Best Gluten-Free Chocolate Glazed Donuts

The best-tasting light and fluffy gluten-free baked chocolate glazed donuts recipe with almond & tapioca flour. Naturally sweetened with applesauce and maple syrup and bursting with rich, triple chocolate flavor. Dipped in a simple melted chocolate glaze with half the fat and sugar of traditional fried donuts.

The best-tasting light & fluffy gluten-free chocolate glazed donuts recipe with almond & tapioca flour, applesauce, maple syrup, & melted chocolate glaze

Get ready to make the easiest and best-tasting gluten-free chocolate glazed donuts you can bake at home. They’re made gluten-free with almond and tapioca flour. And they’re naturally sweetened with maple syrup and applesauce. They bake light and fluffy in a donut mold and then are dipped in melted chocolate and sprinkled with your favorite toppings. You get to enjoy delicious flavors typically overpowered by the oil of traditional deep-fried donuts. And with half the sugar and fat grams, you’ll feel good even after you enjoy these! And the best part is the simple glaze is made without refined white powdered sugar.

No, they are not the same as traditional donuts. They are more of a cake-like donut but equally satisfying with a sweet glaze made from melted chocolate chips. The whole family will enjoy these fluffy donuts as a weekend breakfast or special treat. I was already a donut fan, but I have fallen in love with these baked donuts made with simple ingredients.

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Why You’ll Love This Gluten-Free Chocolate Glazed Donut Recipe

  • You only need a few major 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.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Almond Flour: If you don’t have almond flour or want to avoid nuts, you can use other nut flours like cashew flour or hazelnut flour. Alternatively, you can use a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend.

Tapioca Flour: Replace tapioca flour with arrowroot flour or potato starch in equal proportions.

Maple Syrup: Substitute maple syrup with honey or agave nectar if you prefer. You can also use a sugar-free syrup for a lower sugar option.

Applesauce: You can replace unsweetened applesauce with mashed bananas or Greek yogurt for a similar moisture content.

Coconut Oil: Any neutral oil like vegetable oil or canola oil can be used instead of coconut oil.

Eggs: If you need an egg-free option, you can use flaxseed or chia seed “eggs.” For each egg, mix 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed or chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water and let it sit until it thickens.

Cocoa Powder: Unsweetened cacao powder can be used as a substitute for cocoa powder.

Mini Chocolate Chips: You can use dairy-free or vegan chocolate chips if you have dietary restrictions or preferences.

Chocolate Chips: Use dairy-free or vegan chocolate chips if you need a dairy-free or vegan option. You can also chop up a chocolate bar if you don’t have chocolate chips on hand.

How to Make My Healthier Baked Chocolate Glazed Donut Recipe

Step 1: Preheat the Oven 

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a donut mold or donut pan with non-stick cooking spray and set it aside.

Step 2: Make the Batter 

In a large bowl, combine the wet ingredients, including eggs, coconut oil, applesauce, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Mix well until all the wet ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Add the dry ingredients, including almond flour, tapioca flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix until just combined. Be careful not to overmix; the batter should be smooth.

Gently fold in the mini chocolate chips into the batter until they are evenly distributed.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 3: Fill Donut Mold

Spoon the batter into the prepared donut mold, filling each cavity about two-thirds full. Smooth the tops with a spatula.

Place the filled donut mold in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a donut comes out clean or with just a few crumbs clinging to it.

Allow the donuts to cool in the mold for a few minutes, then carefully transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Step 4: Glaze the Donuts

In a microwave-safe bowl or using a double boiler, melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil together, stirring until smooth.

Dip each cooled donut into the chocolate glaze, allowing any excess to drip off. You can also sprinkle your favorite toppings on top of the glaze if desired.

Let the glazed donuts sit at room temperature for the glaze to set, or place them in the refrigerator for quicker setting.

Once the glaze has set, your gluten-free chocolate glazed donuts are ready to be enjoyed. Serve and savor the delicious flavors!

Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.
Adding wet ingredients to muffin batter.
Mixing cranberries into muffin batter.

Glazed & Baked Chocolate Donut Recipe Notes

Donut Mold: For best results, have a donut mold or donut pan before starting. This recipe is designed for baking, not frying, so a donut mold is essential for achieving the classic donut shape.

Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to the specified temperature (usually around 350°F or 175°C) before you begin mixing the batter. This ensures that the donuts bake evenly.

Mixing the Batter: When mixing the batter, start by combining the wet ingredients (eggs, coconut oil, applesauce, maple syrup, vinegar, vanilla extract, and almond extract) in one bowl and the dry ingredients (almond flour, tapioca flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt) in another. Then, gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Overmixing can lead to dense donuts.

Chocolate Chips: Gently fold in the mini chocolate chips into the batter. You can also reserve some chips to sprinkle on top of the batter in the molds before baking for a decorative touch.

Filling the Donut Molds: Grease your donut molds or use non-stick cooking spray to prevent the donuts from sticking. Fill each mold cavity about two-thirds full with batter to allow room for them to rise.

Baking Time: Follow the recommended baking time in the recipe, but keep an eye on the donuts as oven temperatures can vary. They are done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with just a few crumbs clinging to it.

Cooling Time: Allow the donuts to cool in the molds for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. This helps them set and makes it easier to remove them from the molds.

Chocolate Glaze: To make the chocolate glaze, melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil together in the microwave or using a double boiler. Stir until smooth and glossy. You can also add a pinch of salt or a splash of vanilla extract to enhance the flavor.

Glazing the Donuts: Dip each cooled donut into the chocolate glaze, allowing any excess to drip off. You can also sprinkle your favorite toppings like chopped nuts, sprinkles, or shredded coconut onto the glaze while it’s still wet.

Setting the Glaze: Let the glazed donuts sit at room temperature for the glaze to set, or you can place them in the refrigerator for a quicker setting.

Storage: Store leftover donuts in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a few days. If you plan to keep them longer, store them in the refrigerator or freezer for extended freshness.

Room Temperature (Short Term): If you plan to consume the donuts within 1-2 days, you can store them at room temperature in an airtight container or covered with plastic wrap. Ensure that the donuts are completely cool before storing them to prevent moisture buildup inside the container.

Refrigeration (Longer Term): For longer storage, place the donuts in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator. Refrigeration helps prolong their freshness and prevents them from spoiling. Donuts stored in the fridge should remain good for up to 3-4 days.

Freezing (Extended Storage): To extend the shelf life even further, you can freeze the donuts. Place the wrapped donuts in a freezer-safe container or a resealable freezer bag. Frozen donuts can be stored for up to 2-3 months.

Thawing Frozen Donuts: When you’re ready to enjoy frozen donuts, remove them from the freezer and let them thaw at room temperature for a couple of hours. To refresh the texture and flavor, you can briefly reheat them in the oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 5-10 minutes.

Avoid Moisture: Keep the donuts away from moisture as it can make them soggy. Ensure that the container is airtight and doesn’t allow condensation to form inside.

Separate Layers: If you need to stack the donuts in storage, place a sheet of parchment paper or wax paper between the layers to prevent sticking.

Tight Sealing: Make sure that whatever container or wrapping you use provides an airtight seal to preserve the donuts’ freshness and flavor.

Can I substitute almond flour and tapioca flour with other gluten-free flours?

Yes, you can substitute almond flour with other nut flours like cashew or hazelnut flour, or use a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend. You can also replace tapioca flour with arrowroot flour or potato starch in equal proportions.

Can I make these donuts egg-free?

Yes, you can make these donuts egg-free by using flaxseed or chia seed “eggs.” For each egg, mix 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed or chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water and let it sit until it thickens. Use this as a replacement for eggs in the recipe.

How can I make the donuts dairy-free?

The recipe as written is dairy-free, as it uses coconut oil and dairy-free mini chocolate chips. Just ensure that the chocolate chips you use are dairy-free.

Can I use a different sweetener instead of maple syrup?

Yes, you can substitute maple syrup with honey or agave nectar if you prefer. You can also use a sugar-free syrup for a lower sugar option.

What’s the best way to melt chocolate chips for the glaze?

You can melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil together in the microwave by heating in short 15-20 second bursts, stirring in between until smooth. Alternatively, you can use a double boiler on the stovetop to melt the mixture, stirring until it’s smooth and glossy.

