Paleo Dinner Rolls {Yeast Free}

These Paleo Dinner Rolls hold together nicely, have a great flavor, and are the closest thing to a yeast-raised dinner roll that I have yet tasted!


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Every few weeks while I am making dinner I get a wild hair and attempt to make a yeast free version of myΒ Grain Free Dinner Rolls. Β At first I thought it would be easy, but after several months and about 5 attempts and not even coming close I had had pretty much given up. I didn’t realize how much yeast does – it is so much more than a rising agent! It not only helps the bread to rise but effects the taste and creates the bread-like, pull-apart texture that I love so much!

This week while I was making dinner I noticed the gelatin I had set out on my counter to give my son (a whole separate topic, see this video from the Spunky Coconut) and I had the random idea to replace the yeast with gelatin and IT WORKED, I absolutely can’t believe it!!!! Β I did make a few other minor changes and I’m not saying that gelatin is a 1:1 substitute for yeast, but I was really impressed with how it effected the texture of my rolls. They held together nicely, had a great flavor, and while it had a very slight biscuit-type texture, the texture was awesome and it is the closest thing to a yeast-raised dinner roll that I have yet tasted! I can’t wait to try gelatin in some of my other bread recipes!

I also like this recipe because it’s easy. I can have these babies in the oven in 10 or 15 minutes and they are the perfect addition to any dinner πŸ™‚ Here are the easy steps:

Start by whisking together all of the dry ingredients… almond flour, arrowroot, baking powder, salt, and coconut palm sugar.


Then, heat up 1/4 C of water either in the microwave or on the stove until it’s hot but not boiling, I heated mine 1 minute in the microwave. Then, stir in the gelatin and whisk with a fork until dissolved. Do not allow to set too long.


Stir in the egg, oil, water, then the gelatin mixture until well combined


Form the dough into rolls and place on a greased pie pan. Then, brush the tops with allowed dairy free butter or oil.


Then, bake them at 350 degrees for 13 – 15 minutes, or until golden brown and allow to cool slightly before serving. That’s it!!!

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Here are the details and the easy printable πŸ™‚

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Paleo Dinner Rolls
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*To make grain free baking powder yourself, combine 1 part baking soda, 2 parts cream of tartar, and 2 parts starch (arrowroot, tapioca, or potato).
Serves: 8 Rolls
  • ¼ C + 1 Tbsp. Water, Divided
  • 2½ tsp. Gelatin
  • 1 C + 2 Tbsp. Blanched Almond Flour, Honeyville Brand
  • ½ C Arrowroot Flour (Tapioca would *probably* work)
  • ½ tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1½ tsp. Grain Free Baking Powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Coconut Palm Sugar or Preferred Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 3 Tbsp. Allowed Butter or Oil, Liquified + More For Brushing (I used olive oil)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Whisk together the almond flour, arrowroot, salt, baking powder, salt, and coconut palm sugar until well combined.
  3. Heat ¼ C of water, either on the stove or in the microwave, until hot but not boiling. I heated mine 1 minute in the microwave.
  4. Stir in the gelatin and whisk with a fork until dissolved. Do not allow to set too long.
  5. Add the egg, allowed oil or butter, and the gelatin mixture and mix. Batter will be thick so add in the extra Tbsp. of water if needed and mix well (I used my hands).
  6. Using wet or greased hands, roll the batter into small rolls and place in a greased pie pan not touching.
  7. Brush the tops with additional butter or oil.
  8. Bake for 13 - 15 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool slightly before serving.
  9. degrees. 13-15 minutes.

this post is Β part of Fat Tuesday, Allergy Free Wednesdays, Gluten Free Fridays, and Gluten Free Wednesdays

Posted April 3, 2014 by Cassidy in Breads, Paleo, Sides & Appetizers / 17 Comments


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17 responses to “Paleo Dinner Rolls {Yeast Free}

  1. Roberta

    A lot og gluten free recipes call for almond flour but I am allergic to almonds. Is there another flour that I can use?

    • Cassidy

      Hi Roberta! If you see my FAQ’s page I have a few suggestions. I’ve never tried it but I’ve heard that some people have had success using sunflower seed flour πŸ™‚

      Hope this helps!


    • Cassidy

      Yeah, I’m just now getting on board the gelatin train πŸ™‚ Thanks for hosting Gluten-Free Wednesdays, I love linking up!


  2. Karen

    I’m looking forward to trying these but it’s not clear from your instructions when the 1/4 cup water with gelatin mixed in is added. You have the ‘mix and set aside’ but you never add it. I’m guessing it gets added with the egg and oil but???? Can you clarify?

    And thanks for what I anticipate will be a great recipe (and probably find it’s way to my Easter meal).

    • Cassidy

      Hi Karen!

      Thank you so much for pointing that out to me! I fixed the recipe, you add it on step 5 πŸ™‚ I hope you enjoy them!


  3. Karen

    Sorry, another question…. How do these keep? Some nutflour biscuits and such don’t keep for long. Do these keep well and/or freeze well after baking? Thanks. If you don’t know, I’ll probably be testing that out. ;^)

    • Cassidy

      Hi there again!!! Sorry, I didn’t see this question when I first responded.

      We usually eat them right away so I don’t know. I’ve had success freezing some of my other baked goods but I’ve never tried it with this recipe. If you test it out let me know!

      Have a great weekend!

  4. Heidi

    Just a “heads up”– when I printed off the recipe–it never said when to add the gelatin, so I forgot to add it in. Oddly enough–it was just fine without it! Not sure what the effect was supposed to be–but since we liked it enough, I may not add it next time, either!

    Thanks for the GREAT recipe– even my “Oh, no–you didn’t make it gluten-free, did you?” teen liked them! Will be making for Easter now!

    • Cassidy

      Thanks for the “head’s up”, I fixed it – so sorry!!!

      Its so crazy that it worked without the gelatin! I’ll have to try it without next time and compare the 2! I’m really happy you and your family like them! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment πŸ™‚


  5. Cindy

    OMG! These are easy and delicious and I’ve been wanting to add gelatin to my diet! So excited about these! Thank you for sharing! (They remind me of Popeyes biscuits!)

    • Thanks for the nice review – I’m really happy you liked them πŸ™‚ …they are similar to Popeyes biscuits, aren’t they?!? πŸ™‚


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