You’ve been asking for it, and here it is! A sweet orange roll that is gluten free, vegan AND top 8 free! It’s taken many years to find one that I felt was good enough to post. I hope you find it’s worth the wait! The best part–it uses a premade mix, so no mixing gluten free flours together, or having to measure any type of yeast or flour! These orange rolls have that classic zesty filling, but you can always swap in cinnamon for the classic cinnamon roll.
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Why these gluten free vegan orange rolls are bomb.
Orange rolls and cinnamon rolls have always been a pipe dream for me. I never imagined that I could have them since we can’t use the staples of flour, eggs and butter.
I would feel bad when readers would ask me for the recipe, and I’d say I didn’t know of one. There are certainly gluten free cinnamon rolls, and there are dairy free cinnamon rolls, but I’d yet to find a good gluten free, vegan AND top 8 free orange roll. It seemed no matter the recipe I found, there’d be at least one allergen in it that we couldn’t do.
I just never knew how to get a good dough texture. So, when I realized that Bob’s Red Mill had a pizza crust mix that I could tweak, I thought “EUREKA!”. Now instead of having to find a good gluten free baking blend that would produce a soft dough, they’ve done the hardest part for me. I mean, I don’t know about you, but I sure don’t feel like purchasing: brown rice flour, potato starch, millet flour, sorghum flour, tapioca flour, potato flour, xanthan, and guar gum, and measuring out all of those ratios. Thank you Bob’s Red Mill! (And no, this is not sponsored.)
Now, all I had to do was figure out how to infuse it with orange flavor, the filling and the frosting.
I made sure to put orange juice in the dough, orange zest in the filling, and orange juice AGAIN in the frosting to make sure every single part had a nice orange touch.
I hope if you’ve been missing these as well, that these gluten free vegan orange rolls will become a go-to recipe for you and your family no matter your dietary restrictions.
How are these orange rolls gluten free?
Making these orange rolls gluten free was the easiest part, because I use the Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Pizza Crust and tweak it from there. They have taken care of it all. The only thing you will need additionally, flour wise, is some type of gluten free flour to spread on your wax paper and on your rolling pin, to ensure the dough doesn’t stick when rolling it out. Feel free to use whatever gluten free flour you have on hand. In a pinch, even powdered sugar would work–just something to dust the surface with.
I’ve also had a reader suggest that instead of using extra flour (in case it dries it out) that she uses non-stick spray when rolling it out, and putting it on her hands.
How are these orange rolls vegan?
Instead of using regular butter and eggs in this recipe, I use Earth Balance vegan butter, aquafaba for the eggs. There are no other animal products in the recipe, making this a great vegan recipe!
What if I can use eggs?
If you can use and want to use regular eggs, simply omit the aquafaba and use two regular eggs.
What if I don’t need these orange rolls to be dairy free?
If you can use regular butter, go ahead and use it at the same ratio that I call for vegan butter.
What if I have a yeast allergy?
I’m sorry, but the yeast is critical to getting the gluten free vegan orange rolls to rise, and at this time, I don’t have a work around for it. If you find one, please let me know!
What do you use for the egg replacer in these vegan orange rolls?
I have found aquafaba, the liquid found in a can of chick peas (also known as garbanzo beans) to have that same elasticity as egg whites. I believe this is the best egg replacer to help give the dough that pull and stretchiness. I find powdered egg replacers to be somewhat drying, and applesauce or bananas could make it too wet. If you have a legume allergy and cannot have aquafaba, feel free to still try it with your own egg replacer, though I can’t guarantee the results. Sometimes with an allergy you have to do your own tweaking and while it may not be ideal, it may still work!
Where do you find the Bob’s Red Mill mix & what’s in it?
For these gluten free vegan orange rolls, I buy the 16oz Bob’s Red Mill Pizza Crust Mix at my local Walmart. I’ve seen it at most grocer’s and natural grocery stores. You can also find it on Amazon. The nice thing is that it comes with the yeast packet as well.
Here are the ingredients from the label:
- MIX: BROWN RICE FLOUR, POTATO STARCH, WHOLE GRAIN MILLET FLOUR, WHOLE GRAIN SORGHUM FLOUR, TAPIOCA FLOUR, POTATO FLOUR, CANE SUGAR, XANTHAN GUM, SEA SALT, GUAR GUM. YEAST PACKET: YEAST, SORBITAN MONOSTEARATE, ASCORBIC ACID
I heard Bob’s Red Mill also processes nuts?
I often get this question when I recommend Bob’s Red Mill products. Here is the statement off of their website:
“Each manufacturing facility follows Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and follows allergen control strategies to minimize the potential cross contact of food allergens. These practices include, but are not limited to: HACCP training, separation of like materials and sanitation.” Source.
Both of my boys have anaphylactic allergies to peanuts and tree nuts (except for hazelnuts) and we’ve used Bob’s products for almost ten years with zero problems.
