Gluten Free Chocolate Sunbutter Donuts

Gluten Free Sunbutter Glazed Chocolate Donuts

There is something about donuts that makes any day a little better. Don’t believe me, just ask a cop. I have a theory as to why it is a cliché that cops eat donuts; they spend their days serving and protecting an often ungrateful public – kind of like being a mom!

If a donut makes the day seem a little brighter, well I say go for it! Of course fried, gluten filled donuts (aka fat pills) aren’t the healthiest way to go if one needs a little brightness in the day. Too much work to repair the damage later.

These Gluten Free Sunbutter Glazed Chocolate Donuts are a better option; they are baked not fried, are gluten, dairy, egg and nut free, have some whole grain goodness from brown rice flour, and are vegan. If you want to make them even healthier, just substitute the organic sugar with an equal amount of coconut palm sugar.

You can even make your own refined, sugar free, powdered sugar by placing 1 cup coconut palm sugar and 2 teaspoons tapioca starch in a spice grinder and grinding until it turns into a fine powder. Use this to replace the cup of powdered sugar in the recipe.

If you don’t have a donut pan, you can bake these as muffins and cook them about 5 minutes longer.

So if you need a little something to brighten up your day (or to use as bribery on your own ungrateful public – aka the kids!) give these quick cooking, healthier donuts a try.

Gluten Free Chocolate Sunbutter Donuts

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Gluten Free Chocolate Sunbutter Donuts
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Gluten Free Sunbutter Glazed Chocolate Donuts Recipe

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Cooling10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 doughnuts
Calories: 360kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Donuts

  • cups superfine brown rice flour
  • ½ cup tapioca starch
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
  • 1 cup organic sugar
  • 1 cup rice milk
  • ½ cup grapeseed or other neutral flavored oil plus more for the pans
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Sunbutter Glaze

  • ½ cup creamy Sunbutter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar measured then sifted
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 5 tablespoons rice milk


  • Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Donuts
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush two (6 each) donut pans with some oil.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the brown rice flour, tapioca starch, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt, breaking up any lumps from the cocoa powder.
  • In another mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, rice milk, oil, and vanilla. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix well.
  • Spoon the batter into the prepared pans, filling the donut cavities almost full. Alternatively, you can put the batter into a large food storage bag, cut off about ¼ inch from one of the corners and squeeze the mixture into the pans. Bake for 15 minutes or until the donuts spring back when touched lightly and a tooth pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then move to a wire rack to cool completely.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Sunbutter Glazed Chocolate Donuts Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 360 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 199mg8%
Potassium 61mg2%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 27g30%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 5IU0%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. marianne
    February 4, 2013

    Is this recipe missing the Xanthan gum?

    1. Gluten Free & More
      February 5, 2013

      Hi Marianne – nope! There isn’t any need for xanthan gum in this recipe. The tapioca strach holds everything together just fine!

      1. marianne
        February 6, 2013

        Yeah! Can’t wait to try this!

        1. Gluten Free & More
          February 7, 2013

          Enjoy Marianne!

  2. February 4, 2013

    Oh be still my heart! I so pinned this.

    1. Gluten Free & More
      February 5, 2013

      Thanks Alisa!

  3. February 5, 2013

    I’m coming to Valentine’s Day at your house Carol! Yum! These sound fab and I love that you used sunbutter. Our schools are nut-free so this makes a lunchbox-friendly treat!

    1. Gluten Free & More
      February 7, 2013

      Thanks Maggie and you are welcome anytime!!! More and more schools here are going nut free too.

  4. Heidi
    July 9, 2015

    I have sorghum and millet flours at home so could I use those instead of the rice flours? What would be a ratio? I also have arrowroot.

    1. Gluten Free & More
      July 24, 2015

      Heidi, ideally use 35% sorghum, 35% arrowroot, 30% tapioca starch. If you can’t find tapioca for some reason, you could try arrowroot the whole way … That’s just off the top of my head though, so it will have to be tested! xo, Carol

  5. Sarah
    March 6, 2017

    Unfortunately I cannot get Tapioca starch where I live. What are some alternatives? I also cannot get SunButter but I assume I can make my own by roasting and grinding down sunflower seeds with a bit of oil. Any thoughts on that?

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