Now you can enjoy low carb and gluten free cinnamon scrolls (Chelsea buns) that are also sugar-free and keto friendly. The best and easiest cinnamon buns you’ll ever find – and they’re so heavy and dense, just like a traditional cinnamon bread roll should be.

At only 4.3g net carbs per serving, these low carb Chelsea buns are soon becoming a favourite in our house, and hopefully yours too.

Cinnamon scrolls sliced and lifted with a woman's hand
Low Carb Chelsea Buns – only 4.3g net carbs (easy recipe)

If you love cinnamon scrolls you’ll also love cinnamon roll low-carb mug cake. Ready in 1 minute and is the perfect single-serve sugar-free dessert.

What are Chelsea buns?

Cinnamon scrolls are also known as Chelsea buns because they were created in the 18th century in a bakehouse in Chelsea, London. They are a sweet treat usually enjoyed with a cup of tea.

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Chelsea buns are sweet bread made with currants (dried fruit) inside and glazed with a sweet sugar frosting. The bread is made with yeast, wheat flour, and often cinnamon, spices, and lemon peel

Chelsea buns look a lot like cinnamon rolls, so what is the difference? Chelsea buns are more common in the UK and cinnamon rolls are more commonly found in the US. They are incredibly similar, so these could easily be called cinnamon rolls.

Low carb cinnamon scrolls

I can’t remember the last time I ate a traditional Chelsea bun (or cinnamon scroll). Soft on the inside, full of sweet cinnamon, and drizzled with a sweet glaze. My gluten-free recipe for low-carb Chelsea buns replicates all of this, only they’re low carb, sugar-free, grain-free, gluten-free, and super simple.

I developed this sweet recipe by first using the basic focaccia recipe which is mainly psyllium husk and water but knew that needed some extra flavor, bulk, and fluffiness.

Which flour do you need?

I used coconut flour in the focaccia bread but Chelsea buns need a sweeter taste without the coconut taste. I replaced whole eggs with egg whites so it was lighter and white in color.

By adding some almond meal/flour, made the dough light and fluffy but sturdy enough to roll up with sweetened cinnamon inside. I tried the recipe a few times and came to the conclusion my original focaccia with coconut flour just wouldn’t work.

Cinnamon scrolls sliced and lifted with a woman's hand
Gluten-free cinnamon scrolls

How to make the bread dough soft

I experimented with the amount of water the recipe required. It actually varied each time I made it depending on how humid the weather was. So if your dough is a little sticky, add an extra tablespoon or two of psyllium and if it’s too dry, add a teaspoon of water at a time.

How to make cinnamon rolls

Cinnamon scrolls decorated with a drizzle of white icing
Gluten-free cinnamon scrolls (Chelsea Buns)

Step by step baking instructions

Follow these 4 easy steps to create the perfect low-carb Chelsea buns.

1: Roll out the cinnamon scroll dough.

Press out with your hands until it is a rectangle shape and 1cm / 1/2 inch thick.

Mix the cinnamon and sugar-free sweetener together and sprinkle all over the rolled dough.

rolled out Chelsea bun bread dough on baking parchment
Roll out the gluten-free dough

2: Roll the dough

Using the baking parchment/paper, start to roll the dough up along the longest side.

rolled out Chelsea bun bread dough on baking parchment on a bread board
Roll dough using the baking parchment

3: Make one long tube

Once you have rolled the dough into one long tub, get a sharp knife ready to cut the cinnamon rolls.

rolled out Chelsea bun bread dough on baking parchment about to be cut into slices
Roll into a loose tube shape

Continue to roll the cinnamon bun dough into one long roll, then cut into even slices.

rolled out Chelsea bun bread dough on baking parchment cut into slices
Cut into thick slices

Place each Chelsea bun into the oiled and lined ring tin with enough space to rise when cooking.

cinnamon rolls cut and placed in a ring tin ready to bake
Cinnamon rolls/ Chelsea cinnamon buns ready to cook


keto sugar-free marzipan rolled into a log then wrapped in baking parchment
Easy homemade marzipan (almond paste)

Instead of a sweet cinnamon filling to your cinnamon scrolls, why not add some sugar-free marzipan (almond paste) in the center for a special Thanksgiving or Christmas dessert?

