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Ah, the irresistible aroma of freshly baked donuts! Who doesn’t love biting into a warm, fluffy gluten-free donut that’s coated in sugar or icing? As a nutritionist and food blogger, I’m excited to share a recipe that will indulge your sweet tooth without sacrificing your health goals. In this article, I’ll be sharing my gluten-free donut drops recipe that’s also dairy-free and can be easily adjusted to vegan preferences.

With this recipe, you no longer have to miss out on the doughy goodness of donuts at your local bakery. Plus, you won’t have to sacrifice your diet by consuming gluten or dairy. These delicious and easy-to-make drop doughnuts are perfect for breakfast, dessert, or even as an afternoon snack.

So gather up the ingredients and let’s get started on baking some irresistible gluten-free donut drops that rival the best krispy kreme has to offer!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Gluten Free Donut Drops
Gluten Free Donut Drops

This gluten-free donut drops recipe is a true gem! No more depriving yourself of sweet treats just because of your dietary restrictions. Trust me, you’ll love this recipe for so many reasons.

Firstly, it’s incredibly easy to make with only simple and wholesome ingredients – all of which are gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free! You won’t have to spend hours wandering around the grocery store searching for fancy items. Just grab the goods and get started!

Secondly, these little drops of joy taste unbelievably delicious. They are fluffy, moist and packed with vanilla flavor—perfect for those with a sweet tooth. The cinnamon sugar topping adds an extra burst of sweetness on top of the already perfect sweetness level.

Thirdly, they’re versatile. You can pair them with your favorite drink, such as coffee or tea in the morning or even enjoy them as an afternoon snack. Plus, you can always change up the topping or glaze to suit your preferences – try experimenting with different flavors like chocolate chips or coconut flakes!

Lastly, but certainly not least important: It’s a guilt-free indulgence! The recipe contains minimal amounts of sugar without affecting the taste. Instead, they are made with heart-healthy potato starch and white rice flour instead of wheat flour – perfect for those looking to watch their carb intake without sacrificing flavor.

Overall, this is a perfect recipe for anyone who wants to indulge in something sweet while maintaining a healthy lifestyle, without any hassle or stress. So go ahead and give it a try! You’ll be hooked at first bite!

Ingredient List

 A delicious gluten-free alternative for donut lovers.
A delicious gluten-free alternative for donut lovers.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make these gluten-free donut drops. This recipe is super easy to follow and most of the ingredients can be found in your pantry or local grocery store.

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white rice flour
  • 1/2 cup potato starch
  • 1/4 cup tapioca starch
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup dairy-free butter, melted (you can use regular butter if you’re not dairy-free)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp gluten-free vanilla extract

Glaze Toppings:

  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tbsp dairy-free milk (any kind)
  • For cinnamon sugar: mix together 1/2 cup granulated sugar & 2 tsp cinnamon

These ingredients should yield about a dozen donuts.

The Recipe How-To

 These donut drops may be gluten-free, but they're full of flavor!
These donut drops may be gluten-free, but they’re full of flavor!

Now, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of the donut recipe. Do not let the ingredients intimidate you! This recipe is indeed easy to make and requires minimal equipment.

Step 1: Dry Ingredients

After your oven is preheated at 350°F, sift together the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl – 1 cup white rice flour, ½ cup potato starch or tapioca starch, 1 teaspoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon baking soda, ¼ teaspoon salt.

Step 2: Wet Ingredients

In another mixing bowl, whisk together wet ingredients – 1 egg, ½ cup granulated sugar, 1/3 cup melted butter or oil, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

Step 3: Combine Dry and Wet Ingredients

Slowly add the dry mixture into the wet mixture until it’s fully combined. When the batter is thick enough to drop by spoonfuls (this thickness may vary – if it seems too thick at this point then go ahead and add a little bit of milk or water).

Step 4: Bake

On a non-stick tray or silicone mat at about a quarter cup per drop doughnut, plop your doughnut batter leaving about an inch of space between each one.

Bake for around 12-15 minutes, testing every now and then with a toothpick (once you stick it in and pull it out without any wet batter sticking to it your Donut Drops should be ready).

Glaze Your Donuts!

These Gluten-Free Donut Drops are scrumptious glazed with little more than confectioners’ sugar mixed with water or even try combining it with other flavors like cinnamon starting with 1 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar and as much water as you need to reach desired consistency (somewhere around 2 tablespoons should do it). Or you can be little bit naughty and make a batch dunking them in melted chocolate.

Ready, Set, Enjoy!

