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Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, practically Food Free Donuts That Don’t Suck!

Look, I’m going to save the flouery (I said what I meant) pros and sob stories for later. For now, here’s the recipe for the best homemade gluten free, egg free, dairy free, soy free donuts you’re going to find. 

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Food Free  Raised Sugar Donuts (Vegan, soy free, gluten free) 

  • 2 ½ cups all purpose gluten free flour with Xanthan Gum added (Namaste Gluten Free Perfect Flour Blend is what I use)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 ½ tsp rapid rise yeast (bread machine yeast works as well) 
  • 1 tbs + 1 ½ tsp Bob’s Egg Replacer
  • 4 tbs water (to be used with egg replacer)
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 9 oz room temperature coconut milk
  • 4 tbs butter substitute melted and cooled to room temperature
  • Canola Oil for frying

Mix water and egg replacer well in a small bowl.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, cream of tartar, baking soda, sugar, and yeast until well combined. 

Combine Egg replacer mix, melted butter substitute, apple cider vinegar, and coconut milk with dry ingredients.

Mix until all is well incorporated. If you have a stand mixer, use the paddle attachment and mix on high for two minutes. The dough should be wet, but easily pulled from the side of the bowl.

Cover bowl and let rise in the refrigerator for at least two hours, or up to two days. 

Dust workstation with gluten free flour and form donuts into desired shape and place on a greased cookie sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm room until donuts are 150% their original size. 

Fry donuts in canola oil heated to 350F for 2-3 minutes, flip and fry for 1 minute more, until both sides are golden brown. Let cool for a couple minutes then toss in sugar. 

Like seemingly most of the modern western world, my wife and young son have food sensitivities. As an omnivore and the primary chef in our household, this continues to be a challenge; especially when the food sensitivities are discovered AFTER aforementioned young son has developed a strong affinity for carbs… especially sugar coated raised donuts. 

Rather than allow him to wallow in the trenches of a life lived without the warming glow of his beloved sugar twist donuts, we took matters into our own hands. While a four year old may not be the BEST help in the kitchen, this turned out to be an opportunity for the two of us to bond while making something that he desperately wanted. Once the ingredients are measured out, Bruce (the child) loved being able to dump each one individually into the bowl of our stand mixer. And while he didn’t help with the frying, he was able to be a part of the bulk of the creation process. 

This was honestly a super cool experience for the two of us. I love spending time with Bruce, and I love when he’s willing to have hands on experiences. Bruce struggles with a number of sensory processing issues, and any time he’s willing to get his hands dirty with different textures, and try tasting different ingredients (I tried to stop him from eating the flour straight, but he was too quick) is a huge win in my book. Cooking can, and should be fun! Displaying that and allowing kids to participate in that process reinforces that mindset and teaches skills that can be drawn upon for the rest of their lives. 

Best enjoyed warm.

We have often joked in our household that we should write a “food-free cookbook”. When we finally get around to it, this recipe will be the first one in the book. Fluffy, chewy, and decadent without being overly sweet. It’s the type of donut that I would (and do) bite into despite my knee-jerk reaction to skulk away from any bakery item that doesn’t contain gluten.

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