Easy Gluten-Free Baked Strawberry Donuts with Glaze

This is the best-tasting Gluten-Free Baked Strawberry Donuts Recipe with an easy glaze made from a quick strawberry sauce. These light and spongy baked donuts are gluten-free with almond and cassava flour and naturally sweetened with strawberries, maple syrup, and cane sugar.

Gluten-Free Strawberry Glazed Donuts on a parchment paper.

This is the best-tasting Gluten-Free Baked Strawberry Donuts Recipe with an easy glaze infused with the natural sweetness of fresh strawberries. These light and spongy baked donuts are gluten-free with almond and cassava flour. They’re naturally sweetened with strawberries, maple syrup, and cane sugar. The secret to the fresh and delicious strawberry flavor is a quick strawberry sauce made from fresh or frozen strawberries.

These baked doughnuts are perfect for special occasions like bridal showers, baby showers, or Valentine’s Day. Each tender bite offers a burst of sweet strawberry flavor, complemented by a luscious fresh strawberry glaze (strawberry frosting) made from fresh strawberry puree. Dive into strawberry season with these homemade donuts everyone will love regardless of any gluten allergies! If this is your first time making strawberry cake donuts you’re going to love this easy recipe!

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Why You’ll Love This Easy Strawberry Glazed Donut Recipe

  • You only need a few simple ingredients.
  • It is super easy to make for an impressive result.
  • The flavor-rich ingredients make it taste amazing!
  • All the ingredients are easily digestible for a gentle tummy.
Gluten-Free Strawberry Glazed Donuts on a parchment paper.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Here is everything you need to make the best-tasting Gluten-Free Glazed Strawberry Donut Recipe:

Almond Flour: This is different than almond meal. You can also use hazelnut or cashew flour.

Cassava Flour: This is made from the yucca root and is not the same as tapioca flour or tapioca starch. Cassava flour makes the donuts light and fluffy when combined with the almond flour. It is gluten-free, grain-free, and nut-free and can be found at most grocery stores or on Amazon.

Cassava flour can be substituted with tapioca flour or arrowroot powder in equal amounts.

Coconut Oil: You can substitute coconut oil with an equal amount of light olive oil, or avocado oil for the healthiest options. You can also use vegetable or canola oil, or a seed oil if you prefer.

Sour Cream: Greek yogurt or dairy-free yogurt can be used as a substitute for sour cream in equal amounts.

Cane Sugar: For a refined sugar-free option, you can use coconut sugar, honey, or maple syrup in the same quantity, but you might need to adjust the moisture level in the batter accordingly.

Eggs: To make the recipe vegan, you can replace each egg with a flax or chia egg (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed or chia seeds mixed with 3 tablespoons water, let sit for a few minutes until thickened).

Baking Powder and Baking Soda: If you’re out of one of these leavening agents, you can often substitute 1 teaspoon of baking powder with 1/4 teaspoon baking soda plus 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar. However, in this recipe, both are used, so try to use both for the best results.

Strawberry Sauce: If strawberries aren’t available, you can use other berries like raspberries or blackberries to make the sauce. Just adjust the sweetness level based on the tartness of the berries you choose.

Maple Syrup: Honey or agave syrup can be used as substitutes for maple syrup in equal amounts.

Powdered Cane Sugar: You can also use store-bought powdered sugar (confectioners’ sugar) or a powdered sugar substitute like erythritol for a sugar-free option.

Vanilla Extract: You can replace vanilla extract with vanilla bean paste or vanilla powder in the same quantity, or with other extracts like almond or coconut for a different flavor profile.

Lemon Juice: If you don’t have lemon juice, you can substitute it with lime juice or omit it.

Gluten-Free Strawberry Glazed Donuts on a parchment paper.

How to Make My Strawberry Glazed Donut Recipe

Here are easy, detailed, step-by-step instructions for the best way to make this delicious, healthier version of baked strawberry donuts. The instructions are also repeated in the recipe card at the bottom of this blog post.

Step 1: Make the Strawberry Sauce

In a medium saucepan, combine the berries, maple syrup, vanilla extract, lemon juice, and pinch of salt.

Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally with a rubber spatula, until the berries break down, about 5-7 minutes. Mash the berries with a fork or potato masher. Then simmer for an additional 5 minutes or until the sauce thickens to your desired consistency.

