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Chocolate Frosted Chocolate Donuts {GF, Paleo, Nut Free}

These rich chocolate frosted chocolate donuts are an easy and crazy delicious Paleo dessert! Kids love them and they're fun to make. These baked chocolate cake donuts are gluten free, dairy free, paleo and even nut free.
Author: Michele Rosen
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Nut Free, Paleo &amp
Servings: 8 donuts


For the Donuts:

For the Glaze:


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and prepare your donut pan by lightly greasing with coconut oil. (I highly recommend using a silicone donut pan or a proven non-stick pan for easy removal!)
  2. In a large bowl, use an electric hand mixer or whisk to cream together the eggs, maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla. In a smaller bowl, combine the coconut flour, tapioca flour, cacao, baking soda and salt.
  3. Whisk or blend the dry mixture into the wet until fully combined and a thick batter forms. Use a plastic bag with a 1/2-1" cut made in the corner to pipe the batter into the donut molds** - it will make 6-7 full size donuts.
  4. Bake at 350 15-18 mins or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool 5 mins in the pan, then release each donut carefully to wire racks to fully cool.
  5. While the donuts cool, make the glaze. Melt shortening over very low heat until almost melted, then whisk in cacao and maple until a shiny glaze forms. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  6. Glaze donuts immediately by drizzling or spreading with a spoon/spatula, allow glaze to cool before serving, it will remain soft but solid at room temp. If using sprinkles, add them when the glaze has cooled about halfway.
  7. Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to one week or freeze in a sealed container for longer. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*To minimize coconut flavor, you can use organic refined coconut oil
**You can also spoon the mixture into the molds, or use a piping bag. I found the plastic bag to be the easiest option!

***Coconut oil is my least favorite option for the frosting, since it tends to separate, however, it's still good as a last option.


Calories: 333kcal
Carbohydrates: 19g
Protein: 4g
Fat: 28g
Saturated Fat: 20g
Cholesterol: 81mg
Sodium: 157mg
Potassium: 146mg
Fiber: 3g
Sugar: 11g
Vitamin A: 120IU
Calcium: 39mg
Iron: 1.2mg