Homemade and fresh gluten free vanilla fried donuts made from scratch. These gluten free donuts are glazed with sugar and vanilla. A bite of these donuts will sure send you to heaven!
After going gluten-free to get my health back, one of the things I missed the most was donuts. I kept telling myself I had to come up with a donuts recipe but was always intimidated. Therefore, I’m so happy to have finally developed a gluten free fried donut recipe that is both easy and tastes delicious!
These fried donuts are easy to make. They are coated with a simple vanilla sugar glaze.
This post will be detailed so that you can be successful from the first try. Therefore, please make sure to read it well, especially the instructions.
Things You Will Need
The ingredients needed to make these gluten free fried donuts are simple but might require a trip to the grocery store.
- Gluten-free Flour Mix: The gluten-free flour mix for this recipe consists of white rice flour, tapioca flour, corn starch, and brown rice flour. I highly suggest using a scale to weigh the flours, and a sift to avoid clumps of flour. Meanwhile, we will also be using xanthan gum as a binding agent.
- Baking Powder: The baking powder is what makes the donuts puff when inserted in oil. Therefore, use high-quality baking powder.
- Salt: To provide flavor to the donuts.
- Nutmeg: You want to know the secret to good buttermilk donuts? It is nutmeg. The flavor that nutmeg provides to the donuts makes them irresistible.
- Sugar: Granulated white sugar will be used as a sweetener.
- Butter: Unsalted butter is the primary source of fat in this recipe. It makes the donuts moist and soft. Make sure that the butter is soft and is at room temperature.
- Eggs: The eggs provide structure to the donut dough. We will need one large egg and egg yolk. The extra egg yolk will make the donuts moist and provide them with a lovely golden color.
- Buttermilk: If you can’t find buttermilk, simply add one tablespoon of lemon juice to a cup of milk and let it sit for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, the milk will have thickened.
- Vanilla Extract: The vanilla extract is used to provide flavor to the buttermilk donuts.
- Vegetable Oil: For frying, I highly recommend the use of vegetable oil or canola oil. Moreover, make sure to get a thermometer to measure the temperature of the oil as it heats up. You will see later why is it important and needed.
- Powdered Sugar: The powdered sugar will be used to make the vanilla sugar glaze.
- Full-Fat Milk: The full-fat milk will also be used for the glaze.
Preparing and Frying the Donuts
There are four stages to making fried donuts: preparing the dough, chilling the dough, shaping the donuts, and finally frying the donuts. Each step is detailed below with a picture to ensure that you are successful.
Stage 1: Prepare The Dough
- Prepare the dry ingredients: In a bowl, add the white rice flour, tapioca flour, corn starch, brown rice flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. Then using a whisk, combine the ingredients.
- Prepare the dough: In a separate bowl, add the butter and sugar. Using a stand-alone mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar at medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Then, add the egg, egg yolk, buttermilk, and vanilla extract. Beat at medium speed until combined. Now, add the flour mixture and beat at low speed until combined. The dough will be sticky, and that’s fine. We need the dough to be highly hydrated for soft and moist buttermilk donuts.
Stage 2: Chill The Dough
- Chill The dough: Transfer the dough to a flour-dusted plastic wrap and flour the top of the dough. Then, shape the dough into a ball and roll it to a thick disc. Wrap it with plastic wrap and chill the dough in the fridge for up to one hour. Chilling the dough will make it easier to shape the donuts and help them hold their shape when they are fried.
- Prepare the glaze: While the dough chills, you can prepare the glaze. In a bowl, add the powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and milk. Then using a spoon or a whisk, combine until the glaze is smooth.
Stage 3: Shape The Dough
- Shape the dough: Transfer the chilled dough to a flour duster working top. Then using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a 1.5 cm (½ inch) thick rectangle or circle. Using a 6-cm cookie-cutter, press into the dough. Then using a cupcake corer or a smaller cookie cutter, press into the center of the circle we just cut out to create a donut hole. Repeat until you are out of dough. If any dough remains, you can form it into small circles and fry them to make mini-bites donuts. Transfer the cut-out donuts to a baking tray aligned with parchment paper. Using a knife or a dough cutter, gently score the top of each donut four times to create a rectangle. This allows even cooking.
Stage 4: Fry The Gluten Free Donuts
- Fry the donuts: Add vegetable oil to a cooking pot over low-medium heat. Measure the temperature of the oil using a thermometer, and once the temperature reaches 175-180°C (347-356°F), add three donuts. Cook each donut for 1-1.5 minutes, and then flip the donuts to the other side and cook the other side for another 1-1.5 minutes or until golden. Transfer the donuts to a cooling rack and allow them to cool for 5 minutes.
- Glaze the donuts: After allowing the donuts to cool a bit, gently dip each donut into the glaze to cover the top and bottom of each donut. You can choose to cover one side only, but I prefer when the entire donut is glazed.
