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These Chocolate Gluten Free Donuts are baked in the oven, but as delicious as the classic fried donut. They’re paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free.

overhead of chocolate donuts piled on the counter.

Easy Gluten Free Donut Recipe

I hosted a brunch once where I served these Chocolate Paleo & Gluten Free Donuts. The first comment? “Are they fried?” No. No, my friends. These donuts are clean, healthy, and baked. This recipe is so simple to mix up and will absolutely satisfy your fried donut craving. I mean, they taste fried!

So grab your trusty donut pan, and let’s get baking!

What You’ll Need for Gluten Free Donuts

  • Almond Flour: the perfect gluten-free, nutrient-dense flour. Make sure you use blanched almond flour for a lighter donut texture.
  • Cocoa Powder: use a good quality unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • Baking Soda: keeps the texture nice and light.
  • Chocolate Chips: I use mini chocolate chips so they incorporate nicely into the donuts.
  • Salt: cuts the sweetness and enhances the chocolatey flavor.
  • Applesauce: applesauce adds tons of moisture and some natural sweetness to the donuts. Be sure to use unsweetened applesauce.
  • Eggs: binds everything together so the donuts can hold their shape.
  • Coconut Oil: provides a little bit of extra moisture.
  • Honey: my natural sweetener of choice.
  • Vanilla Extract: adds flavor depth and warmth.
overhead of a loaf pan filled with gluten free chocolate donuts

What is Chocolate Donut Glaze Made Of?

That depends on which glaze you’re making! I’ve included recipes for both chocolate and strawberry glaze, so take your pick. Here’s what you’ll need for each:

Chocolate Glaze

  • Dark Chocolate: use a good quality dark chocolate for the best flavor.
  • Coconut Oil: mixes in with the chocolate to make thin the texture.
  • Coconut (optional): a sprinkle of unsweetened dried coconut adds delicious flavor and texture to the top of the donuts.

Strawberry Glaze

  • Powdered Sugar: sweetens and thickens the glaze.
  • Vanilla Extract: adds flavor depth and makes it so you can easily drizzle the glaze.
  • Dried Strawberry Powder: adds the perfect strawberry flavor.

How to Make Chocolate Gluten Free Donuts

These gluten free donuts come together in a total of 20 minutes! Here’s a quick summary of the recipe. See the recipe card below for more detailed instructions!

  1. Make the batter: In a bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients and mix until combined.
  2. Bake: Pour the batter into a greased donut pan, then bake until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely.
  3. Add the glaze: Mix up the chocolate and/or strawberry glaze, then drizzle over the cooled donuts.
side view of two chocolate donuts stacked

Tips and Notes

  • Grease the pan. Even if it says it’s a nonstick pan, I recommend adding a layer of cooking spray to the donut pan before you bake the donuts. This ensures you can get them all out in one piece.
  • Check for doneness. To make sure the donuts are done, insert a toothpick into the center. If it comes out clean, they’re ready to go!
  • Cool completely. Make sure the donuts are completely cooled off before you try to add the glaze. If you put the glaze on warm donuts, it will just melt off.
  • To cool the donuts faster, place them in the fridge while you make the glazes.
  • Add other toppings. Feel free to customize your donuts and play around with other toppings! Try sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, mini M&Ms, crushed cookies or candy bars, or chopped nuts.
overhead of a chocolate donut drizzled with glaze with a bite taken out

How to Store Leftover Paleo Chocolate Donuts

Glazed gluten free donuts will last in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days or in the fridge for up to 5 days.

You can also store them in the freezer for up to 3 months, but I recommend doing so unglazed. When you’re ready to serve, thaw them at room temperature, add the glaze, then dig in!

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Gluten Free Donuts

4.75 from 4 votes
These Chocolate Gluten Free Donuts are baked in the oven, but as delicious as the classic fried donut. They're paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free. 
Servings 8
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


Dry Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • Pinch of salt

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened pure organic applesauce
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil melted
  • Optional: Sprinkle with unsweetened dried coconut

Strawberry Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup organic powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon dried strawberry powder


  • Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees °F. Grease a donut pan and set aside.
  • In a large bowl combine dry ingredients. Add in wet ingredients and mix until well combined.
  • Pour batter into greased donut pan and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.When donuts are done, let cool on a baking rack.
  • In two small mixing bowls, mix the chocolate and strawberry glaze ingredients separately and set aside until the donuts have cooled.
  • Once cooled, drizzle glaze over donuts and devour!


  • This recipe was updated on January 26th, 2017.
  • You can place the donuts in the refrigerator to help cool faster while you make the chocolate and/or strawberry glaze.
  • Calories: 143


Calories: 191kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 4gFat: 8.7gSaturated Fat: 4.7gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 65mgFiber: 0.7gSugar: 22g
Course: Sweets
Method: Baking
Author: Lexi

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  1. Hi, can i substitute or just add more flour instead of the coco powder for something else if i want to make them vanilla?

    Thank you?

  2. 5 stars
    How am I discovering this recipe just now? So easy and fast to make! Both my little divas (3.5 years and almost 2 years) LOVED it, asking for seconds! Added in chia and flax seeds and eliminated the honey, since the chocolate chips provide enough sweetness. Next time, sneaking in spinach and carrots! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!

  3. i have a question- what type of mini choc chips are used since we cant have regular sweetened chips? and doesn’t the choc glaze need a sweetener?

    1. You can use any chocolate chips you like!! Have you tried Enjoy Life’s? They make a good one., too! I like Guittards dark chocolate.

  4. Oh my gosh! I love these! I tried a small sample after it came out of the oven and cooled a bit. I hadn’t even added the icing yet! They taste like chocolate cake but better because I don’t like chocolate cake. My husband is going to love these!

  5. These turned out perfect! Other paleo chocolate donuts I have tried were too dry, these definitely were not. I used my mini donut maker (the one that’s like a waffle maker) and they turned out perfectly.
    Thanks for the recipe!!

  6. i doubled this recipe and got 18 donuts. The first round seemed to be lacking something, so I added some coconut palm sugar (2-4 T.) to the remaining batter and the next batch tasted much better.

  7. I made these this afternoon and they are delicious!! I didn’t have a donut pan so I just used a cupcake tin and filled each half full. I baked them for 18 minutes. I may or may not have added a few extra chocolate chips too… 🙂 I was curious about the calorie count for each donut though and was not able to find a good calculator online. Is there a specific website you go to for figuring that out? Thanks for posting this recipe!!!

    1. SO glad you loved them! is a great place to get nutrition information. There are plenty of other free online calculators, too! There are 143 calories per donut.

  8. This recipe is just what I needed! It looks amazing and seems simple enough. Is there anything you think I could replace almond meal with, that is grain free? I m new to paleo and unfortunately I m allergic to almonds. 🙁

  9. Another great recipe! I thought these were delicious although my husband and son said they were too spongy. However I’ve been grain-free for over a year, so I’m use to different textures while they still consume grains so they’re not.

  10. I was wondering how to store these, I just made a batch for my husbands Crossfit Potluck on Saturday and I was wondering should I refrigerate them or leave them out? Thanks in Advance. by the way they look amazing!

  11. Is there a good substitute for the applesauce? I can’t have apples because the hurt my stomach! Thank you!

    1. Hi Monica! Those numbers seem to be incorrect. There is a glitch with the macro calculator used. You can enter the ingredients into an online calculator to find out the nutrition, and I will put the nutrition information back up when it’s fixed!