This easy keto cinnamon rolls recipe uses coconut flour fathead dough for an amazingly soft texture. Serve warm with melted cream cheese icing on top for a heavenly treat the whole family will love!
Coconut flour cinnamon rolls make for a delicious grab-and-go breakfast, or the perfect treat to savor alongside your morning coffee. It’s one of my favorites!
The first time I made low-carb cinnamon rolls, I never shared them on my blog because I didn’t love the texture. Cinnamon rolls need to be soft and chewy, otherwise, they just aren’t right.
But, a few years later, I had the idea to try and make a new version of my cinnamon rolls recipe using the fathead dough from my low-carb bagels. That dough uses coconut flour, which I prefer to almond flour.
Sure enough, coconut flour was the answer!
I was so impressed with how these keto cinnamon rolls turned out the second time. The dough is light and fluffy like a traditional pastry, with just the right amount of sweetness.
These remind me so much of Cinnabon rolls, especially when served warm! They are amazing fresh out of the oven.
Tip: If eating them later, I recommend reheating them in the microwave for about 40 seconds.
The main ingredient in this keto cinnamon roll recipe is fathead dough. That means it uses mozzarella cheese to thicken it. It also means you don’t have to wait for the dough to rise, so it’s a quicker recipe than traditional cinnamon rolls.
There are three parts to these cinnamon rolls – the dough, the filling, and the icing.
Low-Carb Cinnamon Roll Dough
I used a combination of cheese (cream cheese and mozzarella cheese) with coconut flour. To make the dough rise really well, use baking powder.
For the butter, don’t use margarine! Make sure you are using real unsalted butter. It has a better taste and the healthy fats you need.
Just like with traditional cinnamon rolls, I used softened butter and ground cinnamon with some brown sugar substitute.
I made a cream cheese frosting to go on top of the cinnamon rolls!
Keep this recipe safe because you’ll use this icing on other things too – like these keto zucchini cupcakes.
For the icing, you just need some cream cheese, butter, powdered sweetener, and vanilla extract.
If your icing ends up being too thick, you can thin it down with some almond or coconut milk.
Please note: Check out the recipe card at the bottom for a full list of ingredients used to make this low-carb recipe.
- Use extracts for flavor. Add peppermint extract to the icing instead of vanilla if you want a peppermint cinnamon roll.
- Add pecans. If you want your cinnamon rolls to have a little crunch, add some chopped pecans to the filling.
- Dough should be wet and sticky. If the dough is too dry, add another egg or a little more butter.
All of the steps and details for these low carb cinnamon rolls are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. First, here are some helpful tips and step-by-step pictures- This is a super-easy recipe.
Note: Keep reading to see the detailed instructions for each step. The amount used for each ingredient is listed in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Prepare the dough
The very first step is to prepare the coconut flour fat head dough. To do this, you mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl first and set them aside.
Then, melt the two types of cheese in a bowl. You want them to be completely melted and gooey.
After the cheese is melted, stir in the dry ingredient mixture as well as the beaten eggs, melted butter, and vanilla. Mix together until a dough is formed.
Note: The dough should be a little bit wet and sticky. If it seems dry, try adding in another egg or more butter. If it seems too wet, allow it to sit for a few minutes so the coconut flour can continue absorbing the liquid. You could also try chilling the dough for a few minutes.
Roll the dough out into a large rectangle with a rolling pin on a piece of parchment paper. It should be about the same size as the baking pan. If the dough is too sticky, you can place it between two pieces of parchment paper to make it easier to roll out.
Add the cinnamon filling
After the dough is rolled out, you are ready for the filling. This is a really easy step!
Just mix the brown low-carb sweetener with the cinnamon. Set this aside.
Then, spread the butter evenly over the dough. If it’s hard to spread the butter, you can also melt the butter and pour it over the dough. Finally, sprinkle the cinnamon and sweetener mix on top of the butter spread.
Roll And Cut
Starting at one of the shorter ends of the dough, roll it into a log.
Once fully rolled, slice the dough with a sharp knife into 12 rounds, each about 1-inch thick.
Bake The Keto Cinnamon Rolls
Place the rounds into the prepared baking pan. Try to leave some room between each roll so they have space to expand as they bake.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly in the baking pan on a wire rack.
Make Low-Carb Cream Cheese Icing
While the cinnamon rolls are baking, make your cream cheese icing!
To do this, I like to use an electric mixer. I’m sure you can do it by hand, but it takes so much longer.
