This Is The Delightful Gluten Free Donut Recipe You Needed

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I think it’s safe to say that almost everyone agrees that donuts are good, right? Like, super good.

And I know it’s not just me and my sweet tooth talking. In the US alone more than 10 billion donuts are made… Every. Single. Year. That’s so many donuts!

But did you know that they’re also really easy to make yourself?

So easy in fact that they’re perfect to whip up for hangouts with your best buds, a treat to enjoy with your love or solo dessert parties in your pjs. Because sometimes sharing is a bad idea!

Whether you have dietary restrictions or preferences, want to health things up a little or just want to get your donut on a bit more often, this is absolutely the gluten free donut recipe you needed.

Let’s dive in!

Yes, Dessert is an Important Part of a Healthy Diet

These gluten free donuts are loaded with maple. Why? Because I adore maple. If I could somehow live off of maple I think I would. Well… maybe not, because I like tons of other goodness too, but you get me. That stuff is too good to deny!

Sara Flanagan enjoying a piece of maple cream

That’s me! Savouring some maple cream (my maple obsession is real!)

Regardless of your personal vice, know that you can have a healthy diet and still enjoy sweets. This girl sure does! And I’m not planning on changing that.

It’s so important that you feel empowered to create a healthy balance that works for you and makes you feel good. And dessert can absolutely be a part of that.

If you took away my maple (or chocolate if I’m being honest) I’d be pretty darn sad. So sad in fact that you would likely eventually find me chugging syrup at the grocery store. Ok, probably not (even I think that’s too far, #gross) but the point is that if your diet makes you miserable you will never stick to it.

Nothing shame-based or frustratingly restrictive feels good in the long run.

Flat lay of maple frosted donuts styled with pink and yellow flowers

Work on creating something balanced. Embrace healthy goodness (fruits and veggies baby) but don’t limit yourself (unless medically necessary) and say goodbye to all of your favourite things. That’s how you build a lifestyle instead of a restrictive, unfulfilling diet. And that is the kind of awesome change that actually lasts.

Personally, as an autoimmune disease warrior, I do like to be thoughtful about the ingredients I put together. My diet has had a major affect on my well-being. So, of course, I’m going to gush about all of the healthy deliciousness that went into these delights in a hot minute. And I absolutely highly recommend you give this gluten free donut recipe a go too. Because yum!

But, even with that being said, know that the way I eat is not the only way.

Single gluten free maple frosted donut on a white plate styled simply with a 3 small flowers

Healthy diets don’t make us feel bad if we want to enjoy a cookie. They don’t hold our self-love for ransom until we hit some sort of fitness goal. And they don’t force us to worry about calories or stress about our meals. They support our mental and physical well-being and feed us with flexibility and kindness.

And they are beautifully unique to each individual! The way you eat should be tailored to your own personal wants and needs.

Have fun creating something as uniquely wonderful as you are. And know that whatever that mix may be, there is absolutely room for dessert.

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What Makes These Donuts So Awesome

A pile of gluten free maple frosted donuts styled with pink, yellow and purple flowers

Maple really brings the sweetness in this dessert. We’re frosting them with maple butter, after all. So maple is pretty well the super star here!

This sweet yumness is rich in manganese and zinc. Both of these minerals have antioxidant properties, taking down free radicals and reducing cellular damage. And they also work to keep that lovely immune system of yours happy and healthy. (source)

Manganese also helps to control your blood sugar, keeping those awful energy crashes at bay. Which is a pretty sweet gift to hide in a sugar source (the pun was there, I had to take it!) (source)

These bad boys are also made with delicious oat flour.

A close up of 4 gluten free maple frosted donuts style dwith yellow and pink flowers

Which is awesome for you, because oats are a great source of fiber! There’s 17% of your daily value hanging out in a quarter cup. On top of that, it’s got 13% of your daily protein needs. And we’re doubling down on the manganese, because oats pack a ton of that too! (source)

Oats also help to keep you fuller longer. And eating whole grains and good sources of dietary fiber have also been shown to reduce the risk of high blood pressure and heart attacks, which is a total win!

