Delicious Onion Rolls Recipe -- Vegan, Gluten Free, and Refined Sugar Free

My friend Barbara Ann raved about how amazing these gluten free onion rolls and told me that I have to try them, that they are egg free and could easily be made dairy free. I took the recipe she gave me and replaced the milk with water and melted butter with oil and butter flavoring, and wow, they were delicious. Easy. Perfect texture. Even my kids who supposedly hate onions loved these. The recipe was originally made with wheat flour, so if you don't need to be gluten free, feel free to use wheat flour in the recipe instead.
Highly recommended!
These can be eaten plain or sliced to make a tasty sandwich.
Unlike many gluten free bread recipes that taste weird not fresh, these are also wonderful the next day.

Delicious Onion Rolls Recipe -- Vegan, Gluten Free, and Refined Sugar Free

2 medium onions
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup sweetener of choice (I used jaggery syrup, you can use white sugar, honey, maple syrup, date syrup, etc)
6 tablespoons oil of choice
1 teaspoon natural (dairy free) butter flavoring (optional)
1 tablespoon salt
1 cup cold water
5 teaspoons dry yeast
Gluten free all purpose flour mix or wheat flour as needed (I used about 1 pound gluten free flour mix)
1 teaspoon xanthan gum (optional)
1/4 cup nutritional yeast (optional)
1/4 cup grated cheese (optional)
Sesame seeds (optional)

1. Dice your onions finely.

2. In a saucepan, place the onions, water, sweetener, oil, salt, and butter flavoring. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off and let cool somewhat.

3. Add cold water to the pan and if the liquid is cool enough to add yeast without killing it, add it. Otherwise wait for it to cool a little more before adding the yeast. Add xanthan gum now if using it. (Barbara Ann didn't, but I was skeptical about if it would work well enough without the extra xanthan gum so I added it.) Let rise for 10 minutes.

4. Add flour, one cup at a time, mixing well. Add until you have a loose dough. I found for me this was when I added 1 whole pound of gluten free flour mix.

5. If you want, add 1/4 cup nutritional yeast or cheese to the dough and mix well.

6. Let rise for 30 minutes or until nearly doubled in size and/or the dough feels "fluffy" and airy. With a spoon, portion into 10-12 different rolls and place on a lined baking tray. Don't squish or you'll need to let it rise again. If you want, you can wet your hands and smooth out the dough somewhat.

7. If desired, sprinkle with sesame seeds.

8. Bake at 350 for exactly 20 minutes.

9. Eat hot or cold.


Are you a fan of the flavor of onions? Do you like/have you ever had onion rolls? Does this look like a recipe you'd try?

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