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a caramel apple donut on a plate next to a rack of donuts

gluten free caramel apple donuts

Sandi Gaertner
These delicious gluten free caramel apple donuts are easy to make in a donut pan, baked in the oven, or a donut maker. Topped with a thick creamy caramel!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Gluten Free Dessert Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 12 donuts
Calories 198 kcal


  • 2 cups gluten free flour blend * see note
  • ½ cup sugar (white or brown both work well)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder * see note
  • teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ cup butter melted
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup applesauce unsweetened
  • ¾ cup non-dairy milk
  • ¾ cup apple * see note
  • cup caramel * see note


  • Add your dry ingredients to a bowl and whisk to blend them together.
  • In a microwave-safe dish, melt your butter until it is warm, but not hot. Add the rest of the wet ingredients and mix it well.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and add your chopped apple bits. (I peeled my apples but you can easily leave the peels on.)
  • Mix the apple donut batter. Mix the batter until it is just barely mixed. Overmixing will make your donuts turn out denser.
  • Add the batter to a piping bag or a plastic bag. (If using the plastic bag, snip the corner off before piping into the donut pan.) Pipe the batter into the donut pan.
  • Bake the donuts at 350º F for 20-22 minutes, depending on how large and deep your donut pan is. Allow the donuts to cool on a rack.
  • Melt your caramel in a microwave-safe dish. Dip each donut into the caramel. You can also drizzle the caramel on if you prefer less caramel. Be careful, the caramel is HOT!


  1. I have tested this recipe with King Arthur Measure for Measure GF and Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 GF blend. That doesn't mean others will not work, I just have not tested other flours.
  2. Xanthan gum - If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain xanthan gum or guar gum, please add 1 teaspoon.
  3. Baking powder - I use aluminum-free. It leaves less of an aftertaste.
  4. To make this recipe dairy-free, substitute the butter for vegan butter.
  5. These donuts will keep up to 4 days in an air-tight container, or up to 4 months in the freezer.
  6. I used Kraft caramel squares (like the ones used for caramel apples). You can also make your own caramel sauce. I included a recipe in my post.
  7. It is optional if you want to peel your apples.


Serving: 1donutCalories: 198kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 3gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 97mgPotassium: 119mgFiber: 3gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 152IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 68mgIron: 1mg
Keyword gluten free caramel apple donuts
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