Following a low-carb, ketogenic diet does NOT have to mean sweets are off-limits, and it especially does not mean you have to go without your favorite breakfast baked good... cinnamon rolls!
Considering the number of ingredient substitutes available to us nowadays, virtually all of your favorite treats can be re-made with a decreased carb content, without sacrificing any flavor. Luckily for all of you breakfast lovers, keto cinnamon rolls can be whipped together in your kitchen and enjoyed throughout the week, all while you steadily remain in ketosis.
To make low-carb cinnamon rolls, the ingredients used are of great importance, so choose carefully.
Since white flour, the flour traditionally used to make cinnamon rolls contains an incredibly high content of carbohydrates, you will need to use a low-carb flour, such as almond flour, coconut flour, or even a mixture of the two. Doing so will ensure the carb content in each serving of cinnamon rolls is kept to an absolute minimum, as the other ingredients used will also contain some additional carbohydrates.
In these recipes, you'll also find that keto-friendly sweeteners are used, such as stevia, erythritol, or monk fruit sweetener. Each of these sweeteners contain 0 grams of net carbs, thereby making them fantastic pantry-staple items that will come in handy when you're craving a sweet treat.
While some of these low-carb sweeteners can be challenging to come by in local grocery stores, we have found that as the ketogenic diet becomes more and more popular, many stores have begun to carry these products on their shelves. If, however, you are having trouble locating a keto-friendly sweetener in your neighborhood grocery store, we would suggest searching online for it to be delivered directly to your doorstep.
Interestingly enough, in many keto cinnamon roll recipes, you'll find an ingredient that may surprise you: mozzarella cheese!
Yes, you read that right. While you may be wondering whether the addition of mozzarella will affect the taste of the cinnamon rolls, we can assure you that this ingredient solely serves to act as a "glue" to hold all of the ingredients together and will not alter the final flavor.
Sometimes referred to as "fathead dough", the addition of mozzarella cheese in keto breads and rolls creates a rather remarkable resulting baked good.
Be sure to follow the recipes!
Most important to successfully baking up a batch of keto cinnamon rolls is to follow the recipes exactly as written, as the making and rolling of the dough can sometimes be somewhat challenging.
Particularly when it comes to mozzarella cheese, we recommend sticking to the exact recipe as there is not likely a viable ingredient substitution since, without this melty cheese, the dough will be dry and will not hold together before or after baking.
Don't let this deter you though... with proper preparation and follow-through, you’ll have baked low-carb cinnamon rolls on the table in no time.
Whip up a batch of cinnamon rolls this weekend and let us know how it goes!
1. Keto Cinnamon Buns
This recipe features straightforward ingredients that you likely already have in your kitchen! From start to finish, you'll have these keto cinnamon buns prepared, baked, and ready to serve in under an hour!
If you plan to bake these for guests, we suggest doubling (or even tripling) the recipe to ensure there are enough cinnamon buns to go around. These cinnamon rolls are so delectable that your guests will likely be reaching for a second helping!
Per serving: 300 calories, 27g fat, 14g net carbs, 15g protein
Get the recipe from Dr. Berg.
2. Keto Cinnamon Rolls with Stevia and Erythritol
Made with a blend of stevia and erythritol, these keto cinnamon rolls are mouth-wateringly delicious! One of our favorite parts of this recipe, in particular, is how low in net carbs each cinnamon roll is, which makes it all the more possible to enjoy a second helping with a second cup of morning coffee. Yum!
Even better? This recipe calls for MCT oil, a keto-friendly oil that is full of healthy fats and a perfect addition to your ketogenic diet. If you've never used MCT oil before, it's suggested that you start with only a small amount, as this recipe calls for. Otherwise, consumption of larger amounts can lead to stomach discomfort
Per serving: 159 calories, 14g fat, 3g net carbs, 6g protein
Get the recipe from Steviva.
3. Ooey Gooey Keto Cinnamon Rolls
We can't think of a better way to describe cinnamon rolls than "ooey gooey"!
Exactly like the traditional cinnamon rolls you grew up eating, this recipe yields a baked good so delicious that you're sure to be craving them from the moment you pop a batch into the oven.
The base cinnamon roll recipe yields a deliciously sweet baked good that doesn't require frosting, but hey, it can't hurt to drizzle some on top anyway.
Per serving: 204 calories, 15.4g fat, 4.3g net carbs, 12.6g protein
Get the recipe from Ketocracy.
4. Keto Cinnamon Rolls with Creamy Frosting
What's the best part about cinnamon rolls? The frosting, of course!
This recipe features a delectable, creamy icing that is made with simple, straightforward ingredients. We love to whip up a double batch of both the cinnamon rolls and the frosting and enjoy one each day throughout the week, as these store quite well in the refrigerator (just be sure to keep them in an airtight container).
