Get into the Christmas spirit with these paleo donuts! Made with a blend of almond and coconut flour these peppermint donuts come out ultra-soft and indulgent. Top them with your favorite dairy-free glaze and no one will be able to say no to these on the dessert table.
Do you struggle around the Holidays trying to stay true to your diet with all the temptations around?
As someone who has been dairy-free and gluten-free for the past few years, the struggle is real.
The solution is to start bringing your own treats to the party!
With these paleo donuts, you can feel good about indulging without compromising your health and wellness goals.
These peppermint donuts are baked in the oven making them easy to whip up and come out soft and sweet making them perfect for any occasion.
As a Certified Nutrition Coach, I love that these baked donuts use paleo-based flours and only maple syrup to sweeten them. Though they taste like dessert, they’re almost like an everyday snack!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Easy to make – the donut batter whips up in just one bowl and combines easily.
Allergy-friendly – naturally dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free, paleo, and refined sugar free makes them a healthy dessert choice.
Versatile – these candy cane donuts are just as delicious and freshly made as they are topped with a buttercream frosting or paleo-approved glaze.
Ingredients And Substitutions
Almond flour keeps the baked donuts light and gives a dose of healthy fats. Learn the difference between almond flour and ground almonds and make sure to use almond flour.
Coconut flour gives the donuts all the feel of rich carbohydrates but without eating all the carbs. Learn more about coconut flour vs almond flour.
Tapioca flour (also known as tapioca starch) is what helps hold the donuts together while keeping them paleo-friendly.
Applesauce provides some sweetness but also a lot of moisture.
Maple syrup – make sure to use real maple syrup for the best flavor as this is the only sweetener added to the peppermint donuts.
Peppermint extract – to give the donuts a true candy cane flavor.
Baking basics – you need egg whites, avocado oil, baking powder, and dairy-free milk for the recipe to come together. Make sure to use just the egg white though and not the yolk and know that flax eggs haven't been tested.
Crushed candy canes – you’ll need some for the donuts themselves and even more if you plan to frost them. Grab pre-crushed ones from your local bulk food store versus crushing them yourself. Trust me on this. Candy canes can also be replaced by paleo chocolate chips if you’re not using them for Christmas.
How To Make Them
Step 1: In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients and mix well to ensure no clumps.
Step 2: One by one add in the wet ingredients.
Step 3: Stir until combined, leaving no dry ingredients on the bottom of the bowl. Add in the candy canes.
Step 4: Manually portion the batter into the silicone molds.
Step 5: Take the time to smooth out the donuts and pat them down. Top with more candy canes.
Step 6: Bake in the oven and let them completely cool for 60 minutes.
Step 7: Remove the donuts from the molds and glaze them as per preference.
These gluten-free donuts do not pour as batter into the donut molds. You need to manually portion them with a spoon.
Likewise, use a silicone spatula to smooth them down and press a little to ensure there are no air pockets in the batter, otherwise, they’ll crumble.
Don’t try to remove the peppermint donuts from the molds until they’re cooler for at least an hour, or they break.
Use a silicone donut pan for the donuts, a greased donut pan won’t work as you need to bend the mold to get them out.
You can add candy canes to the batter as well as on top if you wish.
Don’t frost the donuts until completely cooled. If not, the donuts will crumble as you dip them.
Topping The Donuts
The donuts are delicious without any kind of frosting.
However, they do look prettier with it which is nice for parties.
I personally used a dairy-free buttercream frosting for these donuts and then thinned it slightly by adding 2.5 tablespoons of almond milk.
However, that buttercream does use vegan butter so you'd have to sub there.
If you need these candy cane donuts to be fully paleo, use this paleo sugar glaze.
A Traditional donut pan won’t work for these paleo donuts, they’re too delicate. You need to use silicone molds.
This is because gluten-free donuts are super fragile. So, to get them out of a mold you need to gently pop the donut, twist it, and pop the mold up again.
If you plan on making donuts regularly, get silicone donut molds.
Frequently Asked Questions About Paleo Donuts
Paleo donuts are often made out of a combination of coconut and almond flour. From there, they need something to hold them together. This can be done with eggs, tapioca flour, or even some protein powders.
Once glazed, the donuts should be stored in the fridge in an airtight container. Like this, they will last 3 to 4 days. If the donuts are not glazed, they can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for three days.
These paleo donuts freeze well so long as they’re not frosted. Once frosted, they don’t thaw well. To store them in the freezer make sure that the baked donuts are separated with pieces of parchment paper so they don’t stick together. When you want to enjoy them, let them thaw in the fridge.
Other Christmas Recipes You’ll Enjoy
- Candy cane fudge
- Peppermint patty bars
- Christmas morning baked protein oats
- Festive overnight oats with protein powder
- Chocolate almond flour cookies with candy canes
Easy Baked Paleo Donuts
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients and mix well to ensure no clumps.
- One by one add in the wet ingredients.
- Stir until combined, leaving no dry ingredients on the bottom of the bowl. Add in the cady canes.
- Manually portion the batter into the silicone molds.
- Take the time to smooth out the donuts and pat them down. Top with more candy canes.
- Bake in the oven for 30 minutes and let them completely cool for 60 minutes.
- Remove the donuts from the molds and glaze them as per preference.
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