Healthy Bread Roll & Bun Recipes

Find healthy, delicious bread rolls and buns recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Fried Apple Pie Rolls

Rating: 4.55 stars
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In this healthy take on apple pie, egg roll wrappers stand in for pie crust, saving you calories and the headache of rolling out dough. We like to use Granny Smith apples because they hold their shape and provide tart balance to the sweet filling. Try dipping these handheld crispy treats in whipped cream.

Soft Whole-Wheat Dinner Rolls

Rating: 4.39 stars
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Finding tasty, healthy, whole-grain dinner rolls in the supermarket or even at a local bakery can be a challenge. Here's a not-too-big dinner roll you can feel good about serving for the holidays or any special occasion.

Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls

Rating: 2.57 stars
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These rolls are wonderfully fluffy and packed with cinnamon flavor--you'd never know they're gluten-free. Plus, with only one rise time, this recipe is quicker to make than other yeasted doughs.

Cranberry-Pecan Cinnamon Rolls

Rating: 3.33 stars
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This cranberry-pecan cinnamon roll recipe is a cinch to put together--there's no kneading and no rolling of any dough. These rolls are baked in a muffin tin and are already perfectly portioned, making them great for a morning treat or as part of a brunch menu.

Crispy Veggie Buns

These Chinese vegetable buns are filled with a savory blend of cabbage, bok choy and onion and seasoned with garlic, ginger and basil. They are then pan-cooked until puffy and crisped on the outside. Serve them as part of a dim sum spread with dumplings and other small dishes. These buns are great on their own, but to amp up their flavor, serve them with soy sauce with a splash of black vinegar for dipping (rice vinegar will also work in a pinch).
By Molly Yeh

Slow-Cooker Dinner Rolls

Rating: 4.25 stars
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These dinner rolls are baked in the slow cooker, then browned under the broiler for a couple minutes for a crisp crust. The results? Billowy, crusty, decadent rolls to serve with any meal.

Whole-Wheat Irish Soda Bread Rolls

Rating: 3.44 stars
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This easy whole-wheat Irish soda bread roll recipe gets its rise from baking soda instead of yeast, so you can enjoy warm bread with just a few minutes of prep and 25 minutes in the oven.

Roasted Garlic & Mushroom Batter Bread

Rating: 2 stars
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Say goodbye to boring bread--this round loaf is full of savory mushrooms, fresh parsley and chives, and creamy roasted garlic. Any fresh mushrooms will do, but mixing in different types, such as button, cremini, or stemmed shiitake, will result in more compliments from your dinner companions.

Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Rolls

Store-bought pizza dough is the time-saving secret to making this homemade dinner roll recipe in your muffin tin in under an hour.

Quick Cinnamon Rolls

Rating: 4.5 stars
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A biscuitlike pastry, based on a traditional German recipe, makes these much faster than yeast-raised cinnamon rolls.

Sweet Potato Rolls

Caraway seeds bring an earthy note to this healthy sweet potato dinner roll recipe. Cumin or aniseed makes a great substitute, or omit the seeds and sprinkle the tops with sea salt alone. This dough starts out sticky, but the extra moisture as well as the vinegar help soften the hearty whole-grain flour for a fluffy, soft interior.

Crusty Rolls

Malt extract feeds the yeast and gives these crusty rolls a lovely golden hue.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Cinnamon-Sugar Pull-Apart Rolls
Get a delicious breakfast treat in the oven in just 15 minutes with this easy pull-apart roll recipe. 
Cardamom-Orange Rolls
For a quick and easy sweet treat, try these cardamom-orange rolls. Ready in just 35 minutes, these rolls are perfect for brunch or with tea.

Fig-Anise Rolls

Rating: 4 stars
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The early American yeast bread, anadama bread, made with molasses and cornmeal, inspired these delicious dinner rolls. We think the sweet figs and floral aniseeds enhance the rich molasses flavor and make the rolls extra festive. Any type of cornmeal works in this recipe, but we especially like how stone-ground cornmeal looks on top of the rolls.