Make your weekend morning special with a batch of chocolate gingerbread donuts! Tender donuts are topped with a chocolate glaze, making these hard to resist. These treats are gluten free, vegan, and allergy friendly!
When the weekend rolls around, my children usually ask for some kind of special breakfast.
Sometimes it’s fluffy vegan pancakes, or cinnamon waffles, or chocolate chip banana muffins…we rotate through all of those options. And sometimes it’s a batch of donuts. And if I’m feeling really adventurous, it’s frosted donuts, like these chocolate gingerbread donuts.
It’s so easy to make donuts at home, and that’s a good thing, because with peanut and tree nut allergies, donut shops are off-limits for us. But we don’t have to miss out! My boys love homemade donuts, and I love making them for them.
These chocolate gingerbread donuts are delicious with the chocolate glaze, but you could enjoy them plain as well. Or if you want to do something different, you could frost them with vanilla buttercream frosting.
- Gluten Free Flour Blend – This recipe works well with Namaste Perfect Flour Blend. I don’t recommend grain free flours like coconut flour or almond flour for this recipe.
- Vegan Buttery Spread – We use Earth Balance Soy Free Buttery Spread. You could also use coconut oil or canola oil, or a different brand of buttery spread if you prefer.
- Unsweetened Applesauce – Applesauce works as an egg replacer in this recipe. If you can’t have apples, try pumpkin puree or mashed banana. Read my post about egg substitutions for more information.
Dairy Free Chocolate Glaze
The glaze is simple – it’s just vegan buttery spread, chocolate chips, brown sugar, cocoa powder, and non-dairy milk all melted together on the stove.
Once the donuts have cooled, simply dip the tops of them into the glaze. You could also use a spoon to drizzle the glaze over the donuts.
A non-stick donut pan is a great tool for making donuts at home. If you don’t have a donut pan, you could make this recipe in a muffin tin instead. The baking time may be a little bit longer, so you’ll want to keep an eye on them.
- Most donut pans are non-stick, but if you are having trouble with donuts sticking when you try to remove them, you can go ahead and grease the pan with a little vegan buttery spread or oil.
- After the donuts cool for about 10-15 minutes, turn the pan over on top of a baking sheet or a surface covered with parchment, and whack the pan firmly against the table or counter. The donuts should pop out easily.
These donuts should last for 2-3 days when stored in an airtight container.
These would freeze well. Wrap each donut in waxed paper and then store in a freezer bag. They should last for up to 3 months in the freezer.
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Chocolate Gingerbread Donuts (Gluten Free, Vegan).
These baked chocolate gingerbread donuts are a perfect weekend treat!
For the donuts:
- ¾ cups gluten free flour blend
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ cup organic cane sugar
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅙ cup vegan buttery spread melted
- ⅓ cup non-dairy milk
- 2 Tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 ½ Tablespoons molasses
For the glaze:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a donut pan. (Even if it is non-stick, I still recommend greasing it, just to make sure your donuts come out intact).
In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the gluten free flour blend, sugar, spices, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
Add the melted vegan buttery spread, non-dairy milk, applesauce, vanilla extract, apple cider vinegar, and molasses. Stir well.
Spoon the batter into the greased donut pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 12-14 minutes.
Let cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then invert the pan over a cookie sheet and tap the bottom to release the donuts.
While the donuts finish cooling, make the chocolate glaze. Place the cocoa powder, brown sugar, salt, non-dairy milk, chocolate chips, and vegan buttery spread in a sauce pan, and cook over medium heat until melted. Stir often, and remove from the heat.
Pour the glaze into a bowl and allow to cool for a few minutes. Dip the tops of the cooled donuts into the glaze. Enjoy!
Store leftover donuts in an airtight container. They should stay fresh for 2-3 days.
You can freeze these donuts – wrap in waxed paper, and then place them in a freezer bag. They should stay fresh in the freezer for up to 3 months.
If you aren’t gluten free, use all-purpose flour.