If you’ve been anxiously awaiting the next installment of The Bountiful Bread Basket series—the series that features the best gluten-free bread recipes on the web—here it is! This post is focused on the best “basic” gluten-free roll and biscuit recipes. Another upcoming post will focus on flavored rolls and biscuits (garlic, cheese, lemon, etc.). Obviously, I found many great recipes in this category!
I believe there are more roll and biscuit recipes than loaf bread recipes (featured in Part 1 of this series) because most of us can get our “bread fix” with rolls and biscuits and they’re usually easier and faster to get on the table. That’s important to all of us when preparing a meal, especially after long school or work days. And, for some of us, biscuits and rolls are even more appealing than loaves of bread. After all, I call my popovers “better than sliced bread,” and I firmly believe that. Looking at all the other delicious contributions here, I suspect they merit that same praise!
For this roundup, I have not only identified how “free” each of these recipes is, but I have also separated them into two groups—gluten free recipes that contain grains and gluten-free recipes that are also grain free. Hopefully, categorizing them this way will allow you all to immediately find the recipes they need.
Gluten Free (Plus “More Free”) Biscuits and Rolls That Contain Grains
Beach House Cream Biscuits from The Sensitive Pantry ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegan
Nancy uses a ready-made mix to make these beautiful biscuits a snap to make! And isn’t the name lovely, too?
“Better Than Sliced Bread” Popovers from Gluten Free Easily ~ gluten free, vegetarian, with dairy-free options
Popovers are crusty rolls with soft, airy insides. They look like they require a lot of hard work, but they’re actually super easy to make. Shhhh. Don’t tell anyone.
Big Fluffy Gluten-Free Buttermilk Biscuits from The Baking Beauties ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Jeanine was looking for the “kind of biscuits that Aunt Bee would serve to Opie.” She played around with her scones recipe and succeeded in making these “great big, fluffy, gluten-free biscuits.” Jeanine is the author of a terrific resource book/cookbook, The Everything Guide to Living Gluten Free.
Biscuits from Tessa, The Domestic Diva ~ gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, with egg-free, vegan option
Tessa says: “A basic, but oh so delicious biscuit recipe….it fools you into thinking there is nothing different about them!” She gives you the secret to making these biscuits light and flaky.
Biscuits from The Spunky Coconut ~ gluten free, egg free, casein free, with vegan option
This recipe is one of Kelly’s recipes that includes whole beans. She says, “I love beans for the texture they give my recipes, and because they are high protein/low carb.” Kelly is the author of four wonderful gluten-free cookbooks, including her latest luscious one—The Paleo Chocolate Lovers’ Cookbook!
Biscuits from Pete and Kelli at No Gluten, No Problem ~ gluten free, egg free, vegetarian (Pete says these “delectable goodies are great on their own, with butter, honey, jam or however you like to serve up your biscuits.” Pete and Kelli are the authors of Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking—a “must have” for gluten-free newbies—and Artisanal Gluten-Free Cupcakes. Pete is also the co-author of The Gluten-Free Edge (co-written with Melissa McLean Jory), which I highly recommend for all who are gluten free or are interested in living gluten free.)
Bread Stick Bites from Aubree at Living Free ~ gluten free, egg free, vegetarian
Aubree says these Bread Stick Bites, which she made with a ready-made mix, are “perfect right out of the oven!” Eat them as a mini roll or eat with dips as Aubree and her husband did.
Buttermilk Biscuits from Art of Gluten-Free Baking ~ gluten free, vegetarian, with dairy-free options
Jeanne adapted a friend’s gluten-full recipe, using her own gluten-free all-purpose flour mix, and said “as you can see, the results are wonderful!” Indeed! Jeanne is the author of the acclaimed cookbook Gluten-Free Baking for the Holidays. This cookbook is really great to turn to all year long!
