Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake Donuts

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Indulge a little with these easy Gluten-Free Chocolate Donuts, covered in a decadent chocolate glaze. This is a 30-minute, double chocolate, homemade donut recipe that’s perfect to make as a breakfast treat, or for dessert!

Want more gluten-free dessert ideas? Try these Air Fryer Donuts or these Gluten-Free Vanilla Cupcakes!

These Gluten-Free Donuts are a Double Chocolate Delight!

Is it acceptable to embrace chocolate cake for breakfast? Luckily, this double chocolate donut recipe might just be the next best thing! These donuts are just the right amount of sweet. And I’m pretty sure that any naysayers just haven’t indulged in a fresh, homemade chocolate donut first thing in the morning yet!

These gluten-free donuts are one of my favorite treats that I can make in under 30 minutes. They’re soft, cakey, fudgy, and covered in an equally decadent chocolate glaze. Double the chocolate = double the joy, right? Enjoy these baked donuts with coffee at breakfast, as a snack, or as an easy dessert. They’re so easy to make, I just know you’re gonna love them!

Glazed and decorated gluten-free chocolate donuts on a wire rack.

What You’ll Need

Even though they’re gluten-free, there’s nothing fancy about the ingredients for these easy chocolate donuts. Here’s what you’ll need for the donut dough as well as the chocolate glaze:

For the Gluten-Free Chocolate Donuts

  • Gluten Free Flour: I use Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Baking Flour.
  • Light Brown Sugar: Just the right amount of caramelized flavor. 
  • Cocoa Powder: You can use your choice of regular or dark cocoa powder.
  • Baking Powder: For leavening.
  • Oil: Vegetable, canola, or another neutral oil to bring moisture to the dough.
  • Vanilla: Pure vanilla extract gives these donuts the most natural vanilla flavor.
  • Salt
  • Milk
  • Egg

For the Chocolate Glaze

  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips: The higher cocoa content in semi-sweet chocolate means less sweetness and a smooth consistency when melted.
  • Butter: Unsalted butter for the best results.
  • Light Corn Syrup: Adding corn syrup helps the glaze to coat better, and keeps the donuts softer, longer. It also prevents clumping! You can also try substituting honey or brown rice syrup.
  • Rainbow Sprinkles: Optional, but also sort of obligatory!

How to Make Gluten-Free Chocolate Donuts with Chocolate Glaze

Prepare to be amazed by how easy it is to make donuts from scratch! Here’s how you can make your own perfect gluten-free chocolate donuts, plus the glaze, in under 30 minutes:

Make the Donut Batter: First, combine the dry ingredients, including the flour and cocoa powder, in a large bowl. Add the wet ingredients into the bowl with the flour mixture. Whisk until you have a smooth batter.

Fill the Donut Pan: Carefully pour the batter into a greased standard-sized donut pan. Most pans will hold 6 donuts, so you may need to work in batches!

A donut tray is filled with chocolate donut batter.

Bake: Pop the donuts into a preheated oven. Once they’re finished baking, leave them to cool completely before glazing.

Make the Chocolate Glaze: While the donuts are cooling, microwave the chocolate chips, butter, and corn syrup in bursts, stirring until melted (you can also do this using a double boiler if you’d prefer). Add in a spoonful of hot water at a time until the glaze is a smooth, thick texture.

Chocolate donuts on a wire rack, next to a bowl of chocolate glaze.

Glaze the Donuts: Gently dip the top of each donut into the glaze, and place the glazed donuts back on the wire rack. Top them with rainbow sprinkles if you’d like (who doesn’t love a donut with sprinkles?), leave them to set, and enjoy!

Can I Make These Without a Donut Pan?

Of course, these donuts turn out best in a donut pan. And if you’re a donut fan, it’s a relatively inexpensive kitchen tool to invest in! However, if you don’t have a donut pan handy, there are options to make these homemade donuts without one:

  • Use a Muffin Pan: Use foil to form centers about 1” in diameter to place in the middle of the muffin wells. Make sure they’re tall enough to account for the dough expanding! The shapes won’t be perfect, but they’ll do. Note that the baking time will be slightly longer when using a muffin pan, so begin by adding a couple minutes at a time, checking until they’re cooked through.
  • Make Donut Holes: You can fill a mini muffin tray with donut batter and then bake for a few minutes to make donut holes instead. Check them after about 5 minutes and go from there!
Chocolate-glazed gluten-free chocolate donuts covered in rainbow sprinkles.

