Gluten Free Baked Apple Streusel Donuts

These Baked Donuts will leave you all warm and fuzzy! Wonderfully spiced, with a delightful apple streusel topping, plus they are gluten free!

baked donuts on wire rack

Let’s embrace another fall flavor as we begin September, APPLES! My husband can attest that I eat an apple almost everyday. They are for sure one of my absolute favorites and right now is peak season to get the sweetest and juiciest ones.  Hence my keenness to share these apple streusel topped baked donuts!

How To Make These Baked Donuts – Step by Step

Method for Donuts:

  • Preheat oven to 350 and grease a donut pan.
  • Peel and grate your apples.
  • Prepare streusel as instructed. (see below)
  • Mix sugars and other wet ingredients.
  • In a separate bowl, sift flour and other dry ingredients together.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet and mix well, batter should be a pretty thick consistency.
  • Add mixture to a piping bag (or ziplock with the end cut off) and pipe into prepared pan, this will help them keep their shape and honestly, it’s easier!
  • Evenly distribute streusel on top of donuts.
  • Place in oven to bake, set time for 12-15 minutes.
  • Prepare glaze. Once donuts are baked and fully cooled, drizzle with glaze.

Method for Streusel Topping:

  • Use a fork to mix sugar and spices
  • Then add butter in small amounts, mashing with fork, until you get a crumbly mixture.

Method for Glaze:

  • Whisk together well, until smooth.

top down shot of baked donuts apples in bowl

Baked Donuts – Perfect For Fall!

This recipe had me reminiscing about one of my favorite fall memories, back when I lived in Virginia. Chase reluctantly said yes to going to an apple orchard with me to pick apples and it ended being so much fun. They had all these unique apple wines to try, it was the absolute best. These Gluten Free Baked Apple Streusel Donuts brought my heart all the warm fuzzies of that day when I bit into them.

bowl of spices apples

What To Serve With These Baked Donuts

I recommend these Gluten Free Baked Apple Streusel Donuts with a warm cup of coffee or an ice cold glass of milk. They will get your taste buds prepped fall with their warm spice and that sweet drizzle of glaze.  Happy September, friends!

piping donuts into pan baked donuts on parchment

What are the best apples for this recipe?

You can grab your favorite apple to bake with – I think for this recipe I would use either a honeycrisp, gala or granny smith. I used honeycrisp because I am big fan! Grate the apple until you have about 1 cup’s worth!

two baked donuts

Top Tips For These Baked Donuts

  • The streusel and glaze are both optional, you can totally make it without, but they are not NEARLY as delish!
  • If you’re dairy free, I believe you can do the streusel with coconut oil that’s solid, but I haven’t tested it.
  • Fill the donut cavities to the top, or close to it. Filling your donut pans generously will give your donuts a better shape.
  • Most donut pans are nonstick, but it is very difficult to slide a knife or spatula under a stuck donut to pry it out. Save yourself the trouble and grease and flour your pans in advance.
  • Use a piping bag to fill your pan. It is tricky to spoon batter evenly into a donut pan – and nearly impossible with a mini donut pan. Piping the batter in with a pastry bag or a ziploc bag with the corner snipped off will save you a lot of time and frustration.

batch of baked donuts

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Gluten Free Baked Apple Streusel Donuts

These Baked Donuts will leave you all warm and fuzzy! Wonderfully spiced, with a delightful apple streusel topping, plus they are gluten free!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apple donuts, baked donuts, gluten free donuts
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 9 donuts
Calories 282kcal
Author Jen Pinkston

Ingredients

Ingredients for Donuts:

  • ¼ c brown sugar
  • ½ c coconut sugar
  • ½ c apple sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 c apples peeled and grated (I used half honeycrisp, half green apple)
  • 2 c gluten free flour sifted
  • 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 ½ tsp pumpkin spice
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum omit if your gf flour blend includes
  • Ingredients for Streusel Topping
  • ¼ c brown sugar
  • 2 ½ tbsp gf flour
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp pumpkin spice
  • 2 tbsp chopped pecans optional

Ingredients for Glaze:

  • ¾ c powdered sugar sifted
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp almond milk or milk of your choice

Instructions

Method for Donuts:

  • Preheat oven to 350 and grease a donut pan.
  • Peel and grate your apples.
  • Prepare streusel as instructed. (see below)
  • Mix sugars and other wet ingredients.
  • In a separate bowl, sift flour and other dry ingredients together.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet and mix well, batter should be a pretty thick consistency.
  • Add mixture to a piping bag (or ziplock with the end cut off) and pipe into prepared pan, this will help them keep their shape and honestly, it’s easier!
  • Evenly distribute streusel on top of donuts.
  • Place in oven to bake, set time for 12-15 minutes.
  • Prepare glaze. Once donuts are baked and fully cooled, drizzle with glaze.

Method for Streusel Topping:

  • Use a fork to mix sugar and spices
  • Then add butter in small amounts, mashing with fork, until you get a crumbly mixture.
  • Method for Glaze:
  • Whisk together well, until smooth.

Nutrition

Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 180mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 138IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 2mg

Photography by Chase Daniel

 

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  1. these look so yummy!, I cant wait to try making them from the recipe. thanks for sharing

    eme

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