Now, you have easy-made gluten-free donut drops that are perfect to go with your morning coffee or to pop into your mouth. Yum!

Substitutions and Variations

 Satisfy your sweet tooth cravings with these gluten-free donut drops.
Satisfy your sweet tooth cravings with these gluten-free donut drops.

When it comes to making gluten-free donut drops, there are many substitutions and variations you can try to make them your own. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

– Flour substitutes: If you don’t have potato starch, rice flour, and tapioca starch on hand, feel free to experiment with other gluten-free flour blends. You could try using almond flour or coconut flour, but keep in mind that the texture and flavor of the donuts will be different.

– Vegan options: To make this recipe vegan, you can substitute the egg with a flax or chia egg. Simply mix 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseeds or chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water and let it sit for 5 minutes until it thickens.

– Sugar-free option: If you’re looking for a healthier version of these donut drops, you can use a sugar substitute like stevia or monk fruit sweetener instead of regular sugar.

– Different coatings: While a simple dusting of confectioners’ sugar is classic, you can also try coating your donuts in cinnamon sugar, a glaze made with confectioners’ sugar and vanilla extract, or even melting some dark chocolate and drizzling it over the top.

– Exploration beyond round shaped donuts: Recipe is about subverting norms as much as it is about tasting amazing treats. So do not be afraid to experiment by trying out heart shaped , star shaped , rounded-square or any other unconventional shapes for your doughnuts.

Remember that making substitutions and variations may impact the final taste, texture and overall result of your recipe. But trying something new might get you craving for more so let your imagination run wild!

Serving and Pairing

 Who says donuts can't be healthy? These gluten-free donut drops are guilt-free!
Who says donuts can’t be healthy? These gluten-free donut drops are guilt-free!

Once your gluten-free donut drops are ready, it’s time to serve and enjoy them! These donuts are best when served immediately after baking, while they’re still warm and soft. But if you want to add a little something extra, why not try pairing them with some delicious coffee or tea?

Coffee is the perfect partner for these sweet treats. The rich aroma of coffee perfectly complements the subtle sweetness of the glazed gluten-free donuts. Or if you prefer tea, choose a black tea like Earl Grey or English Breakfast, as their bold flavors pair well with the mild taste of vanilla cake donuts.

And who says you can’t have fun flavor combinations? For a playful twist, dust your gluten-free drop doughnuts with a cinnamon sugar mix or confectioners’ sugar. Or try dipping your donuts in a creamy glaze or chocolate sauce to take them to the next level.

For those who want something more substantial, serve your gluten-free donut drops with some fresh fruit on the side. Strawberries, blueberries or raspberries would be perfect options as they are mildly sweet and won’t overpower the taste of your gluten-free donuts.

Whether you’re enjoying them as an afternoon snack, breakfast or dessert, you’re sure to love these gluten-free donut holes that offer both texture and flavor. You’ll find them irresistible!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Perfect for breakfast, brunch or a snack, these donut drops are a sure crowd-pleaser.
Perfect for breakfast, brunch or a snack, these donut drops are a sure crowd-pleaser.

As a busy nutritionist and food blogger, I know that making things ahead can be a game-changer. That’s why I’m happy to say that these gluten-free donut drops are perfect for making ahead of time! Just prepare the dough according to the instructions, then drop spoonfuls of batter onto a baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap. Keep the prepared dough in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours until ready to bake.

If you’ve got leftovers (which may not be likely because they’re so delectable!), they can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days. To freshen them up, pop them in the microwave for 10-15 seconds or in the oven on low heat for about five minutes until warm.

These donut drops also take well to freezing if you want to save some for later. Simply freeze them on a baking sheet then transfer them to a resealable bag or container. When you’re ready to reheat, leave them at room temperature for about 15 minutes then reheat as directed above.

With this recipe, you can have your cake…erm…donut and eat it too! Enjoy the convenience of make-ahead while still enjoying fresh out-of-the-oven sweetness whenever you want it.

Tips for Perfect Results

 With a crispy exterior and a soft, fluffy interior, these donut drops are the ultimate treat.
With a crispy exterior and a soft, fluffy interior, these donut drops are the ultimate treat.

To achieve perfect results when making these gluten-free donut drops, there are some tips that you need to follow. These tips will not only ensure that your donut drops come out looking good but will also guarantee those delicious flavors you’re seeking. I have compiled the top tips for ensuring the perfect gluten-free donut drop recipe.

First, make sure that all your ingredients are at room temperature before you mix them. This ensures that they all blend together easily and the batter is smooth without any lumps. Room temperature ingredients also help the batter cook evenly, so there are no overcooked or undercooked parts of the donut.

