Orange Zest Doughnuts + Vanilla Frosting

gluten-free. dairy-free. soy-free. vegan alternative.

One of my favorite things about making recipes is the creative process. Orange zest in doughnuts circulated in my mind a few times the last couple of months. At first, I had visions of orange zest and walnuts, but walnuts seemed too cumbersome for doughnuts. So I settled on orange zest only.

Making Vanilla Frosting 1

Making Vanilla Frosting 2
Vanilla Frosting

Orange zest with vanilla frosting did not disappoint. Not even close. It fascinates me the difference one ingredient can make in a recipe. And the thing I really like is doughnuts often taste delicious fresh or refrigerated. Therefore the next day I am delighted with a decadent breakfast that tastes fresh still.

Notes:(1) To make orange zest, grate orange until white shows, then move on to another area, continually grating orange until amount desired is made. (2) Optional: I do like to sift the nut flours so as to avoid clumping and for a better doughnut texture. Not required. (3) Frosting can be made whenever during this process. Set aside at room temperature. (4) These doughnuts usually last optimally for three days in sealed container in refrigerator.

GF Orange Zest Doughnuts

Orange Zest Doughnuts + Vanilla Frosting

  • Servings: makes 12 mini doughnuts, likely 6 regular doughnuts
  • Difficulty: moderate
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Gluten-free and dairy-free doughnuts with added orange zest for a citrus zing and vanilla frosting for a tasty balance.



  • 1/2 c. cashew flour
  • 1/4 c. almond flour
  • 2 T. coconut flour
  • 2 T. maple syrup
  • 1 T. melted coconut oil + however much needed for greasing doughnut pan
  • 1 T. lemon juice
  • 1 large egg (vegan alternative = 3 T. warm water + 1 T. ground flax seeds)
  • 1 t. gluten-free vanilla extract
  • 1/2-3/4 t. orange zest, depending on taste preference
  • 1/2 t. gluten-free baking soda
  • 3 dashes cinnamon


  • 3 T. organic coconut milk in original (I use So Delicious)
  • 1 T. maple syrup
  • 1 t. gluten-free vanilla extract



  1. In a large mixing bowl, add maple syrup, coconut oil, lemon juice, egg, vanilla extract, and orange zest. Stir well to mix ingredients.
  2. Add baking soda, cinnamon and coconut flour. Stir well to combine.
  3. If cashew flour and almond flour are not already ground up, make flour in food processor. Add flour (I prefer sifted flour) gradually, stirring until well mixed to blend.
  4. Preheat oven to 325ºF.
  5. In a greased doughnut pan, equally divide batter. Cook for around ten minutes or until color is golden and tops firm. Can do a toothpick test (insert toothpick into doughnuts to see if comes out clean of moist dough).
  6. Carefully remove from pan and let cool for a few minutes before applying frosting.


  1. In a small mixing bowl, add all of the ingredients. Stir well with a spoon until incorporated. See pictures above.
  2. Apply to cooled doughnuts.
  3. Refrigerate in sealed container. Enjoy!

Stack Orange Zest Doughnuts

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. These are such a great idea! They sound and look amazing! Thanks for sharing this recipe 🙂

    1. Thank you for stopping by!

  2. chefkreso says:

    Vanilla frosting is the best topping for these doughnuts 🙂

    1. Thanks! It really helps balance the citrus flavor.

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