Gluten-Free Pumpkin Donuts Recipe
This gluten-free pumpkin donuts recipe was developed exclusively for Nuts.com and our customers by Miryam Quinn Doblas, Registered Dietitian (RD). Miryam shares her passion for food and nutrition on her website, Eat Good 4 Life.
Nothing says fall like the warm aroma of your favorite pumpkin treats wafting from the kitchen. In the case of these gluten-free pumpkin donuts, I’ve created a new kind of recipe but the result is comforting and nostalgic. If you’re looking for a better-for-you treat this holiday season, this recipe is for you. These pumpkin donuts are 100% gluten-free and baked in an oven, not deep-fried in oil. Plus, they’re no-knead, easy-to-make and ready in just 30 minutes.
All you really need to do for this recipe is whisk the donut ingredients together, pour the batter into a donut pan, and let the oven do the rest. It’s that simple! For the gluten-free batter, I relied on a combination of brown rice flour and almond flour. I prefer gluten-free flours because they tend to have a low-glycemic index and are rich in protein and fiber. In terms of taste and texture, no one will notice that the recipe is gluten-free. These treats have the ideal consistency of a cake donut.
Once the donuts have cooled down, they’re ready to eat but if you want to get a little fancy you can give them a coating of chocolate icing. Using a combination of dark chocolate chips and coconut oil, a homemade icing can be prepared in a jiffy. Just melt it in the microwave and pour the mixture over the donuts however generously you desire. A sprinkling of chopped walnuts lends a delicious nutty crunch to the treats.
These gluten-free pumpkin donuts are party-ready and sure to make a lasting impression on any guest. Bring them to a fall-themed potluck, Halloween party or Thanksgiving dinner. The best part is, since these treats are baked and made with wholesome ingredients, you can enjoy them without all the guilt of eating a standard deep-fried donut. Now you can finally have your donut and eat it, too!
- 1 cup Brown Rice Flour
- 3/4 cup Almond Flour
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup Almond Milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
- 1/4 cup Organic Coconut Oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp Organic Coconut Oil
- 1 cup Organic Dark Chocolate, melted
- 1/2 cup English Walnuts, chopped
- Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease two donut pans and set aside.
- In a large bowl or stand mixer, add the sugar and coconut oil. Mix for 30 seconds. Add the almond milk, eggs, pumpkin puree and vanilla extract; mix together. Add flours, baking powder and baking soda. Whisk until combined.
- Fill donut tins 2/3 full. Bake for 17-22 minutes.
- Remove donuts from the oven and let them cool in the pan for about 10 minutes and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
- [Optional] Prepare the glaze as the donuts cool. In a microwave-safe dish, add the coconut oil and dark chocolate. Microwave the mixture for 30 seconds at a time, making sure to mix the ingredients every 30 seconds. Once the chocolate melts, spread the mixture over each donut. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts, if desired.
Storage: The donuts can be stored covered at room temperature for up to two days.
Tip: Make sure you grease the pan all over, especially in the middle round donut piece otherwise they will stick when being removed from the pan, which could cause them to break apart in the process.
This recipe was developed and photographed exclusively for Nuts.com by Miryam Quinn Doblas, RD, of Eat Good 4 Life.
9 Responses to “Gluten-Free Pumpkin Donuts Recipe”
Wondering if iam melting down the coconut oil in the beginning of recepie
Hi Nicole! Sure, you can melt the coconut oil a bit in the microwave first if it helps.
Hi, I was wondering if you could substitute the flours with Gluten Free all purpose flour as well as Coconut Flour– or does this ruin the texture?
Great recipe. Looking forward to making it!
Hi Ryan, you could certainly substitute the flours with a combination of gluten-free all-purpose flour and coconut flour. It should not ruin the texture 🙂
Can someone recommend where to find a donut pan that isn’t nonstick?
Hi Martha, you can find nonstick donut pans on Amazon. Just follow this link. Hope that helps!
Thanks for the reply. What I am interested in is a pan that is NOT non-stick. I am concerned about toxins in non-stick bake ware.
Do you know of a good replacement for almond milk and almond flour in this recipe? We have nut allergies. Thanks 😀
Hi Stacy! You can swap out almond milk for unsweetened coconut milk and coconut flour in replace of almond flour. 🙂