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    Gluten-free Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts (egg-free + nut-free)

    Gluten-free Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts that are egg-free, nut-free and ready in less than 15 minutes!

    Gluten-free Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts that are egg-free, nut-free and ready in just 15 minutes!Gluten-free Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts that are egg-free, nut-free and ready in less than 15 minutes!

    Do-nut even get me started on my recent craze over all things DONUTS.

    A few years ago when I first bought a donut pan, I questioned my impulse decision after ordering. I didn’t think I’d actually ever use it and now I find myself using this pan so much, I want to buy more so I can make bigger batches of donuts and bagels!

    This is healthy spin on the classic cinnamon sugar donut.

    It is a basic and very simple recipe to make and will take all of 15 minutes start to finish to whip them up. I love that they are sweetened with a little coconut sugar, have unsweetened applesauce in them for that moist consistency and I even snuck in some Vital Proteins collagen when I made them. The first time I used their collagen creamer (so good) and the second time I used the collagen peptides since it is all I had on hand.

    I love sneaking in Vital Protein’s collagen into random recipes as you guys know. It adds more collagen and protein to a recipe and it doesn’t bulk it up or anything like your usual protein powder. It dissolves right in the batter when you bake with it (more on collagen here).

    The consistency of these donuts is my favorite. They are perfectly cakey and not too heavy. I personally find some healthier donuts pretty dense but these aren’t at all. They are also egg-free, nut-free and gluten-free so very allergy-friendly. So for all my friends out there looking for something to please anyone, here ya go!

    Hope you guys love this recipe and don’t forget to order a donut pan so you can participate in the magic!

    Gluten-free Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts that are egg-free, nut-free and ready in less than 15 minutes!

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    Gluten-free Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

    Prep Time 5 mins
    Cook Time 12 mins
    Total Time 17 mins
    Yields 10-12 donuts



    Cinnamon sugar coating

    • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a donut tray with coconut oil
    2. Mix together the applesauce, milk, oil and vanilla
    3. Add in the flour, sugar, collagen, baking powder and cinnamon and mix until smooth and creamy with no clumps
    4. Spoon batter into donut pans then bake in oven for 12 minutes or until ready
    5. Allow the donuts to cool for a few then gently remove
    6. Mix together the cinnamon sugar coating then dip each donut into it and enjoy!


    Recipe Notes

    *Will stay good in airtight container for 3 days, or in fridge for 1 week or freezer for 2 months

    xx, Rach

    Thank you Vital Proteins for sponsoring this post!

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  • Reply Laura B March 7, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    Hi! Have you ever tried these without the collagen? I’m attempting to make healthier vegan donuts and LOVE the look of this recipe except for the collagen. Thanks!

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  • Reply Meg March 8, 2019 at 9:34 am

    Is there a substitute for the applesauce? These look delish!

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  • Reply Melanie Woods March 8, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    What is your favorite gluten free flour?

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  • Reply Rachel Socha March 17, 2019 at 5:34 am

    I don’t have a donut pan, can I use a muffin tray and make them muffins??

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    • Reply Rachel March 17, 2019 at 5:50 pm

      hmmm probably! not sure on bake time 🙂 let me know if you do! xx

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  • Reply Emily April 12, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    Could I use an egg instead of applesauce (eating low fodmap, womp womp)

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  • Reply Molly April 29, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    How do you get the cinnamon and sugar to stick to the donut?? The donuts came out AMAZING, but I couldn’t figure out how to get the coating to stay…

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    • Reply Rachel April 29, 2019 at 5:06 pm

      mine stuck well just from dipping! it may absorb into the donut but that is okay 🙂 you will get the sweetness! xx

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