If the icing seems too thick, add in a little low-carb milk (coconut or almond work well) to reach the desired consistency.
Once the rolls have cooled slightly (they can still be warm), spread the icing onto the rolls while they are still in the baking dish.
The entire recipe is just a little bit further below. First, here are a few of the most frequent questions about keto cinnamon rolls.
You can store these low-carb fathead cinnamon rolls in the fridge for up to a week to indulge any time. If you’d like to store your cinnamon rolls for longer, you do have the option to freeze them.
When I freeze my fathead dough cinnamon rolls, I bake them first, then freeze them. Once I’m ready to eat one, I place it in the oven at 350°F for about 5 minutes. They turn out just as delicious; maybe even better!
I have not tried freezing the dough before baking, but it should turn out fine as well. If you freeze the dough, don’t thaw the dough before baking. Simply remove from the freezer, then slice and bake.
Each roll has just 3g net carbs after subtracting 1g of fiber. There are also 209 calories and 1 gram of sugar per cinnamon roll. Compare that to one Cinnabon Classic Roll, which has 880 calories, 125 grams of net carbs, and 58 grams of sugar!
There are a few ways you can play around with this recipe to create the perfect low-carb cinnamon rolls.
- Extra sweet: If you are used to super sugary rolls, you may want to increase the amount of sweetener. I would play around with liquid sweetener until you reach your desired taste.
- Gooey cinnamon roll: If you want something gooey, add in some sugar free maple syrup or a fiber syrup to the butter layer. This will make the rolls extra gooey and increase the sweetness as well.
- Nuts: If you enjoy nuts on your cinnamon rolls, simply add them to the cinnamon mixture that is sprinkled on before you roll up the dough log.
There are so many ways to enjoy fathead cinnamon rolls! But, if you need to watch portions, try mini cinnamon roll waffles made with a mini waffle maker.
Looking for a few other grab-and-go keto breakfast recipes? Check out a few of these favorites:
- Cranberry Orange Keto Scones are bursting with cranberries and a sweet orange flavor, perfect for a coffee shop experience right at home!
- Coconut Flour Banana Bread is a delicious, quick bread recipe with just the right amount of sweetness to enjoy for breakfast, a snack, or dessert.
- Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins are like mini cheesecakes filled with blueberries for a super satisfying breakfast or snack!
- Low-Carb Oatmeal packs in all the comfort of hot cereal without the sugar or the carbs for a warm and cozy winter breakfast.
- Coconut Flour Low-Carb Donuts are topped with a chocolate icing for a super tasty special treat any time of day.
- Low-Carb Granola is perfect served with milk or used to top off plain yogurt.
Keto Cinnamon Rolls
- 60 grams coconut flour about ½ cup
- ¼ cup low carb sugar substitute
- 2 teaspoons baking powder use a little more for a better rise
- 250 grams mozzarella cheese shredded about 2-½ cups
- 55 grams cream cheese 2 ounces
- 3 large eggs beaten
- 2 tablespoons butter melted, add a bit more if needed and use unsalted to reduce sodium
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract optional
- ¼ cup Low Carb Brown Sweetener
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons butter softened (can be omitted but gives a better filling taste)
- 3 ounces cream cheese softened
- 3 tablespoons butter softened
- ¼ cup Swerve Confectioners Powdered Sweetener
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- low carb almond or coconut milk if needed
- Preheat oven to 400°F and grease a 9x13-inch pan baking pan if needed.
- Mix coconut flour, low carb sweetener, and baking powder in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Melt mozzarella cheese and cream cheese in microwave on high power for one minute. Stir. Place back in microwave on high for another minute. Stir.
- Add in beaten eggs, butter, vanilla extract (if using), and coconut flour mixture until a dough is formed. Dough should be a bit wet and sticky. If dry, try adding in another egg or more butter.
- Roll dough out into a rectangle about 9x12 inches.
- In small bowl, combine the brown low carb sweetener with cinnamon. Spread butter evenly over the dough then sprinkle the cinnamon mix on top.
- Roll dough into a log starting at one of the shorter ends. Slice into 1-inch thick rounds.
- Rounds into prepared baking pan. Bake at 400°F for about 14-16 minutes or until lightly browned. Allow to cool slightly on a wire rack.
- In a medium mixing bowl, cream the cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer. Beat in the powdered sweetener and vanilla extract. Add in a little low carb milk (coconut or almond) if needed to thin the icing.
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First published on March 12, 2018. Updated on March 23, 2021, with new images and additional recipe information.