Cinnamon Roll Biscotti – Low Carb and Gluten-Free


All the flavours of a cinnamon roll in a delicious low carb, gluten-free biscotti. Perfect to dip in your morning coffee!

Low Carb Cinnamon Roll Biscotti

There seem to be some flavours that are universally loved and cinnamon is one of those.   I can honestly say I’ve never met someone who doesn’t like cinnamon.  It’s the spice of comfort and love.  The smell of cinnamon is like coming in out of the cold and cozying up to a warm fire in your favourite slippers with your favourite person.  It’s the smell of mothers’ love and happy childhoods.  They say that when you want to sell your house, you should make it smell like vanilla or cinnamon by putting some in a dish in a warm oven.  The people viewing the place will then subconsciously think it smells like home and want to buy it.  I have no idea if this truly works but it certainly sounds like a good idea.  At the very least, your house smells great even if it doesn’t sell.

Low Carb Gluten-Free Cinnamon Roll Biscotti

And if cinnamon is like cozying up to a warm fire, then a cinnamon roll is like climbing into bed under a fluffy duvet on a cold night.  Mind you, it’s a fluffy duvet made of gluten and sugar and you probably just want to go to sleep because your blood sugar has skyrocketed and your insulin is struggling to keep up.  Sure, it seems comforting and insanely delicious to eat one at the time, but it’s not going to be so comforting later on when you are suffering from indigestion, weight gain or diabetic neuropathy.

Low Carb Cinnamon Roll Biscotti with glaze

I have managed low carb cinnamon rolls before and they were pretty great, but I think I could probably improve upon them.  However, I also love taking those same flavours and putting them into some other delicious package that’s fun to eat and a little easier to make low carb and gluten-free.  I’ve made cinnamon roll scones, cinnamon roll coffee cake and this time I thought it would be fun to make cinnamon roll biscotti.  And it was fun.  And delicious.  And yes, even comforting.  All without blanketing you in gluten and sugar and sending your blood glucose skyrocketing.

Low Carb Cinnamon Roll Biscotti

Cinnamon Roll Biscotti – Low Carb and Gluten-Free

Yield: 15 biscotti

Serving Size: 1 biscotti

Cinnamon Roll Biscotti – Low Carb and Gluten-Free

All the flavours of a cinnamon roll in a delicious low carb, gluten-free biscotti. Perfect to dip in your morning coffee!


  • 2 tbsp Swerve Sweetener or other erythritol
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Biscotti:
  • 2 cups almond flour (Honeyville)
  • 1/3 cup Swerve Sweetener or other erythritol
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup melted butter, plus 1 tbsp for brushing biscotti
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Glaze:
  • 1/4 cup powdered Swerve Sweetener or other powdered erythritol
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla


  1. For the filling, combine sweetener and cinnamon in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 325F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together almond flour, sweetener, baking powder, xanthan gum, and salt. Stir in 1/4 cup butter, egg and vanilla extract until dough comes together.
  4. Turn dough onto prepared baking sheet and divide in half. Form each half into a rectangle about 10 by 4 inches. Make sure both halves are similar in size and shape.
  5. Sprinkle one half with about 2/3 of the cinnamon filling. Top with the other half of the dough and seal the seams and smooth the top.
  6. Bake 25 minutes or until lightly browned and just firm to the touch. Remove from oven and brush with remaining melted butter, then sprinkle with remaining cinnamon mixture. Let cool 30 minutes and reduce oven temperature to 250F.
  7. Using a sharp knife, cut log into about 15 slices (a straight up and down motion works better than sawing back and forth).
  8. Place slices back on baking sheet cut-side down and bake 15 minutes, then flip over and bake another 15 minutes. Turn off oven and let sit inside until cool.
  9. For the glaze , whisk powdered sweetener with cream and vanilla extract until smooth. Drizzle over cooled biscotti.


Serves 15. Each serving has 4 g of carbs and 2 g of fiber. Total NET CARBS = 2 g.

