The BEST Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls: they’re soft, fluffy, and pull apart like brioche! They’re also vegan, yeast-free, nut-free, oil-free and refined sugar free (or can be made with no sugar). The recipe is super easy as there’s no kneading required, no rise or proving time needed, and they’re ready in just 30 minutes!
Why is my gluten-free bread gummy?
- Gluten-free bread can be gummy if you’re making it using 100% shop-bought gluten-free flour blend and not mixing in other flours.
- Xanthan gum, although a great gluten-free binding agent, can also create a gummy texture when used in bread recipes without yeast.
How do you make these Dinner Rolls soft and fluffy?
This Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls recipe is not gummy because it’s made without xanthan gum and contains ground flaxseeds mixed together with gluten-free flour.
Ground flaxseeds work amazingly in gluten-free recipes (such as my Flaxseed Pancakes) because they act as a binding agent, and also create a soft and fluffy texture. So I knew they’d be the perfect ingredient for soft, fluffy, pull-apart dinner rolls made with no yeast.
I tested this recipe with coconut oil (as a dairy- free alternative to butter) and the texture was surprisingly much better without the oil. Which means this recipe happens to be oil-free too!
What are flaxseeds?
- Flaxseeds, which are also sometimes known as linseeds, are a type of seed.
- You can buy either brown flaxseeds or golden flaxseeds.
- You can buy either flaxseed meal (partially ground-up flaxseeds) or whole flaxseeds.
Where can you buy flaxseeds?
You can buy flaxseeds in most supermarkets, local health stores or online.
What type of flaxseeds should you use to make these Dinner Rolls?
- You can use either brown or golden flaxseeds, but I found the colour was much nicer with golden flaxseeds, plus they have a milder flavour.
- You can buy either whole flaxseeds or flaxseed meal – it doesn’t really matter because either way you’ll need to grind them up into a fine powder.
What kind of baking dish should you use?
- I recommend using a large square, rectangular or circular baking dish.
- You will need to make sure to use a baking dish that’s the right size for the dinner rolls to be touching the sides of the dish and also touching each other. It is crucial for them to be pushed together as they bake as this makes them soft and fluffy and creates a pull-apart texture.
- I used a rectangular baking dish measuring 26 cm (10 inch) by 18 cm (7 inch) and 7 cm (2 ½ inch) tall).
- Make sure to grease the bottom and sides of the baking dish with a small amount of oil to make them easier to remove from the dish.
How to make these Gluten-Free Vegan Dinner Rolls
Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the full recipe.
- Whether using whole flaxseeds or flaxseed meal, you’ll need to grind them up into a fine powder. Store-bought flaxseed meal isn’t fine enough for making these pancakes.
- Place the flaxseeds in a food processor.
- Whizz until you get a fine powder.
Tip: This can take quite a lot of time and it’s much easier if you have a powerful/high-speed food processor.
- Transfer the flaxseed powder into a glass mixing bowl, along with the gluten-free flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt.
- Mix well, ensuring you’ve got rid of any clumps of flaxseed powder.
- Add the vinegar, maple syrup and plant-based milk and mix again.
Tip: Add the plant-based milk a small amount at a time, to make sure you don’t add too much.
- Leave the batter to sit for 5 minutes to allow the flaxseed powder to absorb the excess liquid before shaping the rolls.
- Divide the dough into 8 by keeping the dough in the bowl and using a spoon to divide it into half, then half again, and half again.
- Put a small amount of flour on a plate (for shaping the dough).
- Use the spoon to scoop up one eighth of the mixture.
- Use your hands to roll it into a round ball, using some of the flour on the plate to help with shaping.
- Place on a greased rectangular baking tray.
Tip: Make sure that the rolls are all touching each other – this will help them become fluffier.
- Brush over a small amount of plant-based milk over the tops of the rolls, using a pastry brush or your fingers.
- Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, until slightly risen and an inserted skewer comes out clean.
How long do these Vegan Dinner Rolls keep for?
These Dinner Rolls are best eaten within the day they’re made – they’re quick and easy enough to make as a side dish for dinner. But they do keep for up to a few days – if not eaten on the day, slice in half and put in the toaster.
How do you store Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls?
Store these covered in the fridge.
Can you freeze these Gluten-Free Vegan Rolls?
Yes – leave to thaw at room temperature, then slice and put in the toaster.
Substitutions you can make to this recipe:
- You can use any type of plant-based milk: almond milk, rice milk, soy milk, cashew milk, oat milk etc.
- You can use any type of liquid sweetener: maple syrup, agave syrup, brown rice syrup etc.
- You can omit the maple syrup to make these free from sugar.
- You can replace the apple cider vinegar with lemon juice.
- To make them nut-free, use a nut-free plant-based milk.
- If you’re not gluten-free, you can use plain flour.
How to serve these Dinner Rolls:
- Spread with vegan butter.
- Dip into strawberry jam or maple syrup.
- Brush with olive oil (or vegan butter) and sprinkle over fresh herbs.
- Brush with olive oil (or vegan butter) and sprinkle over flaky sea salt.
Recipes to serve these Dinner Rolls with:
More gluten-free vegan bread recipes:
- Gluten-Free Vegan Bread
- Gluten-Free Vegan Blueberry Banana Bread
- Gluten-Free Vegan Irish Soda Bread
- Gluten-Free Vegan Seeded Buckwheat Bread
- Gluten-Free Vegan Cornbread
- Gluten-Free Vegan Almond Bread
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Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls (Vegan)
- 100 g (½ cup) whole flaxseeds * (I used golden but brown works too)
- 300 g (2 ½ cup) gluten-free flour blend plus more for shaping (or sub plain flour if not gluten-free)
- 4 heaped teaspoons baking powder (ensure gluten-free if necessary)
- ¼ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
- ¼ teaspoon salt to taste
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar ** (ensure gluten-free if necessary)
- 4 tablespoons maple syrup *** (or sub any other liquid sweetener)
- 300 ml (1 ¼ cup) unsweetened almond milk (or sub any other plant-based milk)
To brush (optional):
- Unsweetened almond milk (or sub any other plant-based milk)
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit)
- Place the flaxseeds in a food processor and whizz until you get a fine powder – this can take quite a lot of time and it’s much easier if you have a powerful/high-speed food processor
- Transfer the flaxseed powder into a large bowl, along with the gluten-free flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt
- Mix very well, ensuring you’ve got rid of any clumps of flaxseed powder
- Add the vinegar, maple syrup and almond milk and mix again – add the almond milk a small amount at a time, to make sure you don’t add too much
- Leave the batter to sit for 5 minutes to allow the flaxseed powder to absorb the excess liquid before shaping the rolls
- Divide the dough into 8 by keeping the dough in the bowl and using a spoon to divide it into half, then half again, and half again
- Put a small amount of flour on a plate (for shaping the dough)
- Use the spoon to scoop up one eighth of the mixture
- Use your hands to roll it into a round ball, using some of the flour on the plate to help with shaping
- Place it into a large greased baking dish – I used one measuring 26 cm (10 inch) by 18 cm (7 inch) and 7 cm (2 ½ inch) tall)
- Repeat until you use up the rest of the dough
- Make sure that the rolls are all touching each other – this will help them become fluffier as they will push together as they bake
- Brush over a small amount of almond milk over the tops of the rolls, using a pastry brush or your fingers
- Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, until slightly risen and an inserted skewer comes out clean
- Best eaten when fresh, but keeps covered in the fridge for up to a few days. If not eaten on the day, slice in half and put in the toaster
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