Tips for Success

  • Measure the Flour Correctly: Too much flour is the number one culprit when it comes to donuts that turn out tough and chewy. Make sure you’re measuring correctly by spooning the gluten-free flour into the measuring cup (instead of using the cup to scoop directly out of the bag), and then using a knife to level off the flour. 
  • Pipe the Batter into the Pan: To help keep things tidy while filling the donut pan, use a piping bag or large ziplock bag with the corner snipped to pipe the donut batter into the pan. Perfect for even donuts and quick, easy clean up!
  • Let the Donuts Cool Before Glazing: This is key! The glaze will melt if the donuts are coated too soon after baking.
  • Time the Glaze Right: Try not to make the glaze too far in advance, as it tends to harden up a bit the longer it sits.
Close up of a glazed gluten-free chocolate donut covered in rainbow sprinkles.

Topping Ideas

These chocolate donuts are super versatile! Depending on how you like your donuts, you can try out a whole bunch of topping ideas. Here are some suggestions for easy donut decorating:

  • Classic Vanilla Glaze
  • Peppermint Icing (and crushed peppermint candies)
  • Toffee bits
  • Cinnamon sugar
  • Shaved chocolate
  • Powdered sugar
  • Crushed nuts (walnuts, pecans, peanuts, hazelnuts)
  • Nonpareils
  • Chopped pistachios
  • Caramel or while chocolate drizzle
  • Crushed pretzels
  • Crushed cookies or Graham cracker crumbs
A stack of gluten-free chocolate donuts with rainbow sprinkles on a plate.

How to Store Homemade Donuts

Store leftover glazed or unglazed donuts in an airtight container at room temperature. If you’d like to extend the shelf life of your donuts, they also freeze extremely well. See below!

Can I Freeze These?

Yes! For best results, I recommend freezing these donuts after they’re baked and before they’re glazed. They’ll keep for up to 3 months if stored properly. 

To freeze, let the donuts cool completely and then pre-freeze them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Once they’re frozen solid, seal them in a freezer bag or airtight container and place them back in the freezer until you’re ready to enjoy them. Defrost the donuts overnight in the fridge, or in the microwave before serving.

Gluten-free chocolate donuts covered in rainbow sprinkles, on a plate.

Don’t forget these items

Brianne Recommends

GLUTEN FREE FLOUR – for this recipe I recommend Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Baking Blend. You can try others, but this is my go-to for these baked donuts.

RAINBOW SPRINKLES – not all of them are gluten free so be sure that yours are.

DONUT PANS – if you want to make your favorite holey treat, the right pan is the best way, and they come in a two pack so you don’t have to bake in batches.

COOLING RACKS – so you have somewhere to set your donuts as they cool and to let the glaze set.

Glazed and decorated gluten-free chocolate donuts on a wire rack.

Gluten Free Chocolate Donuts

These easy Gluten-Free Chocolate Donuts are covered in a decadent chocolate glaze and so delicious. An easy recipe for homemade donuts, ready in 30 minutes!
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Servings: 8 donuts

Ingredients

For the Gluten Free Chocolate Donuts:

  • 1 cup 1:1 gluten free flour (recommended: Bob's Red Mill 1-to-1 Baking Flour)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable or canola oil, or another neutral oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Chocolate Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • 2-3 teaspoons hot water
  • rainbow sprinkles, optional

Instructions

For the Gluten Free Chocolate Donuts:

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray a standard sized donut pan with nonstick cooking spray. This recipe makes 8 donuts, so you may need to use two pans or work in batches.
  • In a large bowl, combine the gluten free flour, brown sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Whisk together until combined. Then add the milk, oil, egg, and vanilla extract and whisk to form a smooth batter.
  • Divide the batter between 8 wells of a donut pan, approximately 1/4 cup in each. You do not want to cover the middle that forms the donut hole. Tap the pan on the counter to help release some of the air bubbles.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean in the center. Allow donuts to cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

For the Chocolate Glaze:

  • Combine the chocolate chips, butter, and corn syrup in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on medium (50%) powder for 20 seconds and stir, repeating the 20 second intervals and stirring until the chocolate chips are melted. Stir in 1 teaspoon hot water, adding more until smooth but still thick.
  • Dip the tops of the donuts into the glaze and place on a cooling rack. Sprinkle with rinbow sprinkles, if desired. Let set for at least 5 minutes before enjoying. You may have extra glaze.

Notes

If you will be serving the donuts at a later time, keep unglazed or glazed donuts in an airtight container. The donuts alone freeze extremely well.
Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Chocolate Donuts
Amount Per Serving (1 donut)
Calories 258 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 168mg7%
Potassium 217mg6%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 147IU3%
Calcium 76mg8%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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