Easy Baked Gingerbread Donuts (Can be dairy and wheat free)

When the weather starts to get cooler, I start to crave gingerbread- cakes, muffins, cookies- all of it. All except coffee, I don’t like gingerbread flavor in my coffee! These baked donuts are quick to make, and you only need two bowsl and a donut pan. I added a little orange zest which really brings out the flavors of all the warm spices. I made this recipe non-dairy using oat milk and cultured vegan butter. You could also substitute the all-purpose flour with you favorite gluten-free flour blend.


  • 1 1/4 cup (156 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • pinch ground cloves 
  • pinch ground allspice 
  • pinch of cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted or non-dairy butter such as Miyoko’s cultured butter
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) light or dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 large egg, room temp.
  • zest of one orange
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) milk (whole or low-fat) (or non-dairy milk)
  • 3 tablespoons fat-free Greek yogurt

Cinnamon Sugar Coating:

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 cup unsalted butter or vegan butter

  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease two 6-count large donut pans or you can use one pan, cooling and greasing it in between batches.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, ginger, cinnamon, ground cloves, ground all spice, cardamom, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a separate large bowl, whisk together butter, brown sugar and molasses until combined, about 1 minute. Add egg and whisk to combine, another minute. Add the orange zest. Mix in milk and yogurt. Stir until all ingredients are incorporated.2
  • Add flour mixture to the wet ingredients and stir just until combined. Avoid over mixing. The batter will be quite thin which is fine.
  • Using a spoon, pour batter into donut tins. The tins will be full.
  • Bake for about 13 to 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in a donut comes out clean.
  • In a separate bow, mix the sugar and cinnamon.
  • While the donuts are still warm, dip both sides in the melted butter and then into the cinnamon and sugar mixture.

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