Pour the strawberry sauce into a blender or the chopper cup with an immersion blender and blend until smooth.

Stirring strawberry compote in a sauce pan.

Step 2: Prepare the Donut Batter

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a donut pan with cooking spray or coconut oil and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, cane sugar, strawberry sauce, coconut oil, sour cream, and vanilla extract until well combined.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the almond flour, cassava flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stirring until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.

Spoon the doughnut batter into the prepared donut pan, filling each cavity about 3/4 full. You can also pipe in the batter with a pastry bag or ziploc bag.

Mixing strawberry donut batter.
Spreading donut batter in silicone donut molds.

Step 3: Bake the Donuts

Place the donut pan in the preheated oven and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the donuts are lightly golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Remove the donut pan from the oven and allow the donuts to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Step 4: Glaze the Donuts

In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered cane sugar and 3 tablespoons of the strawberry sauce until smooth. If the glaze is too thick, you can add a little water or milk to thin it out. For a thick glaze, add more powdered sugar.

Once the donuts have cooled completely, dip the tops of each donut into the strawberry glaze, allowing any excess glaze to drip off. You can also pour the glaze on the tops of the donuts with a spoon. Place the glazed donuts back on a cooling rack to set for a few minutes.

Serve the baked strawberry donuts immediately, or store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. As an optional garnish, you can sprinkle the tops with diced strawberries.

Gluten-Free Strawberry Glazed Donuts on a parchment paper.

Helpful Recipe Notes

Strawberry Sauce Consistency: When making the strawberry sauce, aim for a thickened consistency that coats the back of a spoon. This ensures that the sauce will add flavor and moisture to the donut batter without making it too wet.

Baking Time: Keep an eye on the donuts while they’re baking, as the exact baking time may vary depending on your oven and the size of your donut pan. The donuts are done when they are lightly golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Cooling Time: Allow the donuts to cool in the pan for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. This helps them set and prevents them from becoming soggy.

Glazing Tips: If the glaze becomes too thick while dipping the donuts, you can microwave it for a few seconds or add a small amount of water or milk to thin it out to your desired consistency.

Room Temperature Storage: If you plan to consume the gluten-free donuts within 1-2 days, you can store them at room temperature in an airtight container. Make sure the container is sealed properly to prevent air exposure, which can cause the donuts to dry out.

Refrigeration: Place the donuts in an airtight container before refrigerating. 

Freezing: These baked strawberry donuts can also be frozen for longer-term storage. Once the donuts have cooled completely, place them in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze them until they are firm. Then, transfer the frozen donuts to a freezer-safe bag or container, making sure to remove as much air as possible before sealing.

To thaw the frozen donuts, simply remove them from the freezer and let them come to room temperature on the counter for a few hours or overnight in the refrigerator. Once thawed, you can warm them up in the microwave for a few seconds or in a preheated oven until heated through.

Can I use fresh strawberries in the donut batter and glaze instead of the strawberry sauce?
Yes, you can, but the strawberry flavor will be less rich and pronounced. Quickly cooking the fresh strawberries in the sauce reduces the water content and concentrates the flavor. 

Can I use frozen strawberries instead of fresh ones for the sweet strawberry glaze?
Yes, you can use frozen strawberries instead of fresh ones to make the strawberry sauce that goes in the glaze. There’s no need to thaw them first.

Can I omit the sour cream from the donut batter?
While sour cream adds moisture and richness to the donut batter, you can substitute it with an equal amount of Greek yogurt or dairy-free yogurt if you prefer.

Can I make this baked strawberry donuts recipe without a donut pan?
If you don’t have a donut pan, you can try baking the batter in a muffin tin instead to make donut-shaped muffins. Just be aware that the baking time may need to be adjusted slightly.

Can I make the gluten-free donuts without glaze?
Absolutely! If you prefer your donuts without glaze, you can simply omit that step. The donuts will still be delicious and moist from the strawberry sauce baked into the batter.

Can I make this baked strawberry donut recipe vegan?
Yes, you can make these donuts vegan by substituting the eggs with flax or chia eggs, the sour cream with dairy-free yogurt, and the glaze with a vegan powdered sugar glaze made with non-dairy milk.

