Recipe for coconut flour baked gluten-free grain-free donuts.
stacks of mini donuts


Christmas is just around the corner! all the holiday baking smells in the air! holiday music playing in the back round. what not a better way to start these holiday mornings with some baked mini gluten-free cake donuts. who is with us?

Baked Gluten-Free and Grain-Free Vanilla Cardamom Mini Donuts

vegan baked donutsas you can tell we love making baked donuts. and a few weeks ago Santa came a little early for us this year with giving us a cute little mini donut maker from Target. thanks Santa!

ever since our little donut maker arrived we have been non-stop playing with it. we have had some ugly messes.

but we kept pushing through


because we knew we had a great tasting and easy donut recipe to make. and to share.

sharing is what the holidays are all about? sharing tasty treats with friends and family.

but we admit these cute little guys just might be too hard to share. we wanted them all to ourselves.

making baked mini donuts

these mini donuts are not only gluten-free but grain-free as well. we based these donuts out of coconut flour. we just love coconut flour.

*remember when using coconut flour in gluten-free baked goods you will have to adjust your liquids as coconut flour tends to soak everything up!


baked mini gluten-free vanilla cardamom cake donuts

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 8-10 mini donuts

baked mini gluten-free vanilla cardamom cake donuts

Simple and delicious mini coconut flour grain-free caradmom donuts. Soft slightly fluffy donuts that are full of flavor and nutrition.


    baked donuts
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar (we used xyitol and coconut sugar before and both worked)
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon cardamom (we did 1/2 because we love cardamom)
  • 2 egg, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, liquid (or oil of choice)
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • Cinnamon Cardamom Sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon cardamom


  1. In a bowl place all dry ingredients into bowl and whisk together. Set aside.
  2. Next grab your coconut sugar (or sugar of choice), coconut oil and egg and whisk together in mixing bowl. Once that is all mixed together add in your dry ingredients. Begin to stir the donut batter.
  3. End with adding in your warm water to the batter and stir till smooth and combined.
  4. Pre-heat your mini donut maker. Once your green light turns off it is ready. Begin to scoop your donut batter into each mini donut ring. We used a cookie scooper to help with the scooping.
  5. Once all rings are filled close the donut maker and let bake for 2-3 minutes. Check and see if they feel done. If so remove carefully with a knife. Repeat process till all our donut batter has been baked.
  6. Next make cinnamon sugar cardamom mix.
  7. Mix the sugar and spices in a bowl.
  8. Remove donuts from pan with a knife and then very lightly coat each donut in coconut oil and toss in cinnamon cardamom sugar.


*if you do not have a mini donut maker – you must go get one. haha seriously it is fun to bake donuts with and pretty easy too. but if you do not have the maker you can still make these donuts in a regular donut pan. and bake for about 10-13 minutes. also if you do not have any donut pans then you can make these as mini or regular cupcakes.

batter of baked gluten free donutsbatter will be slightly thick

using donut maker from targetclose mini donut maker to bake these gluten free donuts

mini gluten free donuts done easy as 1-2-3

baked mini donuts coolinghow cute are these mini donuts

glazing donuts with coconut oillightly oiled donuts with coconut oil then covered in a cinnamon cardamom sugar mix


Serve these mini coconut flour donuts with coffee

coffee and gluten free donuts

what a fun way to start the day! do you agree?

glutenfree cardamom vanilla donutsa little dense with a light crumb

coffeedonutsshotsif you love baking with coconut flour then you will love these baked donuts

if not a fan of coconut flour can try almond meal, any gluten free flour blend, or any flour of choice.

if would like vegan try this mini vegan baked donut recipe.

vanilla cardmom coconut donuts and coffee

who knew mini gluten free donuts could be so cute?

now who wants one?

Do  you like mini donuts? Do you like baking with coconut flour?

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56 thoughts on “baked mini gluten-free vanilla cardamom cake donuts

  1. They look awesome! I’m a big fan of coconut flour–it is so fluffy and amazing!

    Posted on December 23, 2011 at 6:51 am
    1. yes Lisa it is! love it

      Posted on December 23, 2011 at 1:36 pm
  2. Wow, those look decadant and so yummy!!! Did you buy coconut flour or did you grind it yourself?

    Posted on December 23, 2011 at 7:01 am
    1. we bought coconut flour from the store or online.

      Posted on December 23, 2011 at 1:36 pm
  3. I’ll be right over! These look and sound perfect! I do love my dough pan. It feels so comforting having doughnuts again.

    Posted on December 23, 2011 at 7:50 am
    1. we will save you some 🙂

      Posted on December 23, 2011 at 1:36 pm
  4. These look amazing..luv the photos! Coconut flours is one of my favorites!! 🙂 Happy Friday!

    Posted on December 23, 2011 at 8:07 am
  5. Oh my goodness those look DELICIOUS! And your photography is amazing as always.

    Happy Holidays, ladies! 🙂

    Posted on December 23, 2011 at 9:07 am
    1. thanks Liz, same to you! Hope you have a great holiday break with family!

