Gluten-Free Baked Apple Cinnamon Donuts

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These easy baked gluten-free apple cinnamon donuts with maple cinnamon glaze will be your family’s favorite fall breakfast treat. Naturally dairy-free too. 

gluten-free baked apple cinnamon donuts

Gluten-Free Donuts

I finally broke down and ordered a full sized donut pan. I am so glad that I did! Donuts are my new favorite baked goodie to make. Baked donuts are so easy to make, I can’t believe that I did not try and make them sooner. My trick for making donuts easy is to put the batter into a large plastic storage bag, then snip the end off and use it to pipe the batter into my donut pan.

gluten-free baked apple cinnamon donuts

My husband’s favorite treat is donuts and he misses them terribly. I was so excited when these beauties came out of the oven and I dipped them in the maple cinnamon glaze. They smelled so good and I could not wait for my family to try them. I promise these baked gluten-free apple cinnamon donuts will make you smile.

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4.97 from 32 votes

Baked Apple Cinnamon Donuts {Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free}

Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 24 minutes
These easy baked gluten-free apple cinnamon donuts with maple cinnamon glaze will be your family's favorite fall breakfast treat. Naturally dairy-free.



  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free flour, I like Pillsbury gluten-free
  • 1/2 tsp of xanthan gum, leave out if your flour already has it
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup applesauce


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon  pure vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons  pure maple syrup


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray full sized donut pan with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl combine the sugar, eggs, applesauce, vegetable oil and pure vanilla extract. Mix until fully combined.
  • Add gluten-free flour, xanthan gum (leave out if your flour already has it), cinnamon, salt and baking powder and mix until fully combined.
  • The batter will be thick and sticky.
  • Add batter to a large plastic storage bag (or piping bag). I like to take a tall cup and put the bag inside of the cup so it's easier to fill the bag with the batter. Close the seal of the bag.
  • Cut the tip off of the bag.
  • Squeeze the bag carefully filling the donut pan.
  • Bake for 14-16 minutes. They will be golden brown and set.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the ingredients for the glaze.
  • Dip each warm donut into the glaze and place on a plate or wire rack.
  • Serve warm.
  • Enjoy!


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Serving: 1donutCalories: 304kcalCarbohydrates: 59gProtein: 4gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 169mgPotassium: 108mgFiber: 3gSugar: 42gVitamin A: 69IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 54mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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About Audrey Roberts

I'm Audrey Roberts, a busy mama of four and I love sharing the recipes that I make for my family. I make gluten-free family-friendly recipes that are simple and delicious that you can too! I use easy to find ingredients that won't break your budget. You will also find dairy-free options and Paleo recipes. I am also the author of The Everything Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Cookbook, which is an Amazon Best Selling Cookbook in the US and Internationally. Living gluten-free since 2010. I hope by me sharing my journey it may help you with yours.

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  1. I made your baked apple cinnamon donuts. I have been through quite a few other recipes but this recipe is now the only one saved in my cookbook. They were excellent. I used strawberry flavoured apple sauce – super yummy in your recipe. I also liked your chocolate and vanilla baked donuts. Can’t wait to try out some more of your recipes.

  2. This recipe is absolutely wonderful. I have a 5 yr old grand that is GF. It’s really hard for her. These doughnuts were such an amazing treat for her. We made some in the oven and some in a mini doughnut maker. The mini ones were perfect too!!

  3. Another great recipe from Mama Knows Gluten Free! These donuts tasted amazing and turned out the first time! Definitely do this one again.

  4. Excellent, very tasty! I used 1/2 of the glaze and it was plenty!! i also used coconut oil and they turned out great. Thank you

  5. These donuts are perfection!!!! My gluten eating family members had no idea they were GF and begged for seconds! This is definitely a keeper. Having a child with food allergies, I make everything from scratch. I bake so she can take treats to school and birthday parties. This is a treat her friends would be envious of! Thank you, thank you!!!

