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(30 Min!) Cinnamon Roll Knots 💨 gluten free, dairy free & keto

Got thirty mins and craving cinnamon rolls? Whip up these easy and scrumptious gluten free and keto cinnamon roll knots in a jiffy! Think just 2g net carbs a pop.

(30 Minute!) Gluten Free, Dairy Free & Keto Cinnamon Roll Knots
(30 Minute!) Gluten Free, Dairy Free & Keto Cinnamon Roll Knots

Gluten Free & Keto Cinnamon Roll Knots

Ready in 30!

While you guys already have some proper keto cinnamon rolls (you know, with yeast and all!), this hack is just so easy and yummy. i.e. Ideal for satisfying those out-of-the-blue cravings!

Also, I’m not sure if any Swedish peeps are reading this (Paola here!). You see, these little cinnamon knots remind me quite a bit of some cinnamon roll packaged cookies you buy in Sweden. Alas, I cannot remember the name (useless I know!)! But they really are good and addictive in the best of ways.

Having said that, I prefer to bake them for just 10 minutes so they stay all nice and dough-y inside. As if you you do 20 mins, you’ll get a more cookie-like texture. Both are well and good, just a taste preference.

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The Dairy Free & Keto Dough

You might (or not!) be surprised to hear that I use our grain-free tortilla dough here…! A little bit wetter, and with a tad bit more baking powder.

You can get roughly 10 cinnamon roll knots out of a batch of dough. But feel free to make them a little bigger (they come out even dough-ier).

Rolling out Keto dough for cinnamon roll knots
(30 Minute!) Gluten Free, Dairy Free & Keto Cinnamon Roll Knots
Cutting and shaping the keto cinnamon roll knots
(30 Minute!) Gluten Free, Dairy Free & Keto Cinnamon Roll Knots
Unbaked gluten free & keto cinnamon roll knots
(30 Minute!) Gluten Free, Dairy Free & Keto Cinnamon Roll Knots

The Flours

I like a mixture of super fine almond flour and coconut flour best. Add a touch of xanthan gum, baking powder, and we’re golden.

In terms of brands, for the almond either Anthony’s or WellBees work great. Both are super fine grinds. And for the coconut, I always favor Anthony’s (best taste and texture by a mile!).

No substituting flours here and the xanthan gum is absolutely necessary. And, if possible, weigh your ingredients for consistent results.

The Sweetener

You’ve got options! Feel free to use either sugar alcohols (erythritol and xylitol) or allulose. Oh, and Lakanto golden is particularly nice here with its maple tones!

And if using xylitol, make sure to be careful if you have a pup around the house, as it’s highly toxic to the little guys! 🐕

p.s. if just gluten free (or not restricted by sugars), simply sub 1-to-1 with regular or coconut sugar.

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Gluten Free, Low Carb & Keto Cinnamon Roll Knots

Got thirty mins and craving cinnamon rolls? Whip up these easy and scrumptious gluten free and keto cinnamon roll knots in a jiffy! Think just 2g net carbs a pop. 
Oh, and if baking with cups rather than grams is your thing, just click on US Cups for an instant conversion.
4.97 from 33 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Keto
Servings 10 cinnamon roll knots
Calories 102 kcal


For the keto dough:

For the keto cinnamon roll knots filling

  • 14 g grass-fed butter or coconut butter/oil, melted
  • 3-4 tablespoons golden erythritol or xylitol, to taste
  • 1-2 teaspoons cinnamon to taste

For the cream cheese glaze (optional, but highly suggested!)


  • Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C. Line a baking tray with a baking mat or parchment paper.

For the keto dough:

  • Add almond flour, coconut flour, xanthan gum, baking powder and salt to food processor. Pulse until thoroughly combined. 
  • Pour in apple cider vinegar with the food processor running. Once it has distributed evenly, pour in the egg. Followed by the water. Stop the food processor once the dough forms into a ball. The dough will be sticky to touch.
  • Wrap dough in cling film and knead it through the plastic for a minute or two. Think of it a bit like a stress ball. Allow dough to rest for 10 minutes (and up to 5 days in the fridge). 