      Posted on December 23, 2011 at 1:37 pm
  6. oh my word. girls. this is the first recipe in a while that absolutely is going to send me to the store to get all the ingredients. it is everything i could crave and want in a donut! and i don’t even like donuts!!! thank you!!! hope you both have the happiest christmas! x

    Posted on December 23, 2011 at 1:35 pm
    1. thanks Melissa!! Happy Holiday to you as well 🙂 Hugs

      Posted on December 23, 2011 at 1:37 pm
  7. These look so good and are SO cute! Seriously, you girls need to open up a bakery shop somewhere besides on line!

    Love the photos too, just make this post even better!

    Want to wish you girls and your family Happy Holidays! <3 xoxo

    Posted on December 23, 2011 at 1:53 pm
    1. Aww thanks Katie!! Happy Holiday to you too and your family

      Posted on December 23, 2011 at 3:48 pm
  8. Aw, those are so cute! I love the coconut flour – I really need to get some. It looks like they turned out perfectly fluffy using it. And I love the cardamom. It’s one of my favorite spices and yet I hardly ever use it! Need to change that 😀

    Posted on December 23, 2011 at 2:39 pm
    1. Heidi oh yes we love our cardamom, we just it in everything

      Posted on December 23, 2011 at 3:48 pm
  9. So cute!!! Maybe I need a donut maker for xmas 😛

    Posted on December 23, 2011 at 2:59 pm
    1. Yes you do Alex!!

      Posted on December 23, 2011 at 3:48 pm
  10. LOVE coconut flour in baked goods. I really like its nutty flavor and lightness it gives to them. These are just too cute to eat, almost!

    Posted on December 23, 2011 at 4:11 pm
    1. Katie, yes love coconut flour!

      Posted on December 23, 2011 at 5:53 pm
  11. I found a donut pan here! must make some for our holidays. they would love it! NZ style and all.
    Love you ladies.

    Posted on December 23, 2011 at 5:44 pm
    1. haha awesome Lindsay!! happy holidays!

      Posted on December 23, 2011 at 5:53 pm
  12. I love this recipe! Coconut flour is great and low in glycemic and I always forget about cardamom but it’s such a great spice!

    Posted on December 23, 2011 at 5:51 pm
    1. Rebecca cardamom is one of our favorite spices, we use it all the time.

      Posted on December 23, 2011 at 5:54 pm
  13. Ah, you ladies are so cute and funny! You cracked me up with that “if you don’t have a donut maker…you need to go get one!”

    Those pics at the top with the donuts on the cups are gorgeously artsy. And the donuts themselves–well, you know how I feel about cardamom and coconut…Yummy.
    Happy Holidays to you and yours!

    Posted on December 23, 2011 at 10:38 pm
    1. Thanks Ela! Hope Santa brings you a donut maker, we just have so much fun with them. Never were donut people before, but love cake, so cake donuts are perfect. haha Hope you have a wonderful Holiday as well!

      Posted on December 24, 2011 at 9:06 am
  14. they look tasty and the photography is awesome! merry christmas to you guys!

    Posted on December 24, 2011 at 8:12 am
    1. Thank you Jessie, Merry Christmas to you too

      Posted on December 24, 2011 at 9:07 am
  15. These look so so good! Coffee and healthy donuts sounds like the perfect holiday morning breakfast! I hope you ladies have a very merry Christmas

    Posted on December 24, 2011 at 7:30 pm
  16. Wow how cute for Christmas! Merry Christmas!

    I have lots of coconut flour that I want to use, but I honestly almost never use a recipe that is based around an egg. If you do end up specifically testing it without the egg to know that is works for sure, it would be good to know. I don’t think that the flax egg always works and I can’t afford to be able to waste that many supplies if it doesn’t work. So keep me posted! BTW, a lot of your baking was egg-free? Are you not allergic anymore?

    Posted on December 25, 2011 at 11:00 am
    1. Bitt, we will have to test it without eggs. In terms of eggs, we were never allergic to eggs. We just went through a period when we did not want them. We have started this past year eating them, but still go through periods of eating and not eating them.

      Posted on December 26, 2011 at 5:51 am
  17. Oooh yummy! I have an excuse to buy one of those donut bakers….Looks so good!

    Posted on December 25, 2011 at 10:56 pm
  18. Do liquid sweeteners like honey or maple syrup work in this recipe?

    Posted on December 29, 2011 at 4:48 pm
    1. Yes Heather if you do 1/4 cup liquid sweetener, you will not need all the water. Reduce water to about 1/2 cup? and go from there

      Posted on December 29, 2011 at 5:59 pm
  19. Cardamom has got to be my favorite spice ever! Thank you for putting it in a donut!

    Posted on January 20, 2012 at 11:30 am
    1. your welcome Rachel! we love cardamom too, use it all the time!

      Posted on January 20, 2012 at 11:45 am
  20. me me, I want one!!!!! I really need to get on the coconut flour bandwagon, I love all things coconut! For now, I have some almond meal I’ll have to try makign these with.