There’s good fats in there thanks to the almond milk and coconut milk yogurt. And a little extra deliciousness from the vanilla and cinnamon. Can you ever really go wrong with vanilla and cinnamon?

And our friends at Namaste Foods made it super easy to make these donuts vegan! Their egg replacer is the bomb!

That’s a heck of a lot of goodness from a donut, don’t you think? Booyah! Ready to make some?

Delightful Gluten Free Donut Recipe

Close up of a single maple frosted donut styled simply with pink, yellow and purple flowers

Bust out your donut pan and let’s do this!

Delightful Gluten Free Donut Recipe

These baked donuts are vegan, gluten free and refined sugar free. And oh so sweet!

Course Dessert
Cuisine Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword Gluten Free Donut Recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Author Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem


  • 3/4 Cup Oat Flour
  • 2/3 Cup Coconut Milk Yogurt Like Silk
  • 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 Cup Almond Milk
  • 2 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Egg Replacer Like Namaste Foods - If you choose to use eggs please buy from farms that raise happy chickens <3
  • Coconut Oil To grease the pan
  • Maple Butter To frost the donuts - use as much or as little as you'd like ^^


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350.

  2. Prep your egg replacer. (Should you choose to use an egg is this recipe, please support ethical farming practices by buying from local farmers who raise happy, healthy chickens.)

  3. In a small bowl combine your ingredients and whisk until you have a cake batter consistency. Let the mixture sit for 15 minutes so that it can thicken.

  4. Grease your donut pan with coconut oil, pour the batter into each of the six donut molds and pop in the oven. Cooks in approximately 25 to 30 minutes. Test to see if the donuts are done by skewering it with a thin bladed knife or toothpick. The knife should come out clean with no streaks of batter (a few crumbs are ok).

  5. Let the donuts cool to room temperature. Frost with maple butter and enjoy!

A stack of gluten free donuts frosted with maple butter and styled with pink and blue flowers. One has a bite taken out of it.

There you have it! You definitely need to give this delicious gluten free donut recipe a try. Because they’re so yum! I really can’t wait for you to try them.

Now it’s your turn! Have you made donuts before? Are you excited to give these ones a go? Any recipes you’d like to see in the future? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. 

Health and love,


Thought of the day: I welcome and embrace the sweetness in life!

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  1. Reply

    Daniela Furtado

    April 18, 2019

    Yeah! Dessert! I love how you preach that dessert is fundamental to a balanced lifestyle. I’ve bookmarked this recipe. Maple syrup is very expensive where I live but I’ll try to find a good replacement.

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      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      April 20, 2019

      I’m so glad you think so too Daniela! I hope you adore these. You could frost them any way you like. And maybe something like agave syrup or honey might work as a replacement? I’d love to hear what you end up doing – keep me posted! Here’s to dessert! We all need a little something sweet sometimes :).

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    Chavonne H

    April 18, 2019

    10 billion donuts in the US per year? WOW! I used to make the unhealthy donuts but I really like this recipe and the ingredients used. I bet it tastes as good as it looks!

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      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      April 20, 2019

      Isn’t that amazing! So many donuts! The stat blew my mind haha. I hope you get the chance to treat yourself to these someday. It’s so much fun to make donuts :).

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    April 18, 2019

    I am on a gluten free diet. And havent had my fave donuts in a lonnnnng time. Now with your recipe I can have them again. 😀

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      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      April 20, 2019

      Aww yay! I’m so glad to help Snehal. I remember transitioning and missing certain things. That’s a huge reason why I started to get creative in the kitchen! I hope you enjoy these. Is there anything else you’re missing and wish you could have gluten free? If I have ideas or suggestions, I’d be so happy to share 🙂

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    April 18, 2019

    Many of my friends and some family members are going gluten-free for many reasons. I can’t wait to share this with them!

