May 16, 2017

Cinnamon sugar doughnuts (gluten & dairy free)

Gluten and dairy free baked cinnamon sugar doughnuts – probably one of my all time favourite recipes that I’ve created, which have also featured in Gluten Free Heaven magazine!

They are super easy to make and take a matter of minutes. My favourite flavour to make is the classic cinnamon sugar, but they can also be made in so many other flavours – iced with sprinkles, original glazed, chocolate, jam, custard, mini doughnuts and more! These doughnuts are both gluten and dairy free. They do contain eggs but using a flax egg makes a great vegan alternative. For the doughnuts I use a Wilton doughnuts tray which you can click here to purchase. Alternatively, this recipe also works well in a muffin or cupcake tin.  

I absolutely love seeing what you have created so if you do make these doughnuts don’t forget to tag me in your photos over on social media!

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Baked cinnamon sugar doughnuts

Servings: 12 doughnuts


For the doughnuts

  • 150 g gluten free self raising flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 110 g caster sugar
  • 120 ml dairy free milk (I prefer to use almond)
  • 2 medium eggs (For a vegan alternative you can substitute the eggs for flax eggs)
  • 1 and 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Non stick spray

For the topping

  • 75 g granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 40 g dairy free butter (melted)


  • Pre heat your oven to 180°C and spray your doughnut tray with non stick spray. You could also use cooking oil or melted coconut oil and grease using kitchen paper.
  • Add your self raising flour, salt, sugar and baking powder to a bowl and mix.
  • In a separate bowl whisk your dairy free milk milk, eggs (or flax eggs), oil and vanilla extract. Add this to your dry ingredients and mix well.
  • Add the batter to your doughnut tray making sure that its not completely full as they will rise!
  • Bake for around 10-12 minutes or until they are golden brown.
  • Cool the doughnuts on a wire tray and bake any additional mixture. (My doughnut tray is only big enough for 6 so I cook the second batch whilst the first batch cool down).
  • To make the cinnamon sugar coating mix together your granulated sugar and cinnamon.
  • Melt your dairy free butter and using a brush, brush your doughnuts with the melted butter, this will allow the sugar to stick. You can then dip it in the cinnamon sugar mix.
  • Leave them to dry and enjoy!


  • This recipe is best eaten on the day of baking however they will last a couple of days in an air tight container.
  • For chocolate doughnuts use chocolate almond milk instead of normal almond milk and an extra spoonful of cacao in the mixture, they can then be topped with melted dairy free chocolate.
  • For sprinkled doughnuts, mix together icing sugar with water and food colouring of your choice. Dip your doughnuts in the icing and top with sprinkles.
  • For original glazed, mix together icing sugar and water, dip the doughnuts in the icing sugar mixture and leave to dry.
  • For jam or custard filled doughnuts, create a pocket by overfilling your doughnut tray with batter and baking for 2/3 minutes extra. Remove from the tin and flip over, you will now have a pocket to add your jam or custard filling.

I absolutely love seeing what you’ve created, so if you do make this recipe (or any other recipe from my website) don’t forget to tag me over on my social media pages @glutenfreealice and use the hashtag #glutenfreealice

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16 responses to “Cinnamon sugar doughnuts (gluten & dairy free)”

  1. GFreeIpswich says:

    We’re like a bunch of Pavlov’s dogs right now. These look sooooo good!

  2. Megan says:

    What brand of flour do you use that’s self rising?

  3. Clair says:

    Hi, have you tried cows milk instead of Almond milk and does that work?

    • says:

      Hi, I haven’t personally tries cows milk in the recipe as I’m intolerant to milk however I Know other people have and they said it’s worked well 🙂 x

  4. Kerry says:

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I just made them in a muffin tin and used raw sugar instead of castor sugar as that’s all I had. They tasted great. I just had to cook them longer due to being in a muffin tin.

  5. Karen says:

    Can quick rise yeast be added to regularregular free flour to sub for the self rising flour? How much yeast? Thanks!!

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  7. Aneka says:

    Can this mixture be fried instead of baking ?

    • says:

      Hi! Unfortunately this mixture won’t work fried – I will try and create a fried doughnut recipe one day though:) x

  8. Kendi says:

    Hi Alice. Just made these but they did not rise much at all – any idea what I may have done wrong??

    • says:

      Hi – Thats strange! Normally with the self raising flour and the baking powder they do rise to the perfect size. It might be worth adding a little bit extra baking powder next time 🙂


  9. Melanie says:

    This recipe is INSANE! I have made these so many times and they are always perfect – thank you!! Appreciate its a lot of work but i wonder if you have any plans to add nutritional information? i’m after the calories in particular!

    • says:

      Thank you, I’m glad you enjoy them :). Sadly it’s not something I plan to do at the moment. Maybe in the future it’s something I will have time to add. x

  10. Rianne Bailey says:

    Another yummy recipe! Thank you 🙂 These were so soft and fluffy, almost reminded me of the fairground type doghnuts especially when eaten whilst warm! The only alteration I made was using coconut sugar as trying to avoid the usual refined sugars at the moment. It gave them a lovely caramelised taste. Already plan to make another batch tomorrow for friends! Thanks Alice, keep up the good work! xx

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