These gluten-free sorghum bread rolls are perfect straight from the oven, are easy to make and freeze, and are super delicious. They are made with wholesome ingredients, without eggs, dairy, or gums. Warm them, slice them transversely, and dress them with butter, hazelnut paste, and fresh fruits, or make avocado and egg toast. The possibilities are endless.
Why we love these sorghum bread rolls
I developed this recipe while in Denmark. Danes love their morning bread rolls, called ‘rundstykker‘, and if I wanted to partake in the ritual of having bread rolls with butter and jam in the morning, I had to make my own gluten-free and lectin-free recipe. That’s how this recipe was born.
This is why we love these sorghum bread rolls:
- They are gluten-free and lectin-free and have a better nutritional profile than breads made with a gluten-free flour mixes
- They are made with a few wholesome ingredients; sorghum is the main flour used, and we are not using any gluten-free premix, which is heavy in starches like rice flour and potato flour.
- They are free of eggs, dairy, and gums and can be made vegan by replacing honey with maple syrup.
- They are easy to make and can be frozen and reheated before eating; for the best experience, eat them warm, straight from the oven.
- They have a good ratio of crust to crumb; the crust is absolutely delicious, and if you are a crust person like me, you will love these.
- The main recipe is made with yeast, but I will give you a version without yeast. Check out the post below.
- We love to have them for breakfast, but you can serve them at any time of the day.
What is sorghum?
Sorghum is one of the top five cereal crops globally, originating in Africa. It’s an ancient grain packed with nutritional value and one of the four gluten-free and lectin-free grains.
Sorghum flour is usually made from whole grains and has a slightly sweet and nutty taste, which reminds me of graham and spelt flour. I use it to make Sugar-Free ‘Graham’ Crackers / Digestive Biscuits. It is, in my opinion, the closest to whole wheat flour.
Is sorghum flour gluten-free?
Yes, sorghum flour is gluten-free and lectin-free, and I use it a lot in my cooking. I have developed a gluten-free sourdough starter made with sorghum, teff, and millet flour, and I make gluten-free sourdough bread using any combination of these three flour.
The flour mix for these sorghum rolls
This recipe doesn’t use gluten-free flour pre-mixes, usually heavy in starches like rice and potato. There are no eggs, dairy, or gums either. These are the dry ingredients:
- sorghum flour
- ground flaxseeds
- tigernut flour
- almond flour
- psyllium husk
If you need a nut-free mix, replace the almond flour with tigernut flour, add more sorghum flour, or even some tapioca starch.
The fresh yeast, conversions to dry yeast
While in Europe, I like to use fresh yeast, which comes in cubes (also called compressed). It’s found in the refrigerated sections of supermarkets or frozen. From my experience, fresh yeast is not easy to find in the US, but dry yeast will work well.
While yeast can be activated and incorporated into a recipe in several ways, it is better to follow the instructions on the package you are buying or use the method you are most comfortable with.
If you don’t find fresh yeast where you are, your other options are active and instant dry yeast. I found this article explaining how to convert yeast types in recipes if you need help.
According to this calculator, for the 10 grams of fresh yeast I used, you should use 4 grams of active dry yeast. A package usually has 7 grams. And to replace it with instant yeast, you need 3.3 grams.
This dough and bread do not rise much, so don’t expect it to double in volume. However, the dough gets airy while resting, and I prefer not to knead this dough much.
Does it work without yeast?
I’m happy to say that after another round of trials, this gluten-free bread works very well without yeast. The only slight difference is in taste, where the yeast version tastes and smells more like the typical yeast bread, while the other one doesn’t.
The texture is very similar, and the NO yeast version is easier to make, as you don’t have to work with the yeast, and the dough can only rest for 10 minutes.
If you choose the NO YEAST version, DO this:
- Add one teaspoon of baking soda to the dry mix
- Add the honey to the dough when you add the water
- Rest the dough for only 10 minutes at room temperature
- I feel this version is ready in 50 minutes, but times may vary depending on the type of oven and the type of baking tray you use
- You can make 12 small rolls, which you will slice transversely, or 6 bigger rolls, which you can also cut into traditional bread slices (see pictures)
The wet ingredients
This type of bread is traditionally made with milk and butter and has an egg wash. I wanted to keep this version plant-based (replace honey with maple syrup for vegan) and straightforward to cover as many dietary restrictions as possible. I want to try adding some butter and an egg wash in the future.
I used full-fat coconut milk mixed with lemon juice, warm water, and a little extra virgin olive oil for this recipe. I skipped the egg wash, but I dipped the top of the buns in sesame seeds.
