Grain-Free Chipotle Chocolate Donuts with Chocolate Glaze

Chocolate + spice + grain-free donuts…I mean, really, there isn’t much more to say! Even though these little bites of heaven are definitely NOT Whole30 approved, I couldn’t resist sharing this recipe with you all.

It’s no big secret that nearly everyone loves donuts. My personal favorite? Chocolate with chocolate glaze, of course. I must admit that ever since I got a donut pan for making my own donuts, I’ve only done so a handful of times. Gluten-free donuts are difficult and grain-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free donuts are even MORE difficult. Lucky for me, the nice folks at Silk Pure Almond asked a handful of a group of FitFluential Ambassadors to create some recipes using their product which in my world means, make donuts.



We are mostly dairy-free in my house and our milk alternative of choice has always been Silk Pure Almond. There is nothing that tastes better and more importantly, bakes better, than this stuff. Bonus – it doesn’t contain carrageenan which is an ingredient linked with gastrointestinal issues and is often found in milk alternatives. I bake, a lot, and have tried several different types of almond milks and I always come back to Silk Pure Almond. It even has the chef husband’s stamp of approval.


These donuts are a great grain-free treat for when a donut craving strikes. Like after the Whole30 challenge 😉

Grain-free Chocolate Chipotle Donuts with Chocolate Glaze

Serves 8
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 45 minutes


  • 1 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Silk Unsweetened Pure Almond
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 3 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon spicy chipotle powder (can sub 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup Silk Unsweetened Pure Almond
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a donut pan. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients and whisk together to incorporate.
3. Add eggs, oil, honey, vanilla, and eggs to a blender (or separate immersion blender compatible bowl). Add dry mixture and blend until well incorporated
4. Pour batter into donut pan, filling each mold 2/3 of the way full.
5. Bake for 10-12 minutes until donuts bounce back when lightly touched.
6. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes, then very carefully remove using a small offset spatula, fork, or butter knife.
7. To make glaze, heat Silk Unsweetened Pure Almond in a small pot until just barely simmering. Turn off heat and add chocolate chips and vanilla extract. Whisk until chocolate chips are fully melted.
8. Pour glaze over donuts.

P.S. check out the Silk Pure Almond website and Facebook page to see more yummy recipes!
*DISCLAIMER: I was compensated for this post by Silk Pure Almond through FitFluential. All recipe ideas, photography, and opinions expressed are my own.*

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Comments: 13

  1. Kacie @ Savvy Sassy Me January 10, 2013 at 9:24 am Reply

    OH MY GOSH DROOL-WORTHY! I am actually one of the few people who doesn’t “like” donuts… BUT all your ingredients are things I COULD get on board with!! I’ve NEVER thought of making my own!!!!

    • gabbysgfree January 10, 2013 at 9:26 am Reply

      Making your own donuts is so fun – I actually prefer the cake-y texture of them!

  2. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning January 10, 2013 at 1:35 pm Reply

    These look GORGEOUS and DELICIOUS!! I keep thinking of getting a doughnut pan but fear that I will never use it. I think that buying one to make these might be reason enough! :)

    • gabbysgfree January 10, 2013 at 1:44 pm Reply

      Thank you! It’s a fun little baking tool to have – plus they’re not super expensive so it’s okay if they don’t get used all the time :)

  3. lauren January 10, 2013 at 1:55 pm Reply

    Oh my goodness!! Pretty excited to make these. I’d been thinking about cupcakes, but these look a lot easier! It is hard to find gf donut recipes that are oat and rice free too! I might have to sub butter, since my coconut oil is running really low, I’ll let you know how it works! (I’m so excited!!)

  4. Ari @ Ari's Menu January 11, 2013 at 7:37 am Reply

    These look delicious and your pictures are goooorgeous!

  5. Liz @ iheartvegetables January 12, 2013 at 12:37 pm Reply

    oh. my. gosh.

    Do you deliver? Can I place an order?

    Those look HEAVENLY!!!

    • gabbysgfree January 12, 2013 at 3:10 pm Reply

      Thanks Liz! Donuts for you anytime :)

  6. GiGi Eats Celebrities January 13, 2013 at 1:31 pm Reply

    Holy Food Porn Sunday Gabby! 😉

  7. Lauren Padden January 20, 2013 at 11:43 am Reply

    I recently went gluten free and this is the second donut recipe I have tried. I followed the recipe to a tee and it had a brunt flavor despite the fact that they weren’t burnt. The consistency of the donut was perfect, I don’t know if it was the cayenne pepper giving the horrible flavor but I don’t think I will try these again.

    • gabbysgfree January 20, 2013 at 11:52 am Reply

      Sorry they didn’t turn out! I would try reducing the cayenne and see how that works out – sometimes the spices can taste a little “burnt” depending on brand, etc. Also make sure that whatever your greasing your pan with is approved for HIGH HEAT cooking – using something with a lower smoke-point can cause some burning and produce an unpleasant taste.

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