Can I use a different type of flour instead of almond flour?
While almond flour provides a unique texture and flavor to these donuts, you can experiment with other gluten-free flours such as oat flour or coconut flour. Just keep in mind that the texture and taste may vary and you’ll need to adjust the amounts to get the same moisture level.

Can I make the strawberry sauce ahead of time?
Yes, you can make the delicious strawberry glaze ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to a week. 

Can I double or halve the recipe?
Yes, you can easily double or halve the recipe to suit your needs. Just make sure to adjust the ingredient quantities accordingly and follow the same instructions.

Can I use a different type of fruit for the glaze?
While the strawberry glaze complements the flavor of the donuts beautifully, you can certainly experiment with other fruits such as raspberries, blueberries, or blackberries to make a different flavored glaze.

Gluten-Free Strawberry Glazed Donuts on a parchment paper.

Easy Gluten-Free Baked Strawberry Donuts with Glaze

Gluten-Free diet-friendly recipe
This is the best-tasting Gluten-Free Baked Strawberry Donuts Recipe with an easy glaze made from a quick strawberry sauce. These light and spongy baked donuts are gluten-free with almond and cassava flour and naturally sweetened with strawberries, maple syrup, and cane sugar. 
5 from 9 votes
Servings 12
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup cane sugar
  • 1/3 cup strawberry sauce (recipe below)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/3 cup cassava flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Strawberry Glaze:

  • 3 tablespoons strawberry sauce (recipe below)
  • 1 cup powdered cane sugar

Strawberry Sauce:

  • 2 cups strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 pinches salt

Instructions
 

Strawberry Sauce:

  • In a medium saucepan, combine the berries, maple syrup, vanilla extract, lemon juice, and pinch of salt.
    Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally with a rubber spatula, until the berries break down, about 5-7 minutes. Mash the berries with a fork or potato masher. Then simmer for an additional 5 minutes or until the sauce thickens to your desired consistency.
    Pour the strawberry sauce into a blender or the chopper cup with an immersion blender and blend until smooth.

Donuts:

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a donut pan with cooking spray or coconut oil and set aside.
    In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, cane sugar, strawberry sauce, coconut oil, sour cream, and vanilla extract until well combined.
    In a separate bowl, whisk together the almond flour, cassava flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stirring until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.
    Spoon the doughnut batter into the prepared donut pan, filling each cavity about 3/4 full. You can also pipe in the batter with a pastry bag or ziploc bag.
  • Place the donut pan in the preheated oven and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the donuts are lightly golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
    Remove the donut pan from the oven and allow the donuts to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered cane sugar and 3 tablespoons of the strawberry sauce until smooth. If the glaze is too thick, you can add a little water or milk to thin it out. For a thick glaze, add more powdered sugar.
    Once the donuts have cooled completely, dip the tops of each donut into the strawberry glaze, allowing any excess glaze to drip off. You can also pour the glaze on the tops of the donuts with a spoon. Place the glazed donuts back on a cooling rack to set for a few minutes.
    Serve the baked strawberry donuts immediately, or store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. As an optional garnish, you can sprinkle the tops with diced strawberries.

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Notes

Strawberry Sauce Consistency: When making the strawberry sauce, aim for a thickened consistency that coats the back of a spoon. This ensures that the sauce will add flavor and moisture to the donut batter without making it too wet.
Baking Time: Keep an eye on the donuts while they’re baking, as the exact baking time may vary depending on your oven and the size of your donut pan. The donuts are done when they are lightly golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Cooling Time: Allow the donuts to cool in the pan for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. This helps them set and prevents them from becoming soggy.
Glazing Tips: If the glaze becomes too thick while dipping the donuts, you can microwave it for a few seconds or add a small amount of water or milk to thin it out to your desired consistency.

Nutrition

Calories: 209kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 4gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.003gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 238mgPotassium: 63mgFiber: 2gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 72IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 61mgIron: 1mg
Keyword almond flour, baked donuts, cassava flour, strawberries, strawberry glaze
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8 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    The strawberry sauce was really easy to make and gave these the best strawberry flavor! My kids had no idea these weren’t regular donuts!!

  2. 5 stars
    I’m so excited to share this strawberry donut recipe with you! They have the best strawberry flavor and made with all-natural ingredients. Please let me know what you think and how they turn out for you!

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