Baked Maple Donuts (Grain Free)

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In light of “National Donut Day” I have created an amazingly delicious baked donut that is low carb, gluten free, and high in fiber! These maple donuts are moist, cakey, and everything that a donut should be without any of the junk! I made these donuts with coconut flour, which if you have never tried it, I highly recommend buying some!  It can generally be found in the baking section of most grocery stores/health food stores.  It’s low carb/high fiber/gluten free and makes baked goods super moist! You can also check out my PB Cake Pancakes and Blueberry Lemon Muffins, which are both made with coconut flour!


The estimated total time to make this recipe is 25-30 minutes.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a donut pan with cooking spray.


In a medium size bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients.  Combine the wet ingredients with the dry, and mix until batter is smooth and free of lumps.


Divide batter evenly between the 6 donut molds. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean, and donuts are set.


Meanwhile, to make the glaze, combine powdered sugar, maple extract, and water until smooth in a small bowl. Use a 1/2 teaspoon measure to spoon the glaze over the top of each donut. Enjoy!


1/2 cup Coconut flour 1
1/2 tspBaking soda
1/8 tspSalt
1 Whole egg
2Egg whites
2 tbsLow sugar maple syrup or honey
1 tspMaple extract
2 tbsUnsweetened applesauce
1/2 cupSkim milk or milk substitute of choice
1/4 cupBaking stevia OR 1/2 cup sweetener of choice that measures like sugar 2
Optional Maple Glaze:
1/4 cupIdeal powdered sugar or regular powdered sugar 3
1/4 tspMaple extract
1 tspWater (add more water by 1/8 tsp if needed)

1 I bought my coconut flour at Whole Foods, but you can also buy it online on amazon, or at many grocery/health food stores. I buy Bob's Red Mill Brand.

2 I used NuNaturals More Fiber Stevia Baking Blend. If using packets of stevia, I recommend using about 6-8, or adjust according to taste.

3 Ideal powdered sugar is a powder sugar made with a natural sweetner xylitol, so it is low in sugar and lower in calories. It is generally found in the baking isle in almost any grocery store, but it is fairly new, so not all stores carry it yet.

Katie's Tip!

Enjoy National Donut Day in a Surprisingly Healthy Way!

Nutrition Breakdown

6 Donuts
72 Calories per Donut
7 g Fat
9 g Carbohydrate
4 g Fiber
2 g Sugar
4 g Protein
3 WWP+*

*Weight Watchers Points per serving


denmoor75 said:

Does coconut flour taste like coconuts?? I really don’t like coconut, but would love to try this recipe. Any alternitives?

June 1st, 2012 — 12:01pm  |  Reply

Andrea Power said:

I’ve used coconut flour before and I do find the coconut taste it quite strong.

October 12th, 2012 — 11:09am  | 

Silvrgurl said:

I am with the other commenter. I really, really don’t like the taste of coconut.
Is the taste prevalent ??

June 1st, 2012 — 12:31pm  |  Reply

Erin said:

Hi! I love coconut flour– it’s super absorbent though. It does taste mildly of coconut, but I like it! A nice alternative to wheat. These donuts look intriguing! :)

June 1st, 2012 — 2:21pm  |  Reply

Nicole Morgan said:

I use coconut flour all the time! Don’t worry about it tasting like coconut, you can’t tell the difference! Its great! However, it is dryer than regular flour so it needs more moisture than a normal white or whole wheat flour would require. I make pancakes with it all the time (:!

June 1st, 2012 — 9:20pm  |  Reply

Jen Noble said:

Can you do another egg instead of the egg whites?

June 2nd, 2012 — 11:52am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:


June 2nd, 2012 — 6:58pm  | 

Lauren said:

Can these be made in cupcake pan? I don’t have a donut pan. Thanks :)

June 2nd, 2012 — 3:09pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

Yes I don’t see why not :)

June 2nd, 2012 — 6:59pm  | 

Dashing Dish said:

although, be sure to make only 6 cupcakes, and the baking time may vary :)

June 3rd, 2012 — 6:26am  | 

Sarah said:

Can you use the NuNaturals MoreFiber Stevia Baking Blend in place of the 12-15 stevia packets? If so, would you still substitute 1/2 cup or would it be less since it is sweeter than sugar? I’m new to your site and to these products. You have fabulous recipes and information. Thank you!

