All you’ll need to make these Gluten Free Donuts are a few simple ingredients, a bowl, and a spoon! They’re naturally grain free, paleo, gluten free, dairy free, and bursting with pumpkin spice flavor!
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A truly good recipe for gluten free donuts can be elusive, but here you’ll find a tried-and-true recipe that is so easy, even the kids can make it!
While you can make baked donuts in just about any flavor, we chose pumpkin because it’s one of our favorites! This recipe also happens to be healthy, although no one would guess!
These donuts are naturally sweetened and packed with healthy fats, pumpkin, and almond flour, so you don’t have to feel guilty making them for breakfast or an after school snack.
Whether you reserve pumpkin-flavored treats for the final few months of the year or you’re a Pumpkin-All-Year-Round kind of person, we think you’ll love this easy and healthy recipe for gluten free and paleo donuts.
We love making baked donuts because there is little clean up, and they are healthier. The first thing you’ll need to make baked donuts is a donut pan like this one.
If this is your first time making baked donuts, you can purchase a simple donut pan at a local store (try Walmart) or online. We like the one shown and linked to above because it is sturdy and inexpensive.
This recipe makes 6 donuts which will fit in just one pan, but we like to double the recipe so it’s nice to have 2 pans and bake them all at the same time.
The kids beg us to make these gluten free Donuts All.The.Time and we don’t mind obliging because they are quick and easy to make, and secretly healthy!
How to Make Gluten Free Donuts
Making baked donuts is soooo easy, you’re gonna love it!
First step, gather your ingredients. These donuts will come together super quick, and only require a few simple ingredients.
This recipe is literally dump and stir. You’ll whisk together your wet ingredients, stir in the dry ingredients, fill the donut pan, then bake.
The best way to transfer batter to the donut pan is to use a pastry bag (you can use a sturdy quart size ziploc if you don’t have a pastry bag), snip off the tip, and squeeze in the circle to form your donut.
Once the donuts are baked, let them cool in the pan for a few minutes, then loosen the edges with a spatula and transfer to cooling racks.
Tips for Making the BEST Baked Donuts:
Making baked donuts is super easy and fairly fail-proof, but here are a few simple hacks to help you be successful:
- When measuring flour, always stir, scoop into your measuring cup, and level off. Be careful not to pack the flour into the measuring cup. If you’re using almond flour to make paleo donuts like this recipe, use a spoon or fork to gently break up any lumps of almond flour.
- Whisk the wet ingredients thoroughly until everything is well combined. You don’t want any egg-y bites of donut! When you stir in the dry ingredients, mix just until combined and don’t overdo it.
- Dress it up a little! It’s easy to customize these gluten free donuts to fit your family’s taste preferences. Top with glaze, roll in powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar, or add a handful of chocolate chips before baking. Get creative!
Ways to Serve Gluten Free Donuts:
These Pumpkin Spice Donuts have enough flavor to stand on their own without any kind of topping, but feel free to dress them up a bit! Use any of the following ideas:
- Use the paleo glaze recipe included in the printable below
- Stir a handful of your choice of chocolate chips into the batter. We like Enjoy Life Foods mini chocolate chips which are free from the top 8 allergens. If you’re looking for a paleo option, we’ve linked to Lily’s paleo chocolate chips in the recipe card below.
- Top with a Chocolate Tahini Drizzle!
- Melt 1/2 cup chocolate chips with 3 T tahini. Drizzle over donuts and lick your fingers 🙂
- When donuts are cool, roll them in either powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar (they will no longer be paleo)
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Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Donuts
These gluten free donuts are bursting with pumpkin spice flavor & are a kid favorite! Easy to make, these baked donuts naturally grain free, paleo, gluten free, & dairy free.
- 1 large egg
- 1/3 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
- 2 T oil (we used avocado)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 1/2 cups almond flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp allspice optional
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Lightly grease your donut pan(s) -
- In a large bowl, whisk together egg, pumpkin, oil, and honey.
- Add remaining ingredients and whisk just until smooth.
- Scrape batter into a pastry bag or quart size Ziploc and snip off the corner. Squeeze the batter into the pan (each donut cavity should be about 2/3 full)
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Cool for a few minutes in the pan, then use a spatula to loosen the edges of each donut and turn out onto a cooling rack. Allow to cool completely before topping (see notes for topping ideas!)
- Store leftovers in the fridge, or freeze individually on a baking sheet, then transfer to a freezer bag.
- This recipe can be doubled to make a total of 12 donuts.
- If you want, you can add a handful of chocolate chips with the dry ingredients.
- These pumpkin spice donuts are great as-is, but you can top with any of the following!
In a small bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup arrowroot starch, 2 T maple syrup, and 1/4 cup coconut cream (refrigerate a can of coconut cream and use the solids on top)
CHOCOLATE TAHINI DRIZZLE
In a small saucepan, melt 1/2 cup chocolate chips (we love Enjoy Life Foods) and 3 T tahini.
Once the donuts are cool, roll in either powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar. NOTE: these will no longer be paleo 🙂
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Enjoy Life Semi-sweet Chocolate Mini Chips Pck of 2 (Packaging may vary)
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 318Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 224mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 5gSugar: 17gProtein: 8g
Thursday 24th of November 2022
So I tried this recipe twice but both times sticking to donut pan even though I sprayed . Tastes delicious but Couldn’t get donuts out. What is the secret ??
Sunday 14th of February 2021
I am going to make this, but have to substitute a levening agent for cream of tartar and a bit of soda I think. What is your input please? My teenage daughter is screaming for a doughnut she and I can eat without anything that rises.
Thursday 18th of February 2021
This recipe doesn't use cream of tartar, just baking soda. Without a rising agent like baking soda, the donuts will be flat.
Friday 22nd of March 2019
I love this recipe even when it is not pumpkin season! Still making them and they are great :)
Casidy @ Cassidys Craveable Creations
Tuesday 20th of November 2018
I love paleo pumpkin everything! These are a must-make for me!!! My kids are alwasy begging for me to make donuts :)
Sunday 18th of November 2018
I made these this morning. I didn't have almond flour so I used my g.f. all purpose flour. They were pretty dense but still delicious. I'll probably add more liquid next time. I used the glaze from the blueberry biscuit recipe, except for the almond flavor, and that was really delicious. Thanks for the recipe!