Carrot Spice Cake Gluten Free Donuts

I used to have a thing against gluten free desserts. First off, at the store, anything pre packed was always loaded with soy additives which don’t support my health. It also had a lot of unhealthy oils and sugar in them. But I never tried making my own until the last two years. Now I love to bake and try new things.

Gluten free is getting increasingly popular so I wanted to make sure my desserts to accommodate the most amount of people. I went for a carrot cake but ended up with a carrot spice cake that was just delicious. The carrot is more subtle and the spice really rounds it out like a delicious morning coffee cake.

I created these at Fresh Box in Scottsdale and you can find a variety of these weekly at the restaurant.

You’ll need a special donut pan for this recipe. I got mine pretty affordably on amazon. Click here to see the ones I use.



  • 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-1 Baking Flour

  • 1/2 cup organic whole cane sugar

  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger

  • 1/4 tsp himalayan pink salt

  • 1/8 tsp allspice

  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil

  • 1 large egg, room temperature

  • 1/2 cup freshly grated carrot

  • 2 tbsp drained crushed pineapple

  • 1/4 cup crushed walnuts


  • 2 cups confectioners sugar

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and grease your donut pan with palm oil.

  2. Combine all of your donut dry ingredients and whisk together.

  3. In a separate bowl whisk together almond milk, coconut oil and egg.

  4. Create a small well in the dry ingredients and pour in liquid ingredients, then whisk together.

  5. Once these are completely combined, add in your carrot shreds and crushed pineapple.

  6. Fill each donut pan 2/3rds of the way full, using a piping bag for convenience.

  7. Bake donuts for 8-9 minutes, they are ready when they gently spring back from being pressed (careful not to burn yourself.)

  8. Let donuts completely cool and carefully remove them and place on a cooling rack to get glazed.

  9. Whisk all the icing ingredients together until sugar dissolves and drizzle over the top of the donuts.

  10. Sprinkle with crushed walnuts.