By: Ana Ankeny Posted: 9/29/21
What better way to celebrate every holiday and special event (or even a regular old weekend morning) than with freshly baked Gluten-Free Donuts with Cinnamon and Sugar? Made easy with pantry staple ingredients and not fried, these perfectly soft and fluffy homemade donuts will have your kitchen smelling like a bakery.
The perfect Gluten-Free Donuts
The simplicity of these baked donuts, with their minimal ingredient list, easy baking instructions, and heavenly taste is sure to make your mouth water and have you coming back for round two. Donuts are the dessert of desserts, seamlessly making an appearance everywhere from laid-back weekends to big, fancy wedding celebrations. Our easy Gluten-Free Donuts with Cinnamon and Sugar are sure to be a hit in your kitchen, but only for a minute, as they’ll quickly be snatched up by kids and adults alike!
Ingredients for Gluten-free Donuts with Cinnamon and Sugar
Gather up these simple refrigerator and pantry-staple items so you can make these delicious, melt-in-your-mouth cinnamon sugar gluten-free donuts today!
- Eggs – see our post on how to choose a quality egg here
- Avocado oil – we recommend Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil but you can use melted coconut oil, too
- Cane sugar – we like this organic cane sugar from Thrive Market. For the sugar in the topping, we like the small granules of cane sugar but you can substitute coconut sugar if you prefer
- Pure vanilla extract – we prefer pure vanilla extract with no added sugars, such as this one
- Gluten-free flour blend – we like Bob’s Red Mill One-to-One Gluten-Free Baking Flour or King Arthur Measure-for-Measure Gluten-Free Flour. You can also use regular all-purpose flour if you don’t need them to be gluten-free
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Ground cinnamon
- Melted butter – using a small amount of melted butter to brush on the donut will help the cinnamon sugar stick to the donut. You can also use avocado oil or melted coconut oil for dairy-free donuts
How to make this Gluten-free Donut Recipe
Making donuts at home may seem like an undertaking, but give it a try. You’ll be impressed by how easily they come together, and you don’t even need to fry them!
- Make the batter: Mix together the eggs, oil, sugar, and vanilla. Add the gluten-free all-purpose flour, baking powder, and baking soda.
- Bake the donuts: Fill a 6-count donut pan (see our pan recommendations below) ¾ full to almost full with donut batter. Bake at 350℉ for 16-22 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Time will depend on the pan used. Remove from the oven, allow to cool in the donut pan before removing.
- Top the donuts: Stir together the cinnamon-sugar topping. Using a pastry brush, sweep a thin layer of melted butter onto a cooled donut. Then, immediately place the donut (butter side down) into the bowl of cinnamon-sugar mixture. Swirl to evenly coat one side of the donut.
Cinnamon Sugar Topping for Donuts
Sometimes simple is best, and this is one of those times. Just look at how beautiful these donuts are with a 2-ingredient cinnamon-sugar topping. Almost too pretty to eat, right? Well, one bite into the soft donut and you’ll be wanting every last crumb. The cinnamon-sugar mix is the magic to making these gluten-free donuts irresistible. With a simple melted butter technique to get the cinnamon and sugar to coat the donut, you elevate the taste just a little bit more! Adding the cinnamon sugar is our favorite step in making this donut recipe, and our kids love to help with this simple and delicious task, too.
How to store cinnamon sugar donuts
Freshly baked gluten-free donuts are best stored in a covered container at room temperature for up to 3 days (trust us, they won’t last that long). Let the coated donuts cool completely before storing.
The Best donut pan for making donuts at home
Donut pans come in all shapes and sizes. We’ve tried several out and our favorite donut pans are these silicone donut pans. They release the donut after baking with ease because you can simply fold and pop the silicone to help release the donuts. We also like this non-stick donut pan from Wilton. If using a metal donut pan, we recommend you use a spoon to carefully remove the baked donuts.
The perfect donut recipe for all occasions
These homemade donuts are PERFECT. Didn’t your eyes light up and your mouth start watering a little as you looked at the photos? Don your apron and enjoy a quick baking sesh that will result in perfect gluten-free donuts and smiles all around. Each bite of these homemade gluten-free donuts will leave your lips coated in a light layer of cinnamon sugar for a last little taste to remember.
For the Donuts:
- 2 eggs
- ⅓ cup avocado oil
- ⅓ cup cane sugar (67 g)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ⅔ cup gluten-free flour blend or all-purpose flour (90 g)*
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
For the Cinnamon-Sugar Topping:
- 3 tablespoons cane sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon melted butter**
For the Donuts:
- Preheat the oven to 350℉.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, sugar, and vanilla.
- Add the flour, baking powder, and baking soda; stir well.
- Fill a sprayed 6-count donut pan (see our pan recommendations below) ¾ full to almost full with donut batter.
- Bake for 16-22 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Time will depend on the pan used.
- Remove from the oven, allow to cool in the donut pan before removing.
- To take out donuts, carefully peel back the silicone holder and ‘pop’ donuts out or if using a regular pan, carefully remove with a spoon.
For the Cinnamon Sugar:
- Add the sugar and cinnamon to a bowl, stir together.
- Using a pastry brush, sweep a thin layer of melted butter onto a cooled donut, immediately after, place the donut (butter side down) into the bowl of cinnamon-sugar mixture. Swirl to evenly coat one side of the donut.
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*We like Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Baking Flour or King Arthur Measure for Measure Gluten-Free Flour. If you don’t need donuts that are gluten-free, you can use the same amount of all-purpose flour.
**For dairy-free donuts, use melted coconut oil or avocado oil for brushing on the donuts.
Store cooled donuts in a covered container for up to 3 days for optimal freshness.
- Serving Size: 1 donut
- Calories: 250
- Fat: 14 g
- (Sat Fat: 3 g)
- Sodium: 95 mg
- Carbohydrate: 26 g
- (Fiber: 1 g
- Sugar: 15 g)
- Protein: 3 g
- Cholesterol: 51 mg
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Ana is a recipe developer, fellow food blogger, and Pinterest manager. She lived in Blue Earth, MN with her husband and four boys. She’s on a mission to turn highly-processed meals into real-food meals…one dish at a time! She loves spending time with her family, powerlifting, traveling, and being in the kitchen.