National Cinnamon Raisin Bread happens every year on September 16. Well, I have great news for you! You can still celebrate this day or enjoy gluten-free cinnamon raisin bread any day even when you eat gluten free. Here are 20 gluten-free cinnamon raisin bread recipes as well as gluten-free cinnamon swirl bread recipes for you. Because let’s face it, not all of us who love cinnamon bread actually like raisins! Cinnamon swirl bread is the perfect solution for folks like us, right?
Fall is upon us and Autumn is most definitely the kickoff for comfort food recipes. Freshly baked gluten-free Cinnamon Bread is a very fine comfort food indeed!
Baking excellent bread is always a pleasure but especially so during cooler weather. That fresh bread right out of the oven tends to warm one in multiple ways.
You’ll find a combination of gluten-free yeast bread recipes and gluten-free quick bread recipes here. In other words, something for the folks who want a classic loaf of cinnamon bread and others who want nothing to do with yeast, rising time, etc.
As always, I’ve labeled the recipes as “gluten free,” “dairy free,” and what I like to call “more-free” (e.g., yeast free, egg free, paleo) so you can quickly see which recipes will work for you and your family. Note that several of these recipes were previously shared in 65 Best Gluten-Free Bread Recipes (Gorgeous Loaves), which is part of my ongoing Bountiful Bread Basket series. (All photos are reprinted with permission of the individual authors/photographers.)
Slowly but surely, I am breaking these posts up into smaller posts to make them more palatable, more user-friendly, if you will. Placing all the gluten-free cinnamon bread recipes in this single post/article is another step forward in that effort. Don’t worry though, if you have the original posts bookmarked and go back to them out of habit looking for a specific recipe, if that recipe has been moved, you’ll still find a link to the bread recipe(s) you love!
Here’s a handy listing of all the Bountiful Bread Basket posts to date:
Gluten-Free Cinnamon Raisin Bread and Cinnamon Swirl Bread Recipes
~ Buckwheat Cinnamon Raisin Bread from Nourishing Meals ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, xanthan gum free, vegetarian, vegan
Reader reviews: “We LOVE this bread recipe! Your bread recipes are the best. It is hard to come by good gluten-free breads that don’t use any gums.” and “I got your recipe and tried it and it is FABULOUS!!!!! We tried it immediately and fell in love with it! We tried it the next day without the Cinnamon and raisin and it was great! Used crumbled pecans instead of raisins and it was also great!!! THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.”
~ Cinnamon Almond Flour Bread from Cotter Crunch ~ gluten free, grain free, refined sugar free, yeast free, xanthan gum free, vegetarian, with dairy-free option
Reader reviews: “I made this bread for my 16-month-old son and he loves it! I spread either almond butter or peanut butter on it for him and he gobbles it up.” and “Loved this bread!! My 7-year-old son adored it too!! It was super simple to make and didn’t have complicated ingredients.” and “Just made it I added 1/4 cup of raisins to the dry ingredients … delicious, great texture.”
~ Cinnamon Raisin Almond Flour Bread from Power Hungry ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, yeast free, xanthan gum free, vegetarian, vegan, with refined sugar-free option
Camilla says: “This bread isn’t just good. It is amazing (if I do say so myself). It’s super-simple to make (one bowl, no hand mixers, & a short list of ingredients), and though it is low in sugar, it is great for dessert as well as for breakfasts and snacks.”
~ Cinnamon Raisin Bread from Fearless Dining ~ gluten free, vegetarian, with dairy-free options
Sandy says: “This fluffy gluten-free cinnamon raisin bread is easy to make. Cinnamon and sugar are swirled into the bread and the flavors bake through beautifully! There is nothing like the flavor of fresh bread! I also include a dairy-free version for those who need gluten-free and dairy-free cinnamon raisin bread.”
Reader reviews: “Just ate a piece of your raisin bread. It was wonderful. I used a flour blend that I’ve mixed for years and I had to add a little extra flour in order for my bread to look like the pictures you posted showing how the dough should look. I also added a little more cinnamon and sugar. Thanks for the recipe. It does take a little time to reach the final product, but the wait is well worth it.”
~ Cinnamon Raisin Bread from GF Jules ~ gluten free, egg free, vegetarian, with dairy-free refined sugar-free options
Jules also tells you how to make this bread in a bread machine (see photo below) if you prefer.
