Gluten-Free Baked Donuts

I really, really wanted donuts recently. However, being back on my gluten-free diet at the moment, I couldn’t just go and get one. I decided to adapt this Baked Doughnuts recipe from King Arthur Flour, since one of the commenters on the recipe said that it worked with gluten-free flour and a little xanthan gum.

I’ve tried this recipe – twice – and am very happy with it overall. I decided I didn’t like the cinnamon in the batter. I’ve dipped the donuts in cinnamon sugar, and drizzled them with chocolate icing. Both are good. I’ve used them with two different gluten-free flour mixes, and it worked with both. I also expect it will work fine with regular flour and no xanthan gum as originally written. So, make these donuts.GFbakeddonuts

Gluten-Free Baked Donuts
adapted by:
  • 1 cup flour or gluten-free flour blend
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons powdered milk
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ tsp xanthan gum
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  1. Whisk together flour, sugar, powdered milk, baking powder, xanthan gum, salt, and nutmeg.
  2. Whisk together eggs, oil, and water. Stir into the dry ingredients.
  3. Grease a donut pan well. Divide the batter between the 6 donuts, spreading the batter out evenly.
  4. Bake at 375F for about 9-10 minutes. Donuts will be springy when done. Cool briefly, then turn out onto a rack. You may have to use a toothpick to help remove the donuts. Dip in cinnamon sugar or drizzle with frosting.


These were pretty good. They had a nice, cakey texture, and good flavor. They had lots of spice when I included 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, but I decided I’d rather have a neutral iced or sugared donut. The donuts weren’t super-sweet. They held together nicely and weren’t crumbly. I wouldn’t think that these were gluten-free if I didn’t already know. I think I needed to bake them slightly less to make them be a tiny bit more moist. If I didn’t have powdered milk available, I would use 2 tablespoons yogurt or milk instead of the water. Overall, this was a really good, solid recipe worth making over and over.

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