Cinnamon Spiced Apple Donuts with Honey Glaze

Apple and pumpkin picking, apple cider and pumpkin beer drinking, hayrides, football watching, tailgating – these are just a few activities of Fall. While the activities are very important, the flavors of Fall are all I can think about. I make my favorite gluten free apple pies every year for Thanksgiving, so this year I wanted to bring you an easy gluten free apple donut recipe that you can create with all of those apples you are bringing back from the farm!

I try to keep all of my recipes simple. I understand that gluten free baking can be a little difficult and you don’t want to have to buy 10 ingredients just to make one dessert – ain’t nobody got time for that.

These donuts are great to make ahead of time. I actually think donuts sometimes taste better when you eat them a few hours later because the glaze has had enough time to soak into the cake. Good thing this recipe makes 12 – you won’t be able to eat just one!

Gluten Free Cinnamon Spiced Apple Donuts 

Makes 12 donuts

  • 1 large red apple of your choice
  • 1/3 cup honey – I used Nature Nate’s
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup brown rice flour – I used Bob’s Red Mill
  • 1.5 cup almond flour – I used Bob’s Red Mill
  • 1.5 tablespoons baking soda

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.

Skin and chop up your apple into small square pieces and set aside. In a bowl or stand mixer, mix together your honey, butter, and eggs. In another bowl, use a fork to combine your brown rice flour, almond flour, baking soda and cinnamon. Add your dry ingredients to your wet and mix for about a minute. Then fold in your apples.

Spray your donut pan with non-stick cooking spray. Cut off the end of your pipping bag so the opening is big enough for the apple pieces to slide through. Fill you pipping bag with your apple mixture and pip into the donut pan.

Pop into the oven and let bake for about 8-9 minutes. They’ll come out a slight golden brown on top. While they are cooling, get started on your honey-delicious glaze!


Honey Glaze

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup confectioner sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnmon

This recipe is super simple – four ingredients combine to create a mouthwatering glaze.


In a sauce pan on medium heat, melt your honey and butter together. The honey will start to bubble, but that’s exactly what you want it to do. You might have to adjust your heat so it doesn’t bubble over! You’ll want to whisk the butter and honey together for about 6-8 minutes.


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Lower your heat to the lowest setting and whisk in your confectionary sugar for about 2 minutes. Once the confectionary sugar is dissolved, add another teaspoon of cinnamon, and remove from the heat. Your are ready to dip!


After each dip, place your donuts on a cooling rack with a piece of parchment paper underneath (helps keep your counters clean!).




All of the beautiful photography was shot by the very talented Sarah Landry of Sarah Jayne Photography. I highly recommend you check her out. 

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  1. Sounds amazing. What if I only have white rice flour? Are they the same?

    • Thank you! I haven’t tried it with white rice flour before, but I would assume it would be somewhat similar. If you try the white rice flour, let me know how it works out!

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