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Gluten Free Peppermint Chocolate Donuts

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Gluten Free Peppermint Chocolate Donuts

Looking for a festive, gluten free treat this holiday season? These peppermint chocolate donuts are light and fluffy, with a rich chocolate flavor and a refreshing hint of peppermint, and topped with a rich peppermint chocolate glaze.

These donuts are both delicious and gluten free. Best of all, they’re super easy to make and only take a few ingredients.

So if you’re looking for a festive, gluten free treat this Christmas, look no further than these peppermint chocolate donuts!

Gluten Free Peppermint Chocolate Brownies on a cutting board

These donuts would be great for taking to Christmas parties and serving as a snack or dessert throughout December.

Tools needed

You will need these tools to make these gluten free chocolate donuts

Gluten Free Peppermint Chocolate Brownies on a cutting board

Gluten Free Peppermint Chocolate Donuts Ingredients

These baked gluten free chocolate donuts require a few special ingredients like peppermint extract and candy canes.

Gluten free chocolate donut ingredients in bowls.

How to Make Gluten Free Peppermint Chocolate Donuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a donut baking pan generously with cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl, add gluten free flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to combine.

Gluten free chocolate donut ingredients in a bowl.

Add milk, vanilla extract, peppermint extract, and unsalted melted butter to the bowl.

Gluten free chocolate donut ingredients in a bowl.

Mix well to incorporate.

Mix well to incorporate.

Transfer the donut batter into a sandwich bag and snip off a large corner of the bag. Pipe the batter into the donut pan, filling each cavity ¾ full. 

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Baked gluten free chocolate donuts.

Use a butter knife to loosen up the donuts from the pan and transfer them to a cooling rack placed over the top of a baking sheet.

To make the glaze: melt the butter in a small bowl. Add sifted powdered sugar, some milk, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and some peppermint extract. Mix until smooth. Add additional milk, until desired consistency is reached.

Dip each donut into the peppermint chocolate glaze. Dip a second time for a thicker layer of icing.

Baked gluten free chocolate donuts getting dipped in a chocolate glaze.

Place glazed donuts on a cooling rack and allow the excess glaze to drip off onto the baking sheet below. Sprinkle crushed peppermints or candy canes on top and enjoy!

Gluten free peppermint chocolate donuts on a cooling rack.

Donuts can be made in advance and turn out well.

Gluten Free Peppermint Chocolate Brownies on a cutting board

How to store gluten free donuts

Store homemade gluten free baked donuts in the refrigerator for up to 2 days before frosting and consuming.

Gluten Free Peppermint Chocolate Brownies on a cutting board

How to store donuts in the freezer

To freeze, wrap unglazed donuts individually with plastic wrap and place them in a freezer bag in the freezer for up to 2 months.

If you’re freezing frosted donuts, place them in the freezer in a single layer first for 1 hour to allow the frosting to harden. Then wrap them individually or stack them in bags separated by parchment paper.

Gluten Free Peppermint Chocolate Brownies on a cutting board

Transfer frozen donuts to the fridge the night before you want to consume them. Or, place them on the counter to allow them to come to room temperature before enjoying them.

You may also place them in the microwave and use the defrost setting for a minute or two.

Gluten Free Peppermint Chocolate Brownies on a cutting board

Dairy Free Gluten Free Chocolate Donuts

You can make these donuts dairy free by using coconut oil instead of butter and a dairy free milk instead of regular milk.

Gluten Free Peppermint Chocolate Brownies on a cutting board

More Gluten Free Chocolate Recipes

If you love snacks, here are more Paleo desserts and Paleo snacks! Make sure to check out my huge collection of gluten free dinner recipes.

Gluten Free Peppermint Chocolate Brownies on a cutting board

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Gluten Free Peppermint Chocolate Donuts Recipe

Yield: 6 donuts

Gluten Free Peppermint Chocolate Donuts

Gluten Free Peppermint Chocolate Brownies on a cutting board

These peppermint chocolate donuts are light and fluffy, with a rich chocolate flavor and a refreshing hint of peppermint, and topped with a rich peppermint chocolate glaze.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes

Ingredients

Donut Ingredients

  • 1 cup gluten free all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¾ cup milk of choice
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

Glaze Ingredients

  • 1.5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk of choice
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Topping: ½ cup crushed peppermints or candy canes

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a donut baking pan generously with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add gluten free flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to combine.
  3. Add milk, vanilla extract, peppermint extract, and unsalted melted butter to the bowl. Mix well to incorporate.
  4. Transfer the donut batter into a sandwich bag and snip off a large corner of the bag. Pipe the batter into the donut pan, filling each cavity ¾ full. 
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  6. Use a butter knife to loosen up the donuts from the pan and transfer them to a cooling rack placed over the top of a baking sheet.
  7. To make the glaze: melt the butter in a small bowl. Add sifted powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon of milk, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and peppermint extract. Mix until smooth. Add additional milk (1 tablespoon at a time) until desired consistency is reached.
  8. Dip each donut into the peppermint chocolate glaze. Dip a second time for a thicker layer of glaze. Place glazed donuts on a cooling rack and allow the excess glaze to drip off onto the baking sheet below. Sprinkle crushed peppermints or candy canes on top and enjoy!

Notes

  • Donuts can be made in advance and turn out well.
  • Place donuts in the refrigerator up to 2 days before glazing and consuming.
  • To freeze, wrap unglazed donuts individually with plastic wrap and place them in a freezer bag in the freezer for up to 2 months.
  • If you’re freezing glazed donuts, place them in the freezer in a single layer first for 1 hour to allow the glaze to harden. Then wrap them individually or stack them in bags separated by parchment paper.
  • Transfer frozen donuts to the fridge the night before you want to consume them. Or, place them on the counter to allow them to come to room temperature before enjoying them. You may also place them in the microwave and use the defrost setting for a minute or two.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 359Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 243mgCarbohydrates: 72gFiber: 1gSugar: 45gProtein: 4g

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Carol Lovett is the founder of Ditch the Wheat and a Globe and Mail bestselling author of the cookbook, Ditch the Wheat. She has been eating gluten free since 2010. She loves all things food, natural living, and spiritual. She's also a reiki master and crystal healer.

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