  6. MamaKnowsGlutenFree, you’ve done it again!❤ My favorite gluten-free donut shop is 329 miles away so I was SO delighted to find your recipe. They’re easy, DE-licious, & much closer than 329 miles!
    (Side note: The recipe says it makes 16 donuts but actually made 8 perfect donuts with the perfect quantity of glaze.)
    I’m not a cookbook kind of person but yours might be the exception! Keep up the great work!😘

  7. I used King Arthur Gluten Free Measure for Measure Flour and EnerG Egg Replacer. They turned out perfect! My kids loved them! We have many allergies here and try to stay clear of sugar as well. I made these with the following substitutions: Replaced 3/4 c sugar with 1/4 brown sugar & 1/4 pyure (granulated erythritol sweetener), used avocado oil as the vegetable oil, and two EnerG “eggs”. The kids had two and didn’t even want the glaze. My six year old son said, “I don’t even care about sprinkles. These are the best donuts ever!” (He’s seen pictures of sprinkle donuts but never actually had a donut at all.) It’s hard to bake when avoiding gluten, dairy, eggs and nuts. Thank you for creating this recipe!

  8. I have made your chocolate donuts a few times and branched out for a Fall donut today! These were amazing! The applesauce cinnamon taste is beautiful. I only had about 30 minutes to measure, mix and bake and I was easily able to make them that fast. Which was awesome! 🙂 I didn’t do the glaze this time & everyone still raved over them. We didn’t have any leftovers between my mom’s group and sharing some with our neighbors!

  9. We bought a donut pan just so that we could try this recipe. My husband baked them for me on my birthday and we loved them! They smelled so good in the oven and they tasted even better! The recipe was easy to make and if I didn’t know they were gluten free, I would have never guessed.

  10. Hi Audrey!! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I actually did use coconut sugar and extra light olive oil in my ingredients. They were fabulous!! My husband loved them!!

  11. I am so impressed with these donuts! Just made them for tomorrow for my daughter sixth birthday. So easy, and delicious! Just sampled one and they are soft, sweet, and melt in your mouth! I will try to save some for tomorrow but no promises! Thank you!

  12. These are amazing! I just whipped up the recipe today with one of my boys and we LOVE them!
    So very good! There’s hope for this momma’ in switching to gluten free. 🙂
    Thank you!!

    1. Thank you so much Jennifer for the awesome 5-star recipe review! I am so happy that you and your boys loved the apple cinnamon donuts. You are so welcome, I love sharing what I make for my family. Thanks again!

    2. Usually I’m bad at making stuff but this turned out so GOOD. It was simple and I didn’t have to worry about the baking. 15 minutes was perfect for my oven. Will make these again for sure!

  13. I have purchased – the everything gluten free and dairy free cook book! I absolutely love it!
    Thank you very very much!!
    I love new recipes!

    1. Thank you so much Dawn for your support and for buying my cookbook! It really makes my heart happy to hear that you love it. You are so welcome, I love sharing the recipes I make for my family and helping others. Thank you again for blessing me!

  14. These are awesome! I liked your pumpkin donuts as well which had a slightly different texture but these are also very soft, fluffy, and delicious! I used unsweetened granny smith applesauce which gave it a nice tart apple flavor. I didn’t have cinnamon so I used pumpkin pie spice instead which really made these taste like fall. LOVE!

    1. Thank you so much for the 5-star recipe review Amanda! I am so happy that you enjoyed the apple donuts. I love that you used granny smith apple sauce and pumpkin pie spice. I am going to try that the next time I make them. Than you for sharing and thanks again!

  15. To start, I didn’t have applesauce so I used frozen pumpkin puree. I used pumpkin pie spice instead of the cinnamon. My 7 year old helped me and the recipe was easy enough for him to follow. These donuts turned out amazing! The recipe is great. Can’t wait to get applesauce and make these again.

    1. Thank you so much Mel for the awesome 5-star recipe review! I am so happy that you and your son enjoyed the donuts. I am glad that you were able to modify them and use pumpkin puree, instead of the apple sauce. I have a pumpkin donut recipe too. I hope you enjoy them with the apple sauce next time, these are one of my family’s favorites. Thank you again!

    1. Hi Paula! I have not tried this recipe with almond flour, but I do not think it will work the same as the rice flour in this recipe. I do have recipes for Paleo muffins that uses almond flour. Thank you for asking!

  16. Made these for a friend who is gluten and dairy free. So easy to make and delicious! I only had a mini donut pan, so I halved the recipe and baked for 10 minutes. Can’t wait to take them to her. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    1. Thank you so much Brooke for the awesome 5-star recipe review! I am so happy that these were easy to make and delicious. Thank you for sharing your modifications for using a mini donut pan. I know that it will help others. I hope your friend enjoys them! You are so welcome, I love sharing what I make for my family. Thank you again!

  17. Can I use coconut sugar in place of regular? That’s all I have on hand and is it the same amount. This is for the donuts.