June 2nd, 2012 — 3:35pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

1/2 cup is correct

June 2nd, 2012 — 7:01pm  | 

Sarah said:

Thank you for the quick response. My Amazon order just arrived with all the products you recommend. I love the Protein powder – it’s not too sweet.

June 2nd, 2012 — 11:06pm  | 

jamie said:

Can you substitute coconut flour with almond flour? I have a lot of almond flour but no coconut flour. I’d love to try these donuts, but would love to use my almond flour instead. :) Thanks!

June 3rd, 2012 — 5:18pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

jamie, not sure since coconut flour is very absorbent, and i havent tried these with any other flour. sorry! :(

June 4th, 2012 — 6:10am  | 

michael clagett said:

I tried with almond flour and they didn’t turn out. Only use what katie suggests, coconut flour.

June 4th, 2012 — 1:11pm  | 

Kelly said:

thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! I searched this weekend for a recipe with coconut flour. I’m so happy you came up with this…making it tomorrow morning!!!

Please share more coconut flour recipes. We are not grain/gluten free but trying to do a little less with our lifestyle change.

June 4th, 2012 — 12:14pm  |  Reply

Amanda said:

Can you do this same recipe but without the syrup and maple extract? And if so, do I need to replace the syrup with anything? I’m not a big fan of maple and was just wondering if I could use this recipe to just make a regular glazed donut? Thanks!!

June 5th, 2012 — 9:19am  |  Reply

Tanya said:

Maybe try honey instead of maple

October 12th, 2014 — 11:13am  | 

Melissa Class said:

Amanda I made the donuts today and used the honey instead of maple syrup and vanilla extract instead of the maple extract. My boys said they were really good and they like donuts (what kid doesn’t)

June 5th, 2012 — 11:47am  |  Reply

mikec said:

What measurement of liquid egg white are you using for your egg white units? I went by the label on my cartoned egg whites (3tbs – one egg) and the batter came out a little dry as if the liquid was a little short. This is the only thing I can think of, either that or my egg being smaller.

June 5th, 2012 — 1:10pm  |  Reply

Kelly@Leafy Not Beefy said:

Thanks for this great-looking recipe! I am currently on a juice/smoothie detox for another week and a half, but I’m thinking these would make a great and healthier dessert option to take to a family reunion the end of June! :) (plus I have a can and a half of coconut flour)

June 7th, 2012 — 3:27pm  |  Reply

Celeste said:

Can something else be substituted for the applesauce? If so, what would it be? Thanks. :)

June 7th, 2012 — 5:52pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

havent tried it, but you could try butter, oil or yogurt!

June 9th, 2012 — 6:53am  | 

Celeste said:

Okay, I’ll try some butter or oil. Thank you. :)

June 9th, 2012 — 4:55pm  | 

Joanne said:

Do the nutrition facts include the glaze?

June 8th, 2012 — 1:23pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:


June 8th, 2012 — 1:33pm  | 

Debbie said:

Yum, yum and yum! I didn’t have a doughnut pan so I used a muffin top pan instead. Worked awesome, they are smaller though, so I got a dozen out of the recipe (and halved the baking time) Thanks so much for the recipe!

June 23rd, 2012 — 1:17pm  |  Reply

Libby Lane said:

Oh my word these were so yummy! My daughter made them tonight and we’re loving them. The only thing we found was that the batter was so thick it didn’t pour into the donut pan and so while one side was smooth the other side was lumpy. Didn’t affect the taste at all but it didn’t look quite as nice. Any tips? Also we found the stevia has a bit of an aftertaste. Is there anything else that would work, or could we use less? Thanks and blessings! Libby

July 6th, 2012 — 10:27pm  |  Reply

Lisa said:

I used a Ziploc bag, put the batter in it, cut the corner and used it like a pastry bag. Worked like a charm.

May 28th, 2015 — 8:35am  | 

Jessica said:

When you talking about baking stevia in recipes do you always use the nustevia more fiber baking blend?’

