baked mini gluten-free vanilla cardamom cake donuts

by purelytwins

Recipe for coconut flour baked gluten-free grain-free 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

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.

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

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

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 mini donuts 1x


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)
  • 1/41/2 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 will be slightly thick

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

Serve these mini coconut flour donuts with coffee

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

a little dense with a light crumb

if 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.

now who wants one?

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

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Lisa December 23, 2011 - 6:51 am

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

Lori and Michelle December 23, 2011 - 1:36 pm

yes Lisa it is! love it

Jessica LeBoeuf December 23, 2011 - 7:01 am

Wow, those look decadant and so yummy!!! Did you buy coconut flour or did you grind it yourself?

Lori and Michelle December 23, 2011 - 1:36 pm

we bought coconut flour from the store or online.

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) December 23, 2011 - 7:50 am

I’ll be right over! These look and sound perfect! I do love my dough pan. It feels so comforting having doughnuts again.

Lori and Michelle December 23, 2011 - 1:36 pm

we will save you some 🙂

LizAshlee December 23, 2011 - 8:07 am

These look amazing..luv the photos! Coconut flours is one of my favorites!! 🙂 Happy Friday!

Liz @ iheartvegetables December 23, 2011 - 9:07 am

Oh my goodness those look DELICIOUS! And your photography is amazing as always.

Happy Holidays, ladies! 🙂

Lori and Michelle December 23, 2011 - 1:37 pm

thanks Liz, same to you! Hope you have a great holiday break with family!

The Delicate Place December 23, 2011 - 1:35 pm

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

Lori and Michelle December 23, 2011 - 1:37 pm

thanks Melissa!! Happy Holiday to you as well 🙂 Hugs

Katie December 23, 2011 - 1:53 pm

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

Lori and Michelle December 23, 2011 - 3:48 pm

Aww thanks Katie!! Happy Holiday to you too and your family

Heidi @ Food Doodles December 23, 2011 - 2:39 pm

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 😀

Lori and Michelle December 23, 2011 - 3:48 pm

Heidi oh yes we love our cardamom, we just it in everything

Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free December 23, 2011 - 2:59 pm

So cute!!! Maybe I need a donut maker for xmas 😛

Lori and Michelle December 23, 2011 - 3:48 pm

Yes you do Alex!!

katie @KatieDid December 23, 2011 - 4:11 pm

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!

Lori and Michelle December 23, 2011 - 5:53 pm

Katie, yes love coconut flour!

lindsay December 23, 2011 - 5:44 pm

I found a donut pan here! must make some for our holidays. they would love it! NZ style and all.
Love you ladies.

Lori and Michelle December 23, 2011 - 5:53 pm

haha awesome Lindsay!! happy holidays!

Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous December 23, 2011 - 5:51 pm

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!

Lori and Michelle December 23, 2011 - 5:54 pm

Rebecca cardamom is one of our favorite spices, we use it all the time.

Ela December 23, 2011 - 10:38 pm

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!

Lori and Michelle December 24, 2011 - 9:06 am

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!

jessie ann james December 24, 2011 - 8:12 am

they look tasty and the photography is awesome! merry christmas to you guys!

Lori and Michelle December 24, 2011 - 9:07 am

Thank you Jessie, Merry Christmas to you too

Rachel @ Eat, Learn, Discover! December 24, 2011 - 7:30 pm

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

bitt December 25, 2011 - 11:00 am

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?

Lori and Michelle December 26, 2011 - 5:51 am

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.

hihorosie December 25, 2011 - 10:56 pm

Oooh yummy! I have an excuse to buy one of those donut bakers….Looks so good!

Heather Brandt December 29, 2011 - 4:48 pm

Do liquid sweeteners like honey or maple syrup work in this recipe?

Lori and Michelle December 29, 2011 - 5:59 pm

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

Rachel January 20, 2012 - 11:30 am

Cardamom has got to be my favorite spice ever! Thank you for putting it in a donut!

Lori and Michelle January 20, 2012 - 11:45 am

your welcome Rachel! we love cardamom too, use it all the time!

Julia January 21, 2012 - 5:46 am

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.

Mama Pea February 3, 2012 - 2:28 pm

So delicious looking! I’ve been playing with coconut flour and almond flour more and I really will make these this weekend!

Becky February 4, 2012 - 12:26 pm

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!

Rene April 9, 2012 - 11:49 pm

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!!

Lori and Michelle April 10, 2012 - 10:40 am

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.

Rene April 10, 2012 - 1:37 pm

Thanks girls! I will give it a try with Rice or Almond milk next. Thanks 🙂

Laura May 16, 2012 - 6:24 pm

Hey, just gonna mention — you didn’t say how much vanilla to put in the vanilla cardamom donuts… 🙂

Lulu June 7, 2012 - 6:43 am

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?

Debi Stangeland July 3, 2012 - 9:47 pm

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!!!!

Lori and Michelle July 4, 2012 - 5:54 am

we are honored and so happy to hear this!!! yay for donuts!!

Debi Stangeland July 4, 2012 - 11:12 am

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!!!!

Lori and Michelle July 4, 2012 - 2:57 pm

Debi awesome!! glad to hear your family enjoyed them.

Karra Hale January 4, 2013 - 9:27 pm

I loved the cardamon and cinnamon doughnuts! They are delicious and very enjoyable. I will be making a lot of these! 🙂

ozlem February 25, 2013 - 7:11 pm

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!!

purelytwins February 25, 2013 - 7:53 pm

so happy to hear this!!! yay!

Sandra March 18, 2013 - 3:20 pm

What is cardamon and what can be used as a sub?

purelytwins March 18, 2013 - 5:49 pm

it is a spice, you can omit it and just do vanilla or cinnamon

Amanda February 17, 2015 - 3:44 pm

Where’s the recipe? o_O

purelytwins February 17, 2015 - 8:29 pm

it should be showing up now.

Amanda February 18, 2015 - 3:50 pm


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