133 Calories; 12g Fat (79.0% calories from fat); 4g Protein; 4g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 27mg Cholesterol; 113mg Sodium.

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  1. says

    YUMMM!!! These look amazing! I have never had biscotti before (I’m more of a chewy cookie girl) but I definitely want to give these a try :)
    That drizzle looks pretty darn good too…. it’s 6am where I live and I already want some serious sweets!

  2. Susan says

    Oh, funny…I forgot the glaze! I made these last night, left them it the oven overnight…they came out wonderfully crunchy and a fabulous flavor! And
    to top that, very little dishes for clean up! Another Carolyn biscotti in the rotation!

    Could I suggest an anise version?

  3. says

    Carolyn, I made these yesterday and they are fabulous! The taste is wonderful and the consistency is just amazing. I couldn’t get the edges to seal around the filling, so I ended up just smooshing it all together, but they baked up perfectly. I’m going to try an anise version and an almond version next. Your recipes are the greatest!

    • Carolyn says

      Wow, you really did go on a biscotti making rampage! And smooshing it together is kind of what you have to do to get those seams sealed.

  4. Alaine says

    I have these in the oven right now. Can’t wait. I munched onthe ends after I sliced and already yummy. Next time I am going to try to recreate my Mom’s nutroll / poppyseed roll, which is one of my favorite desserts. Most of my family is diabetic now. I think it will work well. Thank you for creating this.

  5. kaitlin says

    I am a college student who loves to bake. I live next door to my University’s male basketball team, and they know me well for always having something in the oven. As a GF person, it’s rare that I get the chance to eat what I make. When I discovered your site, I added your recipes to my arsenal and got to cooking. Within minutes of having baked these, they were devoured by the guys (after I snagged one for myself, of course). No one would believe me that they were gluten free and the guys even told me they need to come sooner next time to get them before the others!
    This recipe is amazing. Thank you!

  6. says

    Carolyn, I posted a link back to you for this great sounding recipe on my website tonight and I have a question. I have Trader Joes Almond Meal, but I’m reading where people bake with Honeyville Almond Flour.

    Would the Trader Joe’s Meal work in this recipe, or is the consistency not going to be right. I’m a bit confused about the difference between Almond Meal and Honeyville Almond Flour. You have a wonderful website, I’m totally hooked…

    • Carolyn says

      Trader Joe’s might be okay but I think they will be a lot more fragile and prone to breaking. It’s just not as finely ground as Honeyville so things don’t quite bake up as well. I have a tutorial on baking with almond flour in my FAQ section, you should check that out!

  7. Sally Casner says

    I have been diagnosed with a sensitivitie to almonds and cashews.
    If I blend pecans or hazelnuts as fine as I can do you think they would work in place of almond flour in your recipes?

    • Carolyn says

      Possibly. You really need to grind them very finely. I’d grind first in a big food processor and then in a coffee grinder if you have one.

      • Maria says

        Hazelnut flour is available, but might need to go through that coffee grinder as well. I will have to try these for sure!

  8. says

    Hi Carolyn- I just want to thank you for all your amazing recipes! They have saved me while I’ve been eating healthy and low-carb (especially since I am a baking fiend). Your cinnamon roll biscotti recipe inspired me to make a chocolate-chocolate chip version of this biscotti and it turned out great! I would love to give you a shout-out on my lifestyle blog when it gets up an running!

  9. Barbara says

    These are great and so easy to make. Made them last night and they were not crisp enough by the time we went to bed. So I left them in the cool oven overnight. This morning they were perfect. My husband even likes them without the glaze. Not me though.

  10. Barbara says

    For some reason all of my comment didn’t post. The part that thanked you for your delicious recipes and hard work developing them. Thanks so much.

  11. Sherry says

    These were so delicious! My husband doesn’t eat low carb but I found him sneaking them in the evenings! By far my favourite low carb treat to eat!

  12. Soren says

    Hi– I’m going to give these a try in plain old almond meal, almond extract… I think they make a great accompaniment to desserts like mousse and panna cotta. Thanks for all the great recipes :)


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