For the keto cinnamon roll knots

  • Roll out the rested dough between two sheets of parchment paper with a rolling pin until roughly 10x10 inches in size. To get a perfect square, simply trim the uneven edges, patch them up and keep rolling until evenly sized. 
  • Assemble by brushing with melted butter and sprinkling with the cinnamon 'sugar' (to taste- we do 3TBS sweetener with 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon). Fold the dough in half and cut into 8-10 strips with a pastry cutter. Twist and roughly make into knots, pinching the dough together to seal closed (it'll naturally form into rounds as you twist). You can freeze the cinnamon roll knots at this point for a month or two, and bake straight from the freezer (adding a few more minutes in the oven). 
  • Place the knots in prepared tray and bake for 8-12 minutes (we do 10), until they just begin to brown. You want to only bake them briefly so they stay moist and doughy, otherwise you'll get cookies (still good, but not ideal!). 
  • While your cinnamon knots are in the oven. Cream together with an electric mixer the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in the powdered sweetener, vanilla extract and salt. If you want it more of a drizzling consistency, add a few teaspoons of almond milk to thin it out. 
  • These guys are best served warm straight from the oven, with a generous drizzle of cream cheese glaze. But they also do re-warm quite well. 


Please note that nutrition facts below are estimated for the keto cinnamon roll knots with the filling and the glaze. 


Serving: 1cinnamon roll knot | Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 70mg | Potassium: 50mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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  1. Katie McBroom says:

    5 stars
    ANOTHER successful gnom-gnom recipe! Wow this is delicious, it feels like a cheat meal. You don’t have to be keto to love this. I had some issues with twisting the knots and the dough breaking, so after I botched 3 of them, I just rolled them like little pinwheels. That worked well for me and they were just as gooey and yummy. These remind me of those little cinnamon rolls you’d get at Burger King for breakfast. Will be making these again, and in a bigger batch next time! Can’t believe these are so easy to make, delicious, and keto!

  2. Deborah says:

    5 stars
    I have had such mixed results baking keto that my continual mantra while mixing is ‘please be good, please behave, please turn out’. These little devils are a world of yes! The dough is just lovely to work with, and just the right flavor for sweet bakes. I used your 10 minute bake because I also like that bit of gooey left in the center. We loved them warm, but I love them cold too. Brilliant, and *such* terrific macros….keep doing the angels work, my dear!

    • Cara Wade-Garrett says:

      5 stars
      I’ve made a bunch of different things with your keto dough and they’ve all been great, but these knots with the cream cheese frosting were AMAZING.

      • Paola van der Hulst says:

        Wonderful to hear Cara! These are also some of my favorites (but the actual cinnamon rolls with yeast beat these… but take a lot longer oops!) xo!

  3. Sally J Goode says:

    I just finished making these gems and they were fantastic. I did convert the coconut flour to almond just because I can’t eat it. They look great and taste fantastic. Thank you.

    • Paola says:

      Hi Jim! Coconut flours can vary a lot in absorbency (it’s also a flour to easily overpack if you’re measuring by TBS rather than grams), which is why the recipe says 5 tsp water, as needed. Alternatively were your eggs small in size? Either way, a super easy problem to solve by adding a teaspoon of water at a time xo!

  4. elsa says:

    They are absolutely amazing! For the cinnamon sugar, I love to use more granulated xylitol to have that texture. Can’t get enough 😀

  5. mai says:

    Paola!! I just made these and they are sooo nice. I love them so much. thanks for your great ideas and please keep up the greaat work. you are the keto-queen. you make keto diet so amazingly easy.much love from dubai

  6. Eileen Malora says:

    I have a son who is allergic to dairy so i made the frosting with coconut milk and it came out amazing! so happy to have found this website, I love it! Thank you for sharing

    • Paola says:

      Hi Chrissy! What are the ingredients of Truvia? If it’s erythritol and stevia like I think it is you’re good to go xo!

  7. Dahl says:

    5 stars
    Just made these today! Tastes amazing and came together very easily! My 3 girls loved them and had no idea they were sugar free!

    • Paola says:

      Hi Andrea! It just sounds like too much water, either your egg was too large or added a bit too much water (alternatively didn’t measure the dry ingredients properly and came short on those). Hope it helps! xo

  8. Karen says:

    5 stars
    I absolutely love your blog and your recipes. I think you/this blog is/are the reason I have been able to continue on my ketogenic journey. Thank you for all you do! Cinnamon rolls are one of my weaknesses and I was wondering when you might have a yeasted version recipe to share?

    • Paola says:

      Karen I’m sorry to have missed your comment earlier! There is now a yeasted version recipe on the site (also linked to this recipe above!) xo!

  9. Chanda says:

    What would you recommend for a dairy free substitute for the cream cheese and butter in the glaze? I was thinking full fat coconut cream, but not sure on how that would turn out.


    • Paola says:

      Hi Chanda! In all honesty I don’t have a keto and dairy free sub. A while back I did make a good one with cashews, but that wouldn’t be a great option for keto. Maybe worth scouring a few vegan blogs? xo!

