This maple glazed fried gluten free donut recipe is my take on a classic yeast risen donut, but without the gluten or dairy. It can also be made vegan with the use of an egg substitute.

Although these doughnuts are maple glazed, below I provide direction on making them any flavour you like by taking the base recipe and making tweaks to it.

I also provide ingredient substitutions and variations.

Product brands I recommend for this recipe

For the best, most consistent results on this gluten free yeast donut recipe, I recommend the following brands:

  • Robin Hood gluten-free flour blend – I like this flour blend because it is the closest I have found to regular white flour. It also comes with xanthan gum already included so that you don’t have to add it to your recipe.
  • Fleischmann’s quick rise instant yeast – Using quick rise instant yeast will speed this recipe up and means that you will only have to rise the dough once. Further in this blog post I also provide direction on using active dry yeast if you prefer.
  • Earth Balance soy free vegan butter – I like using Earth Balance butter because it has the most similar flavour and consistency to regular butter. I also like that it does not contain soy like many other vegan butter alternatives do.

Recipes substitutions and variations

Substitutions:

Gluten-free flour substitutions: For this recipe, I highly recommend using Robin Hood gluten free flour if you can get it for the most consistent results. However, if you’ve already got another gluten-free flour blend in the cupboard, feel free to use that. Depending on what the flour blend contains, you may have to adjust the flour measurements up or down. Some gluten free flours absorb more liquid than others. Look for gluten-free flour blends that contain rice flour, potato starch, tapioca starch, and xanthan gum. I have had the best results with these.

Sugar substitutions: Instead of using white granulated sugar, you could potentially swap it out for brown sugar, coconut palm sugar, or a low calorie/low carb granulated sugar alternative (such as Swerve). However, I have not tested this recipe out with anything other than white granulated sugar so I can’t guarantee the results. I don’t recommend using any other liquid sweetener (such as honey or maple syrup) as it will throw off the dry to wet ingredient ratio and may affect the outcome.

Quick rise yeast substitutions: Instead of using quick rise yeast, you can also swap it out for active dry yeast. If you do this, put 3 tablespoons of warm water into a cup and sprinkle your active dry yeast on top of the water to activate it. Leave it for five minutes. You can also sprinkle a little bit of granulated sugar on top of the yeast to help it activate. If you use active dry yeast, instead of using 1/2 cup of warm dairy free milk in the recipe, subtract 3 tablespoons of milk from it so that the total amount of liquid ingredients still equal 1/2 cup. This works out to about 1/3 of a cup of dairy free milk and 3 tablespoons of warm water total.

Dairy free milk substitutions: You can use any type of dairy free milk in this recipe. I used oat milk. You can also use regular cow’s milk or even buttermilk. If you use buttermilk, omit the 1 teaspoon of white vinegar from this recipe.

Vegan butter substitutions: Instead of using a vegan butter alternative, you could also use regular cow’s milk butter. If you are using vegan butter, I recommend oil-based butter alternatives or margarines. I don’t suggest using cashew based vegan butters as I have not tested these out and cannot guarantee the outcome.

Egg substitutions: Instead of using a chicken egg, you can also swap it out for a vegan egg alternative such as a chia, flax or gelatin egg. I have tested this recipe using 1 chia egg and it turned out fantastic. In fact, my taste testers liked the vegan version of these doughnuts best. To make a chia egg, combine 1 tablespoon ground or whole chia seeds with 4 tablespoons of water in a small dish. Mix them up and let them sit for at least five minutes. It will form into a thick gel. Use this instead of the one chicken egg called for in this recipe.

Vegetable oil substitutes: Instead of using vegetable oil to fry your donuts in, you can also use coconut oil – refined or not. Just keep in mind if you use extra-virgin cold pressed coconut oil, your donuts may have a coconut flavour. Using refined coconut oil will not add any flavour. Coconut oil is hard at room temperature though since it is a saturated fat, so once you have cooked your donuts, they may harden up when cooled. Heat them in the microwave for 15 seconds before eating.

Three glazed donuts stacked up with a bite taken out of the top one

Variations:

Make this recipe vegan: Omit the chicken egg and substitute for a chia, flax or gelatin egg. To make a chia egg, mix 1 tbsp ground or whole chia seeds in a small dish with 4 tbsp water and let sit for at least 5 minutes to gel. Use in place of the egg in this recipe.

Make this recipe lower oxalate: Make sure to use white rice-based flour, and avoid tapioca starch or cassava flour. Potato starch is okay. For dairy free milk, use coconut milk or regular cows milk.

Make this gluten free yeast donut recipe in different flavours

Follow the recipe as is, but do not add the maple extract to the dough or to the glaze. Add any other flavour extract in place of it. For example, earl grey, coffee, vanilla, almond etc. You can find many different flavoured extracts at your local grocery store in the baking section.


