The Best Seaside Style Baked Sugar Doughnuts (Gluten Free, Vegan)

Prep: 5 minutesCook: 15 minutesTotal: 20 minutes
Yield: 6Categories: Baking, Desserts
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These delicious sugar doughnuts are so delicious you would never realise they were gluten free and vegan.

One thing I always remember from trips to the seaside as a kid is the fried, sugary doughnuts we would buy from the kiosks when we were walking along the piers. Since going gluten free I really missed them and always kept my eyes peeled on the chance that we passed somewhere that offered a gluten free alternative. Since going vegan as well, I resigned myself to the fact I will probably never find somewhere that makes a doughnut I can eat and decided to take matters into my own hands.

It took me a while to get around to creating a recipe for these as I thought they would be a lot more complicated than they actually are. My recipe consists of just six ingredients and will take less than twenty minutes for you to whip up, making them the perfect emergency dessert on days you just want something sweet in a hurry.

The hardest thing about this recipe is getting the batter into the doughnut tray and, after a few very messy attempts, I opted to just pipe it in instead. I used a 6 cup non stick doughnut trayΒ (26 x 20.3 x 1.9 cm) and I made five medium sized doughnuts with the recipe although you could probably stretch the batter to make six. I have noted the bake time to be 12 minutes, however, they may need up to 15 depending on the oven you use.

I bake these sugar doughnuts for 12 minutes but then transfer them into a frying pan of olive oil to give them that crispy, fried finish before rolling them in sugar. Personally, I think these are always best when they are still hot however they are still good once they have cooled and will last for a couple of days.

If you like this recipe, you might like my Pumpkin Spiced Baked Sugar Doughnuts which you can find here.

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  • 100g 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp gluten free self raising flour
  • 80ml 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp soya milk
  • 50g 1/4 cup caster sugar (plus extra for rolling)
  • 50g 3 tbsp + 2 tsp olive oil (plus extra for frying)
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • splash of vanilla essence


  1. Add the dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl and, in a second bowl, add the wet ingredients
  2. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until a smooth, slightly sticky batter is formed
  3. Pour the batter into a greased doughnut tray. I chose to pipe it into the cups for a neater finish but you could just use a spoon to scoop it in
  4. Place the tray into a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius and bake for 12 to 15 minutes
  5. Once baked, heat some olive oil in a large frying pan and, when hot, add the doughnuts. Fry for ten to fifteen seconds on either side
  6. Transfer the doughnuts into a bowl of caster sugar and roll each one until completely coated


  1. Meg

    This recipe is AMAZING! I haven’t had seaside donuts in so long and these are perfect! Will be making this all the time and playing round with it!

    • Natasha Gelder

      Hey Meg! I’m so happy you like the recipe, let me know if you discover any crazy flavour combinations you can do with them! x


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