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Gluten Free Fried Donuts
Gluten Free Donuts
- 128 grams of White Rice Flour
- 51 grams of Tapioca Flour
- 26 grams of Corn Starch
- 51 grams of Brown Rice Flour
- 1 ½ teaspoon of Xanthan Gum
- 2 teaspoons of Baking Powder
- 1 teaspoon of Salt
- ½ teaspoon of Nutmeg
- 100 grams of Sugar
- 90 grams of Unsalted Butter at room temperature
- 1 Large Egg
- 1 Egg Yolk
- 85 ml of Buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
- 1 Liter of Vegetable Oil for frying.
Vanilla Sugar Glaze
- 220 grams of Powdered Sugar
- 70 ml of Full-Fat Milk
- ½ teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
- Add the white rice flour, tapioca flour, corn starch, brown rice flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg to a bowl. Using a Wisk, combine the ingredients.
- In a separate bowl, add the sugar and unsalted butter. Using a stand-alone mixer, with the paddle attachment, at medium-high speed, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (2-3 minutes). Then, reduce the speed and add the egg, yolk, buttermilk, and vanilla extract. Beat the ingredients until combined (1-2 minutes). Now, slowly add the flour mixture and beat the ingredients until combined (2-3 minutes).
- Cut a piece of plastic wrap and place it on your working surface. Dust the plastic wrap with gluten-free flour, then transfer the donut dough to the plastic wrap. Dust the top of the dough with gluten-free flour, then using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a thick disc. Wrap the dough with plastic wrap, and allow it to chill in the fridge for one hour.
- Meanwhile, prepare the vanilla sugar glaze while the dough chills. In a bowl, add the powdered sugar, full-fat milk, and vanilla extract. Using the whisk, combine the ingredients and set the glaze aside for later.
- Now, transfer the dough to a dusted working surface and roll the dough into a 1.5 cm (½ inch) thick rectangle or circle using a rolling pin. Using a 6 cm ( 2.5 inch) cookie cutter, press into the dough. Then, press a cupcake corer into the middle of the cut-out dough to create the donut hole. Remove the donut hole and set it aside. Transfer the cut-out donut to a baking tray aligned with parchment paper. Repeat until you are out of dough. You can also make bite-sized donuts from the donut holes or any remaining dough you have.
- Using a knife, gently score the top of each donut four times to create a rectangle. This will allow the donut to cook evenly and create texture.
- In a cooking pot, add the vegetable oil and allow it to get hot. Measure the oil temperature using a thermometer, and once a temperature of 175-180°C (347-356°F) is reached, add three donuts. Cook the donuts for 1-1.5 minutes and then flip them to cook the other side for another 1-1.5 minutes. Transfer the cooked donuts to a cooling rack and allow them to cool for 5 minutes before dipping them into the glaze to cover them completely.
- Tips: The secret to successful donuts is the temperature of the oil. Therefore, before attempting to make the recipe, please invest in a kitchen thermometer. You can use the thermometer for other recipes as well, such as bread making. Moreover, make sure to measure the dry ingredients using a scale and sift the flours.
- Make-Ahead: You can prepare the donut dough ahead of time and store it in the fridge. The dough can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days.
- Storage: The gluten free fried donuts are best served fresh. However, you can store them in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Storing them in an air-tight container will help to keep them fresh and moist.
Tina R. says
So I’m really confused. You say to use a ONE INCH cutter for the donut… that’s extremely small, smaller than mini donuts, actually. Mine look nothing like yours… and I’m thinking the size has to be way off. Is your sizing a misprint?
Hi Tina, the sizing is a misprint. Thanks for pointing that out. The cookie cutter I used is around 2.5 to 3 inch in diameter.
I haven't made homemade donuts like these in a while, but now I know what will keep me busy this weekend! I can't wait to make these, they look super delicious. Thank you for sharing this recipe!
Katie Crenshaw says
I can't believe how good these donuts turned out. I made them for breakfast. My family loved them.
Amanda Dixon says
These donuts were the most delicious way to start the day! The buttermilk added such a nice flavor too. It's such a fun weekend cooking project.
The tanginess of the buttermilk adds a very nice flavor to this gluten-free donut. I cannot wait to bake more!
These Donuts looks mouth melting. The Glaze on the top looks tempting. Perfect Tea TIme option . Kids to love it.
Buttermilk makes everything better, doesn't it? These donuts were delightful - the texture is perfectly moist. Yum!
Your photography here is stunning! It definitely convinced me to give these donuts a try and I am so happy I did! They are so tasty!
Thank you Lilly! 😀
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I love buttermilk donuts, and have friends who are gluten free. I haven't made these, yet, but I shared the recipe with all of my gluten free friends. Great, clear instructions. Thanks for this.
Yum! These donuts look like they came from a donut shop!
Thank you so much for sharing this amazing buttermilk donuts recipe! Will surely have this again! It's really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!
These donuts look insanely delicious. Can't wait to try!
the photos are really cool! and the donuts are insane delish
So glad you liked them!
I have always wanted to make homemade donuts, and your recipe looked so great I had to try it! I am happy I did! These delicious donuts were so easy to make, and I will make them again. Thank you for the recipe!
Luke Ratford says
These doughnuts were amazing, the kids absolutely devoured them lol
We will be making it again at the weekend 🙂
Thanks for sharing!!
Thanks for showing how to make donuts without a donut pan! I'm excited to make these ones, especially because they are gluten free.