Gluten-free Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls

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These Gluten-free Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls are the ultimate ooey gooey cinnamon roll with an apple pie twist to it. Made with all gluten-free and nut-free ingredients.

  • Prep Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: Makes 12 rolls 1x



Cinnamon rolls:


  • 1/3 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon

Cream cheese frosting:

  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • 1.5 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons softened butter


  1. Add butter to a large microwave-safe bowl then melt in the microwave in 30 second increments
  2. Add milk and 1 tablespoon coconut sugar then microwave for an additional 45-50 seconds (take temperature using an instant read thermometer and should be about 110 degrees)
  3. Sprinkle in yeast then stir gently and let sit until foamy, 8 minutes. (If your mixture does not foam, likely your yeast was old and/or the temperature of the milk mixture was too cool or too warm)
  4. Add whisked egg and remaining 1/3 cup sugar then stir gently to combine
  5. In another bowl add the flour and baking powder then stir to combine
  6. Add wet ingredients to dry in two batches, stirring until flour is just incorporated (small lumps remaining are fine) before adding the next batch
  7. Cover with a clean dish towel then set somewhere to double in volume, 1 hour (I place mine next to a window with sunlight!)
  8. Next combine coconut sugar and cinnamon from filling recipe in a small bowl
  9. Spray a 9” pie plate with nonstick spray or grease with a little melted butter
  10. Add the dough onto a large floured surface like a cleaned counter then with lightly oiled hands, spread dough into a 1/4” thick rectangle (roughly 10×14”)
  11. Gently spread softened butter over the dough using your hands or a spatula, leaving 1” clear on the bottom
  12. Next miix together applesauce, coconut sugar and cinnamon and spread evenly on top
  13. Gently roll the dough from the top down towards you
  14. Lightly pinch the seams of the dough together then slice the log into about 12 rolls
  15. Place rolls into the pie dish then cover again with towel and let them rise for about 30-40 more minutes
  16. Bake in oven at 350 degrees F for about 20 minutes or until top is just golden
  17. Let rolls cool for 15 minutes then make the frosting
  18. Add ingredients for the frosting in a bowl then cream together until smooth
  19. Spoon icing on top of the rolls then serve!


*Rolls are best the day they’re made but leftovers are still delicious and can be stored in the refrigerator and microwaved for 20-25 seconds uncovered to warm back up!

  • Author: Rachel