How to handle the dough for the sorghum bread
For some bread, kneading well is great, but for this one is minimal. These are the steps:
- Mix the dry ingredients
- Add the dissolved yeast to the dry ingredients
- Add the coconut milk and water (making sure nothing is too warm or too cold)
- Mix with a spatula until incorporated, and gently knead it into a ball
- Let it rest in a warm spot, covered, for about an hour
- Portion and gently shape oval buns (the height of the bun will not be more than one inch) and dip the top side in sesame seeds
How to bake the sorghum rolls
I use a stainless steel sheet pan; from my experience, there is no need for parchment paper or greasing. I bake them at 400F / 200C for about 60 minutes. You can start watching them earlier. They get golden brown. My favorite part of this bread is the crust.
I hope you are not a soft bun fan, as maybe this is not for you. The experience of eating this bread is more similar to that of a hard-crust sourdough than a soft roll.
How to store and serve the sorghum bread rolls
It’s important to eat these sorghum rolls warm. You can either warm them whole and eat them straight from the oven, or let them cool, slice and pop them in a toaster.
The best way to store them, and the only one I recommend, is to freeze them and warm them up in the oven for about 10 minutes, at 400F / 200C, right before eating. A toaster can be used too, especially if you freeze them sliced.
Slice them transversely and dress them with butter or nut butter, top them with fresh fruits or homemade sugar-free jam, or make avocado and egg toasts. Or use them for toast with anything from avocado and eggs to chicken salad; or with our delicious and nutritious Beef Liver Pate with Fresh Herbs.
More sorghum bread recipes
If you are up for a challenge, try our SOURDOUGH METHOD for making gluten-free and lectin-free sourdough bread, with a mix of sorghum, millet, and teff flour.
For another easy gluten-free bread using sorghum flour, try our Gluten-Free Flatbread with Sorghum and Green Plantain. A flatbread that is easy to make and nutritious.
For gluten-free sourdough rolls, check our Rustic Sourdough Rolls with Teff, Millet, and Sorghum.
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These sorghum morning bread rolls are the perfect healthy and satisfying addition to your breakfast. Easy to freeze, eat them warm from the oven. For a NO Yeast version check the post above. Mix the coconut milk with the lemon juice and let it sit for about 10-15 minutes. Mix the dry ingredients in a big bowl. Make the yeast mix, by mixing the yeast with the water and honey until dissolved. Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the yeast. Before starting adding the coconut milk to the bowl, add some of the warm water to it so it's not too cold (you don't want anything to be too hot or too cold). Once all the coconut milk is added, add the rest of the water and the olive oil. Gently knead the dough and form a ball. Cover it and keep it in a warm place for about an hour. It's not going to rise a lot but will get a fluffy texture. Preheat the oven to 400F (200C) and prepare a baking sheet (in my experience there is not need for greasing or parchment paper. Portion the ball in 12 equal parts. Gently form an oval shape, about one inch tall. Repeat with all and when done dip the top side of the roll in the sesame seeds. Arange all the bread rolls to the baking sheet and bake for about 60 minutes. Check them out at 50 minutes. I like to get a crust so I prefer them after 60 minutes. These are great for freezing. You can warm them up in the preheated oven (400F/200C), straight from the freezer, for about 10 minutes. I love eating this bread warm. After I make a full batch and the bread has cooled down, I freeze it and warm it up in the oven, straight from the freezer, before eating. 400F / 200C for 10 minutes works fine for me. For a NO Yeast version check the post above.
Sorghum Morning Bread Rolls (Lectin-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan)
These sorghum morning bread rolls are the perfect healthy and satisfying addition to your breakfast. Easy to freeze, eat them warm from the oven. For a NO Yeast version check the post above.
Mix the coconut milk with the lemon juice and let it sit for about 10-15 minutes.
Mix the dry ingredients in a big bowl.
Make the yeast mix, by mixing the yeast with the water and honey until dissolved.
Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the yeast.
Before starting adding the coconut milk to the bowl, add some of the warm water to it so it's not too cold (you don't want anything to be too hot or too cold).
Once all the coconut milk is added, add the rest of the water and the olive oil. Gently knead the dough and form a ball. Cover it and keep it in a warm place for about an hour. It's not going to rise a lot but will get a fluffy texture.
Preheat the oven to 400F (200C) and prepare a baking sheet (in my experience there is not need for greasing or parchment paper.
Portion the ball in 12 equal parts. Gently form an oval shape, about one inch tall. Repeat with all and when done dip the top side of the roll in the sesame seeds.
Arange all the bread rolls to the baking sheet and bake for about 60 minutes. Check them out at 50 minutes. I like to get a crust so I prefer them after 60 minutes. These are great for freezing. You can warm them up in the preheated oven (400F/200C), straight from the freezer, for about 10 minutes.
