Gluten-Free & Dairy Free Cinnamon Swirl Bread

During sugar-free January, I couldn’t kick the craving for cinnamon. All I wanted to eat was cinnamon swirl bread and more specifically, this bread from Semifreddi’s back in California.

As a kid, my parents single-handily (not really) kept this bakery a float by our love of this cinnamon bread! My mom would break off the bread in big chunks and toss it in the microwave for a second to heat it up. It was delicately sweet, full of cinnamon and just so tasty that it would put a smile on my face!

On my instagram I reached out to the community and asked why we crave cinnamon. My friend Ali is a nutrition coach and wellness expert, she reponsed and said that cinnamon detoxes the body so it makes sense to why I was craving cinnamon on my sugar detox.

Does this mean that if you eat a cinnamon roll it eliminates the sugar? Nope, but it was a great learning for me because the reason that I set out on sugar-free January was to reset my hunger cues and become more in tune with my body. I truly felt like that month of 0 sugar really helped get my body in a groove again.

I set out on this recipe just to test it and see if it would work and guys…it did! The cinnamon bread of my gluten-free dreams is here for you! It is sweet, cinnamony and full of wonder! Let’s bake!


Gluten-Free & Dairy Free Cinnamon Swirl Bread

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 90 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 Minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf of bread 1x
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: baking


gluten-free, dairy free, sweet, cinnamony and full of flavor! with the perfect pull apart texture!



  • 5 1/2 cups of gluten-free flour
  • 1 1/2 cup of warm water (110°F)
  • 1 packet of active dry yeast 
  • 3 tbsp of sugar (more for the cinnamon mix see below)
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • 2 egg whites

cinnamon mixute

  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 tbsp of ground cinnamon


  1. In a bowl add your 1 tbsp of sugar and your packet of yeast
  2. Next pour into the same bowl your 1 1/2 cups of warm water 
  3. Whisk together and set aside for the yeast to activate for 5 minutes
  4. In a bowl with a hand mixer or a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whip your egg whites into medium stiff peaks about 6 minutes
  5. Once your egg whites are medium stiff peaks, add the remaining 2 tbsp of sugar to the egg whites while your continue to whisk
  6. Next add in your 1 tbsp of baking powder while you continue to whisk
  7. Keeping your mixer on, pour your activated yeast water into the egg whites and sugar
  8. Stop your mixer and add in your 5 1/2 cups of flour about 1 cup at a time with the mixer on low speed
  9. Once combined your dough will still be tacky, since this is gluten-free flour it doesn’t look like traditional dough, toss about 1/4 cup of flour on top of the dough and using a spatula pull the dough away from the bowl with the flour you tossed on the top of the dough
  10. Using that surface flour form the dough into a ball and set in a bowl to rise for 1 hour covered near a heat source *this is when I pre-heat my oven and toss the bread right next to the oven*
  11. After the hour is up, your dough should have doubled in size, section the dough in quarters, flour your counter and gently press the dough in to about a loaf pan length rectangle that is about 1/2″ to 1″ thick, do that with the second half of dough
  12. Gently sprinkle about 2-3 tbsp of cinnamon sugar mixture over each half that you just pressed out
  13. Rolling each piece into a log, folding the cinnamon into the dough, you will end up with two cinnamon stuffed bread rolls
  14. Gently, not to deflate the rise, fold the two pieces over eachother twice to form a twist
  15. Place the twist into a greased and floured loaf pan
  16. Sprinkle with 1 tbsp of the cinnamon sugar mixture and let the bread rise for 20 minutes
  17. Once it has puffed a second time, place in your 350°F oven to bake
  18. Bake for 1 hour, rotating half way through the baking 
  19. Remove and let rest for 1 hour before eating!

Keywords: baking, gluten-free cinnamon bread, gluten-free bread, bread,

After tests and tests this recipe is ready! I can’t get over that gooey cinnamon swirl that just gets better the more you eat it! If you guys are more comfortable making it monkey bread style feel free to ball the dough and coat with cinnamon sugar, fill your pan and cook!

