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If you’re after the ultimate school dinner nostalgia, you have to give my gluten free jam roly-poly pudding recipe a go.

I can still remember the taste of it from primary school even though I haven’t had one in more than 20 years.

So when I tried this recipe out, I couldn’t believe how much I remembered the taste!

When I asked members of The Gluten Free Blogger Group on Facebook which dessert they missed the most, a jam roly-poly pudding was one of the most popular answers.

I knew had to give it a go! Surprisingly, it was a lot easier than I thought it would be.

I struggled to find any gluten free jam roly-poly recipes out there, which made me begin to wonder what on earth I had let myself in for.

But I’m pleased to say this gluten free jam roly-poly recipe is super easy and absolutely worth it – you’re going to love it.

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The perfect school dinner nostalgia

I found myself sceptical the whole way through making this jam roly-poly.

I wanted to badly for it to be good, and knew I would be bitterly disappointed if it wasn’t.

But you know when you bite into something for the first time in years and it take you right back?


This. Is. It.

Stodgy, sweet and sticky, this gluten free jam roly-poly is pure nostalgia.

I served it up with hot custard and it took me right back to sitting in the school dinner hall.

Before I was diagnosed with coeliac disease I loved this gluten free pudding, and it’s so lovely to be able to try it again.

Now I’ll have to think up some other gluten free school dinner pudding classics.

If you have any suggestions, I’d love for you to let me know!

gluten free jam roly poly recipe


There’s a full printable recipe card down below, but for the shopping list you will need:

  • 200 g gluten free self raising flour, (plus a little extra for rolling)
  • ½ tsp xantham gum
  • 15 g unsalted butter, (plus extra for greasing)
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 75 g gluten free vegetable suet, (I used Morrisons)
  • 115 ml semi-skimmed milk, (plus a little extra for brushing)
  • 130 g unseeded raspberry jam

I always use the FREEE gluten free self-raising flour but any gluten free blend will do.

If you don’t have self-raising flour, just add 2 teaspoons of baking powder to any gluten free plain or all purpose flour blend.

I love using raspberry jam in my gluten free jam roly-poly but you can use any jam you like.

Plum and strawberry jams work particularly well.

And don’t forget you’ll also need to buy some custard to serve this up for an authentic school dinner experience.

gluten free jam roly poly recipe

Finding gluten free suet

The first challenge in making this gluten free jam roly-poly pudding was to find some gluten free suet.

The usual stuff in the supermarkets normally contains wheat flour.

However the Morrisons vegetable suet is a fab accidentally gluten free product and one you’ll want to stock up on!

gluten free suet

You can find it in their baking aisle, and it’s made with rice flour so there’s no gluten in it. Perfect.

This recipe only uses about half a bag of this gluten free suet, so you could either make two (recommended!) or save it for making something else.

I’m working on a gluten free suet dumplings recipe and it can also work well in pastry too.

gluten free jam roly poly recipe

My gluten free jam roly-poly pudding recipe

Here it is, my super easy gluten free jam roly-poly pudding recipe.

This makes a roly-poly big enough for 4-6 people, depending how much you want!

If you make this recipe and love it, please do let me know by tagging me on my Instagram or using #theglutenfreeblogger. I love seeing your creations!

And please do leave a review to let others know you loved it too! It would mean the world to me. 

Gluten free jam roly-poly
Yield: 6

Gluten free jam roly-poly

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

This gluten free jam roly-poly recipe will take you back to school dinner days! A nostalgic dessert made with gluten free suet and baked in the oven. Serve with custard.


  • 200 g gluten free self raising flour, (plus a little extra for rolling)
  • 1/2 tsp xantham gum
  • 15 g unsalted butter, (plus extra for greasing)
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 75 g gluten free vegetable suet, (I used Morrisons)
  • 115 ml semi-skimmed milk, (plus a little extra for brushing)
  • 130 g unseeded raspberry jam
  • custard, (to serve)


  1. First pre-heat the oven to 200'C / Fan 180C / Gas Mark 6. Boil the kettle and then fill a deep roasting tin with the water. Place in the bottom of the oven and then place a wire rack above it.
  2. Cut a sheet of baking paper approx 30cm long. Grease one side with the extra butter and then make a pleat down the middle (to allow the roly-poly to expand as it bakes). Cut a sheet of foil around the same size and set aside.
  3. Add the flour, xantham gum and salt to a large mixing bowl and mix well. Using your fingers, rub the butter in to the flour. Add the sugar and suet and mix well. 
  4. Add the milk and, using a spoon, mix well to create a dough. It will probably be a little sticky, but if it is too sticky add a little extra flour, a tsp at a time. 
  5. For the easiest way to roll the dough, rip off an extra sheet of baking paper and dust with flour. Turn the dough out onto the floured surface, dust a little extra flour on top, and then roll out using a rolling pin to make a rectangle approx 30 x 22cm in size.
  6. Spread the jam evenly on top of the dough, leaving approximately 1.5cm border. Brush the border with milk and then roll the dough from the short end (like a Swiss roll). Pinch the edges together to seal the jam.
  7. Carefully place the roly-poly onto the greased side of the baking sheet and wrap, twisting the ends. Then roll this in the foil - not too tightly, as you want to leave the roly-poly some space to expand while baking.
  8. Place the foil-wrapped dough onto the wire rack above the water-filled tray. Bake for around 50 minutes. Remove from the oven, slice, and serve hot with custard.

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About Sarah Howells

Hi, I'm Sarah! Diagnosed with coeliac disease 20 years ago, I'm on a mission to create the best gluten free recipes since sliced bread. No fruit salads or dry brownies here.

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  1. Wonderfull. I¬†cannot¬†resist,¬†I’m¬†going¬†to¬†prepare¬†it.! Thank¬†you¬†very¬†much

  2. Hallo. It easy to describe as easy ‘in writing’…but in practice, it’s another matter isnt it. Is the Photo – honestly – of a G/ F Roly Poly…? G/ F Pastry known to crack, and mine was ample proof of that. I used Organic Brown Rice Flour, and instead of Xanthum Gum ( according to some who have examined closely, so unhealthy for the body it shd be banned), I used twice the amount of Psyllium Husk. Pastry cracked a lot to start with, then evened out as I patched it up – but when I started Rolling, cracking returned with a vengeance. I sent you an email prior to baking (now in progress), and will send one when baked, and hopefully receive your comnents/advice. Thank you. Ann

    1. Hi Ann, thanks for the comment and email. Yes the photo is of my gluten free roly poly I made, I’m not sure why you would think otherwise. Unfortunately it sounds like you have substituted several of the ingredients – the flour and xantham gum, which is why you have not had the same results. As specified in the recipe you need a plain gluten free flour blend and xantham gum.