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, wonton 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.

Cinnamon Streusel Rolls

You don't have to make a special trip to the bakery when you can whip up a batch of these heavenly cinnamon streusel rolls at home.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Spicy Seeded Rolls

Savory seeds and red pepper flakes give these rolls a flavorful boost. And, with this refrigerator bread dough, they are ready in just 30 minutes.
By Adam Dolge

Parker House Rolls

These buttery, slightly sweet dinner rolls originated at Boston’s Parker House hotel in the 1870s—thus the name “Parker House Rolls.” We tweaked a few ingredients to make them healthier but just as snatch-the-last-one delicious as the classic version.
By Adam Dolge

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.
By Adam Dolge
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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. 

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.

Rosemary-Chive Parker House Rolls

Parker House rolls were invented in Boston in the late 1800's, when they were served at the historic Parker House Hotel. Their unique crescent shape is formed by flattening a ball of dough in the middle and then folding it in half. This recipe uses mashed potatoes, rosemary and chives in the dough. Because it freezes well, you can make the dough ahead and bake the rolls when it's convenient.