These Grain free, AIP Cinnamon Rolls are soft, gooey, moist and delicious and only involve a few ingredients! They’re also paleo and vegan and a perfect Fall or holiday treat.
I’ve gotten so many requests over the past couple months for AIP cinnamon rolls, so here they are! This recipe uses Japanese sweet potato and cassava flour to make a soft dough that is slightly sweet and so delicious with the cinnamon and coconut sugar.
Here’s what you need for these Grain free, AIP Cinnamon Rolls
- Japanese sweet potato – boiled and mashed into a smooth puree, this is the base of these delicious grain free cinnamon rolls
- Cassava flour – I don’t recommend any substitutions to the cassava flour in this recipe!
- Coconut oil – if you want to make this recipe coconut free, readers have had success substituting this for palm shortening
- Coconut sugar – you can substitute this with maple sugar if you like
- Cinnamon and pure vanilla extract – this is where all the flavor comes from.
- Sea Salt – I never bake anything sweet without sea salt. In this recipe the sea salt adds a nice balance to the sweetness and brings all the flavors together.
- Coconut cream – this is a completely optional topping. In my opinion, a topping is unnecessary but I know folks like to ice their cinnamon rolls so if you do, coconut whipped cream is a great option and you can skip the added sweetener. Trust me, the rolls themselves are plenty sweet! This is what I’ve used in the photo below.
How to make AIP/Paleo Cinnamon Rolls
- Begin by combining melted coconut oil, cinnamon, vanilla extract, sea salt and coconut sugar in a large bowl until the mixture resembles wet sand.
- Measure out 2 cups of sweet potato mash and mix together with cassava flour and salt until ingredients come together into a pliable ball of dough. If necessary, add more cassava flour by the TBSP to achieve this consistency. You want a soft and pliable dough that is not wet or sticky.
- Place ball of dough between two pieces of parchment paper. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough into a large rectangle about 8 1/2 x 11 and no less than 1/4 inch thick.
- Using an offset or rubber spatula, spread the filling over the lower 2/3 of the dough.
- Starting from the short edge, use a large sharp knife or bench scraper to cut dough into 3/4-inch wide strips
- Carefully roll each strip inward into a tight circle. If the dough cracks in a few places, use wet fingertips to help bring it back together. Place into a baking dish and bake in the middle rack of oven for 30-35 minutes.
Tips for soft and fluffy Grain free Cinnamon Rolls:
- You want a dough that is soft and pliable and not wet or too sticky. If necessary, add more cassava flour by the TBSP to achieve this consistency.
- Be gentle with the dough – it’s delicate! You want to be able to use the parchment paper to help you fold it into thirds, so the dough shouldn’t stick to it.
- Don’t worry if some oil seeps out and pools around the rolls as they bake, most of it should be absorbed once they’re done cooking and makes the exterior slightly crispy.
Can I make these cassava free?
Unfortunately, no. This recipe relies on cassava flour and I don’t recommend any substitutions.
Can I use a different type of sweet potato?
This recipe won’t work with orange-fleshed sweet potatoes which aren’t as starchy and don’t hold together. I do not recommend them in this recipe.
Can I use sweet potato flour in place of sweet potato puree?
The sweet potato puree is necessary here to bind with the cassava flour so flour alone won’t work.
What can I top these with?
In my opinion these are perfect as is and definitely doesn’t require any additional sweetener. For those who really want a topping, check out my AIP frosting post that gives lots of options and recipes for AIP toppings. Whipped coconut cream (as shown in the cover photo), or coconut butter would be great choices.
Enjoyed these Cinnamon Rolls? Here are some other delicious grain free recipes for you to try:
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