Cinnamon Roll for One (No yeast!)


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This single serving, vegan, and gluten-free cinnamon roll for one is a GAME CHANGER. No yeast, no resting time, and no microwave needed! 

cinnamon roll for one

It’s no secret I love single-serving desserts around here. Some of my favorites include this protein mug brownie, vanilla mug cake, and cinnamon roll mug cake.

Now, all of those are nice and everything, but sometimes, you want something a little more close to the real deal.

Sometimes, you want a fluffy, doughy, and deliciously sweet cinnamon roll, but can’t justify making an entire batch. Even though I have a simple and easy 20-minute cinnamon roll recipe, I know myself and I’ll end up polishing it all off.

Enter- The cinnamon roll for ONE.

Single Serving Cinnamon Roll

No, friends. This is NOT a mug cake or a cinnamon roll substitute. It is the real deal all made in a single serving size. 

No sharing, no leftovers, nada. And it couldn’t be any easier! It’s perfect for when you want a quick and simple dessert, perfectly portioned. 

Unlike traditional cinnamon rolls, there is no yeast, no resting time and no kneading required. The dough itself requires just 2 ingredients, and you will be left with a fluffy, doughy, giant cinnamon roll.

You’ll also notice the ingredients make it suitable for a vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free diet. You can easily make it sugar-free too!

Taste-wise, it is sweet, spicy from the cinnamon, and tastes just like a classic cinnamon roll (like my favorite from Cinnabon!).

Texture-wise, it is doughy, fluffy and light, and pulls apart beautifully. 

single serving cinnamon roll

How to make a cinnamon roll for one from scratch 

Step 1- Prepare the dough

Start by preparing your dough. In a large mixing bowl, combine your self-rising flour with yogurt and mix well. After it is mixed, use your hands to form it into a ball of dough.

Step 2- Roll it out and shape

Sprinkle some flour onto the dough. Then, on a kitchen surface, add some flour. Transfer the dough onto it and roll it out in a rectangular shape, approximately 3 inches by 5-6 inches (the longer it is, the more it will ‘scroll’. 

Step 3- Add the cinnamon filling and roll

Spray one side of the dough with cooking spray. Then, add your cinnamon and sweetener mixture over the top. Carefully, using the thin end of the dough, roll it up until you have a single large cinnamon roll! 

Step 4- Bake and Glaze! 

Transfer your cinnamon roll on to a baking tray or oven-safe dish. Brush the outside of it with either milk, butter, or water. Bake the cinnamon roll for 15-17 minutes, or until golden on the outside. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes, before drizzling with the glaze. 

cinnamon roll for one

vegan gluten free cinnamon roll

Single Serving Cinnamon Roll Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Self-rising flour. This is one part of the dough recipe. If you don’t have self-rising flour, you can easily make your own. Please note, no other flour will work. 
  • Yogurt. Greek yogurt, coconut yogurt (vegan!), or any thick yogurt of choice can be used. I don’t recommend using plain or natural yogurt, as the consistency just doesn’t mix well with the flour.
  • Cinnamon. A must for any cinnamon-style dessert! If you can, try and find Saigon Cinnamon– It has the most intense, delicious cinnamon flavor. 
  • Granulated Sweetener of choice. You have plenty of options here. I’ve tried these with coconut palm sugar, white sugar and also swerve, a keto-friendly sugar with zero calories and zero carbs. I prefer the coconut sugar or keto sugar, but use whatever you have on hand. 
  • Cooking Spray. This is sprayed on the dough, for it to stick. You can use coconut oil or even melted butter instead.
  • Powdered sugar. To make the glaze! You can make this as thick or thin as you want. Mix it with either yogurt, milk, or even water. To make it sugar free, use this sugar free powdered sugar.

Can I make this in the microwave? 

I haven’t tried this in the microwave, but I don’t recommend it. This cinnamon roll fore one isn’t like a mug cake, which generally just has flour and a mixture of sweeteners and/or egg. 

