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Gluten Free Carrot Cake Doughnuts

The Best Recipe for Gluten Free Carrot Cake Doughnuts

Alison Needham
These carrot cake doughnuts are rich, spicy and moist and topped with a cream cheese glaze. Feel free to add nuts and/or coconut to the batter, though I usually don't. Sprinkle the tops with colorful sprinkles, chopped nuts or toasted coconut.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 18 doughnuts
Calories 245 kcal



For the Glaze


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F and grease two, 6 doughnut baking pans.
  • Mix flour, xanthan (if using), baking powder and soda, salt, spices and sugar in a bowl, whisking well to smooth any lumps. Add the oil, buttermilk, and eggs and beat until smooth. Stir in the carrots and vanilla and mix until evenly combined.
  • Pour the batter into a gallon-sized ziplock bag and snip off one corner. Squeeze the batter evenly into the prepared doughnut pans, filling each well about half full. This recipe makes about 18 regular-sized doughnuts, so if you only have two pans like I do you'll have to make them in two batches.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of a doughnut comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool in the pans 5 minutes. Turn out onto a cooling rack to cool completely. If you are baking more than one batch, be sure to wipe the pans clean and re-grease them.
  • Make the glaze. Beat the cream cheese with the powdered sugar. Add the milk one tablespoon at a time until you reach your desired consistency. It should be thick, but pourable. Add the vanilla extract and salt and stir well. Dip each doughnut top into the glaze and return to the rack. Top with sprinkles, chopped nuts or toasted coconut. Serve immediately.
  • Tip: these freeze well and thaw quickly at room temperature.


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Serving: 1doughnutCalories: 245kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 3gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 232mgPotassium: 99mgFiber: 2gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 1856IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 82mgIron: 1mg
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