A healthier Gluten Free Donuts recipe, made with almond flour and coconut flour. We love these healthy donuts glazed with chocolate or white chocolate, and decorated with nuts, coconut, and dried fruit. Make these your own with sprinkles or powdered sugar!
Love baked donut recipes? Try these delicious Chocolate Keto Donuts! You might also love this Gluten Free Peach Cobber!
- 1 Gluten Free Doughnuts – Baked and Glazed!
- 2 What You’ll Need
- 3 How to Make Gluten Free Donuts
- 4 How to Decorate Baked Donuts
- 5 FAQ & Variations
- 6 Other Gluten Free Dessert Recipes
- 7 Gluten Free Donuts
Gluten Free Doughnuts – Baked and Glazed!
I love walking into donut shops and seeing all the pretty colors and fun toppings. I’ve been wanting to make a healthier version at home.
These fun donuts are made with almond and coconut flours to keep them grain free and paleo. The best part — the delicious and beautiful toppings! I’ve used toasted coconut, chopped pecans, and delicious organic dried fruit.
This is a perfect activity with kids! Bake up the donuts, then let them help choose the toppings! My son is crazy about sprinkles.
I love making treats like these donuts at home, because I know they are made with quality ingredients.
What You’ll Need
- Almond flour
- Coconut flour
- Eggs (buy pastured eggs for the best health benefits!)
- Maple syrup (honey works too!)
- Coconut oil (or use another mellow tasting oil, like avocado oil or light olive oil)
- Baking soda and salt
Ingredients in Dark Chocolate or White Chocolate Glaze
- Dark chocolate chips (or white chocolate chips, not paleo)
- Coconut oil
- Nut butter (I use sunflower seed butter, cashew, or almond)
How to Make Gluten Free Donuts
Baking donuts are easy to make at home. No hot oil or greasy mess to clean up when you’re done!
I’ve also made the recipe a “one bowl” method — meaning few dishes also!
Step 1: Add the coconut oil, maple syrup, eggs, vanilla and almond milk to a bowl, and whisk.
Step 2: Add the coconut flour, baking soda, and salt into the wet ingredients, and whisk until there are no more lumps of coconut flour. This takes a few minutes. After mixing it up, let the coconut flour begin absorbing liquid, and then continue to whisk until the clumps break up.
Step 3: Add in the almond flour, and stir until combined.
Step 4: Add the batter to a plastic zip lock bag (or piping bag), and cut the corner off about 1/2 inch wide.
Step 5: Spray or brush oil onto a donut pan, generously greasing it. Pipe the thick donut batter into the pan. Do not overfill the donut pan, or the batter will rise and your donuts will not have holes in the middle.
Step 6: Bake the donuts for 14-16 minutes, until starting to brown.
Step 7: In a double boiler or microwave safe bowl, combine chocolate (white or dark) and coconut oil. Whisk to mix in. Stir in cashew butter until well mixed.
Step 8: After the donuts have fully cooled, use a knife to separate them from the donut pan. Dip each donut in the glaze, and then allow to cool and firm up.
How to Decorate Baked Donuts
Glazed Donuts: This recipe uses chocolate and white chocolate glazes. You can also use a powdered sugar glaze by combining 1 cup powdered sugar (or powdered monk fruit sweetener) with 1 tablespoon of almond milk and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla, and dipping each donut into the glaze.
Powdered Sugar Donuts: Use powdered sugar or powdered monk fruit sweetener to give these donuts a dusted look! Add the powdered sweetener to a bowl, and once these have cooled, dip each one in. I find lightly spraying them with water prior to dipping them helps it stick better.
Toppings!: On top of the glaze, add fun toppings.
- Sprinkles (we love these natural, dye-free sprinkles from Color Kitchen)
- Dried Fruit (buy organic dried fruit with no added sugar)
- Nuts (pecans are our fav!)
- Toasted Coconut (add unsweetened coconut flakes to a frying pan, and toast on medium, stirring frequently for about 5 minutes).
FAQ & Variations
Can I freeze gluten free doughnuts? Yes! These are awesome to freeze. Add either baked donuts, or baked and decorated donuts, to a freezer bag or in a large freezer safe container, and freeze up to 3 months. Allow to thaw on the counter for about 20 minutes prior to serving.
Chocolate Donuts: Make chocolate donuts using this Keto Chocolate Donut recipe!
Can I use Gluten Free Flour? Yes. Sub in 2 cups of gluten free all purpose flour in place of the almond and coconut flours in this recipe.
If you loving baking gluten free treats, check out these delicious Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls!
Other Gluten Free Dessert Recipes
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Gluten Free Donuts
- 6 tablespoons coconut oil melted and warmed
- 1/4 cup maple syrup or sub honey
- 1/4 cup almond milk unsweetened
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons coconut flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 3/4 cup almond flour
Dark or White Chocolate Glaze
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or white chocolate
- 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon nut butter almond, sunflower, or cashew
- Organic dried fruit
- nuts chopped
- toasted coconut
- Preheat oven to 350º F.
- Warming the coconut oil helps to keep the batter smooth. In a large mixing bowl, add coconut oil, maple syrup, almond milk, vanilla, and eggs, and whisk until well combined. Add coconut flour, baking soda, and salt, and continue whisking until there are no clumps left from the coconut flour.
- Add the almond flour, and mix in until just combined.
- Spray a donut pan with coconut or avocado oil spray.
- Add the donut batter to a large plastic bag, and snip a 3/4 in hole in the corner to use a piping bag. Pipe the batter into the donut pan. This can be done with a spoon but I think it's easier to pipe it in since the batter will be thick.
- Bake donuts for 16 minutes. Allow to cool before glazing and decorating.
- Melt either dark chocolate or white chocolate chips in the microwave or on the stovetop using a double boiler. Stir in 1 tablespoons of melted coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of nut butter. If the mixture is too thin, add an extra 1 tablespoon of nut butter. If the mixture is too thick, add an additional 1 tablespoon of coconut oil.
- Dip each donut top side down into the glaze, and then pull out and set on a rack.
- Before the glaze sets, decorate with toasted coconut, chopped nuts, and dried fruit.
Sophie Messina says
I don’t think I’ve ever seen such good looking gluten free donuts! You really have a gift to transform foods known to be not so healthy into great gluten free and healthy options. I love that!
Very good but I felt like it was missing something. You mentioned vanilla in your post, but it’s not in the recipe. Maybe that’s what I felt was missing? How much vanilla?
Michelle Miller says
I’ll have to check that out! I usually use 1 teaspoon of vanilla.
These look amazing! I have a question, can I use unsweetened applesauce instead of the coconut oil?
Michelle Miller says
I imagine you can, although I have never tested it! If you try it, let me know 🙂
Made them and really wished I had read the comments about the missing vanilla. They tasted like potential (and a bit eggy). My kid still loved them. The chocolate topping is genius.