Gluten-Free Baked Maple Glazed Doughnuts


Gluten-Free Baked Maple Glazed Doughnuts

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One thing I have missed terribly since going gluten-free is a good doughnut. It’s not like I ate a lot of them BGF (before gluten-free)–I would indulge perhaps a few times a year. But just the fact that I couldn’t have one, the idea that people could line up at the apple orchard for hot cider doughnuts, or even go to Dunkin’ on a whim for Pete’s sake (and I could not), was deeply upsetting. I had tried gluten-free doughnuts (mostly the packaged variety) and was underwhelmed to say the least.

But a while back I had a maple-glazed doughnut from Zest Bakery. It was a wonderful thing–dense, soft, moist and spectacularly redolent of maple syrup. Best of all, it didn’t fall apart when I gave it the requisite dunk in my latte. It absolutely restored my hope that doughnuts could be good when made gluten-free. And it inspired me to go out and get my own doughnut pans (because sadly I live too far away to go the bakery on a regular basis).

My first effort was a fail. I tried a combination of sorghum, millet and tapioca flours and added sour cream for moisture. They rose high out of the pan and when inverted, looked quite a bit like flying saucers. A brilliant friend suggested we use them as strawberry shortcake cups. It was the perfect solution for a sadly misshapen doughnut.  But I needed to try again to get what I was after.

The second time around (after consulting a few more recipes) I combined rice and millet flours with tapioca flour, and instead of sour cream, I added powdered milk. The resulting doughnuts were much more in line with what I was hoping for. They were sturdy but tender, flavorful, and perfect for dunking in my coffee.

Gluten-Free Baked Maple Glazed Doughnuts

Gluten-Free Baked Maple Glazed Doughnuts

Gluten-Free Baked Maple Glazed Doughnuts
I know I’m going to have tons of fun using this basic doughnut recipe as a base to let my imagination run wild. Do you like doughnuts? What are your favorite flavors?


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Gluten-Free Baked Maple Glazed Doughnuts
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Maple doughnuts are a favorite in this house. This recipe makes doughnuts with a rich flavor, and moist, dense crumb, making them perfect for dunking into hot coffee. Make sure you look for maple extract that is gluten-free.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 6 doughnuts
  • ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon sweet white rice flour (or glutenous rice flour)
  • ¼ cup brown rice flour
  • ¼ cup millet flour
  • 2 tablespoons potato starch
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca flour
  • ½ tsp xanthan gum
  • 2 tablespoons dry milk powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • ¼ cup whole milk
For the glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1-1½ teaspoons of gluten-free maple extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and grease a doughnut pan (for 6 doughnuts).
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Whisk the wet ingredients in a smaller bowl until smooth. Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry and beat until smooth. Place the batter into a zip-top bag, snip off one corner and pipe the batter into the prepared doughnut pan (it's so much easier than trying to spoon it in!).
  3. Bake doughnuts for 12-15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the thickest part comes out clean.
  4. Allow doughnuts to sit in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a cooling rack. Cool completely before glazing.
  5. Make the glaze. Sift the powdered sugar into a bowl. Whisk in the milk and extract until smooth. If the glaze is too thick, add more milk. If it's too thin, add more powdered sugar. Drizzle the glaze over the tops of the doughnuts. These are best eaten the same day.


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  1. Katrina Lam says:

    Any thoughts on how to make it dairy & egg free. Egg replacer & milk substitute, but what about the milk powder?

    1. Hi Katrina! There is a non-dairy milk powder called Dari Free by Vances Foods ( For the eggs and milk, egg replacer according to package directions, and your preferred non-dairy milk should be fine.

      1. Katrina Lam says:

        Thank you! I will check it out!

  2. Ali, you nailed it…the perfect g-free dunkable doughnut! Girl, you are an inspiration. In January, I bought four doughnut pans (two each of the mini and regular) to bake some gluten free doughnuts. So looking forward to doing it soon. Love the title pic with the glaze dripping perfectly on the doughnut on marble board! xo

  3. Ahh yum! These are perfect for Easter! :). I also didn’t know that non-dairy milk powder existed so thank you for showing me that!

  4. I have seriously been trying to find a recipe for a baked maple frosted donut for months! I’m so excited to find this. Now, you want to get to work on a good old maple bar?! 🙂
    I really am going to make these soon, and will come back and thank you again! 🙂

      1. My hubby took the kids to Krispy Kreme for their free doughnuts for good grades on Sunday. I asked him if he got one and he said yes, he’d gotten a maple bar and it was just okay. I wanted to bop him over the head. I told him, “I can’t have those so I have to live vicariously through you. You need to enjoy those!!!”
        I’m really hoping to try your baked ones this week so that I can curb this craving!

        1. LOL! I know your pain. Hopefully this recipe will help! 😉

  5. These sound perfect for my kids “Donuts with Dad” extravaganza at school this Friday (which they will not be able to eat any of!) Is there any way to make these without a doughnut pan by chance???

    1. You can put the batter into a plastic zip-top bag and snip about an inch off the corner. Pipe the doughnuts (circles) onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake as directed. They may look slightly wonky, but they will be probably work. 😉

  6. Fantastic thanks a million

  7. What can I sub for “sweet” white rice or glutenous white rice flour? Regular white rice flour?

  8. Any idea on how to make these chocolate?

  9. Maple doughnuts are my favorite, and the glaze on these is perfection!

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