Secondly, always use high-quality gluten-free flour to make your doughnuts. Different types of gluten-free flours have different textures and weights that can affect the overall outcome of your recipe. For this recipe, we recommend using a combination of rice flour, potato flour, and tapioca starch to get the desired texture.

Thirdly, you should always use baking powder and baking soda in equal measures to help your doughnuts rise and create light and fluffy donuts. Too much or too little of either can affect the texture of your donut products – so stick to the recipe.

Fourthly, when frying or baking your doughnuts, always be sure to maintain a consistent temperature throughout the cooking process. Inconsistent heat can cause uneven cooking or even burning on some parts of the doughnut. Be attentive with frying and avoid overcrowding.

Fifthly, Make sure not to overwork your dough as it develops gluten strands that result in tough donuts rather than light and airy ones. After mixing all ingredients until just combined – give it a little rest of about 5-10 minutes between each step – this way you won’t overwork your dough want achieve tender crumbed donuts

Lastly, it is important to note that toppings do matter when it comes to pastry treats like these gluten-free drop doughnuts. Make sure to test different toppings including but not limited to cinnamon sugar, confectioners’ sugar, or vanilla glaze to see which one you prefer best.

Now that you know these tips, making these gluten-free donut drops should be a breeze. Apply them in your donut making process and let me know how it turns out.


Now that you know how to make these delectable gluten-free donut drops, you may still have some questions lingering in your mind. In this section, I address some frequently asked questions to guide you through the process confidently and creatively tweak the recipe to your liking. So, let’s dive right into it.

Are Dunkin donuts syrups gluten-free?

At Dunkin’, you can enhance the taste of your beverage without worrying about gluten because all their syrups are gluten-free. Moreover, if you prefer plant-based milk or have lactose intolerance, you can choose from Dunkin’s variety of nondairy milk, such as coconut milk, oat milk, and almond milk, which also do not contain gluten.

What are gluten free donuts made of?

These donuts were crafted to have a light and fluffy texture using a blend of various gluten-free flours. The mix consists of potato starch, potato flour, brown rice flour, white rice flour, and tapioca flour/tapioca starch.

Are gluten free donuts possible?

If you’re searching for gluten-free donuts, you might want to check out Kinnikinnick Foods. This brand offers four different types of gluten-free donuts, which are Chocolate Dipped, Vanilla Glazed, Cinnamon Sugar, and Maple Glazed. You can find Kinnikinnick donuts in the freezer section of some grocery stores across the United States and Canada, just like Katz.

What does cornstarch do in donuts?

If you’re aiming for a crumbly and tender texture in your baked goods like cakes, cookies, and donuts, consider adding cornstarch to your recipe. While it’s typically used as a thickener for soups and puddings, it can work wonders for creating a delicate and soft crumb.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this gluten-free donut drops recipe is the ultimate solution for those looking for a quick and easy way to indulge in some delicious baked treats without worrying about gluten or dairy. With the perfect blend of gluten-free flours and ingredients, these donut drops are not only healthy but also tasty and satisfying.

So why not give this recipe a try today? Trust me, your taste buds will thank you for it. And if you’re worried about missing out on your favorite glazed or cinnamon sugar donuts from Krispy Kreme or your local bakery, worry no more. These gluten-free donut drops are just as good, if not better!

Remember, this recipe is also easily adaptable to suit your dietary needs and preferences. So whether you’re vegan or have other dietary restrictions, you can still enjoy the best gluten-free donuts with this recipe.

In conclusion, I highly recommend that you try making these drop doughnuts yourself. Not only are they easy to make, but they’re also much healthier than store-bought options, and you can customize toppings to suit your taste buds. So go ahead, try them out! Your tummy will thank you!

Gluten Free Donut Drops

Gluten Free Donut Drops Recipe

delicoius and quick. From Cyrille Malet, "Easy Coconut Flour Recipes", "DoNut Holes"
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Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Gluten-free
Calories 84.4 kcal


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Grease cookie sheet or line with parchment.
  • Cream butter, sugar, salt, and vanilla.
  • Beat in egg.
  • Stir in coconut flour.
  • Form into 8 balls and bake 15 minutes, until golden.
  • Let cool; sprinkle with powdered sugar.

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Serving: 27gCalories: 84.4kcalCarbohydrates: 6.3gProtein: 0.8gFat: 6.3gSaturated Fat: 3.8gCholesterol: 38.5mgSodium: 95.9mgSugar: 6.3g
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