Reader reviews: “Made it today, my first time baking EVER! I used Angry Orchard Unfiltered Cider for my fizzy liquid and I messed up on a couple of things: 1) I put the Craisins in with the wet ingredients and 2) I forgot to do the knife thing with the sugar/cinnamon stuff but neither seemed to matter, it came out freakin delicious!!” and “Yummy. I have made it twice now, both times in the bread machine, and it turned out beautifully. I add Craisins rather than raisins just because it is what we have.”
~ Cinnamon Raisin Bread from A Girl Worth Saving ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free, yeast free, xanthan gum free, vegetarian, paleo, primal
Reader reviews: “We made this for school breakfast a couple weeks ago and it is so good!” and “I just made this right now and it turned so moist and yummy! I’ve missed raisin bread for such a long time but not anymore! This is definitely going to be a staple in our house. The only alteration I made was that I added some cinnamon. Thank you for an amazing recipe!” and “I finally made this today – added in just a few TB coconut sugar, just in case, and my goodness, it’s my new favorite thing!!!! Honestly, it has a great texture, great taste. I love it!!!!! It’s going to be a staple in my house! THANK YOU for this recipe!!!!!”
~ Cinnamon Raisin Bread from The Gluten and Dairy-Free Bakehouse (note that this website is no longer active so I have shared the link from the Wayback Machine internet archive) ~ gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian
~ Cinnamon Raisin Bread from Gluten-Free & Paleo Travels ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, yeast free, xanthan gum free, refined sugar free, paleo, primal, vegetarian
This recipe from Nancy especially pleases me because she adapted it from my gfe Paleo Bread recipe!~ Cinnamon Raisin Bread from Let Them Eat Gluten-Free Cake ~ gluten free, xanthan gum free, vegetarian
Reader review: “This was seriously amazing! Worth all the effort to get the special flours and all the time to proof, rest, and proof again! such a great texture and chew. We couldn’t wait to cut into it and had a slice when it was still warm … heaven.”
~ Cinnamon Raisin Bread from Pamela’s ~ gluten free, vegetarian
This recipe is made using Pamela’s Bread Mix.
Reader review: “I will be making this delicious bread again and again with fun variations, like subbing sugar-free chocolate chips for the raisins! I also need to practice rolling this dough. I found it easier to handle the dough when I dipped my fingers in cold water rather than oiling them. Next time I will use very little oil on my parchment paper to prevent my dough from sliding around too much. This bread has kept very well in a zipper plastic bag on the counter, and I’m down to the heels. Great recipe!”
~ Cinnamon Raisin Bread from Silvana’s Kitchen ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Silvana says: “I’ve tasted dozens of gluten-free breads from bakeries around the country that friends and colleagues have recommended. The bread looks good in pictures and I can’t wait to bite into them. Then, I reach into the bag and I can already feel the disappointment—they’re heavy. They break, not bend. And the flavor? It’s just okay. I’ve come a long way with this Cinnamon-Raisin Bread. I’m bringing bend back!”
~ Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread from All Day I Dream About Food ~ gluten free, grain free, sugar free, yeast free, xanthan gum free, vegetarian, low carb,
Reader reviews: “Love this recipe! We’ve made it so many times and just discovered it freezes well, too!” This reader shared that she baked the dough in a doughnut pan to make Cinnamon Raisin Bagels: “They turned out to be delicious!” and “so happy I found this recipe. I made it today and it is fantastic! Will be making this again soon. Thanks for sharing!”
~ Cinnamon Swirl Bread from GAPS Diet Journey ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free, xanthan gum free, yeast free, vegetarian, paleo, primal,
Starlene describes this bread: “Slightly sweet with just a hint of cinnamon. Delicious with nut better and fruit preserves, slathered with butter or best yet a mixture of butter, honey and cinnamon.”
~ Cinnamon Swirl Bread from GF Jules ~ gluten free, dairy free, yeast free, vegetarian, with egg-free, vegan options
Reader reviews: “Made this yesterday, using your flour as always, for 3 of us and it’s almost gone! Absolutely delish and easy to make.” and “This recipe is wonderful and so easy to make.” and “Amazingly yummy! Everyone loved it and the loaf I just made is gone! I used almond milk instead of coconut milk.”