It’s so easy to make homemade almond paste (marzipan). You only need 3 ingredients and it takes less than 5 minutes. You can also use it to make marzipan candies, chocolate-covered marzipan, or roll out and decorate your keto Christmas cake or keto wedding cake.

More keto cinnamon recipes

If you love cinnamon, you’ll love these easy keto recipes that use cinnamon.

Cinnamon scrolls sliced and lifted with a woman's hand

Keto Cinnamon Rolls Recipe (Keto Chelsea Buns)

Keto cinnamon rolls (low-carb Chelsea buns) are so light and fluffy, who knew they could be this easy to make (and enjoy).
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Course: Baking, bread, Cakes and desserts
Cuisine: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain free, Keto, LCHF, Low Carb, No Sugars, Paleo, Wheat Free
Keyword: Cinnamon scrolls, Low-carb Chelsea buns
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 173.2kcal
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  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowls


Low Carb Chelsea Bun Dough

  • 200 g almond meal/flour
  • 40 g psyllium husk
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 5 tbsp granulated sweetener of choice or more, to your taste
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250 ml boiling water

Cinnamon filling

  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp granulated sweetener of choice
  • lemon zest optional


  • 4 tbsp powdered sweetener
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract optional
  • water enough to make a liquid glaze


Low Carb Chelsea Bun Dough

  • Place all the dry ingredients together in a bowl and mix well.
  • Make a hole in the middle of the dry ingredients and add the egg whites and vanilla. Mix just a little so you can’t see the egg whites any more.
  • Add 1/3 the boiling water gently and slowly, mix. Add another 1/3, mix. Add the final 1/3 and mix until it looks like a sticky dough.
  • If the dough looks too wet, add an extra tablespoon of psyllium husk, if too dry, add a teaspoon of water at a time.
  • Pour the dough onto a large sheet of baking parchment/paper. Place another piece of baking parchment/paper on top.
  • Press out with your hands until it is a rectangle shape and 1cm / 1/2 inch thick.

Cinnamon filling

  • Mix the cinnamon and sweetener together and sprinkle all over the rolled dough.
  • Using the baking parchment/paper, start to roll the dough up along the longest side.
  • Continue to roll it into one long roll, then cut into even slices.
  • Place each slice in a ring tin that has been oiled and lined.
  • Bake at 180C/350F for 20-30 minutes, or until golden, and baked in the centre of each Chelsea bun.


  • Mix the powdered sweetener, vanilla and water together to make a liquid glaze.
  • Drizzle, pour or spoon all over.
  • Enjoy warm or cold.


Serving: 1cinnamon scrollCalories: 173.2kcalCarbohydrates: 10.9gProtein: 7gFat: 12.4gSodium: 27.5mgPotassium: 130.6mgFiber: 6.6gSugar: 1.1gVitamin A: 1.5IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 118.6mgIron: 1.2mg

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  1. Can these be baked then frozen?

    1. I’m not sure, I would think that would work as long as it is an airtight container. We have 5 in our house so this is devoured before I know it.

    1. No it is total carbs per piece, to find net carbs, just deduct the fibre. 13.7g – 8.2g = net 5.5g. It is high in fibre due to the psyllium.

  2. These were good..thank you kindly ?

  3. Hi, I can’t get psyllium husk, could I use some exanthan gum instead, I would love to try these, thanks.

  4. Hi, the ingredient list say psyllium husks and the on the picture of the products you use is psyllium husk powder. Which one is it? It really does make a difference in a recipe 🙂

    1. I refer to psyllium and psyllium husk powder as the same thing. As long as it’s not the whole husks or the seeds. We can only buy one type here but I see there are so many variants available in the US. If you are adding psyllium to foods, the powder may be a better choice because of its finer texture, but both forms of psyllium will work and provide the same health benefits.

      1. I have used both the powder and the whole husks and it behaves differently. Thanks, I will let you know how it turns out 🙂

  5. Do you beat the egg whites to stiff first as my first batch came out very dense? Also very dark. Are there lighter/darker versions of psyllium husk?

