Gluten-Free Baked Chocolate Donuts

Published on Jun 06, 2020

  by   Kristina Stosek

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Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 22 minutes Serves: 12
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There is so much to be said about these 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.

Most of us love donuts because they will satisfy that sweet craving, especially when chocolate is involved. These gluten-free baked donuts are all about chocolate. Yes, they are indulgent; this is why I consider donuts a special treat.

baked chocolate donuts on a cooling rack


As with all my recipes, I always try to find a healthier way of creating recipes. However, when it comes to donuts, it has been challenging. However, I did manage to make the baked donuts a bit healthier than most.

Gluten-Free Baked Chocolate Donut Recipe Details

So as I said, I wanted to make these chocolate donuts healthier. To do this, first, they are baked and not deep-fried. Most donuts are deep-fried in refined oils, which has been refined by using chemicals that are harmful to us.

To sweeten the donuts, I used coconut sugar, a low-glycemic sugar that is slightly better than refined sugar. However, you can skip the coconut sugar and use pure maple syrup or honey.

Both will work in this baked donut recipe. For fats, I used extra virgin olive oil, a healthier option in baking. To add extra protein and fiber, I added almond flour and flaxseed. All in all, this donut is on the healthier side.


chocolate donuts topped with chocolate glaze, gluten free


classic chocolate glaze for donuts

A donut is not a donut unless it has a glaze or a sweet coating, don’t you agree? There are many options when it comes to glazing donuts. I used a classic chocolate glaze because it is our favourite.

A chocolate glaze is always a safe bet. However, there are many other options to change your donuts from the traditional to something extra special.

Here are three other popular glazes you can use for these gluten-free baked chocolate donuts:

chocolate ganache glaze in a saucepan


Coffee Mocha Glaze (makes 1/3 cup)

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup espresso
  • 2 Tbsp. cream
  • Whisk together until smooth

White Chocolate Glaze (makes 1/3 cup)

  • 1/2 cup GF white chocolate chips or chocolate chunks
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Place everything in a heavy bottom saucepan and while stirring cook over low heat until melted and combined.

Maple Glaze (makes 3/4 cup)

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp maple extract
  • Place everything in a heavy bottom saucepan and while stirring cook over low heat until the butter has melted and everything is combined

Are you looking for gluten-free chocolate recipes? Here are some of our favourites!  

Chocolate Filled Cupcakes.

30 Minute Chocolate Cake with Nutella Frosting.

Chocolate Chunk Almond Swirl Coffee Cake.


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Meet Kristina. Passionate about creating delicious, innovative gluten free recipes, and author of two gluten free cookbooks, “Entertaining The Gluten Free Way” and “Small Bites The Gluten Free Way”.

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Thank you M.


These look delicious! So glad you also try to make them healthier. Thank you!

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