Lemon Cake Donuts – Gluten Free, Vegan

These Lemon Cake Donuts are so easy to make and taste incredible! They have an amazingly soft texture and lemon flavor. They are also gluten-free and vegan cake donuts!

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Lemon recipes are a family favorite so I am always trying to find a new way to feature lemons in recipes. These gluten-free and vegan lemon cake donuts definitely meet the mark.

They are so delicious and super easy to make! We also love adding my gluten free and vegan blueberry sauce on top of these. It’s seriously the BEST flavor combo!

So let’s talk about what you need to make this recipe for Lemon Cake Donuts.

GLUTEN-FREE AND VEGAN LEMON CAKE DONUTS INGREDIENTS:

For the Lemon Cake Donuts:

  • 1 cup (110g) gluten free oat flour (almond flour or sorghum flour will work as well)
  • 1 cup (160g) all purpose gluten free flour (I use “Better Batter” or “Bob’s Red Mill“)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum (omit if your gluten free flour already contains xanthan gum)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup dairy free milk of choice (I use “So Delicious unsweetened Coconut Milk”)
  • Zest and juice from 1 large lemon (about 1/4 cup of lemon juice)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted (avocado oil works as well)
  • 1 tsp vanilla

For the Lemon Glaze:

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar/sweetener (I use “Swerve” powdered sweetener)
  • 1–2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Additional lemon zest for topping (optional)

HOW TO MAKE GLUTEN-FREE AND VEGAN LEMON CAKE DONUTS:

To Make the Lemon Donuts:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease your donut pans.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, oat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and xanthan gum (if your flour doesn’t contain it). Note: I recommend weighing the flour for the best result.
  4. Add the remaining donut ingredients to the bowl and stir until combined.
  5. Use a piping bag to add the mixture to the donut pans.
  6. Bake the doughnuts for 10 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. After a few minutes, transfer to doughnuts to a cooling rack.
  8. Allow the donuts to cool completely before dipping them in the lemon glaze.

To Make the Lemon Glaze:

  1. Whisk together lemon juice and powdered sugar/sweetener. Adjust lemon juice and powdered sugar if needed to get the desired consistency.
  2. Dip the donuts into the glaze and optionally sprinkle with lemon zest.
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Lemon Cake Donuts - Gluten Free, Vegan

Lemon Cake Donuts – Gluten Free, Vegan

  • Author: Morgan
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 30 min
  • Yield: 12 1x

Description

These Lemon Cake Donuts are so easy to make and taste incredible! They have an amazingly soft texture and lemon flavor. They are also gluten-free and vegan cake donuts!


Ingredients

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For the Lemon Cake Donuts:

  • 1 cup (110g) gluten free oat flour (almond flour or sorghum flour will work as well)
  • 1 cup (160g) all-purpose gluten free flour (I use “Better Batter” or “Bob’s Red Mill“)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum (omit if your gluten free flour already contains xanthan gum)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup dairy free milk of choice (I use “So Delicious unsweetened Coconut Milk”)
  • Zest and juice from 1 large lemon (about 1/4 cup of lemon juice)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted (avocado oil works as well)
  • 1 tsp vanilla

For the Lemon Glaze:

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar/sweetener (I use “Swerve” powdered sweetener)
  • 12 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Additional lemon zest for topping (optional)

Instructions

To Make the Lemon Donuts:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease your donut pans.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, oat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and xanthan gum (if your flour doesn’t contain it). Note: I recommend weighing the flour for the best result.
  4. Add the remaining donut ingredients to the bowl and stir until combined.
  5. Use a piping bag to add the mixture to the donut pans.
  6. Bake the doughnuts for 10 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. After a few minutes, transfer to doughnuts to a cooling rack.
  8. Allow the donuts to cool completely before dipping them in the lemon glaze.

To Make the Lemon Glaze:

  1. Whisk together lemon juice and powdered sugar/sweetener. Adjust lemon juice and powdered sugar if needed to get the desired consistency.
  2. Dip the donuts into the glaze and optionally sprinkle with lemon zest.

Notes

These donuts will be a very soft, cake-like texture when they are first made. If you prefer a more dense donut texture then I recommend placing the donuts in the refrigerator for a couple of hours to firm up.

For the best results, I recommend weighing your flour for this recipe. Not everyone measures flour the same and in gluten free baking the amount of flour can change the texture of the baked goods.

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