Monday, October 22, 2012

Baked Apple Donuts - Gluten Free

I haven't done a whole lot of gluten free baking.  I've made my own GF flour and have picked up a few other gluten free items throughout the last several months.  I found Chelsey's recipe for Baked Apple Donuts while perusing her blog for The Secret Recipe Club. Her blog Mangia has so, so many wonderful recipes.  The donuts sounded fantastic so I headed to the store to buy some Almond Flour.  As I'm getting all the ingredients for the donuts, I realize that I already HAVE a bag of Almond Flour.  Clearly I had bought some months ago when buying other gluten free flours.  This stuff isn't cheap!

 While Chelsy was inspired to make this recipe from Amy, she really did make it her own. She made these gluten free and dairy free.  These are baked, not fried and really have healthy ingredients.  I made a double batch and the kids all loved them. They may not have been the prettiest of donuts but they sure delicious! 

Baked Apple Donuts Recipe
Adapted from Mangia

1 cup almond flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar
4 eggs
1 apple, peeled, cored and finely chopped

For the topping:
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a donut pan (or you can use a muffin pan) Place the almond flour, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl, mix well.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and brown sugar.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well. Add apple and stir. Pour the batter into each donut cup, filling 3/4 of the way full. (muffin pan about 1/2 way full) Bake for 12 - 15 minutes. (mine took a good 15 minutes).

While the donuts are baking, make the topping. Melt the coconut oil in a bowl, set aside. Combine the granulated sugar and cinnamon on a plate and distribute evenly around the plate. 

Take the donuts out of the oven, pop them out when the are slightly cool enough to handle.  Dip both sides in the coconut oil, then press both sides into the cinamon sugar mixture.  Lick fingers and repeat with remaining donuts. 


  1. These look amazing! I love donuts in the fall--especially apple donuts! :)

  2. Thanks Debbi! I love these donuts, they are soooooo delicious! I am so glad you chose this recipe! I know, not the prettiest...tee hee but amazingly good! You did a wonderful job...they look 10x's better than mine...probably tastier too! :)

  3. I love baking with almond flour! It is a little expensive, but I just love it so much! :) These do seem like the perfect fall donuts! I have a donut pan, so I am going to try these! Thanks!


  4. These look real good. I love donuts, haven't ever tried gluten free though. Maybe it's time :)

  5. Can't wait to try these! I have a donut pan that I've only used twice, but these make me want to get it out this weekend! Great choice.

  6. I think they look positively scrumptious! I sooo need me a doughnut pan, and it is confirmed every time I see delicious baked doughnuts like this.

  7. I think apple is the flavor of the month ;) These look fantastic!

  8. In the infamous words of Homer Simpson....MMMMM donuts!

  9. Apple donuts sound terrific! Great choice for the SRC, Debbi!

  10. These sound fantastic, and I love that they are baked!

  11. I love apple everything this time of year! These sound amazing and they look pretty darn tasty if I do say so! :)
    -Lacy @ NYCityEats

  12. What a great seasonal treat. These look delicious! Perfect for fall.

  13. Loving a healthy donut! I bet these went fast in your house! Delish!

  14. these look really yumm and delicious!

  15. I've tried baked donuts before, but they tend to come our really dense. :( I'll have to give yours a try - they definitely look insulin worthy!!

  16. They sound great and healthy. I never knew there was a healthy donut. Thanks, Deb!