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Sorghum Bread Recipe. Gluten-Free Morning Rolls (No Eggs or Dairy)

July 28, 2021 (Last Updated: May 22, 2024)
Sorghum Bread Buns

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
  • salt

If you need a nut-free mix, replace the almond flour with tigernut flour, add more sorghum flour, or even some tapioca starch.

The mix of flour on a plate for the sorghum bread

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.

Sliced sorghum bread

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.

The sorghum bread buns on a plate with 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
The dough for the sorghum bread buns

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.

Sorghum morning bread buns out of the oven
Sliced sorghum bread

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.

Sorghum bread served with chicken salad

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.

This recipe is part of our 10+ Sorghum Flour Recipe Round-Up.

Rustic Sourdough Rolls with Teff, Millet and Sorghum

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Sorghum Morning Bread Rolls (Lectin-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan)

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By Claudia Curici, Health Coach Serves: 12
Prep Time: 30 minutes Cooking Time: 50-60 minutes

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.

Ingredients

  • DRY INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 cups sorghum flour
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseeds
  • 1/2 cup tigernut flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup psyllium husk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • THE YEAST MIX
  • 10 grams fresh yeast (see post for alternatives)
  • 2, 3 tablespoons warm water
  • 1 teaspoon local honey
  • WET INGREDIENTS:
  • 3/4 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds

Instructions

1

Mix the coconut milk with the lemon juice and let it sit for about 10-15 minutes.

2

Mix the dry ingredients in a big bowl.

3

Make the yeast mix, by mixing the yeast with the water and honey until dissolved.

4

Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the yeast.

5

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).

6

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.

7

Preheat the oven to 400F (200C) and prepare a baking sheet (in my experience there is not need for greasing or parchment paper.

8

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.

9

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.

Notes

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.

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52 Comments

  • Reply
    Annette
    May 19, 2024 at 9:33 am

    Dear Claudia, Thank-you soooo much for the yeast-free version! Your breads and buns looks so delicious, but many of them have yeast or sour dough which I can’t have, so the yeast-free option is a door-opener for me. Yeah! I’ve been making up batches of Jowar Rotit (Sorgho flat bread) to go with my dhal soups, but it’s quite a bit of work making them up fresh before each meal. I love the idea of making a batch of these buns, cutting them in half, freezing them and then just toasting them at meal time. You’re a true gold mine!

    • Reply
      Claudia
      May 20, 2024 at 3:05 am

      Hi Annette! Thank you so much for the kind words; I’m so happy you love this bread. Have you checked the other recipes under the bread category? There are quite a few options that are unleavened: flatbreads, tortillas, and the walnut buns. <3 -Claudia

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    Therese
    April 9, 2024 at 4:10 pm

    Can this bread be baked in a bread pan with sesame seeds sprinkled on top

    • Reply
      Claudia
      April 10, 2024 at 3:02 am

      Hi Therese! I’m not sure. The dough might be too heavy to raise properly, and cook throughout, but I might be mistaken. I am working on a recipe now for a sandwich bread with commercial yeast, with similar ingredients. Coming soon! -Claudia

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    Pam
    October 17, 2023 at 9:13 pm

    This is a big waste of time and ingredients. They could break concrete.

    • Reply
      Claudia
      October 18, 2023 at 2:58 am

      Hi Pamela! I have made this recipe many times and other people too. It’s usually something that people love (I even have feedback from parents whose kids love it). This is a hard crust roll, with a soft crumb, but it should not be heavy or dense (or break concrete, as you say). The dough should come out like you see in the pictures. They should be served warm, straight from the oven, as I explain in the article. It is a breakfast bread. Then the rest should be frozen and warmed just before eating. You get the perfect ratio of crust to crumb, but if you don’t love crust, this is definitely not for you. We know our bread can’t be fluffy and white and soft like the commercial bread that is sold in plastic bags. We focus on creating food that is full of nutrients and has a minimal amount of starches and zero gums and additives. Thank you for your feedback. -Claudia

      • Reply
        Annette
        May 21, 2024 at 4:25 pm

        Hi Claudia, Perhaps her buns came out hard because she used the 1h30 cooking time information on the recipe card. This is an error right? The text says 50 – 60 minutes.

        • Reply
          Claudia
          May 22, 2024 at 2:24 am

          Hi Annette! You are right, that was a mistake, I guess the proofing time got calculated together with the baking time. But yes, there are clear instructions in the recipe on how long to cook them. Thank you so much for flagging this out! – Claudia

  • Reply
    Jihane
    August 14, 2023 at 10:27 am

    Thank you so much for this recipe! It’s the first gluten free bread recipe that I find that’s simple and tastes and feels like bread. I’ve been making these rolls for the last 3 months. I double the quantities and freeze them.

    • Reply
      Claudia
      August 14, 2023 at 12:16 pm

      Thank you so much, Jihane! So happy you love this recipe <3 -Claudia

  • Reply
    Janice
    May 6, 2023 at 9:59 am

    I will definitely be trying LF sourdough in the near future. Thank you for your reply. Janice

    • Reply
      Claudia
      May 6, 2023 at 12:13 pm

      My pleasure, Janice! Keep us updated xx – Claudia

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