    1. No I don’t whisk the eggs at all, just kind of ‘throw it altogether’ type of thing. The hot water makes the psyllium husks swell and go light and fluffy. Ensure it is cooked as soon as it is made to ensure any air bubbles caught up in the dough are cooked into the cinnamon bun.

  6. Hi,
    I made these and during the baking process they turned black… what did I do wrong?

    1. Wow, I have never ever heard of this before. I have made this at least 6 times and never found this. Are all your ingredients in date? Did you accidentally add something else? I think we can blame some sort of gremlin at work here.

    2. Eve–it’s your psyllium. Different brands react differently to heat. My LC tortillas I make with psyllium are usually purple 😉

  7. Made these and they came out dark, dense, and chewy… Not at all what I was hoping for…. What could I have possibly done wrong?

    1. Hmm, did they sit too long before popping in the oven? The eggs, psyllium and hot water should have made them fluffy and light. Pop them straight in the hot oven as soon as they are rolled up and in the baking tin.

  8. Hi – I can’t do psyllium, would it be possible to replace it with something else? Thanks

  9. Lisa Price says:

    This is a little off topic but do you have any suggestions for leftover egg yolks? I’m starting to accumulate egg yolks because several recipes that I have tried call for whites only. I’ll be trying this recipe tomorrow and I love your site. I am new to LCHF and this site has been a godsend for recipes and information! I recommended your site to my doctor and she is giving it to other patients with high cholesterol and pre-diabetes.

    1. Firstly thank-you so much for recommending my website to your doctor, how wonderful that she is advising low carb to her patients with pre-diabetes and cholesterol problems. Secondly, the egg yolks. OK, I use my leftover egg yolks in super duper “pimp my scrambled eggs”. I add an extra yolk or two to my usual 2 eggs. Otherwise, I use them to make lemon curd. I have just developed a new ice cream which I will post soon which uses egg yolks and coconut cream. Or there is this recipe for coconut ice cream too. Enjoy 🙂

      1. Wonderful! I will give those a try!

  10. Can I replace the psyllium husk with flax seed meal?

  11. Cathy Clark says:

    These look wonderful! My mom’s traditional recipe uses butter in the cinnamon mix. Would that work with these, or would it screw up the texture?

    1. I add the butter AFTER it is cooked. I cut the muffin in the centre, then pop slices of butter, sweetener and cinnamon in there – amazing.

  12. I made these today and they were dark and chewy after 18 min. It seemed as if the middle was not cooked all the way through. So I popped them back in for another 10. What could I have done wrong?

  13. Your hard work at developing recipes is really appreciated. There is so much to learn about ingredients and how they work.

  14. Gave these try this weekend, reckon they came out pretty well, could have been lighter, but like you said the particular version of Almond flour makes a difference to texture.
    How can I post a pic so you can give me some suggestions please?

    1. It’s pretty difficult to add photos here. An easy way for me to take look, is to post them to Instagram and tag me @ditchthecarbs then I can see. I love seeing what everyone is making and sharing there.

  15. These are so delicious! Thankyou Libby for another fantastic recipe!

    1. 5 stars
      Psyllium husk- whole or ground in all of your recipes that have it?? I know your link is to ground but it states just husk. Thanks!

      1. 5 stars
        I tend to use ground husks. If you have whole husks, you can grind them in your coffee grinder of food processor.

  16. 3 stars
    Oh dear, mine turned out quite heavy and dense and looked brown, not white like your picture. Tasted ok though.

  17. This looks a great recipe, but I have to say Chelsea buns ALWAYS contain dried fruit – if there’s no fruit in the middle, they’re not Chelsea Buns.

    1. Not necessarily. I have enjoyed Chelsea buns across the world and they don’t always contain dried fruit. We avoid dried fruit when living sugar-free because dried fruit is so incredibly high in sugar. Feel free to add some, just be aware it will no longer be sugar-free nor low-carb. But a healthier version nonetheless 🙂

  18. Elizabeth B says:

    5 stars
    One other ingredient that needs to be specified is egg size. There are many different egg sizes as there are may different countries. What sized eggs did you use in this recipe please?

    1. 5 stars
      Generally, I use, and state, medium-sized eggs, however even medium eggs vary from country to country.