Gluten Free Healthier Red Velvet Doughnuts Recipe

Who doesn’t love a good doughnut? The problem is, doughnuts are typically filled with fat, calories, and sugar, and are deficient in nutrients. These Red Velvet Doughnuts are baked instead of fried, free of refined sugar and artificial coloring, and are nutrient-dense thanks to beets and cashews. To keep things simple, we used jarred beets instead of roasting or boiling fresh beets – just make sure you don’t get the pickled variety.

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Gluten Free Healthier Red Velvet Doughnuts Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
22 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 172 kcal
Author: Carol Kicinski
Ingredients
  • Gluten-free nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 cup jarred or canned beets not pickled
  • ¼ cup grapeseed or other neutral flavored oil
  • cups gluten-free flour blend
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup milk any kind
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 batch Maple Cashew “Cream Cheese” Frosting recipe follows
  • ¼ cup chopped pistachios or cashews optional garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Spray 2 (6-count) doughnut pans with cooking spray.
  2. Combine the beets and oil in a food processor and process until smooth.
  3. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In another mixing bowl, whisk together the beet mixture, maple syrup, eggs, milk, and vanilla. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk to combine. Spoon or pipe the batter into the doughnut pans, filling each form about ¾ full. Bake for 7-9 minutes or until the doughnuts spring back when lightly touched and a toothpick inserted into a doughnut comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 2-3 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling completely. Frost with frosting and sprinkle with chopped nuts, if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Healthier Red Velvet Doughnuts Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 172 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 260mg 11%
Potassium 209mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 24g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 12g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 1.7%
Vitamin C 0.7%
Calcium 8%
Iron 5.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

5 from 1 vote
Maple Cashew “Cream Cheese” Frosting Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Soak Time
30 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 63 kcal
Author: Carol Kicinski
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup raw cashews
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
Instructions
  1. Cover the cashews with boiling water. Let sit for 30 minutes. Drain. Place in a food processor or blender and process until very smooth, scraping down the sides, as needed. Add the maple syrup, lemon juice, vanilla, and salt and process until fully combined.
Nutrition Facts
Maple Cashew “Cream Cheese” Frosting Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 63 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Sodium 25mg 1%
Potassium 68mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Sugars 4g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin C 0.4%
Calcium 1%
Iron 3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Simply Gluten Free are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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Tags: Beets Cashews Cocoa Cream Cheese Doughnuts Eggs Gluten-Free Gluten-Free Recipes Healthy Magazine Maple Syrup Pistachios Red Velvet
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