How do I store leftover donuts?

Leftover donuts can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for 1-2 days. For longer storage, refrigerate them for up to 3-4 days. To freeze, individually wrap them and store in an airtight container or freezer bag for 2-3 months.

Can I reheat frozen donuts?

Yes, you can reheat frozen donuts by letting them thaw at room temperature for a couple of hours. To refresh their texture and flavor, you can briefly reheat them in the oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 5-10 minutes.

Can I add toppings to the glazed donuts?

Absolutely! You can add your favorite toppings like chopped nuts, sprinkles, shredded coconut, or even a drizzle of caramel or white chocolate on top of the glaze before it sets for added flavor and visual appeal.

How do I prevent the glaze from dripping everywhere when dipping the donuts?

After dipping the donut into the glaze, gently tap it against the edge of the bowl to let excess glaze drip off before placing it on a cooling rack to set.

Can I make these donuts without a donut mold?

While a donut mold is ideal for achieving the classic shape, you can use a muffin tin to make donut-shaped muffins if you don’t have a donut mold. Just be sure to adjust the baking time accordingly.

The best-tasting light & fluffy gluten-free chocolate glazed donuts recipe with almond & tapioca flour, applesauce, maple syrup, & melted chocolate glaze

Best Gluten-Free Baked Chocolate Glazed Donuts Recipe

Gluten-Free diet-friendly recipe
The best-tasting light and fluffy gluten-free baked chocolate glazed donuts recipe with almond & tapioca flour. Naturally sweetened with applesauce and maple syrup and bursting with rich, triple chocolate flavor. Dipped in a simple melted chocolate glaze with half the fat and sugar of traditional fried donuts.
5 from 2 votes
Servings 12
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients
  

Chocolate Donuts:

  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1-1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips

Chocolate Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a donut mold or donut pan with non-stick cooking spray and set it aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the wet ingredients, including eggs, coconut oil, applesauce, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Mix well until all the wet ingredients are thoroughly combined.
    Add the dry ingredients, including almond flour, tapioca flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix until just combined. Be careful not to overmix; the batter should be smooth.
    Gently fold in the mini chocolate chips into the batter until they are evenly distributed.
  • Spoon the batter into the prepared donut mold, filling each cavity about two-thirds full. Smooth the tops with a spatula.
    Place the filled donut mold in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a donut comes out clean or with just a few crumbs clinging to it.
    Allow the donuts to cool in the mold for a few minutes, then carefully transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl or using a double boiler, melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil together, stirring until smooth.
    Dip each cooled donut into the chocolate glaze, allowing any excess to drip off. You can also sprinkle your favorite toppings on top of the glaze if desired.
    Let the glazed donuts sit at room temperature for the glaze to set, or place them in the refrigerator for quicker setting.
    Once the glaze has set, your gluten-free chocolate glazed donuts are ready to be enjoyed. Serve and savor the delicious flavors!

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Nutrition

Calories: 230kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 4gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.003gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 172mgPotassium: 139mgFiber: 4gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 40IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 55mgIron: 1mg
Keyword almond flour, chocolate, donut, glazed donut, gluten free, naturally sweetened
Did you make this recipe?Please let me know in the comments below how it turned out 🙂

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  1. Celeste Hastings Avatar
    Celeste Hastings

    5 stars
    My whole family loved these donuts! My 8 year old made them all by himself (with supervision). The recipe was so easy for him to follow and everyone gobbled them up! This fit the bill for my gluten and dairy free family. Thanks for a great, allergy friendly recipe!

    1. Nicole Bonilla Avatar
      Nicole Bonilla

      This makes me so happy!! I love that your 8-year-old is learning how to bake so young 🙂 Thank you for sharing this!

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  1. 5 stars
    My whole family loved these donuts! My 8 year old made them all by himself (with supervision). The recipe was so easy for him to follow and everyone gobbled them up! This fit the bill for my gluten and dairy free family. Thanks for a great, allergy friendly recipe!

    1. This makes me so happy!! I love that your 8-year-old is learning how to bake so young 🙂 Thank you for sharing this!

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