Coconut Flour Donuts

Honey-dipped toasted coconut donut

Coconut flour is easy to bake with, and if you have a nut allergy, it is a great gluten-free substitute for nut flours like almond flour. It’s low in carbohydrates and high in fiber.

I purchased my latest batch from Tropical Traditions, however coconut flour is showing up all over the place. Bob’s Red Mill also offers organic coconut flour.

I finally received the donut baking pansI ordered from Amazon, and so far, I like love them. I can now make full-size, cake donuts with a myriad of flour types. This recipe is for vanilla donuts using coconut flour. This recipe can also be used to make vanilla cupcakes – no alterations necessary.

About the donut pans Now that I’ve used them for a while, I’ve found that the non-stick surface becomes a bit sticky (I think the non-stick coating wears off after a while). I’ve had to grease the pan before adding the batter (shortening, butter or coconut oil will do the trick), and I also a bit of care in pulling them out – I nudge them from a couple of corners before lifting them out of the pan.

Tip If you use the donut pan that I mention in this post, this recipe makes 6 big donuts, so double this recipe if you have two pans. It also makes 6 slightly smaller donuts if you want to spread the batter out a bit more.

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61 Responses to Coconut Flour Donuts

  1. Sharae says:

    This is the basic recipe I use for Peanut Butter cookies using dry roasted peanuts and organic peanut butter (rather than coconut butter). They make a cake-like breakfast cookie since I make them about baseball sized and cook for 12-15 minutes at 325 degrees.
    Delish!

  2. Gina says:

    Does coconut flour taste like coconut? I’m not a huge fan of coconut, but wasn’t sure if the flour was similar to almond flour in the sense that it doesn’t really taste like almonds.

  3. Erica says:

    Gina, suprisingly it doesn’t taste like coconut. If you use coconut oil or coconut butter though, it will start to taste like coconut. The coconut pancake recipes don’t taste like coconut either (in my opinion).

  4. Gina says:

    Good to know! Thanks Erica!

  5. Those look very very scrumptious! I’ll have to look into a donut pan of my own :)

  6. Saja says:

    Can you make these without a donut pan? What modifications can I make so I don’t have to purchase another pan?

  7. Erica says:

    Saja, no modifications are necessary. Just put the batter into the mold of your choice. They make great vanilla cupcakes as well.

  8. Michelle Tiede says:

    Erica, Thanks so much for this site! I make your recipes all the time. My husband has Crohn’s disease and started the SCD diet 3 months ago. His health has improved tremendously!! I made the Coconut donuts last night and they are wonderful! Thank you so much!

  9. Erica says:

    Hi Michelle! Great news. I’m so happy for both of you. Best wishes.

  10. Lisa B says:

    What a great idea! I have tried other forms of flour, but wasn’t aware of coconut flour. I’ll add it to my pantry. Thanks for the sub of nut flours. We have a toddler so nut flours are not an option for us just now. Cannot wait to try these :)

  11. Kristy says:

    YUMMY!! I am in love with all things COCONUT and also I’m in love with your “food philosophy” and enjoy your blog. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Debbie says:

    Looks lovely! Thanks for sharing and I look forward to reading more of your blog soon!

  13. Jackie Carlisle says:

    These donuts are scrumptious! I tweaked the recipe somewhat by using 3 eggs & 3 egg whites in order to reduce the fat and saturated fat content. A definite recipe keeper!

  14. Tammy says:

    I’m baking today, and was looking for a coconut flour donughnut recipe. I’m making this today, and will let you know.

  15. Melinda says:

    I am thinking of making a variation of these for my son’s birthday~He is also sensative to eggs… do you think that my current substitute would work? Gelatin in hot water to make a egg like substance…=-)

  16. Erica says:

    Hi Melinda. It’s an interesting idea, but I don’t know if it will work. Maybe someone else has tried it and can let us know.

  17. nikki s says:

    you can use ground flax seeds and water to sub eggs, many recipes for this on the net!

  18. Erica says:

    Thanks Nikki!

  19. Jo An says:

    I am new to your site and really excited to find it!! I made these little treats and they were good. I didn’t have a donut pan but used a mini muffin pan (12 minutes). My only questions was should the butter be melted? I used soften butter and whipped the heck out of it. Oh so tasty!!! Thank you.

  20. WOW! Now I think I’m going to be obsessed w/doughnuts! I want to try these. Just so you know the link for the baking pans on your choc honey doughnut page didn’t work… nor did the link to print these coconut flour doughnuts. I can obviously print the whole post… not a problem, just wanted to let you know.

    Your pictures look fantastic. Do you use an SLR or a semi automatic 35mm camera? Natural lighting or special lights?

  21. Penny says:

    Erica,

    I made the choc version of these this weekend and had ordered the pans, so used them to good results. You do have to really oil the pans, and it seemed to me that there is a just-enough amount of batter to put in, otherwise the donut shape grows a ridge! Of your 3 donut recipes, which do your kids like the best? The almond flour ones or the coconut flour ones? I have a 13-year-old gluten-free donut lover I’m trying to please. :-) He liked the choc ones, but didn’t give them raves.

    • Erica says:

      Hi Penny – my favorites are the chocolate coconut flour donuts, but we all vary here. My kids prefer the plain or vanilla coconut donuts. My husband eats all of them. I guess everyone has there favorite.

  22. Sara says:

    Have you ever tried to freeze these to store them? Would it work?

    • Sara says:

      Well, I couldn’t wait to try them. They taste amazing!! I’m on SCD and have really been struggling trying to avoid nuts, so this is thrilling! Next time I’m going to try to put some cocoa butter in to sub for some of the butter: chocolate donuts, anyone? :-)

  23. keiralee dixon says:

    I added a TBspn of cream and then cooked them in mini muffin tray. Then drowned them in choc ganash.
    A big hit with the 2yo!!!
    haks for the recipe!!!

