Store-bought gluten free buns are expensive and generally taste something like dish sponges. The good news is you can easily make your own. This recipe is my go-to recipe for quick gluten-free buns. It’s also egg-free, dairy-free and soy-free (and vegan!), so it’s great for folks with multiple allergies.
I tend to make these at the last minute and they still are ready in under a half an hour. Even though they are yeast rolls, they only need 5 minutes rising time and just 8-10 minutes in the oven, so they really are fast!
Quick and easy gluten free buns
Yields 8-10 buns
2 TBS flax seed meal mixed with 6 TBS water (let stand for 10 minutes)
2 TBS yeast
1 1/4 cup warm water
1/3 cup grapeseed, canola or olive oil (plus extra for the tops)
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups brown rice flour
2/3 cup potato starch
1/3 cup tapioca starch
1 & 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1 tsp sea salt
Sesame seeds (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Whisk together your flax seed meal and water.
- Whisk together the yeast and warm water. Add the oil and sugar. Cover with a towel and allow to double in size while you do steps 3 and 4.
- Lightly grease a large cookie sheet and 8 english muffin rings (I use these from Amazon) or 10 large canning jar rings (these are optional but they help the buns rise high instead of spreading).
- In a mixer, combine the brown rice flour, potato starch, tapioca starch, xanthan gum and salt.
- Add yeast mixture and flax mixture to the dry ingredients. Mix on low speed for 30 seconds and then medium for 2 more minutes.
- Using an oiled ice cream scoop or measuring scoop, portion dough (roughly 1/3 cup per roll) into the rings. Fill a bowl with warm water and dip your fingers into it continuously to smooth the tops of the rolls.
- Brush on a small amount of additional oil with a pastry brush and sprinkle with sesame seeds, if using.
- Allow the rolls to sit 5 minutes than bake 8-12 minutes or until golden brown.
- Cool slightly before slicing. You can also toast or grill these, if desired (spread cut sides with a bit of olive oil or softened butter/margarine and then grill over medium heat until light golden) .
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