DONUT MUFFINS- Vegan, Gluten-Free & Refined Sugar-Free

When my brother was in elementary school he came home with a recipe for “muffins that taste like donuts”. I don’t really know why, nor do I care. All I know is that they were delicious. So delicious that when I came across the recipe while looking through a pile of my moms recipes, I just knew I had to re-create them. And re-create them I did:

Donut Muffins

Donut Muffins

Sweet, moist muffins dipped in buttery goodness and sprinkled with crunchy cinnamon sugar. All the best parts of a donut without the saturated fat, refined sugars and empty calories. 


  • 1 1/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca starch
  • 1/4 cup potato starch
  • 1 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  •  1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup erithritol (any granulated sugar will work)
  • 1 1/2 tsp Ener-G Egg Replace mixed with 2 tbsp water
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk (I used almond)


  • 1/4 cup melted Earth Balance Buttery Spread
  • 1/4 cup organic evaporated cane juice (any granulated sugar will work)
  • 1-2 tsp cinnamon


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tin. 
  2. Mix together brown rice flour, starches, xanthan gum, baking powder, salt and spices.
  3. In a second bowl, mix together applesauce, erithritol (or sugar of choice), Ener-G Egg Replace mixed with water and non-dairy milk.
  4. Add the contents of bowl 2 into the first bowl and mix until combined.
  5. Divide among lined muffins tin and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Let muffins cool for 5 minutes while you mix together the organic evaporated cane juice and cinnamon.
  7. Dip the tops of the muffins in the melted Earth Balance Buttery Spread and then into the cinnamon-sugar mix.
  8. Let completely cool and enjoy!

xoxo Erin

UPDATE!!! This recipe has been shared on The Veggie Nook’s Healthy Vegan Friday. Check it out here! It’s also been submitted to Allergy-Free Wednesdays, Gluten-Free Wednesdays, Meatless Mondays, Melt in Your Mouth Monday, Wonderful Food Wednesdays, Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays here , Foodie FridayTasteful TuesdaysMostly Homemade MondaysTry a New Recipe Tuesdays and Gluten-Free Fridays.


7 thoughts on “DONUT MUFFINS- Vegan, Gluten-Free & Refined Sugar-Free

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  5. Now, I could get used to eating these for breakfast! YUM Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂

    Cindy from

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