Explore 6 Simple Gluten-Free Donut Recipes

Today, we explore simple gluten free donut recipes for you to enjoy. A donut also spelled doughnut, is a type of fried or baked dough that is usually ring-shaped, although it can also come in various forms without a hole in the center. After the dough is prepared, it is shaped into a ring or desired shape and then fried or baked until golden brown. 

apple cider donuts on a plate, gluten free


Donuts are often enjoyed for breakfast or as a sweet or savory snack. There are many variations of donuts, including special flavors, toppings, or textures, such as jelly-filled, chocolate-covered, or ham and cheese donuts. And as with all gluten free pastries, they are best when fresh. This is why homemade donuts are so good!

The gluten-free movement has gained considerable traction in response to the increasing awareness of gluten-related health issues. Gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye, can cause adverse reactions in individuals with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity.

As more people become conscious of these conditions, the demand for gluten free alternatives has skyrocketed, fueled not only by health concerns but also by a wave of nostalgia for donuts—a beloved indulgence in many cultures.


Creating a gluten free donut recipe that meets the expectations of gluten-intolerant individuals and tastes delicious requires carefully balancing alternative ingredients.

Vital to the baking or frying process of donuts, gluten imparts essential qualities like structure, elasticity, and moisture retention. Crafting the perfect texture in gluten free donuts involves blending a variety of gluten-free flours and starches for optimal results.

Experimenting with various gluten free flours such as almond flour, rice flour, millet flour and tapioca flour, flavor combinations, and toppings offers a diverse range of gluten free donuts that rival their traditional counterparts.

If you love donuts, you may also enjoy our Easy Gluten Free Cheese Danish Recipe or  DairyFree Gluten Free Apple Raisin Fritters.




baked chocolate donuts, gluten free

Gluten-Free Baked Chocolate Donuts

Chocolaty, moist, old-fashioned, easy to make and incredibly delicious! The old-fashioned baked donuts are a bit nostalgic, great memories, comfort and a lot of goodness.

baked cheese and bacon donuts in a basket

Gluten Free Baked Cheese and Bacon Donuts

No Yeast, No Eggs, No Sugar, only FLAVOR! This breakfast donut is the perfect fusion of cheesy goodness and smoky bacon in every bite. Perfect easy savory gluten free breakfast to enjoy

close up of inside a beignet

Easy Gluten Free Beignets Recipe

A beignet is a fried pastry like a small donut hole that originated in France. It is typically made with a yeast-based dough, rolled out into a thin sheet, cut into squares, and then fried. To serve, dust the beignets with powdered sugar.

gluten free apple cider donuts,

Gluten-Free Baked Apple Cider Donuts

These gluten free sweet donuts are baked, not deep-fried, are made with apple cider, fresh apples, flaxseed, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Yes, gluten free donuts can also be nutritious.

baked jelly donuts in a loaf pan

Gluten-Free Baked Jelly Donuts

Pillowy soft, filled with your favourite jelly or jam, and irresistibly yummy! These gluten free donuts are coated in lightly scented with cinnamon sugar for added deliciousness. 


low carb cheese and ham donuts garnished with fresh thyme

Low-Carb Grain-Free Ham and Cheese Donuts

Savoury breakfast donuts have become increasingly popular. These low-carb grain-free ham and cheese donuts are satisfying, especially if you crave something savoury. What I love about these gluten free donuts is that they create irresistible sandwiches. Add a slice of fresh avocado and tomato to make a nutritious sandwich for lunch. YUM!

FAQS about gluten free baked donuts

Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about baked donuts:

Are baked donuts healthier than fried donuts?

Baked donuts are generally considered healthier than fried ones because they are not submerged in oil. Baking requires less oil, reducing the overall fat content.

Do I need a special pan for baked donuts?

Yes, a donut pan is typically used for baking donuts. These pans have a ring-shaped mold that helps the batter maintain its donut shape during baking.

How do I prevent my baked donuts from sticking to the pan?

Grease the donut pan thoroughly with cooking spray or butter, or use a non-stick pan. You can also dust the pan with flour or cocoa powder to create a barrier between the batter and the pan.

Can I freeze baked gluten free donuts?

Yes, baked donuts can be frozen. Allow them to cool completely, wrap them individually, and store in an airtight container or freezer bag.

How long do baked gluten free donuts stay fresh?

Baked donuts are best when consumed within 1-2 days. To prolong freshness, store them in an airtight container at room temperature.

Can I glaze or frost baked donuts?

Absolutely! Baked donuts can be glazed or frosted just like their fried counterparts. Use your favorite glaze, icing, or frosting and let it set before serving.

What is the best way to reheat baked donuts?

To reheat baked donuts, use an oven or toaster oven for a few minutes. Microwaving for 20 seconds is an option, but it may affect the texture. Reheating can help restore some freshness.

Can I make baked donuts without a donut pan?

Yes, you can try using a muffin tin or shape the dough into rounds on a baking sheet. You may have to adjust the cooking time.

When we think of donuts, our minds envision indulgent, perfectly glazed treats. Our gluten free donut recipe collection explores sweet, savory, and low-carb donuts for you to enjoy without worrying about gluten.

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