gluten free donut holes with glaze piled on a white plate
Dessert,  Gluten Free

Gluten-Free Donut Holes

Before making these, I am going to be honest. I had never made donuts or donut holes before. However, there is a first time for everything! When I made it, the “dough” was more of a batter, I couldn’t really form any balls out of it, because it was too liquidy. I added a bit more mix and it made it better, but still not formable. So I used a mini ice cream scooper and gently plopped it into the hot oil and it worked just fine! They weren’t perfectly round circles but who wants perfection anyway? I also started with the oil too hot, which made the donuts golden brown on the outside but still not done on the inside, so it took some work but I found a good temperature. It took a couple of fails at first, but then they came out so good! Crisp and crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, clothed in a perfect sweet glaze. It is simple and doesn’t take a long time to do. Go ahead and try it!

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Gluten-Free Donut Holes

  • Author: Allison Olivia
  • Yield: 12 donut holes 1x


Warm, gooey, and sweet donut holes that are gluten-free and perfect for curing that sweet tooth.




  • Oil for frying
  • 1 1/4 cup gluten-free pancake mix
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons olive or coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup dairy-free milk plus 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 egg


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dairy-free milk



  1. In a deep fryer or heavy saucepan, heat 2 to 3 inches oil to 375°F.
  2. In a bowl, mix ingredients together to form the dough.
  3. Use a 1 tablespoon cookie dough scooper and scoop the dough. Carefully drop balls, 5 or 6 at a time, into the hot oil.
  4. Fry about 1 to 2 minutes or until golden brown on all sides.
  5. Drain on paper towels. Immediately roll in the glaze.
  6. Serve.


  1. Whisk together the powdered sugar and milk until glaze forms. Drizzle on the doughnut holes


I used unsweetened almond milk as a lactose-free alternative, but you can obviously use regular milk 

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 1-2 min per donut
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Frying
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: gluten-free donut holes, donut holes, gluten-free baking, gluten-free desserts, donuts

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