Baked Vanilla Doughnuts with Chocolate Glaze

My significant other bought be a doughnut pan a long time ago — probably with hopes that I would make doughnuts a regular thing. Well, I finally made some baked vanilla doughnuts for his birthday.
Baked doughnuts are a tad bit healthier, but the texture is slightly different than your classic fried doughnut. Personally, I love the denser texture of a baked doughnut. These baked vanilla doughnuts are dairy-free, easily made gluten-free and have a great nutty flavor from the flaxseed (which I added on a whim when I ran out of flour).

Baked Vanilla Doughnuts with Chocolate Glaze

Serves 15

Doughnut Ingredients

  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (or this great gluten-free flour blend)
  • 2/3 cups flaxseed meal
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup ghee, melted
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar (or other granulated sugar)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup coconut milk

Glaze Ingredients

Optional Toppings

  • Coconut flakes
  • Sea salt
  • Coconut sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. If your doughnut pan is not non-stick, lightly grease with ghee or coconut oil.
  2. In a mixing bowl, gently whisk together the flour, flaxseed, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, use an electric hand mixer to combine the melted ghee, melted coconut oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla and milk. Then, add half of the flour mixture to the liquids and blend. Add the remaining flour and blend.
  4. Spoon batter into the doughnut wells, filling them about 3/4 of the way. Bake for about 7 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. The doughnuts should be golden  brown on the top.
  5. As the doughnuts cool, prep your glaze. In a small sauce pan over low heat, add 1 Tbsp of coconut oil. Once the oil melts, add the chocolate.
  6. Dip each doughnut in the glaze, then transfer it on a wire rack or parchment paper to cool. You might want to dip it twice.
  7. When you finish glazing — and before it dries completely — sprinkle a coconut, shaved chocolate, coconut sugar or sea salt topping.

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