I also emailed them directly about this pizza crust mix and concerns over cross-contact with tree nuts. I found their email, sent Dec 17, 2020 very comforting:
- “We do process the following tree nuts in our GF facility: almonds, cashews, coconut, hazelnuts, and macadamia nuts. The chance of cross contact would be incredibly slim. Each facility follows Good Manufacturing Practices and follows allergen control strategies to minimize the potential of cross contact between food allergens. We clean our machinery thoroughly with high-pressure air and vacuums between each production run, inspecting and validating cleanliness before a new product is introduced. When a new product is introduced, we flush the lines, donating or discarding the first 20 pounds of product per lot before beginning the new packaging process.”
I trust their cleaning procedures. If ever in doubt, call and talk directly to them. Whenever I’ve done that, I always feel better when speaking with the company one and one.
I understand if that doesn’t feel comfortable to you, and you’d rather not make this recipe, you do what is best for you! I always go off label alone when labeling things “top 8 free” or otherwise. If that doesn’t work for you, that’s OK too!
Can you make these orange rolls into cinnamon rolls?
You certainly can. Simply swap out the orange filling, for your favorite cinnamon filling, and then frost it with this vegan vanilla buttercream.
Can I frost these with a cream cheese frosting instead?
Feel free to use whatever frosting you prefer on these gluten free vegan orange rolls. I do have a recipe for a vegan cream cheese frosting included in my carrot sheet cake recipe. I just didn’t want anything competing with the orange flavor, and find cream cheese ends up shining through a bit.
How do you store these gluten free vegan orange rolls?
You’ll want to store them room temperature with plastic wrap over them, to help them avoid drying out. They’re best eaten the day of, but will keep for 1-2 days. I do find that nuking them in the microwave for just a few seconds before eating them, if you’re not eating them fresh, helps the dough soften a bit. Just don’t do it for too long, or the frosting will be a puddle.
Are these orange rolls top-8-free and allergy friendly?
Yes they are! My son is allergic to wheat/gluten, dairy, eggs and nuts, so we cannot have these in any of our recipes. If you need these to be soy free as well, make sure that you use the soy free version of Earth Balance Buttery Sticks (or any other dairy free butter you prefer.)
Are there more gluten-free vegan breakfast recipes?
Of course there are! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Here are some of my other favorite breakfast and brunch recipes.
- 20+ of favorite muffins
- Gluten Free Vegan Double Chocolate Baked Donuts
- Gluten Free Vegan Pumpkin Scones with Spiced Glaze
- Egg Free & Dairy Free Frittata Cups
- Gluten Free Vegan Instant Pot Pumpkin Quinoa Porridge
- Gluten & Dairy Free Breakfast Potatoes (does have bacon)
- Blender Sunbutter, Buckwheat & Banana Waffles
- Gluten free vegan gingerbread pancakes
- Gluten free vegan lemon raspberry streusel cake
- And, if you just need gluten free, try my friend Chandice’s Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls
Do you have a video showing how to make vegan gluten free orange rolls?
Yes I do! I made a Tiktok video, which is a short and sweet video giving you a general overview of how to make this recipe. Enjoy!
@allergyawesomenessOrange rolls that are ##glutenfreevegan AND ##top8free. ##allergyfriendly ##glutenfreeveganbaking ##eggfreebaking ##glutenfreedairyfree♬ original sound – Megan Lavin
Gluten Free Vegan Orange Rolls (made with a mix!)
A sweet roll that is gluten free, vegan AND top 8 free! The best part of these orange rolls--it uses a premade mix, so no mixing gluten free flours together, or having to measure any type of yeast or flour!
- 2-1/4 tsp Yeast Packet (included in the mix)
- 1/2 cup warmed water
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
- 1/4 cup vegan butter (see post for details)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 aquafaba eggs (6 Tablespoons aquafaba) *see post for details
- 1/2 cup room temperature orange juice
- 16-oz Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix
- Additional gluten free flour for dusting
- 1/2 cup softened vegan butter
- 1 cup white sugar
- Zest of one large, or two medium naval oranges
- 6 Tablespoons vegan butter
- 1 and 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1-2 tablespoons orange juice to thin as needed
- 1/2 tsp orange extract (optional)
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Lightly grease a 8x11 (2 quart) glass baking dish. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, make your filling by creaming together the softened butter, orange zest and sugar. Set aside.
In a small bowl, add the warm water and 1 Tablespoon sugar.
Sprinkle the yeast packet on top of the warm sugar water and let it sit for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the 1/2 cup sugar and vegan butter. Add the aquafaba, orange juice and mix.
Next, add the yeast/water/sugar mixture to the stand mixer bowl and mix.
Finally, add in the entire 16-oz package of flour from the package.
Remove the paddle attachment, and put your dough hook on your mixer. Mix everything for two minutes.