Buttermilk Biscuits from Cassidy’s Craveable Creations ~ gluten free with grain-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and vegan options
Cassidy tweaked and tweaked again to turn a recipe that she wasn’t completely happy with into these perfect biscuits!
Buttermilk Biscuits from Jules Speaks Gluten Free ~ gluten free, egg free, vegetarian, with dairy-free, vegan options
Jules shared her gluten-free Southern Biscuit recipe in response to a media quip on the prevalence of biscuits in Jules’ home state of North Carolina. This recipe is one of 149 that can be found in her third book, Free for All Cooking. You can also watch her step-by-step video on how to make these “easy and delicious southern staples.”
Cut-out Biscuits from The Gluten-Free Homemaker ~ gluten free, dairy free
Linda shares a couple of tips with this recipe, which she says work beautifully for her! She is the author of How To Be Gluten Free, an inexpensive, but excellent ebook—in other words, super value—which has garnered five stars on Amazon. (If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can even borrow it for free!
Delightful Drop Biscuits from The Gluten-Free Homemaker ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Linda says “These biscuits are easy to make, taste delicious, and the texture is heavenly.” (See notes above on Linda’s excellent ebook.)
Dinner Rolls (or Breadsticks) from Jules Speaks Gluten Free ~ gluten free, vegetarian, with dairy-free and vegan options
Jules is the author of several guidebooks/cookbooks. Here most recent book is Free for All Cooking—a really great book for those who are not just gluten free, but “more free.”
Dinner Rolls Three Ways—Plain, Garlic and Rosemary, and Onion from Allergy-Free Alaska ~ gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian
Megan said she been searching for “warm rolls… fluffy rolls… the kind of rolls that are a little bit of soft heaven when you take a bite” ever since she went gluten free. Finally, her “searching and recipe testing was complete” when she created this recipe. She summarized these biscuits with one word, “Perfection.”
Drop Biscuits Revisited from The Gluten-Free Homemaker ~ gluten free, vegetarian, with dairy-free option
Linda says these biscuits “are not your typical flaky, buttery biscuits, but they are wonderful. They have a delightfully soft texture, and my family loves them.”
Fluffy Biscuits from Gluten Free Canteen ~ gluten free, egg free, vegetarian
Lisa says she used Michael Ruhlman’s Ratio and Alton Brown’s “magic” as inspiration/guidance to create her biscuits. Her final words: “But whatever you do, make these. Everyone will be glad you did.” Lisa and her husband, Tim, have published two lovely gluten-free cookbooks; the most recent one is Nosh on This! Gluten-Free Baking from a Jewish-American Kitchen.)
French Bread Rolls from The Gluten-Free Homemaker ~ gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian
Linda says you just scoop up the dough for these rolls with an ice cream scoop and plop it on a baking sheet. Think French Bread without a special pan and individually sized. She adds that “you can have them made in 35 minutes, and you don’t even have to remember to preheat the oven. They have become a favorite.”
Gluten-Free Baking Powder Biscuits from Z’s Cup of Tea ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, with vegan option
These “new and improved” biscuits from Zoe are slightly crusty on the outside with a soft interior.
Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls from Gluten Free Goddess ~ gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, with egg-free and vegan option
Karina says these rolls are “Just right.” They were “tender and lovely warm from the oven. Not gummy. Not heavy. Not too grainy.”
Gluten-Free, Egg-Free Biscuits from The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen ~ gluten free egg free, with dairy-free, vegan options
Ali reminisces on making biscuits with her mother—and grandmother—and offers lots of tips for making great biscuits. She concludes: “These biscuits are best served fresh out of the oven, enjoy!”
Gluten-Free Rolls from Penny Pinching Epicure ~ gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian
Rella used a flax seed slurry (in addition to eggs) to add the right chewiness to her rolls. She said, “This is certainly the closest I have come to the thick, chewy, gluten-free bread, of blessed memory.”
