5 ingredients gluten free baked vanilla donuts. Easy and quick recipe.
Hanukkah’s staple dish is donuts. The whole holiday is centered around fried foods to symbolize the oil miracle that fueled the Hanukiah (menorah) for 8 whole days.
Since I am not a big fan of fried food and frying at home in general, I decided to share a baked donut recipe instead. And if you even remember, 2 years ago I did share a baked vanilla donut recipe! But this time the recipe is gluten free.
These yummy baked donuts are grain free, gluten free and dairy free too! If you keep the donuts without garnish then they are refined sugar free too.
With only 5 ingredients you most probably have in your pantry you can whip these donuts quickly.
The baking time is only 10 minutes, what are you waiting for? Try this recipe now!
The ingredients for these gluten free baked vanilla donuts are almond flour, eggs, maple syrup, baking soda and vanilla paste (or extract).
Almond flour – like most of my gluten free recipes, I use almond flour. The almonds are rich in vitamin E and other antioxidants and are very healthy. The almonds contain essential oils and the recipe doesn’t have any more oil in it.
Maple syrup – to sweeten the donuts, I used maple syrup. Make sure to use sugar free maple syrup to get the real flavor. If you prefer, you can substitute the maple syrup with honey in the same amount.
Vanilla – that is the main flavor of these sweet donuts. I used 2 teaspoons of vanilla, yes, it's not a mistake. I wanted a defined vanilla flavor. The vanilla I used is vanilla paste but if you don’t have any, you can use vanilla extract instead.
The process of making the donuts is simple! Just mix all ingredients in a bowl to a unified batter. The batter will look like a cake batter. I know some might argue that baked donuts are basically a round small cake but I think it’s a tasty dessert that you can celebrate Hanukkah with, so why not?
The mold I used for the donuts is a 6 cavity donut pan by Wilton. In the past, I tried using a silicone mold and it was a total failure, the donuts got stuck in the mold and didn’t come out. I really recommend using a high-quality nonstick mold for a much better outcome. To place the batter in the pan, I used a piping bag and piped the batter in each cavity, this way I kept everything clean and was able to better control the size of each donut. Don’t overfill the cavities, the batter will grow while baking.
For the garnish glaze, I used powdered sugar that I mixed with a bit of water. I kept the glaze white but you can also add a few drops of food color if you prefer. I added the glaze and some blue and white sprinkles to make the donuts look more festive and appealing, after all, it is a Hanukkah treat.
These baked donuts are sweet and soft with a great vanilla flavor. The donuts have a cake texture since they are baked and they will satisfy your sweet tooth for sure. If someone in your family has coeliac or can't tolerate milk products (or both which is very common), these donuts are a perfect solution.
The donuts are a great fit as a sweet breakfast bite or as an afternoon snack too. I made the donuts for Hanukkah celebrations but they are delicious any other day as well!
For more Hanukkah recipes, check out my Hanukkah recipe index. You will find there more latke and donut recipes if you’re interested.
The recipe yields approximately 10 donuts. If you need more donuts then you can double the recipe.
Here is the recipe for these yummy and festive gluten free baked vanilla donuts:
Baked Vanilla Donuts Gluten Free
- 1 cup almond flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract or paste
For glaze and garnish: (optional)
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 3-4 tablespoon water
- Set the oven to 160°C / 325°F with the fan.
- In a mixing bowl, mix all batter ingredients.
- Transfer the mixed batter to a piping bag.
- Grease a donut mold.
- Cut a small hole in the piping bag and pipe the batter into the mold. Don’t fill more than ¾ of each cavity because the donuts grow while baking.
- Bake the donuts for 9-10 minutes.
- Cool the donuts at room temperature.
- In a small bowl, mix the powdered sugar and water to create glaze.
- Drizzle the donuts with glaze.
- Sprinkle some sprinkles on the glaze.
- Enjoy a donut and happy Hanukkah!