Gluten free and vegan chocolate donuts that are yummy, fluffy, and baked! Simply sweet and made in only one bowl, you can have a healthy treat in no time.
Donuts are delicious, I think we can all agree on that! When I set out to make the perfect gluten free and vegan chocolate donut I wanted to keep a few things in mind. First, they had to be easy to make. What’s the point of a donut recipe if it takes you 4 hours to make? Second, I wanted it to be made from wholesome ingredients but still taste decadent. Finally, they had to be allergy friendly.
Friends, I think we’ve done it.
These gluten free and vegan chocolate donuts are
Perfectly sweet thanks to only a little sugar
Not dry at all thanks to applesauce
Warm and comforting thanks to a hint of cinnamon to bring out the chocolate flavor!
Making a Gluten Free and Vegan Chocolate Donut
You will need a donut pan. I purchased mine years ago from Home Goods and it’s a 12 donut metal pan. If you are using a metal pan, you’ll want to lightly oil it so none of the donuts stick. While you can use cooking spray, I recommend that you use plain canola or vegetable oil on a paper towel to grease your pans. Cooking spray isn’t always gluten free, not to mention it gets everywhere.
There are silicone donut pans out there, in which you won’t need to oil at all, just make sure you place it on a metal baking sheet so that it doesn’t flop all over your oven.
To get the dough into the pan easily, pop the dough into a piping bag and simply squeeze into the little circles! Much easier than trying to wrestle with spoons and drips everywhere. Not to say that I’m a perfect baker, I still got a few drips on the pan. But the piping bag trick made my life SO MUCH easier to get these into the pan.
After baking, transfer the donuts to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
For frosting, I made a simple ganache of milk and melted chocolate. Using whole milk or even cream is perfect in this recipe. If you are vegan or have a dairy allergy, no worries. Soy, oat, almond, or coconut cream all work well. Avoid using rice milk as it is too watery and can cause the chocolate to seize up.
I had 3 types of donuts: Plain, sprinkled, and salted. The surprise hit in my family were the sea salt ones! The juxtaposition of the sweet donut with the flakey sea salt was just dang good.
All in all, I think these donuts make the perfect lazy weekend morning breakfast, or a simple and decadent dessert after dinner.
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Gluten Free and Vegan Chocolate Donut
- 1 1/2 cup all purpose gluten-free flour
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp cinnamon (optional but highly recommended!)
- 2 Flax Eggs (2 tbsp of ground flax mixed with 5 tbsp of hot water)
- 1 cup milk of your choice
- ½ tsp lemon juice OR apple cider vinegar
- ½ cup sugar
- ⅓ cup applesauce
- ½ tsp vanilla
- ½ cup chocolate, chopped
- 1-2 tbsp warm milk
- Pre-heat your oven to 350°F / 177°C. Lightly grease your donut pan if using a metal, leave alone if using silicone.
- Make your flax eggs. In a small bowl add your flax seeds and hot (almost boiling) water. Stir well and set aside for 5 minutes to allow it to gel.
- Add your lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to your milk. Set aside for 3 minutes to let it turn to buttermilk.
- In a medium size mixing bowl, add the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Stir well to thuroughly mix. Make a well in the middle of your dry ingredients and slowly add your flax eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, applesauce, and vanilla.
- Gently mix to combine. No need to worry about over mixing because there is no gluten!
- Transfer your dough to a piping bag before filling your donut molds up 3/4 of the way full.
- Bake your donuts for between 25 and 30 minutes. You want a toothpick inserted to come out clean. The donuts should pull away from the sides of the pan. For a slightly chewier donut, remove from the oven closer to 25 minutes. For a more cake-like donut, remove from the oven closer to 30 minutes.
- After removing the donuts, let rest for 3 minutes in the pan before removing them from the hot pan and onto a cooling rack. Let cool completely before frosting.
- While the donuts are cooling, make the glaze. In the microwave, warm up your milk until it reaches a temperature of about 120°F / 49°C. Pour over the chocolate and let sit for one minute. This begins to melt the chocolate. Now, stir the chocolate until all melted. You might need to pop it back in the microwave to keep it warm. If too thick, add more milk, if too thin, add a few more chocolate chips.
- Dip the cooled donuts in the glaze. I like to use a twisting motion with my wrist to evenly coat the donut. Kind of like opening a doorknob. Gently shake off any excess and let it rest on a cooling rack. Make sure to sprinkle while the chocolate glaze is still wet so they will stick!
- Eat! These are best when fresh but will keep in the fridge up to 3 days and in the freezer up to 3 months.