    Posted on January 21, 2012 at 5:46 am
  21. So delicious looking! I’ve been playing with coconut flour and almond flour more and I really will make these this weekend!

    Posted on February 3, 2012 at 2:28 pm
  22. Hi, I made these a few times, the first time trying without eggs. I used two tablespoons ground chia seed one time and another time flax seed, added to the dry ingredients. I think the flax may have been a little better. I upped the oil by one tablespoon and used agave instead of sugar. I don’t know at what altitude you girls live, but I’m at close to 5000 and a dry climate, and I guess that’s why it turned out so dry. But I mean, really dry. I added 1/2 to a whole cup more of liquid before it began to resemble the batter in your picture. I tried cooking doughnuts at varying levels of dryness, all the way to a bit more runny than what is in your picture. Anyway, somewhere in there was an ideal amount of liquid, but I neglected to write it down, and it also took a really long time to cook in my donut maker. Like around ten minutes or more for every try of different liquid amounts. I liked the flavor, though, but without eggs this was really hard for me. I’m no good at this. Later I tried the recipe as written with the eggs, and I still had to add 1/4 to 1/2 cup more of water, but this time, they cooked within six to eight minutes and the texture was a lot nicer. I still am not sure they turned out as good as yours. Yours look a lot better. I think I actually liked the flavor better without the eggs, but the texture with the eggs was nicer. So, sorry for the long comment, but I just wanted to let you know what I tried. Thanks for your gorgeous blog and recipes!

    Posted on February 4, 2012 at 12:26 pm
  23. I made these today for my boys, and they loved them!
    Personally I found they had a bit of an ‘egg-y’ flavour to them, but I still liked the overall flavour.
    The only other difference is that I used speculaas spices and replaced the coconut oil with avocado oil. I also had to add an extra 1/2 cup of water as the batter was quite stiff.
    I found them a little dry and wondered if that is because of baking with coconut flour or could it be because I didn’t use coconut oil?
    I will definitely be baking them again, I think I just need to get my water to the correct amount for my donut maker.
    Thanks for all the great recipes you gals make, I so enjoy making them, and my boys love eating them! They are so happy they can have ‘treats’ again!!

    Posted on April 9, 2012 at 11:49 pm
    1. Rene, glad to hear you all enjoyed them. Baking with coconut flour does tend to make things drier, it is hard to work with. Coconut oil helps add some moisture but also flavor! You could try using your favorite milk or milk alternative for the water to help with the moisture.

      Posted on April 10, 2012 at 10:40 am
  24. Thanks girls! I will give it a try with Rice or Almond milk next. Thanks 🙂

    Posted on April 10, 2012 at 1:37 pm
  25. Hey, just gonna mention — you didn’t say how much vanilla to put in the vanilla cardamom donuts… 🙂

    Posted on May 16, 2012 at 6:24 pm
  26. Just wondering about stevia? Is it a good substitute for the coconut sugar? I haven’t used it much in baked goods. I’ve been watching your blog for ages and never see you guys use it. What’s the deal with stevia? Is it a good sugar substitute?

    Posted on June 7, 2012 at 6:43 am
  27. I would just like to say that you have SAVED our 4th of July. Our tradition has been to make donuts. But having gone gluten free in the past 12 months I was dreading how to make this happen.

    Just before we went gluten free I bought a donut maker. After the switch, I searched and searched for recipes that used the donut maker, to no avail. You have not only saved my bacon for the 4th but caused me to get the donut maker out of the mothballs and saved it from the imminent yard sale. Thank you!!!!

    Posted on July 3, 2012 at 9:47 pm
    1. we are honored and so happy to hear this!!! yay for donuts!!

      Posted on July 4, 2012 at 5:54 am
  28. Donuts were a great hit!!!! I added the vanilla with the eggs and oil – since it isn’t actually in the original recipe – Thanks for saving our holiday!!!!

    Posted on July 4, 2012 at 11:12 am
    1. Debi awesome!! glad to hear your family enjoyed them.

      Posted on July 4, 2012 at 2:57 pm
  29. I loved the cardamon and cinnamon doughnuts! They are delicious and very enjoyable. I will be making a lot of these! 🙂

    Posted on January 4, 2013 at 9:27 pm
  30. We made the s e tonight and they were a huge success we will definitely make them again I used eggs and had to add some liquid and I added soy milk creamer and coconut sugar yummy I only have a few left for tomorrow’s lunch boxes next time I may double the batch thanks!!

    Posted on February 25, 2013 at 7:11 pm
    1. so happy to hear this!!! yay!

      Posted on February 25, 2013 at 7:53 pm
  31. What is cardamon and what can be used as a sub?

    Posted on March 18, 2013 at 3:20 pm
    1. it is a spice, you can omit it and just do vanilla or cinnamon

      Posted on March 18, 2013 at 5:49 pm
  32. Where’s the recipe? o_O

    Posted on February 17, 2015 at 3:44 pm
    1. it should be showing up now.

      Posted on February 17, 2015 at 8:29 pm
      1. Thanks!

        Posted on February 18, 2015 at 3:50 pm