Grain-Free Chocolate Covered Cherry Doughnuts


So I opened Facebook last Friday, saw my newsfeed and said – out loud – “oh, it’s national doughnut day today”.

And the kids heard me, and it was all “Doughnuts? Doughnuts, doughnuts DOUGHNUTS!!!” after that.

These Grain-Free Chocolate Covered Cherry Doughnuts are simply amazing! Sweet-tart cherry flavor mixed with rich chocolate icing. It's a gluten-free delight!

Not that it’s hard to talk me not making doughnuts. I LOVE making doughnuts ever since Gabe’s cousin gave him an electric doughnut iron. It’s just. so. easy. And fast – as you know if you’ve ever made the gluten-free banana chocolate doughnuts, or blueberry-lemon baked doughnuts.

I’ve been wanting to try making grain-free doughnuts with coconut flour for a while, but Garrett had had eggs removed from his diet for awhile, and I couldn’t figure out a way to make them both grain-free and egg-free. Luckily for him, National Doughnut Day just happened to coincide with the day we let Garrett have a bit of egg.

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So why not let him have the egg in a doughnut?

Made sense to me. And I couldn’t be happier with the result.

I love using coconut flour in baked goods because it gives them a delightful lightness, and unlike a lot of gluten-free baked goods, they’re just as yummy cold as fresh.

And these doughnuts did not disappoint! The slightly tart cherry flavor, and the chocolate work together seamlessly to make one of the most delicious treats you will ever make!

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A few notes about this recipe:

I used coconut oil in the icing so it would firm up when chilled, but also be thin enough to dip doughnut in, making the icing process super easy.

If you don’t care for the taste of coconut in your chocolate, feel free to use expeller pressed coconut oil, which is tasteless, in place of the virgin oil.


Grain-Free Chocolate Covered Cherry Doughnuts

  • Author: Elise


  • 1/4 cup light olive oil or melted coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup sugar (I used evaporated cane sugar)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoons gluten-free vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 Tablerons puréed cherries
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Icing ingredients:
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar (make your own)
  • 1 Tablespoon hot water
  • 1 Tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder


  1. Preheat doughnut iron, or oven (to 350º)
  2. Whisk oil sugar, salt, vanilla, eggs, and cherrie purée.
  3. Mix coconut flour and baking powder.
  4. Add flour mixture to egg mixture, and stir to combine well.
  5. Spoon batter into a quart-sized ziplock bags.
  6. If baking, grease a mini doughnut pan
  7. Cut corner off of ziplock bag, and squeeze batter into each doughnut form of either your
  8. Make sure to fill each form to the top so that they will rise nice and round on top.
  9. Bake the doughnuts on the center rack of the oven for 15-18 minutes, until the edges begin to brown, or in the iron for up to five minutes.
  10. Remove doughnuts from oven/iron.
  11. Let cool on a wire rack.
  12. Cool completely before icing
  13. While doughnuts are cooling, mix icing ingredients together.
  14. Dip the top of each doughnut in the icing, and place back on the rack.
  15. Chill doughnuts until icing has set.
  16. Enjoy!

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