Gluten Free Apple Cake Donuts with Maple Glaze

Todays post is brought you to you by my “new” donut pan that’s been sitting in my basements for months with no love. Its been a while that I had these gluten free apple cake donuts in my mind but I just never got around to actually testing let alone making any donuts at all. Now that I finally have used it I’m totally in love and cant wait to start experimenting with every donuts flavour out there. I’m already thinking lemon poppy-seed, blueberry pie, and of course chocolate peanut butter. Comment below, which flavours you’d like to see next and I’ll make it happen.

As for these apple donuts, I thought they were the perfect Fall-ish dessert with real shredded apple and maple flavoured glaze. The best part is that believe it or not they are kind of healthy. I mean no dairy, gluten or processed sugars and it still tastes delicious, I promise.

Healthy gluten free apple cake donuts with a creamy maple glaze.

I’ve made 4 batches of these donuts already and they don’t last long in my house. Next time I think I’ll even experiment with a vegan donut option so that my 2-year-old nephew Orrin can eat them too! He’s not vegan but he’s allergic to dairy and egg.

 Healthy gluten free apple cake donuts with a creamy maple glaze.

I feel like everyone needs to invest in a donut pan now that I’ve jump on the bandwagon. Ditch the cupcakes and just start baking up some mini donuts at your next party. If you want to make these as soon as possible a regular muffin tray should work just fine.

 Healthy gluten free apple cake donuts with a creamy maple glaze.

If you’re a fellow Canadian what was or is your favourite donut at Tim Horton’s? When I use to eat Tims all the time I was obsessed with the honey dip ones. So good but so bad I’m sure haha

 I cant wait for you guys to bake up a batch of these for yourself and if you do make sure you have people to share them with or before you know you’ll have eaten the whole dozen… OR freeze them.. Would work too!

Happy donut baking! 


Gluten Free Apple Cake Donuts

A gluten free apple cake donut recipe with a creamy maple glaze.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes



  • 1 1/8 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 cup shredded apple
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • ¼   tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp  salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg or flax egg- mix 1 tbsp ground flax with 3 tbsp water


  • ¼ cup coconut butter
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbs unsweetened almond milk
serves: 10
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  • Pre-heat oven to 350F.
  • In a small bowl mix together almond milk and apple cider vinegar and set aside for 10 min to curdle, this will create your homemade vegan buttermilk.
  • Next in a large mixing bowl add in your wet ingredients; maple syrup, egg, coconut sugar, vanilla, coconut oil, your vegan buttermilk and blend with a hand mixer until smooth.
  • Next, sift in your dry ingredients; flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and fold in with a spatula until combined ( don’t over mix). Lastly, fold in your shredded apple.
  • In a well greased donut pan (I use coconut oil) spoon in about 2 heaping tbsp. of batter into each donut mold and smooth out surface with a spatula or finger.
  • Bake in the oven for 12 min or until a toothpick comes out dry.
  • Once ready take out of the oven let sit for 5 min and then transfer to a wire rack to cool for another 10 min before icing.


  • In a medium bowl using your hand mixer, blend together the coconut butter, maple syrup and vanilla until smooth.
  • Next, while mixing on low slowly add in 1-2 tbsp of almond milk until you’ve reached your desired consistency.
  • Spread the icing onto your slightly cooled donuts with a butter knife or drizzle it on like I did with a squeeze bottle.


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