If you’ve been anxiously awaiting updates to The Bountiful Bread Basket series—the series that features the best gluten-free bread recipes on the web—here is one for you! This post is focused on the best gluten-free biscuit recipes and best gluten-free roll recipes. We’re talking “basic” biscuits and rolls here but amazing ones like gluten-free Pillsbury Grands Style Butterflake Knockoff Biscuits, Homemade Texas Roadhouse Rolls, Favorite Potato Rolls, and more. Another upcoming post will focus on flavored rolls and biscuits (garlic, cheese, lemon, etc.). Obviously, I found many great recipes in the latter category and I keep finding phenomenal gluten-free “basic” biscuits and rolls because I keep updating this post!
I believe there are more roll and biscuit recipes than loaf bread recipes (featured in Part 1 and in Part 3 of this series), or tortilla and wrap recipes (featured in Part 4 of this series), because most of us can get our “bread fix” with rolls and biscuits. They’re usually easier and faster to get on the table than loaf bread. 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! And tortillas and wraps and wonderful, but they don’t provide that same bread experience (most of the time anyway). Amazing biscuits and rolls are definitely what we want to serve during the holidays, too.
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. Update: And, by the way, if you’re really looking for gluten-free Hamburger, Hot Dog, and Sandwich Roll recipes, you’ll want to check out this roundup post.
Best Gluten-Free Biscuit Recipes and Best Gluten-Free Roll Recipes
Gluten Free (Plus “More Free”) Biscuits and Rolls That Contain (Gluten-Free) 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 Faithfully Gluten Free ~ 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 several wonderful gluten-free cookbooks, including her luscious 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). Artisanal Gluten-Free Cupcakes, and Gluten-Free Family Favorites: The 75 Go-To Recipes You Need to Feed Kids and Adults All Day, Every Day. 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 cookbooks Gluten-Free Wish List and Gluten-Free Baking for the Holidays. Both are 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 GF Jules ~ 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 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 Gluten-Free Homemaker ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Linda says “These biscuits are easy to make, taste delicious, and the texture is heavenly.” (See Linda’s excellent ebook here.)~ Dinner Rolls from Art of Gluten-Free Baking ~ gluten free, vegetarian, with dairy-free option ~ Dinner Rolls (or Breadsticks) from GF Jules ~ 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 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.” (New to gluten free? Check out Linda’s How To Be Gluten Free ebook.)~ Favorite Potato Rolls from Better Batter ~ gluten free, egg free, vegetarian, with dairy-free option
Naomi of Better Batter says, “These sweet and tender potato rolls are easy enough to make everyday and special enough to serve to company. Serve them to your gluteny friends – they’ll never know they’re gluten free.” One reader said: “These were really good! They disappeared instantly. I loved that the recipe made a hearty two dozen cloverleaf rolls. They were soft and delicious. Another winning recipe!”
~ 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 Gluten-Free Homemaker ~ gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian
Linda is also the author of How To Be Gluten Free. In regard to these rolls, she says you just scoop up the dough 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 Nourishing Meals ~ 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!” (Be sure to check out Ali’s coobooks, Amazon bestsellers, here.)~ Homemade Texas Roadhouse Rolls from Better Batter ~ gluten free, vegetarian
One reader said: “These rolls turned out great and taste just like the Texas Roadhouse rolls.”
Naomi of Better Batter says that while this recipe produces very nice Italian sandwich rolls, of the kind you’d use to make traditional hoagies (grinders, sub sandwiches), it also can be used to make a dozen smaller dinner rolls. These rolls have a crisp, chewy crust and soft interior. One reader said: “I made these yesterday and put them in a muffin top pan…..they were amazing….better than any other bread recipe I have made and better than any rolls I have bought. They were so easy to make. 5 star recipe for taste and ease of making.”~ 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!”
Naomi of Better Batter says, “These rolls lend themselves particularly well to freezing and reheating. Serve them with soup or a meat dish and listen to the compliments. These rolls are a snap to make, but you’ve got to plan to make them ahead of time.” One reader said: “I made these rolls for Thanksgiving and they were/are amazing. Such a simple recipe and the flavor and texture were spot on.”~ 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!”~ Pillsbury Grands Style Butterflake Biscuits from Better Batter ~ gluten free, vegetarian, with dairy-free options ~ Potato Rolls from Free Range Cookies ~ gluten free, vegetarian ~ 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. Michelle gives you lots of tips on how to make these gorgeous yeast rolls successfully.~ “Wholemeal” Mixed Seeded Rolls from The Gluten and Dairy-Free Bakehouse ~ gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian
Kylie says, “These rolls have a lovely homemade rustic appearance and a ‘wholemeal’ nutty flavour. They are moist, sturdy, without being crumbly, and have lovely soft texture.”~ Whole-Grain Dinner Rolls from Tasty Yummies ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Beth of Tasty Yummies says: “These beautiful whole-grain rolls are the perfect answer!! They are delicate and fluffy with the perfect crumb. They have the right kind of chew, and they are “wheaty,” rich and buttery. The aroma in my kitchen as these dinner rolls baked was unreal and the taste was equally as impressive.”
~ Yeast-Free Flatbread, Pizza Crust, Dinner Rolls, or Hamburger Buns from Allergy-Free Alaska ~ gluten free, egg free, with dairy-free, vegan options
This “one-size-fits-all” type bread 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.
Best Gluten-Free Biscuits and Rolls That Are Also Grain Free
~ 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 wonderful 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 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.~ Cassava Coconut Bread Balls from Linda at Gluten-Free Homemaker ~ gluten free, grain, free, dairy free, vegetarian, paleo
~ Coconut Flour Biscuits from Linda at 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.”
~ 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. (Check out all of Sarah’s guides and cookbooks here.)~ 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! (Be sure to check out Lea’s cookbook Sweet Paleo: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Delights.)~ Paleo Honey Biscuits from Against All Grain ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free, SCD, paleo/primal
Danielle, author of several New York Times bestselling cookbooks for grain-free, paleo living (Celebrations, Against All Grain, and Meals Made Simple), 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! (Be sure to check out Simone’s cookbooks The Zenbelly Cookbook, Paleo Soups and Stews, and The New Yiddish Kitchen.)What an amazing roundup! You might want to grab your favorite beverage while you ponder all these possibilities for the best gluten-free biscuit recipes and the best gluten-free roll recipes and ultimately decide on which recipe to bake first!
Don’t forget to check out this whole series to date. You can click over to each part individually by following the links below or you can go to the Bountiful Bread Basket listing here.
Originally published September 16, 2013; updated October 16, 2017.
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