These gluten free donut muffins recreate all the flavor of a cinnamon sugar donut, without the special pan. No frying needed. In fact, no eggs or dairy based milk needed, either! Make these for a quick breakfast treat.
No Donut Pan Needed
I created multiple gluten free donut recipes for this site. Mocha Donuts. Donuts topped with peanut butter ganache. Evenpumpkin donuts. However, they all require the use of a donut pan. Which I highly recommend to everyone. However, sometimes you want donuts and don’t have that pan!
Therefore, I played around with my basic gluten free donut recipe, and tried the batter in a muffin tin. Automatic success! The great thing about this recipe is that it is “small batch.” It makes 6 regular sized donuts, and 14 mini donuts. Perfect for a treat, but without a lot of extra left around.
Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice
I coat these gluten free donut muffins in a blend of cinnamon and sugar. You could, however, coat it in anything you like. Use pumpkin spice instead of cinnamon for a new flavor twist. Or coat them in powdered sugar. I’ve always wanted to learn how to make peanut covered donuts, as my dad loved those.
To keep this recipe free from the top 8 allergens, I used melted coconut oil for dipping. If you can tolerate dairy, you can use melted butter. (For that matter, if you can tolerate dairy, you can use regular milk in the batter, as well.) I don’t recommend canola oil, as I find melted coconut oil acts more like melted butter in recipes.
Mini Gluten Free Donut Muffins
This recipe makes only 14 mini gluten free donut muffins. I love that, because it’s just enough for my husband and I to share. Plus a few to stash in the freezer for a later date. Speaking of freezing, they do reheat well. I place them on a plate, and microwave them for 8-10 SECONDS. They taste just like they came out of the oven!
I previously stated you need no special pan for these gluten free donut muffins. However, I’d highly recommend a mini muffin pan if you can find one. I used it to make these Gluten Free Cranberry Bites, as well. Outside of baking, you can use them to make your own peanut butter (or Sunbutter) chocolate cups.
Can I Make These in a Regular Muffin Tin?
Yes! Actually, the first time I made this, I prepared them in a regular muffin tin. I baked them in silicnoe liners. Once cooled, I coated them with cinnamon and sugar. I took a picture, next to the standard donut recipe. I wanted you to be able to visually see the comparison.
Looking for other donut recipes? Need to avoid grains? Try these Paleo Cinnamon Donut Muffins from the Southern In Law blog. If you’re a fan of cassava flour, these Cassava Flour Donuts with Apple Cider Glaze from Otto’s sound fantastic. Of course, if you want to try yeasted, fried donuts, try these Incredible Gluten Free Yeast Donuts from Let Them Eat Gluten Free Cake.