If you are looking for a microwave cinnamon roll cake, try this recipe.

Can I prepare the dough overnight or in advance?

I don’t recommend preparing the dough overnight, as it becomes super sticky, and will be hard on the exterior once cooked. 

You can prepare the dough up to 2 hours in advance before baking. 

vegan gluten free cinnamon roll

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Cinnamon Roll for ONE (Vegan, Gluten Free)

5 from 335 votes
A vegan gluten-free cinnamon roll for one is the perfect recipe when you want a quick and easy dessert! No yeast, no dairy and no resting time needed! Single serving and ready in 20 minutes!
Servings: 1 serving
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes



  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line a baking dish or tray with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, add your flour with yogurt and mix well. Then, using your hands, form into a ball of dough.
  • Lightly flour a kitchen surface. Add a sprinkle of flour onto the ball of dough and transfer onto the floured surface. Form the dough into a rectangular shape, and using a rolling pin, roll it out, approximately 3 inches by 6 inches.
  • Spray one side of the dough with cooking spray. Sprinkle with the cinnamon and sugar. From the short end of the dough, slowly roll it up completely.
  • Place the cinnamon roll onto the lined pan or dish. Press down onto it and brush with either water, milk, or oil. Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until golden brown on top.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes, before glazing the tops. To prepare the glaze, mix the powdered sugar with either milk, yogurt or water, until the desired consistency is reached.


* You can use any sugar of choice- white, brown, coconut or swerve, to keep it sugar free.
** Use sugar-free powdered sugar to keep it sugar free. 


Serving: 1servingCalories: 188kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 8gFat: 2gSodium: 20mgFiber: 4gCalcium: 105mgIron: 1mgNET CARBS: 28g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. 5 stars
    I have made this recipe many times. It is quick, easy, and tasty. the only issue is that it takes a few tweaks with the flour amounts. if not for that small detail, it would have been five stars.

      1. 5 stars
        I don’t know how you all are making it with 1/4 a cup of flour! I had to add quite a bit more flour to make it a dough but it came out beautiful and was really easy to make.

  2. 5 stars
    Oh goodness. This recipe is dangerous. I eyeballed the dimensions and I used a little less cinnamon than called for, but this was great nonetheless. A perfect bedtime snack whipped up in less than half an hour? Yes please! I used 2% fat Greek Yogurt.

  3. I was VERY skeptical of this recipe but decided to try it because I am hormonal and had an insane cinnamon roll craving. So, I doubled the batch (because, hormones) and ended up eating the whole thing! They looked kinda ugly but who cares, they were JUST what I wanted and I am so grateful for that! I went gluten free as well and it still worked, I def made a cream cheese topping as well and it was really yummy! Give this one a try if you need a quick fix!

  4. 5 stars
    Delicious! I made this recipe this morning for breakfast. I added a scoop of bone broth protein powder (vanilla) to the dough. It made it a bit sticky, so I had to use extra flour. It also upped the baking time a bit. I also used whole wheat flour (because this was my breakfast 😂) and it worked well.

    I will definitely be making this again! I might try making ahead of time by freezing a few rolls so I can just toss them in the oven in the morning.

  5. 5 stars
    Just made this and it was amazing! The rectangle dimensions didn’t work for my ceramic so next time I will keep it 1 1/2 inches for the short-side and I will make it thicker.
    It was a little undercooked at 16 minutes but I was using a toaster oven so do with that what you will. Next time I’ll cook it longer.
    And I added some cream cheese and a little salt to the frosting and it was fantastic.
    Highly RECOMMEND this recipe 🙂 don’t let the lack of ingredients scare you.

  6. This looks incredible! Definitely going to have to try this soon. Did you just use a flat baking sheet?

  7. Hi.. can I use maple syrup for the glaze? Thank you for sharing the recipe! I’m going to try this.. 🙂