      • Julie Robbins says:

        5 stars
        Chanda, I made these amazing cinnamon rolls last night to serve to my husband this morning on our anniversary. We also eat dairy free. I took canned coconut milk and dipped some of the thicker coconut milk off the top of the can (didn’t shake before opening), then added cinnamon and stevia for the icing. My only problem was that I didn’t make enough. Next time I’ll double the recipe for my family of 6. Thanks so much, Paola, for an amazing recipe!!!

  10. Samantha Wallace says:

    5 stars
    I’m new to your blog, but I have been ketogenic for over a year now and every time I have fallen off the wagon and went on a weekend binge it was for bread, tortillas, or pasta. Your recipe for keto dough is a LIFE SAVER!!! Today I made this recipe into pesto pinwheels and added a tsp of dry active yeast to the dough (no sugar) I just needed, okay, I wanted the yeasty smell and taste. I rolled them like traditional cinnamon rolls and baked them in mini muffins cups! What a delicious addition to my dinner of your keto pasta with Bolognese!!! 💜

    • Paola says:

      Oh Samantha those sound wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing your idea with us, so happy to hear you’re enjoying the keto dough so much 😉 xo!

  11. Judy says:

    Thanks for this post. A must try. Am wondering though, can a flax or chia egg be a suitable substitute for us folks allergic to eggs? Thanks!

    • Paola says:

      Hi Judy! In all honesty I haven’t tried it myself, but a reader did report back on making the dough with a flax egg and succeeding (cannot guarantee it though, as I haven’t tried it myself). Hope this helps xo!

  12. Marv Deprez says:

    5 stars
    Hi Paola!

    We loved these, and I love your approach to this style of cooking! Please don’t get tired of re-inventing things for me to try. I’m having a great time, thank you!
    Melbourne, FL

    • Paola says:

      That’s awesome Marv so happy you loved these (and the blog!)! And don’t worry, the recipes will keep coming 😉 xo!

  13. Amanda says:

    Hi, will try making these later today. Not sure of the Swedish word you’re looking for, but they remind me of gifflar. Love your site!

  14. Alexandra Fisher says:

    Just a quick question, do you bake them in muffin tins or do they stay together in the little knots on a cookie sheet? Thanks!! I always know where to look when I need a little “fix”. Love your chocolate chip cookie recipe!! I prep the dough and freeze for when I need a little something 🙂

    • Paola says:

      Hi Alexandra! I’m sorry I missed your comment!!!! :-S I bake the on a a cookie sheet, and if you press them together well they will stay together quite well. But you can of course bake them in a muffin tin too. Also so happy you love the chocolate chip cookies! 🙂

  15. Karelle says:

    Hi! Can I roll and cut this the traditional cinnamon roll way or does it need to bake as a knot? Just wondering if it affects the taste. Thanks!

    • Paola says:

      Hi Karelle! You can technically roll them traditionally, but in all honesty I liked them better as knots because they stay more doughy inside. Personal preference I suppose! xo!

  16. Alex says:

    These look awesome! Just wanted to check one thing – the description mentions the recipe uses yeast, but I don’t see it in the actual recipe card.

    • Paola says:

      Hi Alex! No yeast in this recipe! The description simply states that you guys will be getting proper cinnamon rolls soon though (i.e. with yeast). Think of these as a shortcut for quick cravings 😉 xo!

  17. Kelly says:

    Hi! When your recipe converts to cups- it changes the baking powder to 5 teaspoons instead of 2 like in your metric recipe! Just thought you might want to know! I’m going to try making these tomorrow. Thanks!

  18. Deborah says:

    5 stars
    These look stellar and I love the idea of freezing them and baking a few as needed. How wonderful! I wouldn’t trust myself around a whole batch of them otherwise. Great recipe….thanks!

    • Paola says:

      Oh trust me I know from first hand experience these are a bad idea to have around all at once! Luckily they’re very filling, or I would have polished the whole batch in a sitting! 😉 xo and hope you enjoy!

      p.s. another reader just now commented that they used half the dough for the hot pockets and the rest for this- so you can always mix and match!

    • Paola says:

      Hi Jessi! A few readers have reported back that sunflower seed flour is a good sub in this dough (taste is a little different though). That’s the only possible sub as sunflower seeds are similar in fat content etc. to almonds. Another idea would be to make them with hazelnut flour, though flavor would be very different (maybe better match with a chocolate filling!). xo!

  19. dianars says:

    5 stars
    Ummm so these are amazing! I used half the dough to make a hot pocket from last week’s recipe and the rest for these. SO GOOD!

  20. Dunia says:

    Oh my! I so have been craving cinnamon rolls but cannot eat the traditional kind and now I can make them with less carbs, yes!
    I look forward to trying your recipes. This one has got me pumped. Thank you!

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