    KL

  24. Kapu says:

    im really trying to stay away from honey due to the high sugar content. is there something else i could use in its place. btw i love you website! thanks, kapu

    • Erica says:

      Maybe maple syrup, or add additional water with a dry sweetener such as stevia. I haven’t tried it though.

      • Margaret P says:

        Dextrose=Glucose=Corn Sugar is the only sweetener I can use. It is definitely available at health food stores and beer-making supply stores. Then you can use as little or as much as you want.

  25. Eugenia says:

    I made this today, thanks! They tasted good. They tasted more like cupcakes than doughnuts, but since I hadn’t had any dessert for a month now, they were great anyway. I whipped some lactose-free sour cream with some honey too, and served them together. Here’s a pic.

  26. Jess says:

    These are amazing as cupcakes, but I haven’t tried them as donuts yet. I was wondering if anyone has tried a variation to these other than vanilla and chocolate, such as blueberry donuts. I’m hesitant to try because of the added moisture and was hoping someone had experience or advice.

    Thanks!!

  27. Margaret P says:

    Has anyone tried frying these like normal doughnuts?

  28. Erica W. says:

    These are so yummy! I don’t have a donut maker or pan, so I’ve only made them as cupcakes. The first time I made them, I only had half of the vanilla I needed, so I also used orange extract. The result reminded me of a cake my mom used to.make- yellow cake mix with orange juice instead of water. So, I made these again last week for a party, and I only used orange extract. They were a hit!

    I omitted the baking soda, since we are on GAPS, but they were still great (probably just a little shorter and denser than they would have been with it).

    I frosted the cupcakes with this chocolate deleting recipe, and they were just perfect: http://realfoodforager.com/recipe-chocolate-icing-gaps-paleoprimal/

  29. Kara says:

    I am so disappointed! I tried to make these (I even was couragous enough to TRIPLE the batch). Well they are terrible, like…beyond terrible!!! What could I have done wrong!? I followed the recipe exactly!

    They batter didnt blend well, it is all separated. But I tried baking it anyway, they are dry but greasy all at the same time. They dont have a pastry consistency in any sense of the word. They are so gross! Help!

    • Erica says:

      sounds like you forgot the eggs

      • Summer says:

        I have the same problem with coconut flour recipes. It isn’t just forgetting the eggs. Something else is going on. I use so many eggs that all I taste is eggs at the end (pancakes today with 1/4 cup coconut flour and 4 eggs!) with cooked squash, and I still had that nasty grainy texture that I associate with coconut flour. What brand do you use? I’m starting to think it’s just MY coconut flour that sucks, or that I need to let it set and absorb moisture for a while? To give you an idea, I tried to use it to thicken creole once, and it just made it gritty.

        • Erica says:

          My favorite brand is Tropical Traditions. I haven’t tried many others, but I find TT brand to be very fine ground.

        • Beth says:

          I like Wilderness Family Naturals coconut flour which I find to be light and fluffy. After blending, it helps to let the batter rest for 10-15 minutes so that the flour absorbs the moisture.

  30. Stephanie says:

    I just made these this morning, using half coconut sugar and half honey. They were a little thick, so I added some almond milk. Just wondering how thick the original batter is? Mine was pretty thick.

    • Erica says:

      I have a feeling that if you use coconut sugar (which is dry) with this recipe you’ll probably need to add a bit more almond milk since honey adds quite a bit more moisture.

  31. Britney says:

    Any idea how to make these pumpkin donuts? How would I compensate for the puree?

  32. juliecortes says:

    Best donuts/cupcakes I’ve tried yet. I purposely cover the “hole” in the donut pan. When cool, I either frost or fill with pudding or pie filling. Very versitile. Quite spongey like a twinky! yes, like a twinky! Could even “inject” white frosting into a muffin. Like a HoHo!!!!! When measuring coconut flour, DONT pack. Lightly spoon into measuring cup. THanks a bunch!

  33. juliecortes says:

    Dont forget to add 1/4t. nutmeg for that donut flavor!

  34. Ally says:

    Your donut looks so yummy! However, when I made these they came out way too moist. I put the batter in mini donut molds. They ended up tasting more on the egg side. They were super moist tho on the bottom half of the donuts where they touch the pan. It’s almost like all the liquid sank to the bottom. Why could this have happened?

  35. Tiffany says:

    I am going to bake this in a 4 inch diameter ramekin to make a mini cake. Has anyone done this? Thanks

  36. Kendra says:

    I just tried these and the came out nicely in an electric donut baker. Got a “Babycakes Donut Maker” which bakes them in about 2 minutes….they’re on the clearance table at Bed Bath and Beyond right now for $5.99! Thanks for the recipe :)

  37. April says:

    These are delish!! I added about 1/3 cup of Enjoy life choc chips and omit the topping. My kids devoured them!!! This is a good pancake recipe too. Just make sure you pan or griddle is turned down a bit and make them small so they’re easy to turn. Thanks for the recipe!!

  38. Elizabeth says:

    Erica,
    Can you fry these? I enjoy them as cakes, but I was wondering if I could fry them to get them even closer to doughnuts? (I do realize frying isn’t too healthy!)

  39. Dee says:

    We just made these. Soooo dry. Wished they were better. I followed directions exactly. I tried to add applesauce after the first batch but it didn’t help. :(

    • Erica says:

      wow, these are never dry for me. Not sure what to say since I’ve never heard this before for this recipe. What brand of coconut flour are you using?

  40. Lisa says:

    Made cupcakes/muffins and used blueberries. It worked really well and good flavor. Would like to try it in place of bread to sop up the yolk of a poached/fried egg.

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