‘Cinnamon Roll’ Pull-Apart Christmas Tree 🎄 gluten free, dairy free & keto

Searching for a show-stopper holiday treat?! This dairy free & keto pull apart Christmas tree, with its scrumptious ‘cinnamon roll’ filling, is most definitely it!

Gluten Free & Keto Pull-Apart Christmas Tree | with a 'cinnamon roll' filling
Gluten Free & Keto Pull-Apart Christmas Tree | with a ‘cinnamon roll’ filling

Gluten Free & Keto Pull-Apart Christmas Tree

With A ‘Cinnamon Roll’ Filling!

I’m fairly certain this keto pull-apart bread ticks every single holidaze box!

It’s a definite show-stopper, absolutely scrumptious, surprisingly easy to put together… and (vip!) you can make it ahead of the big day!

p.s. looking for proper (i.e. fluffy, gooey ‘n yeast-y!) cinnamon rolls? Must check out our fluffy ‘n gooey keto cinnamon rolls!

The Dairy Free & Keto Dough

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

It’s super easy to put together and good to work with. Just be sure to keep the dough covered with a damp cloth so it doesn’t dry out while you work on it!

Oh, and be sure not to over-bake to keep the twists nice and dough-y inside. I did 20 minutes, the tree was just beginning to brown so the edges were lightly crisp but the inside still nice and gooey!

Cutting the keto dough into a Christmas Tree shape
Gluten Free & Keto Pull-Apart Christmas Tree | with a ‘cinnamon roll’ filling
The unbaked keto pull-apart Christmas tree
Gluten Free & Keto Pull-Apart Christmas Tree | with a ‘cinnamon roll’ filling

The Flours

We 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, we always favor Anthony’s.

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

Keto pull-apart cinnamon roll Christmas Tree on a festive plate
Gluten Free & Keto Pull-Apart Christmas Tree | with a ‘cinnamon roll’ filling

The Sweetener

You’ve got good options here.  Lakanto Goldenxylitol (non-corn though to avoid tummy troubles!) and allulose (add 30% more) are my top choices (no aftertaste at all!).

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!

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

Keto pull-apart Christmas Tree with a cream cheese glaze
Gluten Free & Keto Pull-Apart Christmas Tree | with a ‘cinnamon roll’ filling
Gluten Free & Keto Pull-Apart Christmas Tree | with a 'cinnamon roll' filling

Gluten Free & Keto Pull-Apart Christmas Tree

Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dairy free, gluten free, keto, low carb
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 188 kcal

Searching for a show-stopper holiday treat?! This dairy free & keto pull apart Christmas tree, with its scrumptious cinnamon roll filling, is most definitely it!

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Ingredients

For the keto dough:

For the 'cinnamon roll' filling

  • 28 g unsalted grass-fed butter or coconut butter/oil, melted
  • 3-6 tablespoons golden erythritol or xylitol, to taste
  • 2-3 teaspoons cinnamon to taste

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

Instructions

For the keto dough:

  1. Add almond flour, coconut flour, xanthan gum, baking powder and salt to food processor. Pulse until thoroughly combined. Alternatively feel free to use your stand mixer (works just as well) or your hand mixer (dough is very stiff, but works well too with a little more arm muscle). 

  2. 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 (or stop beating) once the dough forms into a ball. The dough will be sticky to touch, but very firm.

  3. 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 pull-apart Christmas tree

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

  2. Divide the dough in two and roll out between two sheets of parchment paper with a rolling pin. I try and roll it out in a rough triangle shape to keep dough trimmings to a minimum. When working with the dough, keep it covered with a moist cloth to keep it from drying out. 

  3. Assemble in the prepared tray by brushing both sides with melted butter and sprinkling with the cinnamon 'sugar' to taste. Place one piece of dough on top of the other, trim edges into a triangle shape and cut strips of dough (see pictures for reference). Twist gently, pinching the dough together to seal closed. If making ahead, you can refrigerate it at this point (well covered!!) for a couple days. Oh, and don't forget to make a star with the trimmings!

  4. Brush with egg wash and bake for 18-25 minutes (I did 20), until the tree just begins to brown. You want to only bake it briefly so it stays moist and doughy, otherwise you'll get cookies (still good, but not ideal!). 

  5. While your Christmas Tree is 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. 

  6. It's best served warm straight from the oven, with a generous drizzle of cream cheese glaze. But it also does re-warm very well. 

Recipe Notes

Please note that nutrition facts below are estimated for 1/10th of the Christmas Tree. 

Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free & Keto Pull-Apart Christmas Tree
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 188 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 38mg 13%
Sodium 195mg 8%
Potassium 177mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 1g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 2.3%
Calcium 11.9%
Iron 6.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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28 comments

  1. Sarah Wilson says:

    This might be my new favourite! I tweaked just a couple things, and I swear it’s the closest thing I’ve tasted to a real cinnamon bun in years! 😍😍😍

    1– added a smidge of sweetener & vanilla to the dough (not sure if it’s intentional or not, but the ingredients list only has sweetener in the filling & glaze, rather than the dough itself… just personal preference, but a smidge of Lakanto gave the dough great flavour!)

