After reading last week that Kinnikinnick had announced their new spring doughnut flavour, I was excited. New doughnut flavours are always a good thing, right? But, then when I read that they were only going to be available for online ordering, or at their retail location, I realized I would never taste their blueberry doughnuts. I am not in the habit of ordering my gluten free foods online, and I am no where near their retail location. So, I did the next best thing, which I think is better anyway. I came up with my own version of blueberry doughnuts, I made homemade Gluten Free Lemon Blueberry Doughnut Holes. Oh, they are so good, you can either eat them fresh, or warm them up a little in the oven or microwave.
The lemony base for these doughnuts began with some lemon sugar. I am sure you could use regular granulated sugar and the zest of a lemon, but I think this increased the lemony flavour in these doughnuts. Don’t fret though, it is super easy to make.
Gluten Free Lemon Blueberry Doughnut Holes
This recipe uses only 1/2 a cup of the lemon sugar, but you can find uses for the rest, no problem. It tastes delicious in tea, or topping some muffins with. Anywhere where you'd like a light lemony flavour added (or, save it for a second batch of Lemon Blueberry Doughnut Holes).
- Place 1/2 cup granulated sugar in a food processor. Add the zest of one large (or two small) lemons. Pulse until it is a finer sugar, and the lemon zest is very fine. Remove from food processor and stir in an additional 1/2 cup of granulated sugar. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge.
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose Gluten-Free Flour (see Note)
- 1/2 cup lemon sugar (see recipe above)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
- 1/2 cup dried blueberries (I did make these with 1 cup fresh blueberries as well, the moisture in the blueberries will make the oil splatter, a lot. Much safer to use the dried blueberries)
- Additional 1/2 cup granulated sugar, to coat the doughnut holes after frying (optional)
The all-purpose gluten-free flour mix that I use is from Cybele Pascal. It is as follows: 4 cups superfine brown rice flour, 1 1/3 cups potato starch (not flour), 2/3 cup tapioca starch.
Other gluten free doughnut recipes you might enjoy:
These are amazing! What a great donut flavor. That lemon sugar has me seriously thinking I need to have some on hand at all times. Great recipe, I think these will adorn the Easter breakfast table.
These look delicious! And very Spring-y.
Jeanine - The Baking Beauties says
@Sarah, Sarah, I think I'm going to keep some of that lemon sugar on hand too. Or, you could change it up and do orange to infuse your sugar with an orange flavour. Yum!
Jeanine - The Baking Beauties says
@Courtney, Thanks, Courtney! Spring is finally in the air! 🙂
Kim-Cook it Allergy Free says
Oh my goodness, Jeanine! I dare say that these look simply unbelievable! I will soo be making these. What a treat for Easter morning! WHat a fun and simple recipe! And we are so on the same wavelength with the lemon berry theme! LOL
Wow, these look divine! I will have to make a dairy free version for my family and report back! Thank you Jeanine.
these look amaaaazing!!! Blueberries and lemon are perfect together 🙂
I’ve been GF for about 5 months due to a diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease and the need to just feel better. Do you think this recipe could be baked as a whole donut? One donut hole isn’t enough for me and I’d like to cut back on calories where I can
Sandy Cheatham says
I didn’t have any dried or fresh bluberries, but I did have 1/2 can of GF blueberry pie filling left over from something else. So, I threw it in, following everything else to the letter. I baked them in my donut maker and yummy!! Thanks so much for all of your recipies! You have been a blessing to my family.
Is there an online program, to run these recipies through, that will spit out the nutritional information? Sodium mgs., sugar and fat grams, protein, calories, etc. etc. etc.