Gluten-Free Vegan Skillet Biscuits from The Daily Dietribe ~ ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, refined sugar free, vegan
Iris intended to make pancakes and ended up with these Skillet Biscuits. “Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside biscuits.” She was so excited that she even talked about doing “a biscuit dance”! Iris is the co-author of The Essential Gluten-Free Baking Guide, Part 1 and The Essential Gluten-Free Baking Guide, Part 2.
Honey Millet Rolls from Free Eats ~ gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, vegetarian
Terris admits that she let her gluten-free lifestyle render her “bread-less” for a while, but with this recipe, she got back in the bread game. With a gluten-free version of “soft, yeasty, slightly sweet, and rich” rolls!
Miracle Multi-Grain Rolls from Allergy-Free Alaska ~ gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian
From Megan: “Amazingly, I think this recipe tastes very similar to wheat bread. It is one of my favorite recipes so far and I think you guys deserve to have it. Everyone on a restricted diet deserves to eat tasty bread!”
Most Amazing Biscuits from Gluten Free Diva ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegan
Ellen says these biscuits are so amazing that they are hard to resist. In fact, she says that just 2 people can polish off a batch of 8 biscuits in less than 24 hours!
My Easiest Gluten-Free Rolls from Free Eats ~ gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, vegetarian
Terris describes these rolls as “soft, comforting rolls that are just a bit sweet. The combination of millet, flax and honey will have you and your guests reaching for more.”
Perfect Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls from Sarah at Sarah Bakes Gluten Free ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Sarah shares that “These are the lightest, fluffiest rolls I have ever had. I was almost in disbelief when I took the first bite. Her final conclusion: “Perfect gluten-free rolls. They do exist!”
Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls from My Gluten-Free Kitchen ~ gluten free, vegetarian, with egg-free and dairy-free options
Michelle uses Gluten-Free Mama’s Almond Flour Blend in this recipe, adapted from Rachel, the Gluten-Free Mama herself. Michelle gives you lots of tips on how to make these gorgeous yeast rolls successfully.
Sweet Coconut Biscuits from The Daily Dietribe ~ gluten free, dairy free, vegan
Iris states that these biscuits “stand up to the ultimate competition. Pillsbury biscuits. Remember those? Tender, flaky, melt-in-your-mouth biscuits.”
Wholemeal Seeded Rolls from The Gluten and Dairy-Free Bakehouse ~ gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian
Kylie says “These rolls are easy to make and the texture is soft and moist, even after being frozen and defrosted, they’re not dry or crumbly at all. The onion powder provides a tasty, but subtle flavour.”
Yeast-Free Flatbread, Pizza Crust, Dinner Rolls, or Hamburger Buns from Allergy-Free Alaska ~ gluten free, egg free, with dairy-free, vegan options
This recipe from Megan fits not only this Bountiful Bread Basket category, but a few more that we’ll be covering later. So consider this recipe a sort of preview! Megan says that these rolls/bread, etc. are “moist, soft, and spongy… like real bread should be!” Her readers love this recipe, too.
Grain-Free (Plus “More Free”) Basic Biscuits and Rolls
Best Gluten-Free Drop Biscuits from Part-Time Health Nut ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, refined sugar free, vegan, paleo/primal
Marya says “the special combination of cashews and almond flour makes a naturally sweet buttery biscuit base that’s enhanced by a hint of salt.” She even mentions similarities between this recipe and Pillsbury Crescent Rolls.
Biscuits from Elana’s Pantry ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free
Elana says “these biscuits are super easy to make and high protein fare to boot. So you just might want to add these to your Thanksgiving menu. Or your Christmas menu. Or …” Elana is the author of several gluten-free cookbooks, from her first cookbook, The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook—which was responsible for getting the gluten-free world on board with almond flour—to her latest popular cookbook—Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry, a New York Times bestseller.)
