Mini Donuts – Gluten free and Vegan!

In my last post I mentioned the mini donuts I made for Nicole's bachelorette party. They were a hit. Everyone thought they were too cute, as did I. Every time I use my min donut pan I get all excited!
Anyway, in addition to the vanilla cake donuts, I recently made mini banana donuts too!

Donuts are so fun. Bake em and dress em up any way you want! I like to experiment with frostings and toppings. The options are endless! Remember the mini donuts I made a while ago?

For ages I've been wanting to make the gluten free, vegan Vanilla Cake Donuts by Babycakes. I'd absolutely love to go to the shop in NYC. Have you ever been? If so I'd love to hear about it.

Here's their fabulous recipe, as seen on Bon Appetit. I topped them with a simple vanilla glaze - powdered sugar, almond milk, and vanilla. I recommend a lucuma coconut glaze or chocolate glaze instead which is what I normally do.

Plain Cake Donut
Gluten free and Vegan

1/3 cup melted refined coconut oil or canola oil, plus more for brushing the trays 
1 cup vegan sugar or ground coconut sugar
3/4 cup white or brown rice flour
1/3 cup garbanzo and fava bean flour (or use all brown rice flour)
1/2 cup potato starch
1/4 cup arrowroot
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. xanthan gum
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. baking soda
6 Tbsp. unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup vanilla extract
1/2 cup hot water

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Brush 2 six-mold donut trays with coconut oil and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar, both flours, potato starch, arrowroot, baking powder, xanthan gum, salt, and baking soda. Add the coconut oil, applesauce, vanilla, and hot water and continue mixing with a rubber spatula just to combine. Using a melon baller or tablespoon, drop 2 1/2 Tbsp. batter into each doughnut mold. Using a toothpick, spread the batter evenly around the molds. 

Bake for 8 minutes, rotate, and continue baking until the doughnuts are golden brown, about 7 minutes more. Let cool in the molds for 5 minutes if sprinkling with toppings such as cinnamon sugar, or 15 minutes if using glaze or icing. Run a knife around the doughnuts in the molds, lift them out and place them on a baking sheet. Coat them with your choice of topping.

This recipe is from Erin McKenna's BabyCakes Covers the Classics (Clarkson Potter, 2011).

Part of Wellness Weekend and Slightly Indulgent Tuesday

So how about a delicious donut?! Banana donuts coming up in the next post. 

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  1. June 19, 2012 at 22:15

    These little donuts are adorable and look delicious!! Yummy, Heather!

  2. June 19, 2012 at 23:18

    Those are aboslutely adorable Heather! Isn't it great what a few sprinkles can do?<br /><br />And thanks for the link for that lucuma glaze! I love getting ideas for healthy frostings :)

  3. June 19, 2012 at 23:21

    those look amazing and delicious! <br /><br />-Deborah,

  4. June 20, 2012 at 01:52

    oh my gosh....amazing! they are so stinkin' cute!! i want to grab one through the screen! haha thanks for sharing!

  5. June 20, 2012 at 03:12

    Thanks ladies! Who's gonna try these? You'll be glad you did! <br />:D<br /><br />Yes Gabby - a few sprinkles can really make them POP!

  6. June 21, 2012 at 01:34

    Hello Miss ;)<br />These are so so lovely and I am so into doughnuts lately from our recent trip to NYC - and having a bite of Babycakes ;)<br />These look too beautiful to eat ;)<br /><br />ps. I added your little berry tarts to a roundup I did.<br />Take a look:<br /><br /><br />I hope you are ok with this ;) xo

  7. June 21, 2012 at 18:25

    These look SOOO good! I spotted a mini donut pan a few days ago... wish I had bought it! I am happy that the Babycakes recipe worked; I had very bad luck making recipes (as did many other bloggers) with their first book.

  8. misty
    June 21, 2012 at 19:16

    these look great. my 5 year old celiac daughter has been begging me to make donuts, so maybe i'll give these a whirl! i've looked EVERYWHERE (including online) for natural sprinkles. i've found the india tree coloring and sugars, but their sprinkles are still full of artificial colors. do you have any suggestions? i would order from anywhere in order to find them! :) thanks!

  9. June 21, 2012 at 23:10

    I love that these are vegan and GF! Look amazing, sweetie. I want to try soon!

  10. June 22, 2012 at 00:30

    Thanks Ela!<br /><br />Bakerymanis - a donut pan is such a great investment! While mine was a gift from a friend, I'm going to order some more. More mini ones and big donut pans too.

  11. June 22, 2012 at 00:33

    Misty - try these!<br /><br />Gena, have you been to babycakes? You must have! I've gotta get my butt back to NYC so I can go there.

  12. June 22, 2012 at 19:29

    Hey Heather, <br /><br />The good news is, your link did work for Wellness Weekend--thanks for linking up!<br /><br />The bad news is: sugar isn't allowed on the event! So sorry. If you have an allowable sub (don't know if you've ever tried these with coconut sugar?) you can add it as an alternative and link again. :)<br /><br />They do look delish, though!

  13. June 27, 2012 at 10:20

    Lovely looking recipe. One question, you've written 1/4 cup vanilla extract. Is that correct? Or, should it read 1/4 tsp or tbsp vanilla extract?<br />Cheers,<br />Nina

  14. June 27, 2012 at 15:21

    Yes its 1/4 cup! A lot! But really makes the donuts!

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