Get ready for these decadent gluten free banana donuts!! Kids love these donuts, especially when we turn them into Chunky Monkey donuts by adding chocolate, nuts, and coconut. If you are looking for the perfect gluten free donut recipe, this is a great recipe. Make them in just minutes.

Do these donuts sound like Ben & Jerry’s ice cream? Well, they have that same delicious flavor!! These gluten-free banana donuts are full of sweet, ripe bananas and are so good. This easy banana recipe is quick to put together, so you can enjoy these donuts quickly!

While you are here on the blog, check out the BEST Gluten Free Donut Recipes. If a sweet banana flavor is your thing, too, you MUST try my most popular banana recipe, Gluten Free Banana Bars!!

Why I love these gluten free banana donuts:

  • Banana donuts have a distinct flavor that sets them apart from traditional donut flavors like chocolate or vanilla. I love the sweetness of the ripe banana combined with the chocolate, coconut, and fudge topping.
  • The moisture in the mashed bananas gives the donut a soft and moist texture. Your donuts will turn out perfectly.
  • I use unrefined sugar to keep these donuts a little less guilt. I also include almond flour so that there is some protein to balance out the sugar. If you are nut-free, see the recipe FAQ for a nut-free option.
  • You can make these donuts in three different ways: bake them in a donut pan, use a donut maker, or make them as mini muffins.

This is one of my all time favorite recipes! I started making the donuts but now I often just pour the batter into a loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for an hour or use my mini loaf pan baking it for 25 minutes. I put unsweetened coconut and diced walnuts on top before baking.”

Lee ann, blog comment

Allergen Information:

These homemade banana donuts are gluten-free, soy-free, and oat-free. See the Frequently Asked Questions section below for nut-free and dairy-free options.

How To Ripen Bananas

If your bananas are not ripe yet, don’t worry. Bananas are so easy to ripen. Check out these tips to ripen your bananas quickly:

  • Our favorite way to ripen bananas is to bake them at 250º F for 10-15 minutes!
  • Toss them (skin on) on the grill for a few minutes.
  • If you have time, put them in a paper bag and seal them shut for a day or two.
Gluten free banana donut with a bite taken out.
A mason jar filled with gluten free flour sitting on the counter.

Flour Blends Tested:

  1. King Arthur Measure for Measure—This blend works really well in this donut recipe. I don’t have to let the flour blend rest in the batter.
  2. Almond Flour – I used Anthony’s Almond Flour. I prefer this brand because they test to ensure their products are gluten free.

Ingredient Notes:

For the full list of ingredients and amounts, please go to the recipe card below.

  • Gluten Free Flour Blend – I tested this recipe with the blend listed above. Other blends will work, but you may need to adjust the ratio of the wet and dry ingredients.
  • Almond Flour – Ensure that you use almond flour and not almond meal.
  • Coconut Sugar – You can use coconut sugar or brown sugar.
  • Baking Powder – Use aluminum-free.
  • Eggs – Size large.
  • Butter – Use unsalted butter.
  • Milk – I used almond milk, but you can use regular or non-dairy milk.
  • Toppings – Chocolate, unsweetened coconut, and nuts.

You will be surprised when you see that these donuts are pretty healthy! Skip the chocolate fudge on top, and you can eat these healthy banana donuts for breakfast!

Tips for making great gluten free donuts:

  • Do not overmix your donut batter. It will make your donuts turn out denser.
  • I can’t recommend using a donut maker enough…it makes your donuts so much better.
  • Do not use a stand mixer to mix your donut batter. Hand mixing will ensure your donuts turn out fluffy.

Step-By-Step Photos and Directions:

Donut dry ingredients mixed in a bowl. A whisk in in the bowl.

Step 1: Add the dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl and whisk to blend.

Banana donuts wet and dry ingredients in a bowl.

Step 2: In a bowl, soften the butter and add the rest of the wet ingredients. Whisk to blend.

Step 3: Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until the two are just barely mixed.

Gluten free banana donut batter in a bowl.

Step 4: This is what the batter looks like. See how it is a little thick? That is okay. These donuts will still be nice and light.

