Cauliflower Cinnabun gnocchi


Yes, you read that right. I took Trader Joe’s famous cauliflower gnocchi and air fried it with some cinnamon and sugar. The end result? The ooey gooey center of the cinnamon roll every time.

I first shared this recipe on my Instagram back in September of 2019. It was widely shared across the internet, and sine then I have seen so many remakes of the sweet cauliflower gnocchi. The Kitchn even wrote an article about it that you can read all about here.

Nonetheless, this recipe is one of my most known and most remade recipe to date. Why? Because it’s gluten-free, made from cauliflower and tastes like the center of the cinnamon roll every. single. time.

Ingredients needed to make Cauliflower Cinnabun gnocchi

The ingredient list is short and sweet, just like this recipe. All you will need are a few ingredients and you will be on your way.

Cauliflower gnocchi– I also pick up a bag of these whenever I am at Trader Joe’s. If i’m not making them into a dessert, they are also great as a quick and healthy lunch of dinner.

Ground Cinnamon

Sugar- I like to use coconut sugar, however, I have also made this recipe with white sugar. Both work, both are great.

Frosting- For the frosting, I like to keep it simple. Just powdered sugar and almond milk.

How to make air fried cinnabun gnocchi

The air fryer is my preferred method to making this incredibly delicious treat. However, if you do not have an air fryer, don’t worry! You can still make this dessert and it will still turn out great!

Air fryer method- Like stated above, this is my favorite way to make not only cinnabun gnocchi but gnocchi in general. The airy fryer makes these little cauliflower balls so tender but crispy. It’s a texture like no other.

To start, you will want to coat your air fryer with a little bit of non-stick spray so that way the gnocchi does not stick. You can also add foil to the bottom of the air fryer and spray that with non-stick spray. Each air fryer is different, so it just depends on which model you have. For me, I simply just lightly coat the bottom of my air fryer and add in the frozen cauliflower gnocchi.

“Fry” the frozen gnocchi for 5 minutes at 350F. In the meantime, make your cinnamon and sugar mixture in a small bowl by combining the two ingredients.

After the 5 minutes your gnocchi will be soft and tender but no where near done. This is how you want them. Remove them from the air fryer and then toss them in the cinnamon and sugar mixture until they are well coated. Place them back in your air fryer and fry them one last time for an additional 10-15 minutes.

When those are frying, make your frosting mixture by combining powdered sugar and almond milk. The key to a thick frosting is using only a few drops of almond milk and a lot of powdered sugar. However, you can play around with this until it reaches your desired thickness.

When the gnocchi’s are done frying for the last time, remove them from the air fryer and drizzle them with your frosting and enjoy!

Oven or Stove top method- This method is the same preparation of the gnocchi but instead of cooking them in your air fryer you will cook them on your stove top or in the oven.

Start by sautéing frozen gnocchi on stove top in a little bit of oil. The key is to get them nice and soft so that they will coat when placed in the sugar mixture.

Once they are soft and tender, toss them in the cinnamon and sugar mixture and then place them back on the stove top or in the oven and either sauté or bake until they are done.

Cauliflower Cinnabun gnocchi

Recipe by Hannah KlingCourse: DessertCuisine: American


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  • 1 bag of frozen cauliflower gnocchi

  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar or white sugar

  • 3 Tbsp cinnamon

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

  • 2 Tbsp almond milk


  • Lightly coat air fryer with non-stick spray and add in frozen cauliflower gnocchi.
  • Fry frozen gnocchi in air fryer at 350F for 5 minutes.
  • In the meantime, combine cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl.
  • Once the 5 minutes are up, toss gnocchi in cinnamon and sugar mixture and place back in the air fryer for an additional 10-15 minutes.
  • In the meantime, make your frosting by mixing the powdered sugar and almond milk until you reach desired thickness.
  • Drizzle frosting over cinnabun gnocchi and enjoy.


  • Did you make this recipe? Don’t forget to tag @lovelydelites on Instagram!

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