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Baked Zucchini & Apple Donuts ~ Gluten-free & vegan option

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Baked not fried…zucchini and apple donuts.

zucchini and apple donuts baked not fried so they are healthier. Tender and delicious with drizzle over top.

I finally tried my donut baking pan and I am so glad I did. This recipe for baked donuts is also my Grandma’s Zucchini Bread & Muffin recipe. For some reason, it seemed like a good choice for baked donuts.

I used a different egg replacer for the egg-free option, juice from garbanzo beans…and it worked perfectly. I will definitely be using that again soon.

This recipe can be made gluten-free by simply replacing the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free baking mix like King Arthur Gluten-Free Flour Blend, Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free All-Purpose FlourPamela’s Artesian Gluten-Free & Vegan All-Purpose Flour, or a homemade gluten-free flour blend.

*Remember with Bob’s Red Mill or some homemade mixes you will need to add Xanthan Gum or Guar Gum to the recipe, 2 1/4 tsp.



To Make Zucchini & Apple Donuts You Will Need:


  • eggs or an egg substitute
  • oil
  • vanilla
  • sugar  (I used beet sugar in my gluten-free donuts)
  • zucchini
  • an apple
  • flour ~ If using gluten-free flour add  2  1/4 tsp Xanthan Gum or Guar Gum if it is not included in the ingredients on the package
  • cinnamon
  • baking soda
  • baking powder ~ corn-free if needed
  • salt
  • walnuts (omit for nut-free)
  • powdered sugar
  • milk or dairy-free substitute, I used soy milk
  • vanilla extract, optional




Baked Zucchini & Apple Baked Donuts    

Delicious baked zucchini & apple donuts that are baked not fried. Enjoy donuts any day for breakfast, brunch, and snacks.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked zucchini and apple donuts, breakfast, corn-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, healthy snacks, nut-free, soy-free
Servings: 15 Donuts
Calories: 297kcal


  • 3 eggs egg substitute if necessary, I used 6 Tbs of garbanzo bean juice and 1/2 Tbl Ener -G Egg Replacer with 2 Tbs warm water
  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar  
  • 2 cups zucchini grated
  • 1 apple peeled and chopped finely
  • 3 cups flour If using gluten-free flour add  2 1/4 tsp Xanthan gum or Guar Gum
  • 3 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking soda corn-free if needed
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts omit for nut-free


  • Preheat oven to 350
    Prepare donut baking pans with a non-stick spray.
  • In a small bowl add flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and walnuts. Mix. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl add eggs or egg substitute, oil, vanilla, and sugar. Mix well.
  • Mix in zucchini and apples.  Add flour mixture and stir until mixed. Be sure to not over mix, it will make your donuts tough.
  • Pour into prepared donut baking pans.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes. Gluten-free took the full 25 minutes in my oven.
  • Remove from baking pan and let donuts reach room temperature on wire racks.  Drizzle with icing or sprinkle powdered sugar...or do both!
  • Icing:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbs milk or dairy-free substitute, I used soy milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, optional
  • Whisk together ingredients and drizzle over the donuts.


 Ener -G Egg Replacer 
I used beet sugar in my gluten-free donuts
Corn-free baking powder


Serving: -1Donut | Calories: 297kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 260mg | Potassium: 140mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 87IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2mg

You might also enjoy my GF Chocolate Chip Baked Donuts!


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