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Gluten Free Cinnamon Twist Doughnuts

by Alycia Louise
Gluten Free Cinnamon Twist Doughnuts
Who misses Gluten free Doughnuts?

Not me, at least not anymore. I went a little crazy once I found a good recipe for gluten free yeast doughnuts. I’ve done Black Raspberry Jelly Doughnuts and Chocolate Doughnuts and now I’m sharing the Cinnamon Twists. It feels like I make them all the time now. I don’t leave time to miss them.

It was difficult finding and creating a good yeast doughnut recipe. Most of the Gluten free doughnut recipes out there are for cake doughnuts, which are good in their own right, but if you’re craving that classic yeast doughnut you’re out of luck.

Gluten Free Cinnamon Twist Doughnuts

Imma share some advice with you…

These doughnuts are an awesome way to treat yourself and friends to a sweet snack. I recommend inviting a few people over so you don’t eat most of them yourself. More than once have I found myself eating to many in one sitting.

They are fluffy, yeasty, and flavorful. They are the closest thing to a ‘real’ doughnut I’ve had since going gluten free. The base recipe for the dough is perfect for any doughnut topping and I’m working on making fritters with the dough.

Like their gluten cousin they are best eaten fresh. As they get older they lose their soft fluffiness and become more cake-like and flat. I’ve had them as day old’s before, they go well with coffee but are not as satisfying.

Gluten Free Cinnamon Twist Doughnuts
How to make Gluten Free Doughnuts

The first step is to heat milk and coconut oil in a microwave. I use cashew milk to control the fat content and make the recipe dairy free. You can switch to a different milk but I would keep the fat content low. Once this is heated you add in sugar and instant yeast. Leave this to proof for a few minutes until it gets nice and bubbly.

While the liquid is proofing, combine the flours, salt, baking powder and baking soda, in a large bowl. After the liquid has proofed add the eggs into the liquid and lightly whisk together. Then add the liquid into the dry ingredients. Stir until it becomes a sticky dough. Let this sit for 5 to 10 minutes to allow the flours to absorb more liquid and become less sticky.

After letting the dough rest, use corn starch to dust your work surface and hands. Then grab a golf ball sized amount of dough, roll into a log and then twist by pulling the two ends towards you and then crisscrossing as far as it will go. If you’ve used too much corn starch, you can mist with spray bottle of water after you’ve moved the doughnuts to a baking tray to rise.

A tip for moving the doughnuts – Use a bench scraper or solid spatula to move the raw doughnuts. This dough it every delicate and the scraper/spatula will help to keep it’s shape. Don’t worry if the doughnut gets all wonky though, they still fry up wonderfully and taste great. From the pictures you can see some of mine started to bend.

Gluten Free Cinnamon Twist Doughnuts

Rising and Frying the doughnuts

After you’ve shaped all the doughnuts and have them placed on a baking tray (misted with water if needed), cover the tray with plastic wrap. Then place in a cold oven. Alternatively you can place a dish towel over the plastic wrap and place in a warm, draft free area. Then let the doughnuts rise for at least 40 minutes, they might need longer if it’s cold out. They won’t double in size like normal doughnuts but they will puff out.

When the doughnuts are about ready you set up your fry oil. I use a cast iron Dutch oven or a counter top fryer but you can use what you have. You want the oil to be at least 1 1/2″ to 2″ deep in whatever pan you use. Bring the oil to 325F for frying. This is a lower fry temp but it allows the doughnuts to cook all the way through without over cooking the outsides. Gluten free flours don’t soak up oil the way wheat flour does so we can get away with having a lower fry temperature.

Once the oil is to temp, use the scraper/spatula to help move the doughnuts into the oil. If you’ve misted the doughnuts with water they will be very delicate and can loose their shape if you’re not careful. Fry the doughnuts, turning often, until all sides are golden brown (less than 2 minutes). I use a metal mesh strainer and a chop stick to help me turn the doughnuts and remove them. Once they are done, removed them from the oil and place on a paper towel lined tray.

When all the doughnuts are cooked, coat them with cinnamon and sugar and enjoy.

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Gluten Free Cinnamon Twist Doughnuts

  • Prep Time: 20
  • Rest Time: 45
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 75 minutes
  • Yield: 30 1x

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 TBS Instant Yeast
  • 2 TBS Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Cashew milk or preferred non- dairy milk
  • 2 TBS Coconut oil
  • 2 cups Bob’s Red Mill’s gluten free 1 to 1 flour
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Corn starch
  • 36 cups Coconut oil or preferred frying oil
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Combine the cashew milk and TBS’s of coconut oil in a small microwaveable bowl. Heat them for 1 minute in the microwave.
  2. In your mixing bowl place the yeast and the sugar. Add the heated milk/oil mixture and let it proof for 3 minutes. (The yeast should activate and create bubbles)
  3. While your yeast is proofing combine the flour and salt.
  4. After 3 minutes, add the eggs to the yeast mixture and whisk. Then slowly add the flour mixture until it is fully combined and becomes a dough. It will be a little sticky.
  5. Using the corn starch, dust your working surface, your roller and your hands. Remove the dough, top it with some corn starch, and roll it out to 1/2″ thick.
  6. Cut off a 1 inch by 2 inch piece of dough and roll into a long tube about 1/2 thick and 4(ish) inchs long, then twist into shape. Place the doughnuts on a tray, cover with cling wrap and then a kitchen towel. Leave them in a warm area for 1 hour to rise. 
  7. After 50 minutes, heat up your oil. You will want 1 1/2″ to 2 ” of oil in your fry pan. This is also a great time to mix together your cinnamon and sugar in a large bowl or pie plate.
  8. Once the oil is hot enough (somewhere between 350 and 375F) add in a doughnut (if your pan is large enough you can add more but try not to over crowd them). The doughnuts will take less than a minute on each side, once they are golden on both sides remove them to a paper towel lined tray and allow to cool slightly. *Do not over cook or they will burn and crumble*
  9. Once the doughnuts are cool enough to handle place them one at a time in the cinnamon and sugar. Carefully remove the doughnut and enjoy. 
    **If the cinnamon and sugar is having a hard time sticking to the doughnut (or you want more on your doughnut) try lightly coating the doughnut with melted butter before dusting with cinnamon and sugar.
Gluten Free Cinnamon Twist Doughnuts
Gluten Free Cinnamon Twist Doughnuts
Gluten Free Cinnamon Twist Doughnuts

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7 comments

Amy Charran August 11, 2020 - 5:46 pm

Can I use bob red mill all purpose flour instead?

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Alycia Louise August 11, 2020 - 8:07 pm

Hi Amy!
Yes, you can use another flour blend (like bob’s red mills all purpose) but the results my be a little different.

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ywamer1 November 1, 2020 - 9:56 am

I am confused. What kind of yeast? How much sugar does one add to the batter vs coating the finished donuts?

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Alycia Louise November 2, 2020 - 2:21 pm

Hi,
I’ve updated the recipe so it’s a bit more clear. My measurement is for granulated yeast and I’ve further separated the topping portion of the sugar and cinnamon with a title.

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suzanneholt August 2, 2021 - 11:03 am

This looks so good! What a great way to still enjoy doughnuts while sticking to gluten free!

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Vanessa August 2, 2021 - 11:04 am

Thanks for sharing! Does it keep long?

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Alycia Louise August 2, 2021 - 11:43 am

They are best within an hour or two of making, but I have enjoyed them the next morning with a cup of coffee. I wouldn’t keep them more than a day or two.

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