Pillowy soft & fluffy gluten free dinner rolls that are so easy to make. No bread machine, no xanthan gum, and vegan! Everyone loves these rolls, gluten free or not.

gluten free dinner roll on a plate

Gluten free baking can be super difficult and frustrating if you don’t have the right recipe. Fortunately, for you, you’ve stumbled here 🙂 If you’re looking for the perfect gluten free dinner rolls to serve to your family that everyone will love (not just the gluten-free eaters!), then this is your recipe.

This might be one of the best vegan gluten free bread recipes around (and we have tons- check out our award winning gluten free cinnamon rolls,  gluten free pizza dough, and the best gluten free sandwich bread – all vegan!). 

These dinner rolls are unbelievably easy to make (less than 2 hours!), the dough feels and acts just like classic dinner roll dough, and these rolls happen to be undetectably vegan, egg-free, no dairy, no nuts, AND no xanthan gum. 

Plus, no need for a gluten-free flour blend- we’ll only be using 3 main flours to create this gluten free dinner roll recipe!

The result? Perfectly plush, soft, and squishy dinner rolls that are suitable for the gluten-free eaters of the family and the regular bread-loving folks!

gluten free dinner rolls on parchment paper

Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Tapioca flour: This is also known as tapioca starch by some brands. 
  • Millet flour: I absolutely love using millet flour for gluten-free bread recipes, as it’s slightly sweet and yields a really fluffy texture. You can replace it with sorghum flour, but the BEST result will be with millet flour.
  • Sweet rice flour: This is very different from rice flour- please purchase specifically sweet rice flour! You can substitute this with oat flour or sorghum flour.
  • Psyllium husk powder: Please use the powder form, as specified, and not the rough husk form! 
  • Arrowroot starch
  • Baking powder
  • Water + dairy free milk: Since dinner rolls are typically an enriched dough, I used part dairy free milk and part water to help simulate that. You can use almond milk, soy milk, oat milk, or whatever your favorite non dairy milk is. 
  • Dairy free yogurt: This is our vegan egg replacement.
  • Vegan butter: Just a little melted butter (dairy free of course!) helps to make these gluten-free dinner rolls extra rich. I like to use Miyoko’s vegan butter. 
  • Apple cider vinegar: A little apple cider vinegar helps to stabilize the rise in our dinner rolls, creating sturdier and fluffier gluten free rolls. 
  • Quick rise yeast: To help our dinner rolls rise! Please see the below section as to why I specify using quick rise yeast over active dry yeast in gluten free bread recipes.
sliced gluten free dinner roll

Quick rise yeast vs. active dry yeast:

I always recommend using quick rise yeast over active dry yeast in gluten free bread recipes. The reason being is that active dry yeast will take much longer (like several hours) to rise a gluten free dough, versus just using quick rise yeast, which will be under an hour!

The recipe is specifically written for quick rise yeast as well, so please be sure that you’re using either quick rise or instant yeast (the same, but sometimes different brands name them differently).

hand pressing down on soft gluten free dinner roll

Overview: How to make gluten free dinner rolls:

I have a whole step-by-step video tutorial both on YouTube and on Instagram, which I highly recommend watching! But let’s go over the overview of this recipe here.

Gluten free dinner roll dough:

As I mentioned earlier, the dough is really easy to make. I recommend using a stand mixer with a dough hook over using a large bowl and wooden spoon to make this dough by hand. However, it is possible to make the dough by hand, it will just take longer!

Start by:

  1. Whisking all of the dry ingredients together in the bowl.
  2. Add in the wet ingredients, and start mixing your dough. The dough will begin to thicken like traditional bread dough once the psyllium husk powder activates.
  3. Knead in the bowl for a few minutes before moving directly onto shaping your dinner rolls- no need to proof the dough before we shape it!
gluten free dinner roll dough

How to shape dinner rolls:

If you’ve ever made my classic vegan dinner rolls, then shaping these gluten free ones will be a breeze.

To start, you’ll divide the dough into 12 even sections. For equal dinner rolls, you can even weigh the dough then divide that number into 12 to get how much each dough ball should weigh.

Take one dough piece and gently flatten it on the clean surface. Next, take the corners that it made and pinch them towards the center. Flip the dough over and begin to gently roll it to help shape the dough into a round dough ball. You’ll repeat this for each dinner roll.

Finally, you’ll rise the rolls until dough in size. Then brush the tops of each with your vegan egg wash (a combination of maple syrup and soy milk) and bake until lightly golden brown!