The big key to this recipe is allow it to rest after baking, this really sets the bread and let’s it finish baking in the pan.

I have been eating this bread non stop. Slicing it, placing it in the toaster and adding a little vegan butter. I MEAN DROOL! DELISH, OMG, GUYS!

That is all, please go make this bread and live out my childhood and gluten-free dreams!


Gluten-Free & Vegan Apple Cinnamon Quick Bread

A few years ago I randomly decided to test out a recipe for apple cinnamon bread. After 15 fails I was frustrated and posted when I had 96 follows on my website.

This summer I launched a new site, moved to another state, started a new phase of life and re-tested my apple cinnamon quick bread recipe. Not only did this bread need some delicate attention, it needed a new perspective on spices, bake time, rise time and more. Not to sound to philosophical but I feel like that is a metaphor for my life. Slowing down and breathing through the challenges rather than rushing to get it down. Age is beautiful in that it teaches you self patience.

Apple Cinnamon Quick Bread also taught me that same patience.

Not only is this bread sweet, spicy with tender apple chunks, it taste damn great with a big cup of tea on a cold winter day. The crumble just hits the spot and served warm makes you want to sing to the winter gods, because truly it’s that delish!

Quick Bread by definition is a quick style bread. No kneading, not proof time and no double rise. Banana bread is probably the most commonly known quick bread next to pumpkin (here and here) and lemon bread (recipe here). You can also try my true holiday quick bread recipe here for a Peppermint Chocolate twist on quick bread.


Gluten-Free & Vegan Apple Cinnamon Quick Bread

  • Author: Paige
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf of bread 1x


sweet, spicy and full of fresh apple flavor! this apple bread is bright and sweet, a great afternoon snack!




  • 1/2 of a honey crisp apple cubed (I leave the skin on) approx. 1 cup of cubed apple
  • 1/2 cup of semi soft vegan butter
  • 1/2 cup of dairy alternative milk
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 1/2 cups of gluten-free flour (I tested and use Bob’s Red Mill 1:1)


  • 2 tbsp of soft vegan butter *not melted
  • 2 tsp of brown sugar
  • pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 45 tbsp of gluten free flour


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F and grease your loaf pan with vegan butter, then dust with 1 tbsp of gluten free flour, tap the excess flour into the sink
  2. in a mixing bowl or a stand mixer, beat your butter with your sugar until creamy
  3. add in your vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and baking powder
  4. once combined, add in your 1/2 cup of dairy milk alternative
  5. the batter will be loose, so slowly add in your flour 1/2 cup at a time
  6. once the batter thickens and is the texture of a loose cookie dough, remove from your standing attachment and using a rubber spatula fold in your cubed cup of apple 
  7. in your prepared loaf pan, pour your quick bread batter into the loaf pan
  8. in a separate bowl, mix together your crumb, I use my fingers or a fork to keep bigger chunks of the crumble in tact
  9. coat the top of the bread with the crumble and bake in the oven for 55 minutes to 1 full hour
  10. at 55 minutes, insert a toothpick or a cake tester, if the insertion tool comes out clean or with a few formed crumbs your bread is done!
  11. let your bread cool completely before slicing *or semi cool – I can never wait longer than 20 minutes!
  12. eat and enjoy!

Keywords: gluten free apple bread, gluten free bread, vegan gluten free apple bread, fall bread

These bread styles are efficient, sweet and have a true crumb like a dense pound cake or a coffee cake. But hey, years ago they were classified as quick bread so we are running with this! Bread they are! And bread they will stay!

So this bread! It’s easy to make, full of delish spice, fresh apples and a crumb topping that is to die for. Make it for yourself for an afternoon snack or slice and eat for breakfast!

gluten-free & vegan apple quick bread, is the perfect bread to bring to a party or have for a snack! Easy to make and even more fun to eat~

If you try out this recipe, give me a tag or a comment and tell me what you think! I love hearing from my fellow gluten-free & vegan bakers! Bake on!

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