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Gluten Free Donuts

Gluten Free Donuts

Think of this collection of gluten free donuts as a way to flex our gluten free baking muscles in the lead up to Gluten Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread. Chapter 6 (Rolls and Other Shaped Breads: Smaller Breads Shaped into Bagels, Rolls, English Muffins, Knots, and Hoagies), in particular, brings you Monkey Bread, an updated version of Glazed Yeast-Raised Donuts, Cinnamon Sticky Buns, Hawaiian Rolls, oh, and Hot Cross Buns. To name a few. There are two yeasted donut recipes in this collage, and, well, they’re worth it. But I understand if you want to stick with the other recipes below and save up your yeast-baking for Chapter 6 (and Chapter 7, and Chapter 5, and Chapter 4 …). Where I live, this weekend is promising to be rather dreary. And I plan to wake it up! With donuts, of course. What else?

[If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know the drill with the clickable collage, but just in case—hover over each photo for the recipe title, then click the picture to open a new window with that post and the entire recipe]Gluten Free Donuts[pinit]

Here’s a 10¢ tour of these 6 gluten free donut recipes, and a few words to say what I love about each of them (remember—all the links are above):

Gluten Free Chocolate-Glazed Donuts from Quick & Easy: This donut recipe took forEVER to get right, and then it was so right it made it to the cover of the cookbook. Rich and chocolatey, but still so quick and easy to throw together. Especially when you have a little mini donut machine!

Paleo Donuts: Made with heart-healthy almond flour and absolutely no starches or other fillers, these are for my Paleo and Paleo-curious friends (count me among the latter category).

Gluten Free Chocolate Cream-Filled Yeast-Raised Donuts: They’re yeasted, so it’s kind of a production but c’mon. They’re filled with chocolate cream.

Gluten Free Yeast-Raised Glazed Donuts: A personal favorite of mine, these plain yeasted glazed donuts will have you saying “Dunkin … Who?” Nice try Dunkin Donuts, but those gluten free things you sell? Not donuts.

Gluten Free Maple Blueberry Donuts with a Lemon Glaze: Another baked gluten free donut, these are a bit more complex in flavor. The lightly sweet fresh (or frozen) blueberries are set off perfectly by the pure maple syrup baked right into the donut, not to mention the fresh lemon glaze. Donut perfection!

Gluten Free Apple Cider Donuts: If you’ve gone to the orchard (or a street fair, or just walked down the street this fall), you’ve smelled apple cider donuts. Thought you couldn’t have them, now that you’re gluten free? Think again, sister. We leave no donut unturned!



P.S. Don’t forget to preorder Gluten-Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread. Tell Amazon to stock up, so they don’t run out of copies! Remember that my publisher says Amazon will ship it the week of Thanksgiving.

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  • Anneke

    I love making donuts, and my mini-donut maker is my friend, I have made three of these recipes many times (so easy to throw together the dry stuff the night before and whip them up in the morning). I have even been known to make donuts for breakfast on a school day, which is ridiculously early in my house!

    Confession for today — my kids had cookies for breakfast. Not breakfast cookies, not healthy Paleo cookies. Chocolate cookies. And milk.

    • JoAnn C.

      You rock! Since chocolate is a food group, and milk is healthy too, I’m pretty sure you served a breakfast of champions. Will you be my mom?

      • Anneke

        Sure, JoAnn! But breakfast is at 6:00 . . .

    • That’s awesome, Anneke. No guilt! Seriously, the fact that that is worthy of mention means that it all balances out in your house. My kids get a couple small pieces of candy in their lunches every day, and most days a few big homemade cookies along with their sandwiches. Why is lunch so much better than breakfast for a cookie, I ask you? ;)
      xoxo Nicole

    • Jennifer Sasse

      Anneke – I called the fuzz. Expect them at your place on Monday morning for their share of the chocolate cookies and milk!! :)

  • Evamarie Lindaas

    My daughter came home from college this past weekend and I made her your Apple Cider Doughnuts. I didn’t read the recipe carefully and forgot to add the cornstarch – they still were DELICIOUS!!! (She tweeted a picture of them.) P.S. I’ve been a silent fan for over a year now…THANK YOU NICOLE for all of your hard work. Even my gluten eating boys love your recipes. I can’t wait to get your cookbook for Christmas. :D

    • That’s awesome, Evamarie, that she tweeted about it! I’d love to see her tweet (did it have a photo, maybe?!). Ask her to tweet it again and tag me @gfshoestring!
      xoxo Nicole

  • Monica D.

    thank you so much! I pre-ordered and can’t wait for it to get here :)

    • Thank you so much for pre-ordering, Monica!
      xoxo Nicole

  • karen

    I pre-ordered it this summer and got an email two days ago saying that the book won’t be delivered now until Mid-December! What is with Amazon?