I love eating this bread warm. After I make a full batch and the bread has cooled down, I freeze it and warm it up in the oven, straight from the freezer, before eating. 400F / 200C for 10 minutes works fine for me. For a NO Yeast version check the post above.
Katie DavidsonJuly 29, 2021 at 7:01 am
Thanks for this recipe – I love the look of it. However, I have a problem with yeast so I’m wondering if I can still make your recipe, just leaving the yeast out and perhaps increasing the psyllium husk in the dry ingredients.
I’d love to see your response and will remain hopeful that this substitution will work. Thank you 😊
ClaudiaJuly 31, 2021 at 1:32 am
Hi Katie, I’m getting this question a lot already, so I guess it needs to be tried. Next time I’m making them without yeast and maybe adding one egg, maybe some baking soda, and one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar? Fingers crossed, I do hope it works. If you find out before me please let us know, I know many people are waiting for this answer. :)) Hugs, C
KatieAugust 21, 2021 at 7:06 am
Many thanks for your reply to my question about leaving out the yeast. I look forward to someone trying your suggestions – hopefully you, but maybe someone else. I also can’t find tigernut flour here…can I use something else please? Many thanks from Australia. 🌹
KATIEAugust 21, 2021 at 7:14 am
Hi again Claudia
Oops, sorry – I just saw your NO YEAST version above. THANKS for this! So just one question – can I use something else in place of the tiger nut flour, which I can’t find. I really appreciate your help, Claudia! 🌹xx
ClaudiaAugust 21, 2021 at 2:47 pm
Hi Katie, my pleasure! I’ve been making these without yeast since my update. You can replace tigernut with any other flour from the mix. xx
MelJuly 29, 2021 at 6:22 pm
Would there be any way to sub out the yeast?
ClaudiaJuly 31, 2021 at 1:27 am
Mel, that’s a question I ask myself too, so next time I’m making this I’ll try without yeast and report back. Fingers crossed xx C.
DeepaApril 10, 2023 at 7:57 pm
Hi Claudia! I just made these using baking soda option instead of yeast. Made for my mom and she LOVES them! So do I. My question is could she warm the frozen rolls n the microwave instead of an oven? She’s 94, Iives on her own thanks to my sister and aunt taking care of housekeeping and prepping meals she can “nuke”. Would love to have a frozen bag of these baked rolls she could just pop in the microwave as she doesn’t use oven toaster or toaster oven any more! How would be best way and length of time to microwave them?
ClaudiaApril 11, 2023 at 3:01 am
Hi Deepa, so happy your mom loves these breads. I’m sorry I can’t help with your question. I don’t have a microwave, I don’t even know how to use one 😅. I’m sure it’s possible, but I wouldn’t know how. Maybe using a thawing option, and then something to warm them up a little bit (go gradually with the time until it’s warm enough)? If you figure it out, I’d be curious to know if they are still good. Claudia
DeepaApril 23, 2023 at 12:24 pm
I found the defrost Option on the microwave worked well! Warmed up nicely, still tender on the inside and firmer outside!
ClaudiaApril 23, 2023 at 12:38 pm
Perfect! So glad it worked. Thank you for letting us know xx – Claudia
Pam GarciaAugust 5, 2021 at 11:04 am
Your recipe doesn’t mention adding the 2 tablespoons of oil?
ClaudiaAugust 5, 2021 at 11:39 am
Hi Pam, thank you for catching that. Just updated the recipe card. The olive oil goes with all the other wet ingredients.
AshleyAugust 5, 2021 at 5:26 pm
If soy, almond and coconut milk cannot be used, would hemp milk work?
ClaudiaAugust 6, 2021 at 1:35 am
Hi Ashley! Yes, I believe any milk would work.
MelissaAugust 12, 2021 at 6:02 pm
Can I remove the almond flour and use more sorghum? I can’t have nuts. Thanks!
ClaudiaAugust 20, 2021 at 2:14 pm
Hi Melissa, yes, I think it will work. I haven’t tried but I don’t see why not. xx
Sarah YoungAugust 20, 2021 at 8:22 pm
Lectin Free recipes? I’m just now discovering your web page. THANK YOU for all these wonderful recipes!!!
ClaudiaAugust 21, 2021 at 4:58 am
Happy you found it <3
Nina L KoricanSeptember 26, 2021 at 10:59 pm
I’m going to try this recipe. But, I don’t think you can say it’s vegan if it has honey in it. Any ideas for a substitute sweetener? Thank you!
