttiness.

If you’re looking for a vegan option, replace the butter with vegan butter and use plant-based milk instead of regular milk. For a dairy-free version, simply swap out the milk and butter with your preferred non-dairy alternatives.

For those who are allergic to eggs, you can use 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce or 1/4 cup mashed banana in place of each egg called for in the recipe.

Now let’s get creative with the fillings! Instead of cinnamon sugar, you can make a pecan caramel filling by mixing together chopped pecans, brown sugar, and melted butter. Spread this on top of the dough before rolling it up.

If you’re a fan of cream cheese icing on your cinnamon rolls, go ahead and whip up a batch to spread on top once the buns are finished baking.

For an extra special touch, add dried fruit like raisins or cranberries into the dough before rolling it up. Or how about adding in some chocolate chips for a decadent twist on this classic treat?

With these substitutions and variations in mind, there’s no limit to what you can do with this recipe! Use your imagination and see what delicious combos you can come up with.

Serving and Pairing

 Perfect for sharing or satisfying your sweet tooth.
Perfect for sharing or satisfying your sweet tooth.

You’ve just baked a batch of warm gluten-free sticky buns straight out of the oven, and now you’re wondering if it’s appropriate to eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner–the answer is yes! You can serve these deliciously sweet buns as a delightful breakfast treat or with an afternoon tea.

If you’re looking to elevate the flavor profile, try pairing these sticky buns with fresh fruit slices like strawberries or blueberries for added contrast in texture and complementary flavors. The light tartness of the fruit balances the sweetness of the buns. Alternatively, add vanilla ice cream or cream cheese frosting drizzle over the top for an extra special dessert.

For a savory pairing, try some eggs Benedict or scramble on a plate next to your sticky buns. The quality protein present in eggs makes it an excellent source of energy that adds sophistication and balance when consumed alongside sweetened pastries.

You can also enjoy these sticky buns by themselves any time of day. The soft, tender texture with a crunchy pecan topping and caramel filling make them fulfilling enough to tide you over between meals. These buns are perfect for sharing so host a brunch party and impress your guests with something that’s both homemade and gluten-free!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Finally, a gluten-free version of your favorite breakfast pastry.
Finally, a gluten-free version of your favorite breakfast pastry.

Well, well, well, my friends! I have some truly exciting news for you – these gluten-free sticky buns are the perfect make-ahead breakfast treat! You can either store them freshly baked, or you can get a head start and prep the dough in advance, then refrigerate it overnight before baking.

To make the dough ahead of time, follow the recipe instructions up until the point where you fill and cut the rolls. Instead of baking immediately, simply cover the pans tightly with plastic wrap and store them in the refrigerator for up to 12 hours. When you are ready to bake, remove the pans from the fridge and let them sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes to an hour until they puff up a bit. While waiting, preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

Now, let’s talk about storing these delectable sticky buns once they are baked. Here’s what I recommend: once cooled completely, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Alternatively, you can also store them in the fridge for up to one week, but be sure to loosely cover them with foil or plastic wrap.

If reheating is what you desire, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and reheat your sticky buns directly in the oven for 5-10 minutes until warmed through. Another option is to microwave a single roll on high for about 15-25 seconds until warmed through.

Trust me – these scrumptious gluten-free sticky buns won’t last long in your household!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Don't miss out on these delectable gluten-free buns.
Don’t miss out on these delectable gluten-free buns.

Now that you have gathered all the ingredients and read through the recipe how-to, it’s time to take some tips on how to achieve that perfect sticky bun consistency!

– Use precise measurements: In gluten-free baking, precision is key. Measuring cups and spoons are essential to ensure the correct amount of each ingredient is added. Even a slight discrepancy in the amount could alter the texture and taste of your sticky buns.

– Do not overwork the dough: Gluten-free dough tends to be sticky and more fragile than regular dough. Avoid overworking the dough as it can change the texture of the buns, making them more dense and less tender.