    • I can’t imagine why you would have gotten a message saying it won’t be delivered until mid-December, unless you live someplace quite remote, Karen. The production schedule was pushed back 1 week (book pub dates are always on a Tuesday), and the amazon message I got said delivery of 12/5 (yup – I preordered it too, on amazon, to keep track of such things). But it will ship the week of Thanksgiving. Never fear. :) The release date is Nov. 12, which is the date it gets shipped from the warehouse—plenty of time for amazon to receive the book, unpack it and begin shipping by later in November. :)

      • karen

        Thanks Nicole–my date on the email I got said 12/10 for delivery–I live in Wisconsin–near Milwaukee! far from remote! That is so weird! I should see if I still have the email. Anyway, glad it will be out soon as I love your recipes!

        • I just realized that my date is based on Amazon Prime, which is guaranteed 2 day delivery. 12/10 is most likely based on regular delivery. They both assume a ship date of 12/3. But it will go out before that. It always does from Amazon, since they don’t have to stage the books or find shelf space like a brick and mortar retailer does (that’s why the pub date is always 3 weeks after the release date). Ah, the joys of publishing!

          • karen

            oh that makes sense! I have Amazon cheap so it will definitely take longer! Thanks for your help!

          • Donia Robinson

            Karen, I’m outside Chicago, so not very far from you. My email said between 12/9 and 12/13 for delivery. I figure the longer I have to wait for it, the more I’ll love it. ;)

          • karen

            That’s an awesome attitude Donia! I am sure that this will be the case!

          • Jennifer Sasse

            I’m in MN – mine says 12/6 -12/10

  • Laura

    I also pre-ordered the new cookbook and got an email yesterday saying it won’t be shipped until mid-December. I live in NH. Can’t wait to get the new book! I just love everything about your recipes and cookbooks! Thanks for all you do, and for always giving us a chuckle with your blog posts!! I am going to whip up a batch of the cider donuts to take to the Orchard with us this weekend! My kids will be SOOOOO happy to not have to miss out on that tradition!! :)

  • Martha Barr Horne

    I made the Apple Cider Donuts for my office co-workers this week and they were gone in a flash. I had to chuckle because someone else brought a bag of wheat flour pumpkin donuts from Sheatz the same day and mine were gone first! I didn’t have a donut pan, so I used the mini-muffin pan and made donut holes, sort of. I have also made Nicole’s Donut Muffins in the mini muffin pans and they work great for that recipe, too.

  • Jennifer Sasse

    Some day, real soon, I hope to make those yeasted donuts. droolly, drooler-son!

    • Jennifer Sasse

      Or maybe if I’m really lucky anneke will make some for her family out of chocolate cookie guilt and drop some off for me???? Please?

      • Anneke

        Hmm, Anneke will have to contemplate that! Seems like something a new best friend would do . . .

        • Jennifer Sasse

          Yep – it totally would be!!!!

  • Valerie


    Is there a variation for any of these doughnuts to be ‘fryer friendly’ too?

    Many thanks!

    • Two of the recipes are for yeasted, fried donuts, Valerie.

  • Amy Z

    I pre-ordered the new book in July but Amazon told me this week that the ship date has been delayed to 12/5. What’s up with this??

    • Hi, Amy, The publication date was delayed by 1 week, to December 3. Amazon’s official “ship date” is that date, December 3. However, as I mentioned, my publisher assures me that it will ship to amazon customers the week of Thanksgiving. After that, it will get to you as quickly as the shipping method you arrange for allows. If you have expedited shipping from amazon, you should get it in 2 days from when it ships (which will be at least 1 week in advance of the publication date).

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