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Gluten-free Mini Rolls Recipe (dairy-free + low FODMAP option)

Gluten-free mini rolls recipe - even better than the supermarket version and nobody would know they're Coeliac-friendly and wheat-free too. See the FAQ section for advice on adapting this recipe to be low FODMAP.
Keyword gluten-free baking, gluten-free mini rolls recipe
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 291kcal
Author Becky Excell


For the sponges:

  • 2 medium eggs separated
  • 50 g caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp milk dairy-free if necessary
  • 20 g gluten-free plain flour
  • 10 g cocoa powder ensure dairy-free if needed
  • pinch of xanthan gum

For the filling

  • 100 g butter softened (use Stork hard margarine if dairy-free)
  • 100 g icing sugar

For the coating

  • 200 g milk chocolate melted (dairy-free if necessary)
  • 30 g dark chocolate melted (dairy-free if necessary)


For the sponge:

  • Preheat your oven to 180°C fan / 200°C. Lightly grease your Swiss roll tin and line with non-stick baking paper.
  • Separate your eggs into two small bowls - egg whites in one and yolks in the other.
  • In a larger mixing bowl, add your egg yolks and half the caster sugar (25g). Whisk together until combined, then add your vanilla extract, milk and oil and whisk once more. Sift in the flour, cocoa powder and xanthan gum, and mix in until well combined, thick and glossy.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk your egg whites (using an electric hand whisk or stand mixer ideally) until they start to turn white and frothy. Gradually add the remaining caster sugar (25g), whisking until you have medium peaks.
  • In 2-3 stages, add your egg white mixture to your egg yolk mixture, folding it in carefully between each addition using a silicone spatula. Once all the egg white mixture is fully folded in, pour your mixture into your prepared tin. Spread it out gently to make sure it’s nice and even and bake in the oven for 8 minutes until cooked through.
  • Place a piece of non-stick baking paper on your work surface and dust it with the icing sugar.
  • While your sponge is still warm, loosen it from the tin and flip it out onto the baking paper. Carefully peel off the baking paper on top that once lined the tin – don’t worry if you lose the outer layer of the cake because it sticks to the paper as you peel it off, that’s totally normal, but do be more careful as its a very thin sponge. Using your baking paper, roll the sponge up from the long end – the paper should be inside it as you roll. Try to roll fairly tightly, then leave the sponge to cool fully while rolled up. I prop something up against it to stop it from unrolling itself.

For the filling:

  • Place your softened butter in a mixing bowl, mix on its own on a high speed for about 5 minutes. The butter should change from a more yellow colour to being a lot more pale.
  • Add your icing sugar into the butter until fully combined. This is a slightly softer buttercream than I usually do but works the best in this. You can also add a drop of vanilla extract too if you like.

To assemble:

  • Carefully unroll your sponge. Fortunately I never find the sponge cracks using my recipe, but if it does a little, it doesn't matter - it will all be covered in chocolate - just be delicate!
  • Spread a very thin layer of of your filling on the unrolled sponge (I leave about a half cm gap on the long edges - otherwise you will have too much filling in your mini rolls.
  • Tightly roll your sponge up again (from the long side once more) but this time, stop half way. Then, roll the opposite long side to meet the part you just rolled. Then use a sharp knife to cut down the middle so you have two long rolls.
  • Cut each roll into 5 smaller mini rolls - push them to be a bit more round if they have flattened slightly from your cutting. Place them on a board and chill briefly in the fridge (this isn't super necessary but I think it helps a little).
  • Take each mini roll one by one and dunk them into the melted milk chocolate, put them on a cooling rack and spoon over a little extra chocolate to fill any gaps you see. Allow to set either at room temp or in the fridge.
  • Finish by drizzling a pattern of dark chocolate over each - the contrast looks really nice. You could also use white chocolate or leave them plain. Allow to set once more so your chocolate solidifies.
  • Carefully remove them from the cooling rack and enjoy!


This is a small batch but you could always double it and make more - you would need either two swiss roll tins or to do them one after the other.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 94mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g