To make things even better, between the preparation of the cinnamon rolls and the frosting, you'll have breakfast on the table for the family to enjoy in under 30 minutes. Sounds like an ideal morning to us.
Per serving: 307 calories, 25g fat, 4g net carbs, 16g protein
Get the recipe from Fat for Weight Loss.
5. Keto Cinnamon Rolls with Almond Flour
Made with ingredients such as extra-fine almond flour, mozzarella cheese, and keto-friendly sweetener, this recipe for keto cinnamon rolls is straightforward, easy to make, and so, so delicious!
Our preferred way to serve these tasty cinnamon rolls? Shortly after they're baked with frosting drizzled on top! The flavor profile of the greek yogurt in the frosting is game-changing and we know you'll love it.
Per serving: 94 calories, 7.2g fat, 2.1g net carbs, 6.2g protein
Get the recipe from Sugar Free Londoner.
6. Cinnamon Roll Fat Bombs
How fun is this recipe?! Rather than a baked cinnamon roll, these cinnamon rolls come in the form of a fat bomb! A fat bomb is a bite-sized, high-fat, and low-carb treat that is perfect for those who follow a ketogenic diet.
This recipe is keto-friendly and can be made nut-free by substituting almond butter for sunflower seed butter, a nut-free option that tastes similar to peanut butter or almond butter, and is able to be substituted in for their nut-containing counterparts at a 1:1 ratio. Sunflower seed butter is a great product to have in your pantry for keto dessert recipes as it is low in net carbs, nutrient-dense, and full of healthy fats.
Whip up a batch of these fat bombs, store them in your refrigerator, and enjoy one mid-afternoon for an extra boost of energy and to satisfy your sweet tooth!
Per serving: 103 calories, 10.3g fat, 1.4g net carbs, 2g protein
Get the recipe from Real Balanced.
7. Keto Cinnamon Rolls - Coconut Flour Flathead Dough
These cinnamon rolls are made using nut-free coconut flour, which makes them a fantastic option for those who follow a ketogenic diet and have a nut allergy or nut intolerance.
In addition to coconut flour, you'll find ingredients like low-carb sweetener, mozzarella cheese, and cream cheese. Every bite of these keto cinnamon rolls is full of rich, sweet flavor and we're certain you’ll love them!
We especially love how low the net carbs are in each serving of this recipe, which allows us to eat one for breakfast and have it fit perfectly into a traditional macro breakdown for a ketogenic diet.
Per serving: 209 calories, 17g fat, 4g net carbs, 7g protein
Get the recipe from Low Carb Yum.
8. Almond-Flour Keto Low Carb Cinnamon Rolls
The frosting on these keto cinnamon rolls is absolutely life-changing! Sweet, smooth, and the perfect topping on these low carb cinnamon rolls, this frosted baked good is sure to be a family favorite!
This recipe, in particular, is great to have on-hand if you are hosting someone who has an almond allergy as these cinnamon rolls are, instead, made with coconut flour.
Per serving: 232 calories, 19g fat, 6g net carbs, 7g protein
Get the recipe from Sugar-Free Mom.
9. Sugar Free Low Carb Keto Dairy-Free Cinnamon Rolls
Have you been searching high and low for a keto cinnamon roll recipe that is free from dairy products? If so, this is the recipe for you!
While a majority of keto cinnamon roll recipes contain a variety of dairy-based ingredients, this recipe is the exception and we are so happy to have found it. If you bake for someone who is dairy-free or lactose intolerant, be sure to reference this recipe the next time you're craving a sweet breakfast treat!
With dairy-free substitution ingredients included right in the post, making this recipe doesn't get much easier. To top it all off, not only are these cinnamon rolls frosted, but they're also served with cinnamon butter!
We promise these are a "must-have" during the holiday baking season.
Per serving: 380 calories, 17g fat, 16g net carbs, 8g protein
Get the recipe from My PCOS Kitchen.
10. Fathead Keto Cinnamon Rolls – Quick & Easy
This recipe is sure to surprise you: unlike a majority of other keto cinnamon rolls, the primary ingredient in this recipe is unexpected, and such a fun variation of our favorite breakfast baked good.
These keto cinnamon rolls are made with macadamia nuts, a nut that is low in carbs, high in healthy fats, and full of nutty, delicious flavor. Loaded with monounsaturated fatty acids, vitamin B6, copper, iron, and magnesium, macadamia nuts are a keto superfood! If you’ve never tried them before, and, especially if you’ve never baked with them before, we highly recommend picking some up during your next grocery shopping trip so you are able to make this recipe.
Baked to golden perfection, these keto cinnamon rolls made with fathead dough are what keto dreams are made of. We suggest making a batch of these up, serving them fresh with frosting on top, alongside a hot cup of coffee. It's our personal favorite way to start the morning off!
Per serving: 321 calories, 23g fat, 1g net carbs, 11g protein
Get the recipe from Wholesome Yum.