Lay out wax paper on a clean surface, and heavily sprinkle it with a gluten free flour of your choosing. Put the dough on the sprinkled surface, and sprinkle additional flour on top of it, as well as some on a rolling pin.
Roll the dough out into a large rectangle.
Using your hands or a spatula, evenly spread the filling all over the rectangle, leaving a little border on the edges.
Starting on the short end, roll the dough tightly into a log (like a jelly roll).
Premeasure where your 12 slices will go. Use dental floss to slice 12 even slices from the roll.
Place the slices into the 8x11 greased baking dish. It's OK to crowd them. Cover them with plastic wrap and set in a warm place to rise for 30 minutes. (I sometimes set my oven to it's lowest temperature while I'm making the dough, turn off the oven, and then set my rolls in the warm oven to rise if my kitchen is chilly.)
After 30 minutes of rising, remove the plastic wrap and place your rolls in the pre-heated 375 degree F oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until edges are just starting to brown and dough is cooked through.
Allow the rolls to cool (takes me about two hours) before frosting.
To make the frosting, cream together all of the ingredients, slowly adding in the orange juice until you reach the consistency you prefer.
Best when eaten the same day. Keep covered room temperature for 1-2 days. I find the dough softens a little, if I nuke it in the microwave for a few seconds if I'm eating them the next day.
Adapted from a mixture of Clean Monday Meals' Cinnamon Rolls and Stay At Home Chef's Orange Rolls.
*I know many people have concerns about Bob's Red Mill since they process tree nuts. We have been using them for over 8 years with no problems and both of my boys are extremely anaphylactic to tree nuts. What helped me feel better was calling the company and talking to them directly about their cleaning processes in between runs. Do what is best for your own family. I have not tired other mixes. See above in the post for more details.
**Our allergies, while severe and that get re-tested frequently, are such that we can go strictly by what's on the label. I do not call companies to see what things are derived from, or call manufacturers to see about potential cross contact. If your allergies require you to do so, please do your own homework. I cannot assure you of any ingredient's safety, only you can do that. I simply share what works for our family.
***If you are going to feed this to someone with food allergies, and you yourself do not have food allergies, I HIGHLY recommend having them check every single brand and ingredient you are using, to ensure they're OK with each part of the recipe. And, to make sure you've talked to them about how to avoid cross contamination in your kitchen.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 434Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 377mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 2gSugar: 33gProtein: 7g
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If I’m hoping to do cinnamon rolls would I still add the orange juice to the fough? If not would I replace with some other liquid?
Hey Laura–I know you saw my comment on FB, but adding it here for others to find. Omit the orange juice and use 1 cup of water. Happy baking.
Hi Laura! You would use 1 cup water, instead of 1/2 cup orange juice and 1/2 cup water. Enjoy!
Hi! Thanks for the fun recipe! I’m making the orange rolls for a family gathering in 2 days & did a test run tonight. Everything went perfect with preparing the rolls, but after 30 minutes they didn’t appear to have “risen” in the pan. I put the pan into the oven anyway & they seemed to puff up a bit & smelled amazing. After pulling them out & cooking I realized they had really shrink back and were very stiff to eat. Do you think I should have given them more time to rise? Maybe the yeast didn’t have a chance to do its job? Or so they just not really get very puffy and swollen when rising/baking because of the lack of gluten/egg etc? I’m hoping for a successful 2nd run for the party, so any help you have about what SHOULD happen in the rising/baking/texture department would be wonderful!
Hi Stephanie. Hold old is your yeast? These definitely won’t be as fluffy and puffy as regular ones because of the lack of gluten, dairy and eggs for structure. They will rise, but not too much (see my picture in the post.) I’d try brand new yeast, and make sure they proof somewhere warm. I find that they’re best eaten warm, or reheated just a bit to help them be more goofy/soft. I hope they will turn out to your liking. Happy baking and happy holidays.
When do you add the 1/2 cup room temperature orange juice to the dough? Im so excited to try these!
Thanks so much for pointing that out. I show it in the TikTok video, but missed that step. Thank you. It’s along with the aquafaba eggs.
2 questions (I never bake but im trying!!)
Dou use the juice from the actual orange or use orange juice from concentrate?
What if I don’t have a stand mixer as a beginner? I have an immersion blender, a food processor and a fancy ninja blender, but haven’t broken down for a stand mixer. Next Christmas!
My husband loves orange rolls and my son has all the allergies so I’m trying this for hubs birthday!!
Way to try something new! I use orange juice made from concentrate. I make it, then measure what I need.
If you don’t have a stand mixer, use hand mixers like in my tiktok video: https://www.tiktok.com/@allergyawesomeness/video/6903749485168446726?source=h5_m
Then for the kneading for the two minutes, use your hands.
How many eggs will this recipe take if youre not allergic to eggs?
Hi good question. I’ll add this to the post as well. Use two eggs. Jealous you can use eggs!