The Best Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Donuts

The Best Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Donuts

Sink your teeth into these gluten-free donut with fresh carrots, delicate spices, and a touch of honey sweetness! These baked carrot cake donuts are a delicious celebraton of spring, bringing the perfect burst of sweet sunshine to every bite!


Gluten-Free, Plant-Based


1/3 cup non-dairy milk of your choice

1 teaspoon white vinegar

3 tablespoons vegan butter, melted

1 cup (5oz/150g) gluten-free flour 

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 cup coconut sugar or sugar substitute of your choice

2 tablespoons Peace River Honey Pure Unpasteurized Honey

1 large egg

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup (3oz/90g) carrots, freshly grated (about 2 carrots)



¼ cup vegan cream cheese, room temperature

¾ cup  icing sugar substitute

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon lemon juice


Orange, green natural food colouring, optional

Nuts for topping, optional



  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the milk, vinager, cooled melted butter, honey, sugar, egg and vanilla.
  3. Once all of the wet ingredients are combined add in the grated carrot.
  4. Next add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg and salt.
  5. Grease a donut pan then fill a piping bag or plastic bag with the tip snipped off with the carrot cake batter.
  6. Pipe the batter evenly into the pan, filling each about 2/3 of the way full.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool for 1 minute before turning out the pan to remove donuts. Place donuts on a cooling rack.
  8. Meanwhile, prepare the glaze. Beat the cream cheese until it is almost smooth. Sift the powdered sugar into the bowl, add in the vanilla extract and stir until you have a smooth glossy frosting. Set aside.
  9. Once donuts have cooled completely (about 15-20 minutes) dunk each donut in the frosting, then turn in a circle to ensure half the donut is liberally frosted.
  10. Decorate either with coloured icing or nuts. Enjoy!
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