ClaudiaSeptember 27, 2021 at 2:11 am
Hi Nina, yes, I forgot to mention that you can replace honey with yacon syrup (if you want a hint of sweetness), or simply skip. I try not to use the word vegan much (since I am not vegan) but I know it helps many of you to find out recipes that are egg and dairy-free (which is always a big request, especially when it comes to bread). I hope you love them with your breakfast xx
NinaOctober 7, 2021 at 2:37 pm
Thank you for answering! I’m looking forward to trying these this weekend. Your website is great and so helpful.
ClaudiaOctober 8, 2021 at 4:17 am
My pleasure Nina xx
YaelJanuary 5, 2022 at 6:15 pm
Hi what kind of psyllium husk are you using? Is it whole or powder. It is make a huge difference
ClaudiaJanuary 6, 2022 at 3:45 am
hi Yael, I always use flakes. But you can use powder if that’s what you have, just add less.
IlseMarch 7, 2022 at 9:23 am
Hi Claudia, I came across your website. It has amazing recipes. I would love to try the sorghum bread recipe. Tigernut flour is difficult to find. What would be a good substitute? Thanks
ClaudiaMarch 10, 2022 at 3:54 am
Hi Ilse, you can replace it with almond flour. Thank you for the kind words. xx
SharonSeptember 24, 2022 at 6:26 pm
Wont use your site…..no jump to recipe button.
ClaudiaSeptember 25, 2022 at 8:57 am
Hi Sharon, it’s ok. Everything on this website is the result of very hard work, and if you can’t appreciate the value I provide for free, then this is certainly not for you. Also, I am grateful you left this message because it makes me appreciate even more the other 95% of people who genuinely appreciate what I offer.
SherriFebruary 26, 2023 at 5:11 pm
Hi Claudia, just made these. The recipe shows 3 Tbl lemon juice, but the directions do not mention it. I added the lemon juice with the water…I hope this was correct.
ClaudiaFebruary 27, 2023 at 4:09 am
Hi Sherri, the lemon juice is mentioned in Step 1. You mix it with coconut milk to get the vegan buttermilk. It’s mentioned first because the mixture needs to sit for a few minutes before using it in the wet ingredients.
MJMarch 19, 2023 at 9:20 am
I had a question about the psyllium husks. I have the Psyllium husk powder. Is that ok? Still 1/2 cup or should I use less? Thanks
ClaudiaMarch 19, 2023 at 9:37 am
Hi MJ, I did reply before, but I thought it was a comment on a different recipe. Psyllium husk and powder are not interchangeable. Powder can be used, but this recipe is not made for powder. You can’t replace 1/2 cup flakes with 1/2 cup powder, it needs to be measured by weight.
MJMarch 19, 2023 at 9:56 am
Thank you! I have some family visiting from Germany and I was looking for a rustic type bread for breakfast. So, I think this will be perfect! Do they freeze well? I was hoping to make them a head of time and just defrost the night before.
ClaudiaMarch 20, 2023 at 4:22 am
Hi MJ, yes, they freeze very well. In fact, that’s how I recommend storing them. They are best when eaten warm, straight from the oven.
ClaudiaMarch 20, 2023 at 4:23 am
Oh, and don’t thaw the night before. Put them straight from the freezer in the oven before eating. It is the best way to have them.
MJSMarch 27, 2023 at 1:23 pm
Delicious with a very whole grain texture. I made mine with 1 cup blanched hazelnut flour instead of almond and tiger nut. And I added 1 extra T EVOO since I used hemp milk and there is a lot less fat compared to full fat coconut milk. They even got the thumbs up from my husband who doesn’t follow a lectin free diet like me. Thank you!
ClaudiaMarch 28, 2023 at 5:57 am
Hi MJ, so happy to hear that!! I love the hazelnut idea; I imagine they came out very tasty, since hazelnuts a bursting with flavor. Did you make the year or no yeast version? Claudia
Janice StenlundMay 2, 2023 at 3:17 pm
Hi Claudia, I have been using your recipe of the delicious sorgum rolls for a while now and was wondering if this recipe would turn out as a loaf instead of rolls?
ClaudiaMay 4, 2023 at 2:26 am
Hi Janice, I’m happy you like this recipe. For me, the best thing about this bread is the crust. I have a feeling that if we turn it into a loaf there will be a lot of moist crumb, which I don’t really like. Have you thought of giving GF and LF sourdough a try? With that, you can make all sorts of bread. – Claudia
JaniceMay 6, 2023 at 9:59 am
I will definitely be trying LF sourdough in the near future. Thank you for your reply. Janice
ClaudiaMay 6, 2023 at 12:13 pm
My pleasure, Janice! Keep us updated xx – Claudia