    1. Hi Teri! I have not tried this recipe with coconut sugar. If you try it, will you please let me know how they turn out?

  18. These are so decadent and amazing!!! They are so much better than the frozen gluten-free donuts. I made a batch and shoved them in the freezer so I can “ration” them. YUMMMMMMMMM

    1. Thank you so much Lanette for the fantastic recipe review! I am so happy that you enjoyed the donuts and that they are better than the frozen gluten-free donuts. You just made my day! Thank you again!

  19. How have you served these the next day or two? I made them today and need them for a party in two days? Also for those who asked about applesauce for egg replacer I just did a pinch over 1 1/3cups applesauce

    1. Hi Jamie thank you so much for the wonderful 5-star recipe review! Honestly, my family eats all the donuts in one morning. Gluten-free baked goods are always best when fresh. If you were to make them ahead of time I would do them the night before. Thank you for letting me know that the extra applesauce worked for egg-free. I hope everyone enjoys the donuts. Thanks again!

      1. I know this is an old comment but wanted to share that I have had success with mixing up batter the night before, dispersing into the donut baking wells, cover the donut pan with p;astic wrap and place the donut pans w/ batter all set to go in the fridge. Next day…when I need them baked fresh… I just preheat oven, take the donut pans out of the oven and they are ready to bake up. They come out perfect every time. Might be helpful for when you need them fresh for a busy party (already having the prep work done and no messy dishes during the party.

  20. is there anything to replace the gluten free flour? I am celiac and must eat truly gluten free which means no grains at all (also no dairy or refined sugars). The recipe looks great other than that. I use Cassava flour a lot but not sure if i can use it in this recipe??? thanks
    Guess I will try it

    1. Donuts are one of the things my family misses being GF/DF. I finally invested in some donut pans and these were the first ones I made. So quick to whip up and seriously so delicious. I loved the maple glaze.

    1. Thank you so much Janelle for the wonderful 5-star recipe rating review! I am so happy that you enjoyed the apple cinnamon donuts.

  21. I made these today but I was out of applesauce so I mashed bananas and used those instead. Still very good. One thing though, the glaze was too thick so I added some milk to it to make it thin enough to dip my donuts in.

    1. Thank you Becky for the wonderful 5-star recipe review! I am so happy to hear that the bananas worked well in the recipe and you enjoyed them. Thanks again!

  22. Wanted to ring in the Fall with an apple donut. Found your recipe and started making them. Too bad I only had a half cup of applesauce. I subbed a can of pears, drained and pureed in the blender, added a bit of allspice, in case they needed a bit more flavor. Yummy! Great recipe! Even without icing!

    1. Thank you so much Mary for the wonderful 5-star recipe rating! I love that you used pears with the applesauce. I bet that was a lovely flavor combination. I am so happy that you enjoyed the donuts! My family loves them.

    1. Yes they still work out great with flax egg my family is egg free it is a great substitute ????????????

      1. Thank you so much Allison for sharing that the flax eggs worked well in the donut recipe! I need to try it. Tanks again!

  23. WOW!!! These are the best GF donuts I have ever made. My kids couldn’t stop eating them. The consistency is perfect and the glaze is out of this world! THanks for sharing this recipe!!!

    1. Hi Tiffany! I am so happy that everyone enjoyed the donuts! My whole family loves these too. You are so welcome, I love sharing what I make for my family. It really makes my heart happy to hear your kids enjoyed them. Thank you so much for the wonderful 5-star review!

    1. Hi Lorna! You could use either regular applesauce or unsweetened applesauce. I hope you enjoy them!

  24. How many full sized doughnuts does this recipe make? I want to try them with the silicon doughnut molds I bought. My molds make 18 doughnuts.

  25. Oh my goodness!!! I am making these ASAP! Thanks for linking to your doughnut pan, too! I need a full size one as I’ve only got one for mini doughnuts!

    1. Thanks friend! I’m so glad that I broke down and bought a full-sized donut pan too! I only had one for mini donuts too. We are loving the big donuts.

    2. Could you make the batter the night before and cook in the morning? I am not a morning person lol

      1. Hi Nichole! You could make the batter up the night before and store covered in the refrigerator. I hope you enjoy the donuts!

        1. Thank you for sharing this recipe. Wow it is so yummy. I love baking but i find its hard now that i have to bake gluten free. Ive been unsuccessful until now. I truly appreciate it and youve got a customer for your cookbook. Regards Cheryl