Monday, August 12, 2013

Gluten-Free Baked Donuts

I'm always trying to find ways to create the treats Katie could enjoy before she became gluten-free. These donuts don't quite match the raised version she used to love with cinnamon sugar on top, but they are rather yummy. She liked them (and so did everyone else in the house)! Even the biggest gluten-free critic in the house ate one for breakfast. This is a basic baked donut recipe that you could get very creative with... my version was an attempt at Katie's old favorite - glazed with cinnamon sugar on top. You could coat them in powdered sugar, top them with chocolate glaze, or go for frosting with sprinkles! The possibilities are endless...


Gluten-Free Baked Donuts
1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour (I prefer Pamela's brand)
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
pinch of salt
1 egg (lightly beaten)
1/3 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 teaspoon lemon juice
2 1/2 tablespoons agave syrup

(makes 6 donuts)
for the glaze...
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons water (plus more if needed to thin)
1/4 cup sugar mixed with 1 tablespoon cinnamon

In a medium bowl, combine the 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease the wells of a donut pan with canola oil.

In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, xanthan, and salt. Make a well in the center and add the egg, buttermilk, canola oil, lemon juice, and agave. Fold together until evenly combined. 

Transfer the mixture to a pastry bag or a large ziplock bag with one corner snipped off. This is the best way to get the mixture into your donut pan, but you could also simply spoon it in if you like. Pipe the batter evenly into the donut pan.

Bake for 8 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

While the donuts are cooling, mix up some glaze. Combine the powdered sugar and water in a medium bowl until smooth.

Dip the top of each donut into the glaze, allowing any excess to drip off. Then immediately dip into the cinnamon sugar mixture.

Enjoy!! ... maybe with you favorite cup of coffee or tea for breakfast!

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