Friday, June 10, 2011

Gluten Free Donuts

Donuts are awesome - they're a perfect snack when you need a quick sugar high, they make a great breakfast grab-n-go, and every once in a while, when you've been living on salads and fruit, a donut is the perfect decadent indulgence.

Unfortunately, they're also on the No List for those of us who have a gluten sensitivity. There are a couple of commercial GF donuts available -- Kinnikinnick's vanilla glazed ones are delicious, but they're a bit pricy. At $6 for a box of half a dozen, I'm paying a buck a donut. So I decided to see if I could come up with my own variation on the standard donut recipe, using stuff I already had in my pantry.

And I did.

And lo, it was tasty.

Gluten Free Donuts:

1 box Betty Crocker Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix
3/4 C granulated sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 C sour cream
3 eggs, lightly beaten
2 Tbs melted butter

Preheat the oven to 425.

Dump all the dry ingredients in a bowl, and mix them up until they're loosely blended.

Add the sour cream, vanilla, eggs, and melted butter.

Beat until combined.
Spray a donut pan (or two) with cooking spray, and fill each donut cup about halfway with batter.

Note: If you fill it too high, the donut will end up baking over the hole, and you'll have weird little cupcakes instead of donuts. Trust me on this.

Bake at 425 for about ten minutes. Pull donuts from the oven when they're a nice light golden color. Don't overbake, or they'll get chewy.

Let them cool about five minutes in the pan.

Flip donuts out onto a cooling rack, and let them sit another five minutes. See how pretty they are?

While your donuts are still warm, melt some butter, and blend together 1/2 Cup sugar, and1/4 C cinnamon.

Dip the top of the donuts in the melted butter, then roll them in the cinnamon sugar.

What do you get? An amazing and totally delicious cinnamon sugar donut. Eat it with a glass of milk, because it's even more fantastic.

Store them in an airtight container, or freeze 'em. I actually think they tasted better and softer the second day, but nothing beats a warm donut fresh from the oven.

This recipe makes about two dozen donuts, for the cost of a box of cake mix and some other stuff.

And your non GF-eating family members will enjoy them too, because they're cakey and awesome!


  1. Now, I'm hungry! I am not gluten sensitive, but I am always interested in trying new things, especially alternatives to fatty foods like doughnuts. Gonna have to make these this weekend!

  2. I'm not sure that this is really an alternative to fatty anything, because it's got sugar and eggs and cakey goodness in it, but they're really delicious!

    Next time, I'm going to try it with chocolate instead!

  3. A nice treat when you want something sweet.