Yummy Gluten Free Dairy Free Lemon Donuts!

Gluten free AND dairy free lemon donuts are just the snack my kids will love when they get home from school.

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As promised, here is another recipe that will use up some of those lemons. Our tree is still overflowing with lemons and I am working on finding a lot of ways to use them up. My gluten free lemon tart recipe and my gluten free lemon bundt cake recipes are other great ways to use up those lemons :-).

These moist and delicious lemon mini donuts are so quick and easy to make with my Babycakes Mini Donut Maker. From start to finish we had little donuts in under 20 minutes.

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I used applesauce to keep these gluten free doughnuts super moist, and to reduce the amount of sugar in this recipe. Almond meal helps add some protein so there isn’t a big sugar crash after eating one or two of these….(okay, maybe more like four or five. These are hard to resist!)

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Tools You Need To Make This Recipe:

  1. Babycakes donut maker. This is my favorite and most used kitchen toy πŸ™‚
  2. Gluten free flour blend. My favorite blend because it works so well.
  3. A donut pan, just in case you don’t have a donut maker.
Gluten Free Lemon Donuts
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Quick and easy gluten free lemon donuts.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 18 donuts
Calories: 166 kcal
Author: Sandi Gaertner
  • 1 1/4 cup gluten free flour blend (*Note, my flour blend has xanthan gum included. If yours doesn't, add 1 teaspoon.)
  • 3/4 cup almond meal
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2/3 cup coconut oil melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 2 large eggs
  1. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients and whisk together to blend.
  2. In a medium bowl, add all wet ingredients and whisk.
  3. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well.
  4. Put a little dough into each section of the donut maker.
  5. Cook for 5 minutes until done.
  6. Remove and put onto cooling rack.
  7. Ice, frost, or eat plain.

What are your favorite donuts?

Here are 8 More Yummy Donuts to Try!


More lemon/lime goodness:

Gluten Free Lime Bars image

Gluten free lime bars

Gluten Free Lemon Curd Coconut Cupcakes image

Gluten Free Lemon Curd Coconut Cupcakes – these are stuffed full of delicious lemon curd.

Gluten Free Lemon Tart image

Gluten Free Lemon Tart










  1. Any suggested replacement s for almond meal as my LO has but allergy as well.

    • Hi Megan, to maintain the moistness of these…I suggest substituting the 3/4 c almond flour with 2/3 cup additional gluten free flour blend and then increase the applesauce by another 1/4 cup. Please let me know how they turn out πŸ™‚

  2. I love all the recipes you are making with lemon! I’m obsessed with them this week. This looks like another great one!

  3. First the banana bread and now this…Sandi, you’re killing me.

    (I don’t mind because they are both delicious!)

  4. I’ve always wanted a donut maker. My kids would be in complete donut heaven. I’ve been GF for awhile so these are a great recipe to start with.

  5. YUM! The texture looks absolutely perfect! Can’t wait to try these. You’re tempting me to plant a lemon tree with all of these delicious recipes πŸ™‚

  6. That looks so delish and love that it’s gluten-free!

  7. Your donuts looks incredible…I cannot believe they are gluten-free!

  8. These Donuts look absolutely divine. I am going to have to purchase a mini donut maker now.

  9. These look delicious! looking forward to making these for my Gluten-Free daughter.

  10. I can’t keep my husband away from doughnuts! If he hears there’s a mini doughnut maker out there he will have to get one! These look great! These ones I might make for him!

  11. Wow! These are absolutely gorgeous! They sound delightful with the yummy lemon (I’m so sad my lemons from my tree are gone)!

  12. I’ve got a new donut pan and haven’t yet used it. This might be the one to break it in. A really lovely sounding (and looking!) recipe. Shared widely!

  13. These look so good Sandi! We can’t use almond flour either but will sub as you suggested. Will let you know how they turn out.

  14. Dear Sandi, these are an absolute must-try! Your donuts look perfect and tasty. I am assuming that since I don’t have a donut maker, the oven will do! Have a wonderful weekend dear. xo, Catherine

  15. I have never made homemade donuts. These look so good I just want to lick off the icing and chow down on those lemony bites!

  16. I need one of those little donut pans now!

  17. I love anything lemon and these cute little donuts look so good!

  18. Hi. Thank you so much for the post. my daugther has egg white allergy. Can I omit the egg igredient completely?

  19. I shared your amazing recipe in my National Donut Day Roundup! Thank you so much!!

  20. Rosemary says:

    Any suggestions how to cook them without a donut maker please? Thanks

    • Hi Rosemary,

      You could use a donut pan and bake them in the oven. Just spray coconut oil on the pan so the edges get a little crisp. Thank you so much for stopping by πŸ™‚

      • What temperature and for how long please?

        • Hi Suhail. I don’t bake the donuts so I can only suggest you bake at 350 degrees and watch to see when they are done. The donut maker cooks them in 4 minutes, but that is very different from the baking you want to try.

  21. Is it 1/4 of a tablespoon plus 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice? I just wanted to clarify it wasn’t 1/4 or something else plus 1 tablespoon before I made them. Thanks!

    • Hi Bonnie, it is 1 tablespoon plus 1/4. I wanted a little more lemon flavor in these donuts. Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you enjoy these donuts!!

  22. I have a donut pan and have yet to christen it, but your attractively presented donuts and easy recipe will have me in the kitchen making these very soon. Gorgeous!

  23. Jo Klofta says:

    Lovely recipe. I used coconut flour instead of almond flour and they came out great.

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