Lemon gluten free donuts are the perfect homemade baked donuts to make for breakfast or brunch, and these gluten free lemon donuts are dairy-free too! This easy gluten free donuts recipe is quick; the little lemon donuts are ready to eat in under 20 minutes.
Lemon gluten free donuts are just the snack my kids love when they get home from school. Drizzle icing on top, or eat these lemon gluten free donuts plain.
For even more delicious lemon desserts, check out my Top Ten Gluten Free Lemon Desserts roundup!
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Take a look at this little lemon gluten free donut and you can see how moist and delicious it is! For a comprehensive list of all of my gluten free donut recipes, check out my BEST gluten free donut recipes!
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 :-). A delicious breakfast addition would be these gluten free lemon poppy seed muffins.
Can I use a donut pan?
(*Note, this donut maker style was discontinued. The new one makes 4 donuts at a time instead of 6.)
I get this question a lot from my readers. I tend to use this little donut maker in most of my donut recipes. It is easy to use, and it makes my donuts taste like they were fried...but they aren't!
These moist and delicious gluten free donuts are so quick and easy to make with this Babycakes Mini Donut Maker. From start to finish we had little lemon donuts in under 20 minutes.
How long does it take to bake donuts?
It takes about 5 minutes to bake donuts in a donut maker.
If you prefer to use a donut pan, bake these gluten free lemon donuts for 350F degrees for 20 minutes. Remove the donuts from the pan onto a cooling rack.
Recipe tips and substitutions:
- I do suggest spraying the donut pan with a little coconut oil so the outside of the donut gets a little crispy.
- The beauty of this recipe is that you can easily customize the flavor. Omit the lemon and you have a delicious vanilla donut.
- Add white chocolate chips.
- Add blueberries or raspberries, which would taste delicious with this lemon donut.
I love to make these donuts for kids. This easy gluten free donuts recipe is a lot less guilt because I used applesauce to keep these gluten-free doughnuts super moist and to reduce the amount of sugar in this recipe.
Almond flour keeps these donuts moist and adds protein!?
Almond flour 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!)
I highly recommend using almond flour instead of almond meal. Almond meal is ground thicker, which will make a more gritty texture to this donut recipe.
You can read more about the differences between almond meal and almond flour.
Can you make this recipe nut-free?
You can easily make this gluten free lemon donut recipe nut free! To make these NUT FREE, instead of the almond flour, add 1/4 extra gluten free flour blend.
Make them dairy-free
This recipe is naturally dairy-free. You can create a delicious dairy-free donut glaze by mixing 2 cups of powdered sugar with 1/4 cup of almond milk.
Can you use coconut sugar or another low glycemic sweetener instead of sugar?
You can definitely use coconut sugar in this gluten free lemon donut recipe. Note your donuts will be more of a brown color as coconut sugar is dark like brown sugar. To make a sugar free lemonade drizzle, use honey with a small amount of lemon juice.
- Babycakes donut maker. This is my favorite and most used kitchen toy 🙂
- Gluten-free flour blend. My favorite blend because it works so well.
- A donut pan, just in case you don't have a donut maker.
Reader Rachel St. M said "These were very good. Didn't have applesauce so used vanilla yogurt. Added a tsp of agar agar. Used Monk fruit as sweetener. Drizzled with honey and lemon mixture."
- 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
- In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients and whisk together to blend.
- In a medium bowl, add all wet ingredients and whisk.
- Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well.
- Preheat the Babycakes Mini Donut Maker.
- Put a little dough into each section of the donut maker.
- Cook for 5 minutes until done.
- Remove and put onto cooling rack.
- Ice, frost, or eat plain.
I tested both King Arthur Measure for Measure gluten free blend and Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 gluten free blend in this recipe.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 18 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 203Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 71mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 3g
Please note this nutrition information is calculated by a recipe plugin and is an estimate based on the ingredients used in this recipe.