~ Cinnamon Swirl Bread (Pepperidge Farm Style) from GF Jules ~ gluten free, vegetarian, with dairy-free, egg-free, vegan options
~ Cinnamon Swirl Bread/Coffee Cake from Gluten Free Easily (gfe) ~ gluten free, dairy free, yeast free, vegetarian, paleo
This recipe reminds me a lot of Friendship Bread—without the yeast and bonus, with this recipe there is no need for a starter.
Reader reviews: “Just made this last night, and it’s awesome! So moist, and you can’t tell it’s GF! I’ll be using this recipe often. I was worried about using rice milk instead of coconut milk, but worked out fine. I also had to substitute the brown sugar with coconut sugar, because my husband can’t have the brown sugar. It has a flavor similar to brown. Thanks for posting this, we really enjoyed it!” and “We made your coffee cake CHRISTMAS morning … it was DELICIOUS and we were talking about how we need to make it AGAIN SOON! THANK YOU!”
~ Cinnamon Swirl Bread from No Gluten, No Problem ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Pete and Kelli debated on whether to make Cinnamon Raisin Bread or Cinnamon Swirl Bread. Kelli prevailed—with the latter option. Pete said: “We’ve gone for a straightforward cinnamon bread, and the result is a moist yeast bread packed with cinnamon sugar goodness.”
Reader reviews: “I made this recipe last night and it is delicious!”
~ Cinnamon Swirl Bread from Sarah Bakes Gluten Free ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, yeast free, vegetarian, vegan
Reader reviews: “We made this for Easter breakfast. It was delicious!! Tasted like cinnamon rolls!” and “I made this for the second time yesterday! It is so yummy and the texture is perfect.” and “This cinnamon bread is delicious!! I made it this weekend for the first time when one of my teenage daughters had a friend sleeping over. The kids practically ate the entire loaf. It was that good.”
~ Cinnamon Swirl Bread from Simply Quinoa ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegetarian, vegan, with refined sugar-free option
Reader reviews: “Today is my first day of gluten free baking and I tried this recipe with great success. My husband said it was quite good, a little heavy compared to fluffy breads that he’s used to but he ate it all without putting it down! I loved it!”
~ Oatmeal Cinnamon Raisin Bread from Faithfully Gluten Free ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Reader reviews: “This bread is soooo good. We ate half straight out of the oven. Then made french toast. It was great. I think I’ll try some walnuts next time.” and “Wow! Amazing bread! Small crumb, good crust and a squishy elastic center.”
More Gluten-Free Cinnamon Raisin Bread and Cinnamon Swirl Bread Recipes
~ Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding from Migraine Relief Recipes ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Stephanie “saved” a less-than-impressive store-bought loaf of gluten-free cinnamon raisin bread by turning it into delicious bread pudding. Feel free to use whichever loaf you prefer—homemade or ready-made.
~ Cinnamon Raisin French Toast Casserole from Go Dairy Free ~ gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, vegetarian
This recipe was created by Allyson Carter for the So Delicious recipe contest and shared on the Go Dairy Free site. Allyson says: “Technically, you could use any almost any bread to make this casserole, but cinnamon raisin makes it a real treat.” It’s the perfect recipe to use on a lazy Sunday, a special brunch, or even a holiday morning—such as Christmas or Easter.
~ Cinnamon Raisin Yeast-Free Funky Monkey Bread from Unconventional Baker ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, refined sugar free, vegetarian, vegan
Audrey says: “Ok, so I know these look a little silly, and funny, and odd, and quirky, and… you tell me… But these little muffin-shaped clusters of cinnamon raisin syrupy bready goodness tasted too awesome not to share.”
~ Individual Cinnamon Raisin Bread French Toast Casseroles from My Gluten-Free Kitchen ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Michelle said: “These are so easy and so yummy! My boys ate these right up on the day I made them as an after school “snack” and didn’t add anything to them. My hubby forgot to eat his, so he had his two days later, and found adding a little butter and maple syrup made it perfect!” She uses a ready-made gluten-free Cinnamon Raisin Bread in her casseroles but you should be able to use any homemade gluten-free Cinnamon Raisin Bread shared in this recipe collection if you prefer.
Originally published September 15, 2021; updated April 25, 2022.