If you love gluten free desserts, these gluten free vanilla donuts are going to make your mouth water! Full of vanilla flavor, you will be hooked on these baked vanilla pudding donuts.
Moist and delicious with a bit of crispiness on the outside...you will want to make these donuts again and again!
While you are here, check out The BEST Gluten Free Donuts Recipes on my blog!
This is part two of my gigantic donut binge last week :-).
Every now and then I just NEED gluten free donuts. Nobody in my family seemed to mind helping me out with this problem.
Mr. Fearless Dining was out of town, thank goodness. He is trying so hard to stay away from the sweets I make. It is hard when we both work from home and I am making something hard to resist. I don't think he knows what he missed last week, so I am crossing my fingers he doesn't see this post. (Don't tattle on me!)
These gluten free vanilla pudding donuts are just the bomb. There are a few words to describe how good they are. These gluten free vanilla donuts are that good!!
Moist, crispy on the edges, bursting with vanilla flavors...they are definitely memorable.
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How to use pudding mix in baking
The secret to this moist, delicious gluten free vanilla donut recipe is the pudding. It adds a whole new level of yumminess to this simple gluten free donut recipe. I used pudding mix in this gluten free vanilla raspberry bundt cake recipe and it is so good!
A note about the pudding I used. I used regular pudding and not the instant mix. I don't know if it makes a difference, but I wanted to let you know so you knew what to shop for on your next trip to the grocery store.
I received a message from a reader who lives abroad and I didn't realize you can't get pudding mix in many countries. If this is the case for you, or if you would like to make your own homemade DIY pudding mix I am recommending this recipe because it is naturally gluten free. I recommend adding a 1/3 cup to this recipe.
Is pudding mix gluten free?
Add your dry ingredients to a bowl and whisk to blend. In a smaller bowl, add your wet ingredients and mix well.
Pour your wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix. Try not to overmix the batter, just mix until barely mixed. This will make your donuts a bit fluffier.
Add your donut batter to the donut maker.
How do you use a donut maker?
I know I talk about my donut maker a lot. (I see that Babycakes redesigned their donut maker so it looks a little different than this. Both work the same. This is what I use to make donuts. Luckily, these are not fried so they are a lot healthier to eat 🙂
I like to spray a little coconut oil on the donut maker so it makes the outside of the donuts a little crispy, just like they were fried. This donut maker will cook your donuts in just 4-5 minutes!
Can you use a donut pan?
You can definitely use a donut pan to make this gluten free vanilla donut recipe. I highly recommend spraying it with coconut oil for a little crisp to the outside of the donuts. Bake the donuts for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees.
Gluten free flour blends
I have used three different flour blends in this recipe with great success. I have used King Arthur GF Measure for Measure, Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 GF Blend, and Authentic Foods MultiBlend. If your gluten free flour blend doesn't contain Xanthan Gum, you will need to add 1 teaspoon.
How long will these donuts keep?
These gluten free vanilla donuts will keep 2-3 days in an airtight container...but note they will soften and lose their slightly crisp outsides.
Can you freeze these donuts?
Yes, you can easily freeze these donuts. I toss them into a freezer ziplock bag and freeze them. Note they will lose their crispy outsides when freezing. To thaw the donuts, just take them out of the freezer and let them warm to room temperature...though my kids will eat them frozen too!
More delicious gluten free donuts to try:
- Don't tell the kids these gluten free donuts are healthy! Healthy Gluten Free Breakfast Donuts are that good!
- Gluten Free Peanut Butter Donuts are made for peanut butter lovers!
- If you love pumpkin and spice, these ahhhmazing Gluten Free Pumpkin Donuts are so good, eat them all year long!
- Gluten Free Banana (aka Chunky Monkey) Donuts are full of ripe banana, chocolate, and nuts!
- 1/2 cup gluten free flour blend, (*Note, my flour blend has xanthan gum included. If yours doesn't, add 1 teaspoon.)
- 1 box vanilla pudding, (check the ingredients to ensure it is gluten free. I used Jello brand NOT instant.)
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
- dash salt
- Icing, sprinkles ,etc. (I used Wilton brand)
- Preheat the Babycakes donut maker.
- In a mixer, add wet ingredients and mix on low speed.
- Gradually add in flour, pudding, sugar, and salt.
- Continue to mix on low speed until blended.
- Spoon batter into each donut cup in the donut maker.
- Cook 3-4 minutes until done.
- Remove from the donut maker onto a cooling rack.
- When cool, drizzle with icing.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 237Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 131mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 5g
Please note this nutrition information is calculated by a recipe plugin and is an estimate based on the ingredients used in this recipe.
(* This post was updated from an older May 2018 post with more details on making this recipe.)