National Donut Day just passed and I had to celebrate in a big way. As much as I love coming up with new recipes and creating different donut flavors, the ultimate test is always my husband. These Gluten and Dairy Free Apple Fritter Bacon Donuts didn't last long!
There's something magic about the combination of sweet and savory, especially in donuts. While I've made bacon donuts before with my Gluten and Dairy Free Baked Maple Bacon Donuts, this recipe combines the flavors of an apple fritter with the decadence of a maple-bourbon glaze.
Donuts Made Easy
There's no need for going out for donuts when you can easily make them at home. These Gluten and Dairy Free Apple Fritter Bacon Donuts are a cake type donut that get baked. No need for frying, and also no need to worry about yeast.
Donuts are all about texture, especially cake style donuts. These donuts get a boost of moisture and tenderness from the addition of apple sauce in the batter. Along with the apple sauce, fresh chunks of apples lend to the flavors of an apple fritter.
When it comes to baking, I love using Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Baking Flour. There's no need to add anything additional when you're creating Gluten Free recipes. The work has already been done for you.
I did promise bacon. Skip the sprinkles, these sweet and savory donuts are all about the bourbon-maple glaze and the generous sprinkle of bacon of the top. The glaze combines bourbon-maple syrup with oat milk and confectioner's sugar for a light and luscious glaze. The bacon adds that perfect balance of salty and smokey to cap it off.
How to Bake Gluten and Dairy Free Apple Fritter Bacon Donuts
With just a few easy-to-follow steps and tips, these delicious and decadent confections come together in no time.
Time needed: 30 minutes.
Get the coffee brewing, because breakfast gets a dose of fun with these tender and scrumptious donuts.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray 2 donut pans with nonstick baking spray and set them aside.
- Mix it up
Add your eggs, Dairy Free butter, sugar, and oat milk to a mixer and mix on high for about 3 minutes. It will become slightly frothy and the sugar will partially dissolve. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until just combined.
Divide the batter between the prepared donut pans.
- Bake Time
Allow the donuts to bake for 15-20 minutes or until the tops are lightly browned and a toothpick comes out clean. Let them cool before glazing them.
- Finishing Touch
After your donuts have cooled mix up your glaze. Simply stir the ingredients together and then dip the tops of the donuts unto the bourbon-maple glaze. Sprinkle chopped bacon over the top.
Top Tip for Making Gluten and Dairy Free Apple Fritter Bacon Donuts
My number one tip for anything you bake is to always be gentle when mixing your batter. Once you add your dry ingredients, don't over mix them. If you mix until everything is just combined you will have a more tender bite.
Gluten and Dairy Free Apple Fritter Bacon Donuts
- 1 Mixing Bowl
- 2 donut pans
Gluten Free Donuts
- 8 oz applesauce
- 1 apple, peeled and chopped Approximately 1 cup
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp vanilla
- ¼ cup oat milk
- 2 tbsp Dairy Free butter
- 2 cups Gluten Free 1.1 flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp bourbon-maple syrup
- 2 tbsp oat milk
- 2 cups confectioners sugar
- cooked bacon, chopped, for topping
Gluten Free Donuts
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 2 donut pans with nonstick baking spray and set aside.
- Add the butter, sugars, oat milk, and eggs to a mixing bowl and mix on high for 3 minutes.
- Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix until just combined.
- Divide the batter between the prepared donut pans.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until the tops are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.
- Allow the donuts to cool completely before glazing them.
- Add the oat milk, maple syrup, and confectioners sugar to a bowl and mix until smooth.
- Dip the tops of the donuts into the glaze.
- Sprinkle the chopped bacon over the top of the donuts.