– Let the dough rise: Gluten-free dough takes longer to rise, so ensure you give it enough time. The yeast will also need a warm spot to grow, so place it in a draft-free area at around 85°F for optimal results.

– Use xanthan gum or psyllium husk powder: These ingredients help mimic the elasticity of gluten, which is absent in gluten-free flour. Without these binders, your sticky buns may become crumbly and fall apart.

– Adjust baking time and temperature: Gluten-free dough often requires a lower temperature and shorter baking time than regular recipes. Keep an eye on your sticky buns as they bake to avoid over-browning or burning.

– Make it vegan/dairy-free: Use vegan butter and non-dairy milk such as almond or soy milk instead of traditional dairy products for a vegan-friendly version.

By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to achieving perfect gluten-free sticky buns that are sweet, tender, and sticky.


As we wrap up this gluten-free sticky buns recipe article, let’s take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions I’ve received from my readers about this recipe. The following section will address some of the queries and concerns that might arise in the process of creating these delicious and healthy sticky buns. So before you roll up your sleeves to start baking, make sure to read this FAQ section carefully to get all the necessary information about the ingredients, substitutions, and variations for this recipe!

How do you get gluten free dough to stick together?

When preparing gluten-free recipes, it is crucial to have a binding ingredient as a substitute. Xanthan gum, guar gum, and psyllium husk powder are commonly used as binders. In addition, some recipes opt for flaxmeal, chia seeds or sweet rice flour (also known as Mochiko) to help with binding.

Is gluten free bread dough sticky?

When adapting a regular bread recipe into a gluten-free one, it’s important to increase the amount of liquid used. The resulting dough should be soft and sticky, making it impossible to knead, but still thicker than the consistency of cake batter.

Will gluten-free flour rise with yeast?

In summary, Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour is perfect for yeast-based recipes as it allows for easy customization of the amount of xanthan gum used, and the combination of refined starches offers varied textures.

What is the best gluten-free flour to use with yeast?

When it comes to baking with yeast and avoiding gluten, buckwheat flour is the ideal choice. Buckwheat’s natural gluten-free properties and high starch content make it perfect for producing fluffy and airy texture in baked goods. Its protein-rich composition also aids in the rising process.

Bottom Line

Now that you have all the information you need, it’s time to get baking! These Gluten-Free Sticky Buns are sure to become one of your new favorite recipes. With their sweet, sticky pecan caramel sauce and soft, tender dough filled with cinnamon and sugar, they’re the perfect indulgent treat to enjoy any time of day.

Not only are these sticky buns completely gluten-free, but they’re also dairy-free and can be made vegan with a simple substitution. Plus, they’re easy to make ahead of time and store for later.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your ingredients and get started on this delicious recipe. Your taste buds will thank you!

Gluten Free Sticky Buns

Gluten Free Sticky Buns Recipe

I found this recipe in a local book put out by a Elementary School. I thought it would benefit the many people we have are Zaar who need gluten free recipes.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Gluten-free
Servings 12 rolls
Calories 309.6 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups rice flour
  • 1 1/4 cups potato flour
  • 1 cup tapioca starch
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon cinnamon or 1/2-1 teaspoon cinnamon sugar, mixture* you may add more cinnamon if you prefer
  • powdered sugar, for drizzle


  • Preheat oven to 375. Mix dry ingredients well in a large bowl. Add eggs, oil and milk; stir well (if too soft, add a little more flour). Spray 20 inch long piece of wax paper with cooking spray. Scoop dough onto paper with wet or oiled hands. Spread into 10x14 rectangle. Drizzle on melted butter and sprinkle generously with cinnamon.sugar mixture. Lift long side of wax paper and dough will start to roll. Cut into 12 pieces. Bake in large muffin tins for 18 minutes, till golden brown. Sprinkle with powdered sugar while still warm.

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Serving: 1101gCalories: 309.6kcalCarbohydrates: 32.9gProtein: 5.1gFat: 17.7gSaturated Fat: 4.5gCholesterol: 72.5mgSodium: 262mgFiber: 1.5gSugar: 2.8g
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