    And
    2— proofed some yeast in warm water beforehand to use as the water called for (not so much for rise, as it’s just almond flour, of course, but I simply adore the smell of warm yeasty cinnamon dough!)

    I made the tree as a dessert for Christmas Eve dinner (’twas a hit with everyone!) and used the trimmings for mini cinnamon rolls Christmas morning while the non-ketoers ate the real thing. Thank you again times a trillion for this perfect recipe! 💕💕

    Ps- am trying a savoury twist on this dough next (as I love the texture so much!)… garlic rosemary parm twists, methinks! 😉 😘

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Looks lovely, I would put aside some of the glaze, add red and green colour. Put a few droplets over the tree will make it pop.

  3. Patricia says:

    WOW, another delicious looking recipe! But, those crazy eggs haunt me! Love them, bur can’t have them! Any substitution for the 2 eggs that would work? Thanks

  4. Kelly says:

    Hello, this looks very intriguing, can I use swerve or erithritol for the dough? We don’t use xylatol because of our pup and can’t get the other sweetner you mentioned.

  5. Francesca says:

    Stunning! Love that you’re reminding us of these amazing dessert recipes of yours.

    I know (hope!) you’re working on a stroopwafel recipe but I’ve recently been having a craving for a particular dessert that I’m challenging you and your genius brain to recreate….the humble Jaffa Cake! I’ve been attempting to recreate it myself but can’t get it right at all. Have been making do with some melted chocolate and orange extract smothered on waffles…but it’s not the same 🙁

    Hope you and your loved ones have a lovely Christmas!
    x
    Francesca

  6. Pea Green says:

    Oh, Dear Lady, there you go again showing us what a genius you are. I don’t think I am clever enough to do this gorgeous tree but it makes my eyes happy just seeing it here..Paola, if you can sing . . . .you just made it to the top of my heap. Imagine singing carols and gathering around this scrumptious tree. x x x x

    • Paola says:

      My dear Pea! You’re always the absolute sweetest and I delight in reading your comments 🙂 All my best wishes for you and your family! big kiss!

  7. Liz says:

    This recipe looks amazing! I hope to make it for Christmas. Could I substitute lemon juice for the vinegar? Could I substitute psyllium husk for the xanthan gum? Do you know of a xanthan gum that is grain free?

    • Jenny says:

      I have a feeling this will be more like pie dough than bready like the cinnamon rolls. But you could do it with the cinnamon roll recipe and make little balls and pile that into a pan like monkey bread.

      • Paola says:

        Yeah thanks Jenny (missed the comment!)! I would actually try the cinnamon roll recipe itself for pull apart bread (they use yeast, so it would be more like a proper monkey bread!) xo!

  8. Anne Walsh says:

    Wow, This looks amazing! Unfortunately, we are unable to have the xanthan gum, as that’s likely a corn source, and we are off all green. Also, we cannot do apple cider vinegar right now. Wondering if you know of a substitution for either the xanthan gum or the ACV? Many thanks. Merry Christmas.

  9. Toni Leggate says:

    Any chance using coconut flour (less plus extra egg and water) as I am nut allergic, will work? So hopeful – used to love cinnamon rolls before the allergy hit me and this looks amazing!

    • Paola says:

      Unfortunately that won’t work… but have you tried sunflower seed flour instead? Readers use it throughout the site a lot (particularly in the tortilla recipe.. pretty much same difference) xo!

  10. Betsie says:

    This looks delicious! Is it possible to get the ready the day before and pop it in the oven the next day? I’d love to have this for Christmas morning, but I will not have time to make it right then. Thanks!

  11. Devyn says:

    Paola you’re incredible! I love your cinnamon knot recipe and will def be making this for christmas!

  12. Joan says:

    I would love a video on this. I cannot quite picture how the assembly works. Are you sprinkling each piece of dough with cinnamon and sweetener or sprinkling the tray, then putting the dough on top of the tray?

    • Paola says:

      It’s like a cinnamon sugar sandwich with the two pieces of dough, then it’s cut and twisted.

      Tbh I haven’t figured out how to do videos since an accident I had six months ago and my mobility was greatly diminished… BUT Christmas trees (with puff pastry particularly) aren’t a new thing, and they’re plenty of videos on YouTube 😉

      • Joan says:

        Sorry to hear of your accident::( I get it now. So roll one piece of dough. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sweetener, then top it with the other piece of dough and cut as you have shown and twist the tree? BTW, your pie crust recipe is the BOMB! I made pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving with it for the first time. I told my non-keto, non-diabetic hubby to try it because I thought it was the closest to a white-flour crust I had ever made in keto. It was not only that, but just plain DELICIOUS and flaky in it’s own right. I used the lemon zest option in min. I told him if no one had told me this was not white flour, I would have thought that it was. He agreed.

        Keep up the good work!

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