📢 Sandi says: Every gluten-free flour blend has a different starch-to-grain ratio. The brand of gluten-free flour you use will affect the moisture of the batter. If your cake batter is too runny, add more flour, and if it is too thick, add more liquids.
Read Why Gluten-Free Flour Blends Vary to learn more about this.

Gluten free banana batter in a donut pan ready to bake.

Step 5: You can use a donut maker or a donut pan for this banana donut recipe! I always use my donut maker, and many readers have asked me to share a recipe I make in a donut pan so they can see the step-by-step photos.

Step 6: Add the batter to a donut pan to make these donuts in a donut pan. You can spoon the batter into the donut sections or use a piping bag and squeeze the batter into each section.

Step 7: Bake for 15 minutes at 350º F. Note the total bake time will vary depending on the size of your donut pan.

The baked gluten free donuts in a pan.

🔑 Sandi says: Donut Makers are a lot easier. Drop the donut batter by the spoonful into each section of the donut maker, and they cook in just 3 minutes.

A spoon is drizzling chocolate onto Gluten free banana donuts.

Step 8: I used a simple chocolate fudge sauce I found at Trader Joe’s, but you can also melt chocolate chips to make your own. This is a fun option if you prefer the flavor of milk chocolate!

Fingers are dropping shredded coconut on to Gluten Free Banana Donuts.

Step 9: Sprinkle on the shredded coconut. I use unsweetened shredded coconut, but you can use sweetened if you like sweet things.

Fingers dropping walnuts onto Gluten Free Banana Donuts.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can you use other types of nuts?

You can use any nuts you like in this recipe. My favorites are pecans, almonds, and macadamia nuts.

Can you make these donuts nut-free?

To make this gluten free banana donut recipe nut-free, omit the almond flour and add 1/2 cup of additional gluten free flour blend. Omit the walnuts on top as well.

Can you make these gluten free banana donuts dairy-free?

To make this recipe dairy-free, use plant-based butter and dairy-free chocolate like Enjoy Life.

How do you store banana donuts?

Store these banana donuts in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You can also freeze these donuts in a zip-style freezer bag.

More Gluten Free Donuts Recipes:

Love This Recipe?

If you made and enjoyed this recipe, I would be incredibly grateful if you could leave a comment below. Please include which flour blend you used. This will help others know this recipe is delicious. Thank you!

Gluten free banana donuts topped with chocolate, shredded coconut, and chopped walnuts.

Gluten Free Banana Chunky Monkey Donuts

Sandi Gaertner
Easy gluten free banana donuts with chocolate, coconut and walnuts.
4.93 from 13 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Gluten Free Donut Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 8 donuts
Calories 359 kcal


  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ripe bananas mashed
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • cup almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons additional almond milk
  • 1 cup gluten free flour blend
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • dash salt
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • shredded coconut optional
  • walnuts optional
  • fudge/melted chocolate optional


  • If you are making these in the oven, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. If you are making these in a BabyCakes Donut maker, plug it in to turn it on.
  • In a large bowl, add dry ingredients. Whisk to blend.
  • In a smaller bowl, add wet ingredients and mix well.
  • Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix.
  • Spray the donut pan with coconut oil and add batter to each section.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until done.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Drizzle chocolate on top and sprinkle with coconut and walnuts.


If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain Xanthan Gum, add 1 teaspoon.


Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.


Serving: 1gCalories: 359kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 7gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 153mgFiber: 4gSugar: 33g
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Nutrition Disclaimer

Nutritional information is an estimate provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the actual nutritional information with the products and brands you are using with your preferred nutritional calculator.

This post was updated from an older August 2018 post with more recipe details.

4.93 from 13 votes (13 ratings without comment)

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  1. This is one of my all time favorite recipes! I started making the donuts but now I often just pour the batter into a loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for an hour or use my mini loaf pan baking it for 25 minutes. I put unsweetened coconut and diced walnuts on top before baking.

  2. These are delicious.. Made with castor sugar, oil and milk.. Turned out way better than expected.