I have only been back in Southern California for a little over a month, and I have been to our local donut shop about 3 times already. And each time I went there with my little sister I kept thinking, “this is not a good idea, I already know how gluten affects my body why are you eating it”. Though I am not terribly allergic to gluten, over the past 2 years I realized that my body just doesn’t tolerate gluten like it used to. I got really sick after months of eating poorly (mostly of pasta and delivery pizza) during my junior year in college and my body has never been the same. I remember making trips to Target next to our apartment and coming back home with bags of pasta and jars of alfredo and tomato sauce. Sometimes being a college student means quick meals to get back to homework and study…ah…yes those were the days.
But now that I’m back home with my family, I’ve been trying to stick to my gluten-free diet that I started my last year of college. However, living with my family causes a lot of temptation, especially from my little sister. Some days she will walk home from school and would be carrying a little bag of donut holes. And of course being the nice little sister she is, she offers me some saying they are sooooo yummy and fluffy! My restraint for donuts are low, so more often than not I will reach inside the bag and pull out 2 donut holes.
As tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and yesterday I had 2 bites of a maple bar donut, I decided what would be more perfect than to make some gluten-free donuts to suffice my donut craving. So here it is! Gluten-free Red Velvet baked donuts, in of course a heart-shaped donut pan. ♥ Enjoy!
Gluten Free Red Velvet Baked Donuts recipe adapted from Flippin’ Delicious
3/4 cup gluten-free flour
3/4 teaspoon ground chia seeds
1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoon cacao powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons oil
1/3 cup soymilk
1 Tablespoon vinegar
1/2 teaspoon red food coloring
1 cup powder sugar
2 Tablespoons soymilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 drop of red food coloring
- mix together soymilk and vinegar in a measuring cup, and set aside for 5 minutes
- in another bowl, mix gluten-free flour, sugar, cacao powder, baking powder, salt, and ground chia seeds
- make a “well” in the dry ingredients for the wet ingredients to get inside
- add in milk/vinegar mixture, egg, oil, and food coloring and mix gently
- pour the batter into a sandwich bag, seal it, and then cut off a corner to pipe the donut batter
- lightly grease your donut pan, then fill the donut pan, but do not cover the center part of the mold
- bake for 8-10 minutes, until a toothpick comes out cleanly
- let the donuts cool for at least 10 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack *if you donuts come out domed, place them on the cooling rack flat side down, so they do not split in half while cooling*
- spread glaze on top and quickly sprinkle your choice of sprinkles on top before the glaze hardens
Gluten-free flour blend recipe adapted from Land O’ Lakes
2 cups rice flour ( I used half white rice and half brown rice flour)
2/3 cup potato starch
1/3 tapioca flour
- My heart-shaped donut pan is smaller and not as deep and a regular donut pan, which led me to fill the pan up higher than I should have to use up all the batter. If using a heart-shaped pan, this recipe could probably make about 10 donuts.
- My batter rose a lot more than I thought they would, making it cover the inner heart mold. So once they were cooled completely, I took a small fruit knife and followed the heart indent and cut it out the center heart.
- I didn’t have xanthan gum which Flippin’ Delicious used in her recipe, which is why I used ground chia seeds instead. Which is a great alternative if your body can’t handle xanthan gum. But, if you are okay digesting xanthan gum and don’t have ground chia seeds, use 1/2 teaspoon xantham gum if you gluten-free flour doesn’t already have it added in.
- I can’t have dairy and didn’t have cream cheese flavoring, so I omitted that from my glaze and it still tasted delicious!
Whether you’re spending Valentine’s day with your significant other or some of your best friends, these donuts will be great! They won’t even know they are gluten-free because of how light and fluffy they are! ♥♥ And you can bake these even without an occasion and snack on them after dinner.
And if you don’t own a donut pan yet, go out and buy yourself one! You won’t regret it! Then anytime you have a donut craving you can whip up a batch of these and be happy~
Hope you spend your day surrounded by those that love and care about you ♥
Every day, Lai Day! Happy Valentine’s Day!