The glaze in this recipe does contain maple syrup which will still give it a bit of a maple flavour, so if you don’t want that you could use this “base” doughnut glaze recipe instead and tweak as needed.

Use active dry yeast instead of quick rise yeast

If you are using quick rise yeast in this recipe, it gets mixed into the dry ingredients before the wet ingredients are added. However, if you want to use active dry yeast instead, you will need to activate it in warm water ahead of time and add it with the wet ingredients.

Follow the recipe as is, but change the following: 

1. Swap out the 1 teaspoon quick rise yeast for 1 teaspoon of active dry yeast.

2. Sprinkle your 1 teaspoon of active dry yeast over 3 tablespoons of warm water in a cup to activate it. You can also sprinkle a tiny bit of granulated white sugar on top to help it activate.

3. Instead of using 1/2 cup of dairy free milk that the recipe calls for, only use 1/3 cup. Between the 1/3 cup of dairy free milk and the 3 tablespoons of yeasted water, your liquid ingredients equal the original amount of 1/2 cup dairy free milk called for in this recipe. 

4. Add your 3 tablespoons of water with yeast at the same time as your other wet ingredients.

Three glazed doughnuts on a plate

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Pro tips for this recipe:

Serve these gluten free dairy free donuts fresh, or microwave for 15 seconds to soften them up again.

Because gluten-free baking can be more dense than regular baking, and because these doughnuts are deep-fried, they can get a little bit more firm and dry once they have cooled off. For this reason, I suggest serving them super fresh, or blasting them in the microwave for 10-15 seconds or so to soften them up again before eating.

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Fried gluten free donut recipe (Maple glazed)

Tara Klippert
This maple glazed fried gluten free donut recipe is my take on a classic yeast risen donut, but without the gluten or dairy. It can also be made vegan with the use of an egg substitute.
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Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Rising time 1 hr
Total Time 2 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 317 kcal

Equipment

  • Donut cutter
  • Rolling Pin
  • KitchenAid Stand mixer
  • Glass baking pan
  • Plastic wrap
  • Parchment paper
  • Deep cast-iron pan or pot
  • Paper towel
  • large bowl
  • Cooking spray

Ingredients
  

Dry ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup gluten free flour (I recommend Robin Hood brand)
  • cup granulated white sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp quick rise yeast

Wet ingredients

  • ½ cup warmed dairy free milk
  • 2 tbsp melted vegan butter (I recommend Earth Balance soy free)
  • 1 room temp egg (or 1 chia egg – 1 tbsp chia seeds mixed with 4 tbsp water)
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • ½ tsp maple extract

Maple glaze

  • 2 tbsp melted vegan butter
  • cup maple syrup
  • 1 ⅛ – 1 ¼ cup icing sugar
  • ½ tsp maple extract

Deep frying

  • 1 small jug of canola oil (enough to fill the cast iron pan or pot to at least 1-2 inches deep)

Donut topper

  • ½ cup maple flakes

Instructions
 

Make the dough

  • Mix all of the dry ingredients together in your stand mixer or large bowl – gluten-free flour, granulated sugar, salt and quick rise yeast.
    All dry ingredients mixed together in the stand mixer bowl
  • Once your dry ingredients are mixed together, add all of your wet ingredients into the stand mixer – dairy free milk, melted butter, egg, vinegar and maple extract.
    Wet ingredients added into mixed dry ingredients
  • Using the mixer attachment, mix your gluten-free dough thoroughly until all of the ingredients are incorporated. Continue mixing for a couple minutes to knead your dough.
    Both dry and wet ingredients being mixed together in stand mixer
  • Your dough should be sticky and more wet than regular bread dough usually is. If its not, add additional water or dairy free milk slowly until it is. Be careful not to go to thin though either.
    How the final dough will look like once mixed thoroughly in stand mixer. Sticky and stuck to the sides of the bowl.
  • Using a spatula, scrape the dough from the sides of the stand mixer or bowl down towards the middle until you have formed a ball out of all of the dough.
    Ball of dough after scraping down the sides of the stand mixer bowl with a spatula

Rest your dough

  • Cover your bowl with a damp towel and let the dough rest for 10 minutes. The dough will not rise during this time.
    Ball of dough in stand mixer bowl covered with damp towel to rest

