Round low carb rolls with sesame seeds and split tops in a woven aluminum basket lined with a brown piece of parchment and a beige napkin in the background.

Easy Low Carb Roll Recipe with Fathead Dough

Easy low carb rolls made with the fathead dough recipe have a great bread-like texture. Make the perfect dinner rolls and sandwich rolls.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword breads
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 165kcal


  • 1 1/2 cup shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 2 tbsp whey protein powder (or coconut flour or oat fiber or 1/4 c. more almond flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda (or 1 tbsp baking powder)


  • Melt the mozzarella and cream cheese together in a microwave-safe bowl at full power for 1 minute. Stir, then heat another 30-45 seconds, it should be molten. Scrape the cheese into the bowl of a food processor and process until thoroughly mixed. Add the egg and mix until blended.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the food processor and process until thoroughly combined (about 10-15 seconds).
  • Spray a piece of cling film with oil and scrape the bread dough onto the center of the cling film. It is VERY STICKY. Gently shape the dough into a disk or rectangle and place in the freezer to cool until the oven is ready. (NOTE: if your dough is not very sticky, then it does not need to go into the freezer.) 
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and position the rack to the middle of the oven. Line a cookie sheet with a piece of parchment or a Silpat. (NOTE: I place an old  metal pie plate in the bottom of my oven while preheating. Then, I add about 6 ice cubes to it when the rolls go in. This forces them to rise.)
  • When the oven is ready, remove the dough from the freezer and cut into 8 pieces. The dough will stick like crazy to the knife. It's' okay.
  • Lightly oil your hands and gently roll a portion of dough into a ball and drop it onto the prepared cookie sheet to flatten the bottom. Repeat the process for the remaining dough. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, poppy seeds, or dehydrated onion, pressing very gently into the dough to adhere. 
  • Bake for approximately 13-15 minutes.  The dough will brown and may split. Enjoy. Keep extra rolls in the refrigerator (or freezer) and gently warm before eating. 


*Baking powder is not needed in this recipe as the acid in the cream cheese reacts with the baking soda, activating it. BUT, if you aren't getting a nice rise from the rolls, use 1 TBSP of baking powder instead. (Because they are gluten-free, they will shrink a little as they cool.) MORE NOTES: 
  1. I reduced the brown color in the photos with my photo editor. My rolls get brown. 
  2. I used protein powder and baking soda for the rolls in the photos. People complained that their rolls didn’t rise with the baking soda, so I removed that and left the baking powder.
  3. I used the bakers trick of preheating a metal pan in the bottom of the oven and added about 6 ice cubes when I put the rolls in the oven. This makes a nice moist environment and encourages them to rise.
  4. Just like yeast doughs, the mozzarella dough takes some time to get used to. If it’s too warm, it’s very sticky and hard to handle. If it’s not overly warm, you don’t need to put it into the freezer.
  5. I shaped them into perfect round balls and dropped them from a few inches onto the sheet pan. Then, I baked them. I have found that egg washes, although they help any seeds stick to the outside, are completely absorbed into the dough and do not leave a nice shiny surface like regular dough does.
  6. Holes… I handled the dough very gently when I made these. Perhaps that’s why mine had more holes?
  7. The texture is not exactly like real rolls. As they cool, the fat from the cheese firms up and the texture becomes firm and may even seem a little dry. Warming them gently will help them soften up again.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Low Carb Roll Recipe with Fathead Dough
Amount Per Serving
Calories 165 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Sodium 104mg5%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 10g20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 13g | Sodium: 104mg | Fiber: 1g