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Gluten free donuts


Gluten Free Donut Recipe


This is an awesome gluten free donut recipe.

When you must eat gluten free, donuts are a food you must give up. Some would say that you should give up donuts all the time and from a health standpoint maybe they are right…from a fun standpoint maybe they aren’t.

The original recipe for my gluten free donut recipe does contain gluten.  So I had to modify it to make it gluten free.  I got rave reviews. A few people said they were the best gluten free donut they had ever had!

I make my own gluten free mixes which I find more versatile and much cheaper in the long run. You could try a store bought mix but I cannot guaranty this recipe would work then.
To make these donuts you will need:
  • A deep pan ~ I use a cast iron pan
  • A slotted spoon
  • Baking sheets lined with paper towels
  • Wax paper
  • Silicon mat like Silpat – optional
  • A donut cutter ~ I use a wide mouth canning lid and a small bottle cap
  • Thermometer
  • Some bowls for the glazes or glaze, or powdered sugar or…nothing.
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Gluten Free Donut Recipe


Gluten Free Donut Recipe: Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm milk – about 110 degrees no higher than 115
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter – melted and cooled to about 110 degrees
  • 2  cups gluten free flour mix #4
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch or potato starch
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Oil for frying


Gluten Free Donut Recipe: Method

I use a stand mixer with a regular hook to make my donut dough.  It makes life much easier. If you do not have one you will have to use your hands.


In a large bowl, place the milk, yeast and sugar and wait about 10 minutes until this mixture is foamy and bubbly.


Add the remaining ingredients – only use 2 cups of flour – and turn on the machine.


If making by hands, mix with a wooden spoon until this becomes too difficult.  Then mix with floured hands.


Note: if you are familiar with yeast breads, you know the dough mustn’t be sticky, however when baking gluten free, it should be a tad on the sticky side.


At this point I use my Silpat mat. If you do not have one then you use a lightly- gluten free –  floured surface.  I sprinkle this surface with some potato starch and spread it around.    I  flatten the dough with my hands to about 1/2 inch in thickness then cut my donuts.


Note: You can keep the whole or you can put them back into the dough and roll out again.
 Then cover your donuts and let them rise for about one hour.
Put some oil into your pan and eat up to 365 degrees. Slow and steady is better. If your oil warms up too quickly, your donuts will burn.


Place 2 or 3 donuts into your pan. Flip over when they are golden.  Remove from the pan when both sides are cooked and place  onto your paper towel covered baking sheets.  Let them cool before you glaze them.


To glaze, I place them into the bowl to the midway point and then place them onto another cookie sheet.
Yields about 12 dozen donuts.



Gluten Free Donut Recipe: Vanilla Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of milk
Mix all the ingredients until smooth. Start with only one tablespoon of milk.


Gluten Free Donut Recipe



Gluten Free Donut Recipe: Chocolate Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate – melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of milk

Mix all the ingredients until smooth. Start with only one tablespoon of milk.

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  • Shayna Allbee

    Can you just use gluten free all purpose flour?

    • Florence

      You certainly can try and it should work just fine. Come back and let us know Shayna. Blessings

  • Luci Valenzisi

    can i bake in the oven using my donut pan do you think?

    • Florence

      Luci, I don’t see why not. It is a great idea and let me know how it turns out!