Roll out and cut your dough

  • On a clean surface, sprinkle some gluten-free flour and spread it evenly around with your hand. Using the spatula, scrape your ball of dough out onto the floured surface.
    Ball of dough on floured surface
  • Sprinkle some additional gluten-free flour on top of the dough and start to press it down with your hand until it is in a disk-like shape.
    Dough after being pressed down and sprinkled with gluten-free flour on top
  • Then using your rolling pin, roll it out until it is about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick. You can even go up to 1 inch thick if you want larger doughnuts.
    Rolled out dough ready for being cut into donut shapes
  • Using a floured doughnut cutter, cut out the doughnut shapes carefully – the dough will be flimsy so be careful while handling it.
    Doughnut cutter pressing into rolled out dough
  • Cut out as many as you can from your rolled out dough. Then combine the remaining scraps and repeat the process of flouring, rolling out and cutting until you've used up all the dough. You will usually get around 8 to 10 small doughnuts – depending on the size of your doughnut cutter.
    What your dough will look like after cutting out all of your doughnuts and before rerolling it and making more. Scraps of dough on floured surface.
  • Line a deep glass baking dish with parchment paper. Place each cut out doughnut onto the parchment paper. Allow a bit of space between each doughnut as they will rise and spread a bit.
    Cut out doughnuts on parchment paper in deep glass dish
  • Cover your glass dish with oiled plastic wrap. The easiest way to do this is to prepare the sheets of plastic wrap first on the counter, spray one side of them with cooking spray, and then top the glass baking dish with them – oiled side down. The plastic wrap should create a tight seal so that no air can get into the pan.
    Rolled out plastic wrap sprayed with coconut oil cooking spray

Rise your dough

  • In a warm spot (I put them under the oven light), let them rise for roughly one hour.
    Cut out doughnuts in glass dish on parchment paper covered with oiled plastic wrap to rise for 1 hour.
  • Gluten-free yeast risen dough will not rise as much as a regular dough that contains wheat/gluten flour will. They should however rise to about 150% of its original size.
    Cut out donuts after risen for one hour and oiled plastic wrap removed.

Deep fry your donuts

  • In a large cast-iron pan or pot, pour in at least 1 inch of vegetable oil and up to 2 inches. Heat up to medium heat (roughly 300 to 350 Fahrenheit if you have a deep frying temperature gauge). You can also test that your oil is up to temperature by tossing in a small piece of dough scrap. If it starts bubbling away immediately, you should be good to go.
    1 to 2 inch thick vegetable oil in a cast iron pan.
  • One at a time, carefully peel off the cut up doughnuts from the parchment paper and gently lower into the oil. Be very careful not to burn your self and ideally use something to help you lower it into the oil such as a metal flipper. After roughly 30 seconds to 1 minute you can flip the doughnut using a fork or flipper. Flip them once they start to get golden brown. Be careful not to overcook them. You’ll know they are starting to overcook if they start getting to be more of a darker brown colour.
    Two doughnuts being deep-fried beside a paper towel lined dish holding the cooked doughnuts
  • When each doughnut is cooked, lift them out and put them on a plate lined with a paper towel to soak up some of the extra grease.
    Cooked doughnuts on a plate lined with paper towel to soak up some of the grease

Make the glaze

  • While your doughnuts start to cool, you can make the glaze by combining all ingredients into a large bowl.
    All ingredients for the maple glaze in a large bowl
  • Mix the glaze with a whisk until everything is combined and there are no lumps left.
    Prepared maple glaze in large bowl

Glaze the donuts & garnish

  • Line up your fried doughnuts, maple glaze and your glass baking dish lined with parchment paper.
    Cooked doughnuts lined up beside maple glaze and glass dish lined with parchment paper
  • Dip one side of each cooked doughnut into the maple glaze and then place back into your glass baking dish lined with fresh parchment paper.
    Doughnuts after their first dip in maple glaze
  • Once the maple glaze has hardened up (usually happens within 10 minutes or so), you can dip your doughnuts a second time. This will make sure that the glaze is on there nice and thick.
    Doughnuts after their second dip in maple glaze
  • Place them back into the glass baking dish and sprinkle with maple flakes if desired. Let sit for another 10 minutes or so until the glaze has hardened.
    Doughnuts that have been dipped twice in maple glaze and sprinkled with maple flakes
  • Enjoy right away! Keep in the fridge for 2 to 3 days. If you are serving them from the fridge, put on a plate and microwave for 10 to 15 seconds to soften them up again.

Notes

In the blog post above, I give instructions on making this recipe vegan with the use of 1 chia egg.
I also provide instructions on using active dry yeast instead of quick rise yeast.
You can also find recipe ingredient substitutions and other variations on this recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 317kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 2.7gFat: 16.2gSaturated Fat: 2.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 8.8gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 172mgPotassium: 29mgFiber: 2.4gSugar: 22.4g
Keyword dairy free, gluten free, soy free
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About the author Tara Klippert

Tara Klippert is a Registered Health and Nutrition Counselor and holds a diploma in Holistic Nutrition and Health Coaching. She shares her gluten free, dairy free & allergy friendly recipes.