Bread Balls from The Gluten-Free Homemaker ~ gluten free, grain free, vegetarian, with dairy-free option
These Bread Balls are a variation of classic tapioca rolls, but made with dairy-free milk (unless you prefer dairy milk) and without cheese. Nutritional yeast adds the cheesy vibe to these rolls. Linda says they “add a nice touch to a meal, especially when you need a little something extra like bread to go with soup.” As I mentioned previously, Linda is the author of the “get started living gluten free” (or “brush up on one’s gluten-free knowledge”) ebook, How To Be Gluten Free.
Coconut Flour Biscuits from Linda at The Gluten-Free Homemaker ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free
Linda says these biscuits were “one experiment that turned out lovely.” She adds that these biscuits are moist and soft because of the combination of coconut flour and eggs.
Coconut Flour Country Biscuits from Sunny at And Love It, Too! ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, paleo/primal, vegan
Sunny says that no matter the allergy (or food intolerance), “we all deserve to enjoy a flaky, golden biscuit every now and then.” She describes these biscuits as “Perfect with your favorite homemade jam, a drizzle of honey or even your favorite gluten-free and dairy-free gravy.”
Flaky, Buttery Biscuits from Real Sustenance ~ gluten free, grain free, with dairy-free and paleo/primal options
Brittany is the co-author of The Essential Gluten-Free Baking Guide, Part 1 and The Essential Gluten-Free Baking Guide, Part 2. She added some starch and butter (butter substitute may be used) to a traditional grain-free biscuit recipe to create lighter biscuits “with ridiculously good” results.
Nut-Free Paleo Biscuits from Paleo Mom ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free, paleo/primal
Sarah says her “absolutely delicious biscuits” are “based on Irish Fadge, which is typically made by incorporating last night’s leftover mashed potatoes into a biscuit dough for breakfast biscuits.” In this case she used mashed yucca, which she says is more similar to mashed potatoes in texture than other well-known paleo substitutes.
Paleo Dinner Rolls from Paleo Spirit ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free, paleo/primal, vegetarian
Lea created this recipe to help her son feel more like all the other kids and they made him so happy! Having a delicious gluten-free bread to eat can do that for both children and adults. Lea even gives you a flatter ciabatta version that is also a winner!
Paleo Honey Biscuits from Against All Grain ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free, SCD, paleo/primal
Danielle, author of the brand new New York Times bestseller, Against All Grain, says “These remind me a little of corn bread, especially if you drizzle some honey on top.”
Perfect Paleo Biscuits from Simply Living Healthy ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free, vegetarian, paleo/primal
Andrea confesses that she previously had a fear of making biscuits. But when she finally made them, she shared, “To my surprise, they are so easy! This recipe uses just 6 ingredients and you literally only have a few steps to follow. And she added, “they turn out perfectly each time!”
Rainy Day Biscuits from Zenbelly ~ gluten free, grain free, refined sugar free, primal, vegetarian
Growing up in New England, snow days meant biscuits for Simone and her family. Now living in California, Simone had to instead create Rainy Day Biscuits. She says these biscuits are “the perfect cake for your strawberry shortcake, a replacement for rolls at Easter or Thanksgiving, or for breakfast with scrambled eggs …” you get the picture!
What an amazing roundup! You might want to grab your favorite beverage as your ponder all these possibilities and decide on which recipe to bake first!
And what bread recipes would you like to see in the Bountiful Bread Basket series next? Flavored biscuits and rolls? Hamburger and hot dog rolls? More loaf bread recipes? Other rolls and non-loaf bread recipes, like tortillas, flatbread, naan, English muffins, and the like? Please tell me in comments. Also, if you are a blogger and have a great gluten-free bread recipe (loaf, rolls, flat bread, etc.), please email me your link for consideration for inclusion in a future post. Please do not leave a link to your recipe here in comments. Let’s focus on these terrific bread recipes for now! And don’t forget to check out the kickoff post to this series, A Bountiful Bread Basket, Part 1: Top 20 Gluten-Free Bread Recipes—Loaves.
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