Pro Tips:

  • Line your baking pan with parchment paper: I find that using a bit of cooking spray or oil helps the parchment paper to stick better too. This will prevent the dinner rolls from sticking to the pan.
  • Don’t make substitutions that haven’t been approved! Of course, you can make those substitutions, but I cannot guarantee they’ll come out, so if you want dinner rolls like in the picture, please make sure you’re using the right ingredients!
  • Want to jazz up the flavor? You can use this gluten-free dinner rolls recipe as the base dough for my garlic and herb dinner rolls.
  • Don’t need vegan gluten free dinner rolls? This recipe was specifically designed to be both gluten free and vegan. However, many of my readers that are not fully vegan have found success swapping in non-vegan products. I cannot personally attest to this, as I’m vegan, but the vegan swaps are very minimal!
  • Brush the tops of the gluten free dinner rolls with more butter after baking: This will help give them that really glossy look when you serve them as a side at your vegan dinner party or Thanksgiving dinner!
sliced gluten free dinner roll on a plate

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gluten free dinner roll on a plate

Easy Soft & Fluffy Gluten Free Dinner Rolls (Vegan)

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  • Author: Britt Berlin
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Proofing time: 40
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Pillowy soft & fluffy gluten free dinner rolls that are so easy to make. No bread machine, no xanthan gum, and vegan! Everyone loves these rolls, gluten free or not.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 3 cups (390 g) tapioca flour
  • 1 1/2 cups + 1 tbsp (362 g) millet flour
  • 1/2 cup (80 g) sweet rice flour
  • 37 g psyllium husk powder
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp (14 g) instant dry/quick rise yeast
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/4 cups (300 mL) water, warm
  • 1 1/4 cups (300 mL) dairy free milk, like soy milk, almond milk, oat milk, etc, warm
  • 2/3 cup (170 g) dairy free yogurt
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 4 tbsp vegan butter, room temperature
  • Vegan egg wash (1 tbsp maple syrup + 1 tbsp soy milk)

Instructions

  1. Prep: Measure out all ingredients and set aside. Grease and line a 9×13″  casserole dish with oil and parchment paper, and set aside. If you’re making just 9 dinner rolls, you can use a 9×9 pan.
  2. Whisk the dry ingredients: In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl, whisk together the tapioca flour, millet flour, arrowroot starch, sea salt, psyllium husk powder, and instant dry yeast. Make sure that everything is thoroughly whisked.
  3. Make the dough: Add in the warm water, warm dairy free milk, dairy free yogurt maple syrup, and apple cider vinegar. Use a dough hook attachment for the stand mixer or a large wooden spoon if making the dinner roll dough by hand, and mix the dough on medium speed until you get a thick and consistent, slightly rough and tacky dough. Allow the dough to knead for 4-5 minutes. Then add in the room temperature vegan butter, and continuing mixing until the butter is incorporated and the dough is smooth. This will take about 2-3 minutes for the dough to come together in the stand mixer before kneading, or about 5-7 minutes before kneading the dough if making the dough by hand.
  4. Shape the dinner rolls: Once the dough is made, lightly flour a clean surface with millet flour. Divide the dough into 9 or 12 even dough pieces. Take one dough piece, and lightly press it down with your palm. Then take the corners of the dough and pinch them together in the middles. Flip the dinner roll upside down so that the pinched dough is facing downwards, and gently roll the dough on the table to form a smooth ball (see photos and watch video). Place the finished dinner roll into the casserole dish, and repeat for the remaining dough.
  5. Proof: Cover the gluten free dinner rolls with a clean dish towel or proofing cloth and place in a warm area to rise until doubled in size, about 30-40 minutes. While the dinner rolls are rising, preheat the oven to 350F.
  6. Brush: When the dinner rolls are doubled in size, brush the tops of the rolls with the vegan egg wash (maple syrup and soy milk whisked together).
  7. Bake: Place the gluten free dinner rolls into the oven to bake for 37-45 minutes, or until the tops of the rolls are lightly golden brown. If your rolls are done, but the tops haven’t browned as much, you can turn on the broiler setting of your oven to toast the tops of the buns for 2-3 minutes KEEPING AN EYE on the rolls at ALL TIMES with your oven light.
  8. Serve and enjoy! Remove the dinner rolls from the oven. Allow them to cool for 10-15 minutes before serving and enjoying. Store any leftovers in an airtight container or bag for up to 4 days in the fridge or put to 3 months in the freezer.

Notes

Please see the blog post for all tips, tricks, and substitutions!

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 gluten free dinner roll
  • Calories: 257
  • Sugar: 3.1 g
  • Sodium: 225.4 mg
  • Fat: 6.3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 44.4 g
  • Fiber: 3.8 g
  • Protein: 5.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 12 mg