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Gluten Free Chocolate Donuts

Gluten Free Chocolate Donut

These gluten free chocolate donuts, adorned with a luscious chocolate glaze, offer a perfect balance of rich flavors and melt-in-your-mouth goodness. Whether you’re a devoted chocolate lover or simply seeking a delectable indulgence, baked gluten free chocolate donuts are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings. So, let’s dive into the wonderful world of these scrumptious treats and discover what makes them so irresistible.

A Healthier Twist

Unlike their deep-fried counterparts, baked chocolate donuts offer a healthier alternative without compromising on taste. Baking eliminates the need for excessive oil, resulting in a lighter texture and lower fat content. By swapping frying for baking, you can enjoy the guilt-free pleasure of a donut that still boasts all the chocolatey goodness you adore. I a not a fan of silicone pans for most baking however for donuts both metal pans and silicone pans work great. This is the pan that I use

 Chocolate Bliss

The star ingredient of these donuts is undoubtedly the chocolate. With each bite, you’re greeted with an explosion of rich, velvety cocoa flavors that dance on your taste buds. The dough itself is often infused with cocoa powder, intensifying the chocolate experience. Paired with a smooth, glossy chocolate glaze or topped with chocolate chips, these treats are a chocoholic’s dream come true. I like to use a good quality dark or Dutch cocoa. You can also use cacao if you would like.

Versatile and Customizable

Baked chocolate donuts are incredibly versatile, allowing for endless possibilities when it comes to toppings and fillings. From sprinkles and crushed nuts to drizzles of caramel or creamy peanut butter, you can get creative and tailor your donut to suit your preferences. Whether you prefer a classic, straightforward chocolate delight or desire a more elaborate creation, the choice is yours! These can also be made dairy free by subbing dairy free butter or oil for the butter and dairy free buttermilk for the buttermilk (see recipe notes).

Perfect Anytime Treat

Baked chocolate donuts are a delightful addition to any occasion. Whether you’re serving them as a sweet breakfast treat, offering them as a dessert at a party, or simply indulging in a mid-afternoon snack, these donuts never fail to please. Their compact size makes them easily shareable, ensuring that everyone gets to experience the blissful joy of biting into a baked chocolate donut.

Simple and Easy to Make

Creating your own baked gluten free chocolate donuts is a surprisingly simple process, even for novice bakers. With just a few basic ingredients and minimal preparation, you can whip up a batch of these delectable treats in no time. This recipe is designed to work with ready made 1:1 (cup for cup) gluten free flour blends. You can choose from one of the many available in stores and online. We routinely test our recipes with King Arthur Measure for Measure, Cup4Cup, Better Batter Original, Bob’s Red Mill and Domata.  You can also make your own blend using one of my recipes which you can find by clicking here.


Gluten Free Chocolate Donut

Chocolate Cake Donuts

Course: Breakfast, brunch, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, dairy free, gluten free
Keyword: Donut
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Resting Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 42 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 242 kcal
Author: Alina Eisenhauer



  • 200 g gluten free 1:1 flour
  • 50 g dark or Dutch cocoa powder
  • 150 g granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 190 g buttermilk see note for dairy free
  • 2 large eggs
  • 65 g unsalted butter melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • 240 g powdered sugar
  • 30 g dark cocoa powder
  • 56-100 g milk or nut milk depending on how thick you like your glaze
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Using softened unsalted butter, grease a 9 -12 portion donut pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, and extracts.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry mixture and gently stir together until almost combined. Add the melted butter and finish mixing until just combined.
  5. Set the batter aside to rest for 20 minutes

  6. Divide the batter into the prepared donut pans, filling 2/3 full. I like to use a piping bag with a large tip for this recipe because the batter is pretty thick.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the tops spring back when lightly pressed. They might still feel a little bit soft in the middle.
  8. Glaze
  9. Add milk until you get desired consistency and mix until smooth. Dip your donuts in the glaze or pour it over totally cooled donuts that are sitting on a raised cooling rack over a sheet pan.

Recipe Notes

To make plant based buttermilk:

  • 224 g unsweetened plant-based milk (such as almond, soy, or oat milk)
  • 1 tablespoon(15 g)  apple cider vinegar, white vinegar or lemon juice


  1. In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine the plant-based milk and vinegar (or lemon juice). Stir gently to mix.
  2. Let the mixture sit at room temperature for about 5 to 10 minutes. This allows the milk to curdle and thicken, mimicking the texture and tanginess of traditional buttermilk.
  3. After the resting time, give the mixture a quick stir to ensure it's well combined. Your plant-based buttermilk is now ready to use in your favorite recipes.
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Cake Donuts
Amount Per Serving (1 donut)
Calories 242 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 37mg12%
Sodium 129mg6%
Potassium 190mg5%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 34g38%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 160IU3%
Vitamin C 0.01mg0%
Calcium 76mg8%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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