Gluten-Free Maple Doughnuts with Cream Cheese Frosting

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There’s something about starting a weekend morning with a good cup of coffee and a fresh doughnut. Especially when it’s quiet and you have the house to yourself, and you can just relax for a minute.
Frying doughnuts is mess and time consuming — and I don’t want to eat a bunch of fried doughnuts for no reason — but baked doughnuts are surprisingly easy, and can be just as delicious. Especially when they’re gluten-free. You’ll need a doughnut pan and your favorite gluten-free flour (I almost always use King Arthur) and you’re good to go.
These are cake like, lightly sweetened, and full of maple flavor. They’re topped with an easy cream cheese frosting that compliments them well, and makes a perfect, seasonally appropriate doughnut for breakfast or anytime.

Gluten-Free Maple Doughnuts with Cream Cheese Frosting

These easy baked gluten free doughnuts make it easy to indulge without guilt. A cream cheese frosting is the icing on the cake.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12



  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free flour blend
  • 3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum — only if your flour doesn’t have it
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup real maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup melted butter cooled
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 3/4 cup cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 2 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts for finishing


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a standard size cooking pan with cooking spray.
  • Combine the flour, xanthan gum, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg in a mixing bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the maple syrup, butter, eggs, yogurt, maple and vanilla extracts.
  • Add the wet to the dry and mix until just combined.
  • Using either a piping bag or just a spoon, fill the doughnut pan until full.
  • Bake for 11-12 minutes, until golden brown. Remove, let cool and remove from pan. Repeat with remaining batter.
  • To make the frosting, whisk all of the ingredients together until thickened and smooth.
  • When all of the doughnuts are completely cool, ice the doughnuts and sprinkle with walnuts.
  • Enjoy with a strong cup of coffee.
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