I used to think of donuts as a deep fried and sugar filled treat that has always felt fairly cheap and a little unsatisfying. Why was it that whenever I finished a big donut I always felt like something was missing or I had been cheated? They’re certainly delicious during but how can something the same size as a bagel with the same amount of sugar as a piece of cake leave me wanting more?
Honestly, I just wasn’t a big donut fan… and this is shocking coming from someone who has an entire blog dedicated to sugar love.
I’ve come a long way in my relationship with donuts since then. I’ve come to love baking them and filling them with heatlhy (healthy-ish) ingredients that leave you satisfied and able to justify the calories. Donuts don’t need to be deep fried and full of preservatives to be delicious and these Gluten Free Vanilla Donuts are the proof.
Soft, flavorful and sweet these donuts are small and mighty. They stand alone as a delicious treat and are enhanced with icing because really, what isn’t? They’re gluten free but I guarantee no one will ever know (or believe you when you tell them you used almond milk!).
- 1 cup gluten free baking mix
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp Earth Balance (or margarine or unsalted butter)
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup almond milk (or regular milk)*
*if you like moist donuts add 1 or 2 tbsp
- One – Preheat oven to 375 degrees and prepare donut pan by greasing.
- Two – Combine dry ingredients (gluten free baking mix, sugar, baking powder and salt) and set aside.
- Three – In a large bowl, mix or beat Earth Balance or substitute with egg, vanilla and milk. Ensure there are no chunks and everything is smooth.
- Four – Stir in wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
- Five – Spoon into the prepared donut pan until 3/4 full.
- Six – Bake for 10-12 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
I used the icing from my Easy Raspberry Pop Tarts recipe!
- Don’t have a gluten free baking mix? Just combine your gluten free flour with 1/4 tsp xanthan gum. You can find it in most grocery stores next to the flour.
- Let the donuts cool for at least 5 minutes before trying to remove or they’ll fall apart and we can’t have that.
- Replace sugar with stevia and stick to Earth Balance and almond milk for a healthier alternative.