Chocolate cherry donuts are a fun dessert or breakfast! These decadent treats are gluten free and vegan, too! A great way to use summer cherries.
You want to have a weekend tradition of donuts, but food allergies are standing in your way. In a perfect world, there would be an allergy friendly donut shop right next to every regular donut shop, but that just isn’t reality.
And that used to really be a downer for me, but then I started making my own allergy friendly donuts, and honestly, they are so good, my family doesn’t miss the donut shop at all.
From double chocolate donuts to spiced cider donuts, to vegan powdered donuts, there’s a lot to choose from if you want to make your own safe donuts. And now you can try these yummy gluten free vegan chocolate cherry donuts, too!
These chocolate cherry donuts are super easy to make, and they are a great way to use some summer cherries. If you don’t want to frost them, you don’t have to, but the frosting really makes these extra special. The frosting is just a simple dairy free buttercream made with some fresh cherry juice – that’s what gives it a nice pink shade.
What flour works the best for homemade baked donuts?
I used Namaste Perfect Flour Blend for this recipe, and it worked very well. The donuts had a nice shape, and a great texture. You can use any gluten free blend that works for you dietary needs. If you aren’t gluten free, go ahead and use regular all-purpose flour.
Can I use coconut flour or almond flour in this recipe?
I don’t recommend using coconut flour – it works best in recipes that call for eggs. Without eggs, coconut flour results in very dry, dense baked goods. If you want to use almond flour, you can use up to a ½ cup in this recipe without it negatively affecting the texture.
What type of donut pan is best for homemade donuts?
I use a metal donut pan by Wilton. You can find it at JoAnn Fabrics, Target, or on Amazon. I have seen the silicone donut pans, and they probably work well, too! I just haven’t tried them.
What kind of cocoa powder is allergy friendly?
It really depends on what your allergies are – you may want to check Hershey’s or Rodelle.
What can be used instead of applesauce?
You can use beet puree or mashed banana in place of applesauce if you like.
Can you freeze homemade gluten free donuts?
You can freeze these donuts – just wrap them well and store in a freezer bag. I recommend freezing them without frosting. They should stay fresh for about three months in the freezer.
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Cherry Chocolate Donuts (Gluten Free, Vegan).
Chocolate cherry donuts are a perfect weekend treat! Gluten free, vegan, and so delicious!
For the donuts:
- ¾ cups gluten free flour blend Namaste Perfect Flour works
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ cup organic cane sugar
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 Tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
- ⅙ cup coconut oil or melted vegan buttery spread
- ⅓ cup non-dairy milk
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons finely chopped fresh cherries optional
For the frosting:
- 2 Tablespoons vegan buttery spread
- 1 cup confectioner's sugar
- 1 Tablespoon cherry juice fresh or bottled
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a donut pan with a little coconut oil. (Even though it's non-stick, I still recommend greasing it).
In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the gluten free flour, sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
Melt the coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl for about 15 seconds.
Add the melted coconut oil, applesauce, vanilla, vinegar, and non-dairy milk. Stir well. Add the chopped cherries if using - for picky eaters, you may want to leave them out.
Spoon the batter into the prepared donut pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 11-14 minutes.
Let the donuts cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then turn pan over onto a cookie sheet and tap to remove donuts.
While the donuts cool completely, make the frosting.
Place the vegan buttery spread, cherry juice, and powdered sugar in a bowl. Mix on medium high speed until smooth. Add more cherry juice if you want a thinner glaze.
Frost the cooled donuts and enjoy!
Store leftover frosted donuts in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
For the cherry juice, you can just pit a few cherries and press them against a fine mesh sieve to extract the juice. Just use the back of a spoon to mash them in the sieve.
If you'd like to freeze these donuts, I recommend freezing them without frosting for the best quality.