Lactose-free cinnamon swirls

Lactose-free cinnamon swirls

Start the day with a freshly baked pastry. These big, fluffy, and soft lactose-free cinnamon swirls are perfect as a sweet breakfast treat but are also delicious as an afternoon snack. Impress family and friends with beautifully shaped, swirled buns with a sweet cinnamon, banana, and date filling.


  • Pour water into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook, add yeast, and stir to dissolve the yeast.
  • Add buttermilk, eggs, sugar, salt, vanilla, and butter to the yeast mixture. Stir the ingredients together until well combined.
  • Gradually add flour while kneading. Knead the dough for approximately 5-6 minutes. The dough should be soft and moist – not sticky. Add a little extra flour if the dough is too moist.
  • Cover the mixing bowl with a clean kitchen towel and let the dough rise until double in volume. This takes approximately 1 hour, depending on the room temperature.
  • Remove the stones from the dates and blend with butter, banana, and cinnamon until the mixture gets a smooth texture.
  • Roll out the dough into a large square of about 40 x 40 cm on a floured surface.
  • Spread the filling on the square in an even layer.
  • Fold one-third of the dough in towards the centre, then fold the second third over the first so that the dough has three layers.
  • Carefully roll out the dough again as flat as possible.
  • Cut the dough into long strips that are 2-3 cm wide.
  • Make a cut in the strips from top to bottom without cutting all the way through so that it stays together at one end. That way, each gets two new strips that can be twisted around each other. Roll the twisted strips together and close the end by gently pressing it up under the bottom of the swirl.
  • Place the cinnamon swirls on a lined baking sheet and let them rise for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Brush the swirls with egg yolk and bake for 22-25 minutes until nicely golden.

Some say that the filling is the best part of the cinnamon swirl. But you must be careful not to add too much inside the swirls since the butter can melt and leak out. It will also make it difficult to swirl if there is too much filling. If you have some filling left, add the extra filling on top.

Questions about lactose-free cinnamon swirls

The secret behind delicious, fluffy lactose-free cinnamon swirls is a soft dough with an irresistible filling. Read below how to get your swirls just right.

What is a lactose-free cinnamon swirl?
A lactose-free cinnamon swirl is a delightful twist on the traditional sweet pastry, substituting regular dairy ingredients with lactose-free alternatives. Retaining an irresistible blend of cinnamon, butter, and brown sugar, it creates a sweet, gooey filling within a beautifully twisted bread-like casing. This lactose-free treat ensures a great-tasting, flavourful experience for all to enjoy.
How to know when lactose-free cinnamon swirls are done?
Cinnamon swirls should have a slightly dark, golden-brown colour on top. To make sure the dough is fully baked, stick a knife or a toothpick into the centre. If it comes out without any raw-looking dough sticking to it, the swirls are done, and you can take them out of the oven.
Can you freeze lactose-free cinnamon swirls?
In the unlikely event that you have some leftover lactose-free cinnamon swirls, you can easily freeze them. Place them in an airtight container or sealable freezer bag. Be careful not to crush the swirls.
Can you reheat lactose-free cinnamon swirls?
Yes! The easiest way to reheat lactose-free cinnamon swirls is to use a microwave. To retain their texture, cover them with a damp paper towel and heat them at 30 seconds intervals. Repeat until fully heated. Alternatively, use an oven preheated to 200°C. Cover them with foil and heat for about 10 minutes until warm.


Warm water
60 ml
Fresh yeast
30 g
Arla® LactoFREE Milk semi-skimmed
180 ml
Large eggs, at room temperature
100 g
Plain flour
450 g
Whole wheat flour
150 g
Lactose-free butter, diced, at room temperature
85 g
1 tsp
Vanilla extract
1 tsp
A bit of lemon juice
Soft dates
Ripe banana
2 tbsp
Lactose-free butter
100 g

Try our recipe for lactose-free cinnamon swirls

We make it easy for you to enjoy delicious lactose-free cinnamon swirls with your morning coffee or tea. And remember, sharing is caring. A sugary, lactose-free cinnamon swirl with its soft and fluffy dough and mushy, sweet filling will be a treat for everyone.

Our lactose-free cinnamon swirls are all about enjoying the simple goodness. Just because they are lactose-free does not mean we have compromised on the iconic flavour and texture that makes them so irresistible. You are guaranteed the same delectable experience of a gooey, golden pastry.

Enjoy our sweet new take on the filling

Discover a new take on the well-known cinnamon filling with added dates and bananas to make your lactose-free cinnamon swirls sweeter, mushier, and even more tempting. The natural sweetness of dates works well with the mellow flavour of creamy bananas, and both help balance the cinnamon’s intense, spicy warmth. Together, they produce a caramel-like taste and add a richer texture.

Start your day off right with more mouth-watering lactose-free recipes like yummy lactose-free orange chia pudding, lactose-free raspberry and blueberry porridge, or lactose-free cinnamon waffles.