July 25th, 2012 — 9:49pm  |  Reply

Melanie said:

I love maple, i love donuts, and oh, wow, do i ever love you! These are delicious! I ended up with 11 donuts, and cooked them for about 13 minutes, after which i brushed the glaze onto them. I could just eat them all right now! Nom nom nom!!!

July 30th, 2012 — 2:36pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

you made my day melanie! :)

July 30th, 2012 — 4:01pm  | 

Tasha Tinagero said:

WOW these were WONDERFUL! I’ve been eating 100% Paleo for a little over 3 months, and I haven’t had a baked good in so long…while these aren’t 100% Paleo, they were as close as any donut is going to get and definitely close enough to be an occasional treat in my diet. Love love love!

August 19th, 2012 — 7:29pm  |  Reply

Vicky Chae-Brown said:

I just bought some coconut flour and this is the first recipe that I tried with coconut flour. Made them in a muffin pan and they were delicious! Makes me want to buy donut mold. Yum!

August 28th, 2012 — 3:24pm  |  Reply

Allen Bennett said:

I don’t do low-fat. Will whole milk work?

October 17th, 2012 — 12:29am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:


October 17th, 2012 — 6:14am  | 

Rich Niccolls said:

Just to make sure I follow your Nutritional Breakdown – the recipe makes 6 donuts, but the nutritional facts are per donut?? So, if I ate 2 donuts, I would double the numbers in your breakdown.

Just wanted to make sure, or if that was 9 carbs for all 6 donuts :-)

October 18th, 2012 — 7:54pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

yes :) its per 1 donut

October 19th, 2012 — 10:16am  | 

Dora said:

is there a reason you didn’t use the nunaturals stevia baking blend for the glaze? i’ve been trying to figure out if i can make a royal icing with the stevia blend. have you ever tried it? i don’t like xylitol because of its GI effects and its cooling effect.

November 14th, 2012 — 1:50am  |  Reply

Michelle said:

My 12 yr. old daughter and I just made these without the glaze and they tasted great. We wanted a quick snack and had all the ingredients for these, so decided to make some and give them a try. I’m so glad we did they were a big hit!!! :-)

December 28th, 2012 — 3:29pm  |  Reply

Dorothy said:

My daughter-in-law is allergic to coconut. Is there another flour that would work?

January 12th, 2013 — 12:34am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

sorry not for this recipe

January 13th, 2013 — 7:24am  | 

Rasika Rajagopalan said:

What are the nutritionals with the glaze?

May 24th, 2013 — 12:07am  |  Reply

barbara temer said:

could I make this without the pan?

July 7th, 2013 — 4:41pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

sure! you can make it into mini or regular muffins

July 8th, 2013 — 1:51pm  | 

Mekkie said:

I might be a little late but I find you can substitute coconut flour with most other gluten-free flours/fine-ground flour-like stuff (or actual flour, for that matter, even though I know it’s not relevant here) if you just double the amount. Nut flours don’t work very well though because the grind isn’t fine enough and the large amount of fat repels water.

October 16th, 2013 — 12:08pm  |  Reply

patti said:

Coconut flour is available now at Costco, so probably a cheaper price. It’s a 2kg bag by Sunblest. Sorry, I don’t have the price info.

April 19th, 2014 — 1:51pm  |  Reply

Jennifer Solano said:

If I wanted to add protien powder would I subtract the amount I use from the coconut flour? Example: 1/2 protien powder and 1 cup coconut flour. Instead of original 1 1/2 cup coconut flour.

August 26th, 2014 — 5:03pm  |  Reply

carina said:

Made these in my sunbeam donut maker and got a thumbs up from everyone! For a quick and easy glaze for anyone who is curious, just mix together 2 tbsp coconut oil, 2 tbsp pure maple syrup or agave, and 3 tbsp cocoa.just dip them in and let them sit in the fridge for 30 min and you’re good to go. I also topped with unsweetened coconut:) great recipe! Thanks so much! Definitely will be making again!

January 6th, 2015 — 8:25pm  |  Reply

K said:


U think i can use mashed banana instead of apple sauce?

February 5th, 2015 — 7:06pm  |  Reply

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