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      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      April 20, 2019

      Thank you so much! I truly hope you all get to enjoy them together Audrey! I know I’m always so excited to discover or create gluten free alternatives to old favourites. Transitions are always easier when you can still enjoy similar delights! I’d love to hear what they think <3

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    Brianne Tursi Manz

    April 18, 2019

    I read this and thought one of my good friends (who has Celiac’s) would love this. I always share recipes with them when it comes to gluten-free.

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      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      April 20, 2019

      That’s so kind of you Brianne! When I had to transition to a gluten free diet I was always so excited to discover gluten free ways to make my favourite things. Your friend is so lucky to have something who supports them and helps them out. 🙂 People like you rock!

      I hope the two of you get to share these together and enjoy them! Perfect for a hangout with friends <3

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    April 19, 2019

    These donuts don’t look bad. They actually look delicious. :0)

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      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      April 20, 2019

      Thank you! I was so pleased with how they turned out. It was honestly a real struggle not to eat them before I finished my photos hahaha. I hope you have the opportunity to treat yourself to some someday 🙂

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    April 19, 2019

    What a great gluten free donut to try.
    I will make with without the glaze. Yummy!

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      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      April 20, 2019

      They are so good without the glaze too! My husband and I ate our first batch this way. Total yum alert! I hope you adore them too. Be sure to share your thoughts with me <3

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    April 19, 2019

    Although I love having donuts, I normally keep away because of the calorie content. This gluten free one sounds so good. Must try.

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      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      April 20, 2019

      I’m glad to provide you with an alternative you can enjoy more often! I hope you adore them. A good treat sometimes is truly a lovely thing 🙂

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    Lisa Favre

    April 19, 2019

    These donuts look absolutely amazing! I’d love to make them for my best friend – she’d love the fact that they’re gluten-free.

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      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      April 20, 2019

      Aww that’s such a sweet thing to do for your bestie! I hope you two have fun sharing them. Let me know what you guys think <3. Have fun!

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    April 19, 2019

    Donuts are my secret favorite dessert/breakfast/lunch/dinner. I really need to try this recipe!

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      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      April 20, 2019

      That’s awesome! I’m so excited for you to give it a go! Donuts are seriously the best 🙂

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    Toni | Boulder Locavore

    April 19, 2019

    This is calling my name!! Looks SO good!

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      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      April 20, 2019

      I’m happy to hear that Toni! They were calling mine too when I was trying to photograph them haha. It was so hard not to eat them before I was done! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do 🙂

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    Jessica Hughes

    April 20, 2019

    These look so delicious! Love the fact they’re gluten free too!

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      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      April 20, 2019

      Thank you Jessica! I was so pleased with how they turned out. And had a really hard time patiently waiting to enjoy them while I took photos haha. It was worth it though :). So glad to share them. I hope you have the opportunity to treat yourself to some <3

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    April 20, 2019

    This makes my gluten free heart super happy. Thank you for sharing.

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      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      April 20, 2019

      I’m so glad to hear that Heather! My gluten free heart felt the same. We shouldn’t miss out just because gluten is mean to us. I hope you adore them <3. Here's to tons of delicious goodness and never feeling like we're missing out :)

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    April 24, 2019

    Yum! These look delish, and I love that they are dairy free. I’m fairly certain I could pull off peanut free too and check all of our dietary restrictions. Winning! I cant wait to try these.

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      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      May 11, 2019

      I’m so happy you’re excited about the Nicole! I wish I could make you a batch <3. You can sub the almond milk for anything you'd like really. I've made them with coconut milk in the past with no issue and I'm sure anything else would work well too. And you can frost them however you'd like too if you want to put a different spin on it!
      I've love to hear what you and the little ones think if you make this goodness. Let me know! 🙂 Have a beautiful weekend!

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