Gluten free donuts are truly a ‘hole’ lot easier to make than you might think (sorry, but I just couldn’t resist throwing the ‘hole’ in there! lol)
But seriously, is there anyone on this planet who would not love to eat donuts for a special breakfast treat? Did I mention they are chocolate donuts? Glazed chocolate donuts?
A Ride Down Memory Lane…
When I was about three or four years old I would ride my tricycle to Dunkin’ Donuts with my next door neighbors for the one donut a week that my mom allowed me to eat. But trust me, if I could have gotten my hands on a donut at any other time during the rest of the week I would have happily gobbled it right up! Donuts and ice cream were two of my favorite foods.
I still remember those weekend mornings so fondly but now that I am 38-years grown up, it dawned on me that I haven’t actually eaten a donut in ages. But today I figured out a way to make gluten free donuts that taste amazing. Looks like I can now put my donut denying days behind me…
As Close to Guilt-Free as a Donut Can Possibly Get
Of course the ingredients in my gluten free donuts don’t even come close to the kind of donuts I ordered at Dunkin’ Donuts over 30 years ago. My donuts are baked not fried. They are made without refined sugar and sweetened instead with bananas, dates and unrefined pure maple syrup. By the way, did you know maple syrup is not an empty calorie sweetener? An analysis of pure maple syrup reported in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry shows this delicious natural sweetener also contains phytonutrients including lignans (which are found in flaxseeds), coumarins, and other health-promoting antioxidants.
My chocolaty gluten-free donuts are also made with 100% whole grains (I use gluten-free oats), rich in fiber, antioxidant vitamins A and E along with an array of phytonutrients. I even managed to sneak in three of the following superfoods:
- Raw Cacao Powder: This superfood is a delicious source of antioxidants, magnesium, iron and fiber. It can also take full credit for giving my gluten free donuts their rich chocolaty flavor. Raw cacao powder can be purchased online at Amazon HERE.
- Unrefined Red Palm Oil (Note: Organic extra virgin coconut oil can be substituted for the red palm oil): Packing a more powerful nutritional profile than coconut oil, red palm oil has become one of my favorite superfood oils lately. It has an astonishingly high vitamin E and vitamin A content and contains a broad spectrum of phytonutrients, including lycopene. Unrefined red palm oil is completely different than the environment-damaging and health-harming refined palm oil used in many processed foods. Read more about how to buy nutrient-dense and environmentally friendly unrefined red palm oil HERE. Unrefined red palm oil can be purchased online at Amazon HERE.
- Maqui Powder (Note: Maqui powder is an optional superfood ingredient): Among one of the most antioxidant-rich foods on earth, maqui is a superfruit native to the Patagonia region of Chile and contains a super high concentration of vitamin C, calcium, iron and potassium. Using maqui powder in the recipe for chocolaty gluten free donuts will not alter the taste of the recipe, it simply serves as a nutrition booster. Maqui powder is manufactured by Navitas Naturals and can be purchased online at Amazon HERE.
Gluten Free Donut Kitchen Must-Have
Oh and yes, you will need a doughnut pan (spelled ‘doughnut’) to make my gluten free donuts, and any other homespun donut recipe for that matter. You can pick a doughnut pan up at Sur La Table or on Amazon for right at about $10.00.
Is it a Gluten Free Donut or Doughnut?
By the way, if you are wondering if I misspelled donut, here is a fun little news clip that helps clear things up: Click HERE to read more.
Ok, enough talk. It’s time to make the gluten free donuts!
Baked Gluten Free Donuts with Chocolate Glaze
- 2 cups gluten-free oats (ground into flour) or gluten free oat flour (***If gluten-free is an option rather than a necessity, see notes below for the biodynamic whole wheat flour option)
- 1/4 cup plus 1/3 cup raw cacao powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon unrefined sea salt
- 2 tablespoons maqui powder (optional)
- 1 banana, chopped
- 3 pitted dates
- 2 organic pastured eggs (such as Vital Farms)
- 1/2 cup hemp milk
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 4 tablespoons plus 1/3 cup unrefined red palm oil (or extra virgin coconut oil), divided
- 1 teaspoon plus 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, divided
- 1/3 cup dairy-free dark chocolate chips (such as Enjoy Life brand)
- 1/3 cup coconut palm sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Oil the doughnut pans and set aside.
- In a food processor, add the whole oats (or oat flour),1/4 cup cacao powder, baking powder, salt and maqui powder (optional). Process until oats are the consistency of flour and all ingredients are well blended. Set aside.
- In a high speed blender (such as a Vitamix), add the chopped banana, dates, eggs. hemp milk, pure maple syrup, 4 tablespoons red palm oil and vanilla extract. Process until smooth and creamy.
- Add the wet ingredients to the food processor with the dry ingredients; process until everything is well-blended.
- Spoon batter into the doughnut pans. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove donuts from pan and let cool on a wire rack.
- For the Chocolate Glaze: Place the remaining 1/3 cup red palm oil and chocolate chips in a small saucepan; heat over low-medium heat until chocolate starts to melt. Stirring, add in the remaining 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/3 cup cacao powder and coconut palm sugar. Continue stirring over low heat until chocolate melts and ingredients are well blended. Set aside to cool. Once the donuts have cooled, glaze the tops and then transfer to the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving.
If gluten free is more of an option than a necessity, you might also try making the donuts with biodynamic whole wheat flour instead of the oat flour. Learn more about the benefits of biodynamic whole wheat flour over conventional whole wheat flour HERE.