Gluten Free Chocolate Donut with Zucchini

Gluten Free Chocolate Donut with Zucchini

Ever have a craving for a gluten free chocolate donut? Yeah, I thought so. It’s just one of those things you have to have sometimes. I understand.


When the chocolate donut craving hits, when you have some extra zucchini on hand, or when you’re looking for a tasty way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with green or Halloween with orange or Valentine’s Day with pink … (yes, I realize these are three very different occasions — this recipe satisfies them all!), I have the perfect gluten free doughnut recipe for you.


Changing the frosting color just makes these yummy donuts even more festive!

gluten free chocolate zucchini donuts with green icing - gfJules

This gluten free chocolate donut recipe can be made baked or fried or even as mini muffins if you are in the mood to share with a crowd.

I doubt anyone will guess they have zucchini in them, but you will know that your chocolate doughnut craving was sated with something just a little healthier than your average chocolate treat.

gluten free chocolate donuts without glaze - gfJules

Soft and moist baked donuts cooling before icing.


And everyone will love how soft and moist these donuts/mini muffins are! Bonus: if you choose to bake instead of fry them, they’ll stay moist for days (not that they’ll be around that long because they’re sooooo yummy!).

gluten free chocolate zucchini muffins - gfJules

If you’re craving some filled donut holes instead, hop to my recipe for those. If you’d rather have a straight-up old fashioned glazed or powdered sugar doughnut, I have you covered with a recipe for those too. And if you’d prefer a yummy baked donut with a pumpkin twist, you have to try my recipe for those delicious baked confections.

But don’t miss my newest gluten free donut holes recipe, too! It’s made with protein and can also be made for coffee for a real wake-up-and-face-the-day treat!

As you can see, I have gluten free donut recipes-a-plenty, so you’ll never feel like you’re missing out! There’s a gluten free doughnut for nearly any occasion!

gluten free chocolate donuts with icing and sprinkles 1- gfJules

Gluten free donut, anyone? Yep. Made with gfJules Flour!


gluten free chocolate zucchini iced donut with sprinkles square - gfJules

Gluten Free Chocolate Donut with Zucchini

Yield: 6 gluten free donuts
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Chocolate + zucchini is a combination made in heaven. No one would really ever know the zucchini was tucked inside these lovely, light, cakey donuts. Part of the joy in knowing you're eating a bit healthier when you're enjoying a gluten free chocolate donut with zucchini.



  • 2 cups shredded zucchini (about 3 small zucchini or one large zucchini - measure after shredding)
  • 1/3 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy)
  • 1 Tbs. lemon juice
  • 2 cups gfJules Gluten Free All Purpose Flour 
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 4 Tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp. cardamom
  • ½ cup mild flavored oil
  • 1 Tbs. pure maple syrup
  • 2 eggs (or substitute like aquafaba or applesauce)
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • ¾ cups granulated sugar or unrefined coconut palm sugar


  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar, sifted
  • 1-2 Tbs. milk (dairy or non-dairy)
  • food coloring (optional)
  • gluten free sprinkles


Preheat oven to 350°F (static) or 325F (convection). Spray or lightly oil donut pan (here's a link to the one I use), or line mini muffin pans with papers.

Grate zucchini then press in a sieve or colander to release excess liquid. Spoon out onto paper towels, then cover with another layer of paper towels and press to blot remaining liquid.

Measure and mix together milk and lemon juice in small bowl; set aside to curdle.

Whisk together gfJules Flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom.

Add these ingredients together in a large mixing bowl: oil, maple syrup, eggs, vanilla and sugar, beating to combine. Slowly stir in the dry ingredients followed by the curdled milk. Lastly fold in the shredded zucchini.

Soft and moist baked donuts cooling before icing.

For Baked Donuts:

Fill donut pan with even amounts of batter, leveling with the top of the pan and smoothing the batter with a rubber spatula. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out nearly clean – start checking for doneness at 15 minutes.

(Recipe makes enough for 6 large donuts + 14 mini muffins.)

For Fried Doughnut Holes:

Prepare a small pot by filling at least 1 1/2 inches deep with oil. Heat to medium (no more than 350°F). *Note: a candy thermometer is super helpful to ensure the oil reaches and stays at the right temperature. If the oil is too hot, the doughnut holes will burn on the outside and remain uncooked on the inside.

Once the oil has reached 325-350°F, using a small cookie dough scoop or tablespoon measure, carefully drop doughnut dough into the hot oil, boil and flip as necessary to cook until browned on all sides – approximately 4 minutes total. I suggest starting with only one doughnut hole as a test, cooking with a timer and checking to see if it is cooked through so you know exactly how long they will need to cook, since size of the doughnut hole and temperature of the oil will cause variations in cook time.

Once cooked, immediately remove doughnuts with a skimmer or slotted spoon to a plate covered with paper towels to absorb any excess oil.

Quickly transfer to a bowl of colored sugar and roll to completely coat the doughnuts or set aside to cool if icing later.

Once the doughnuts have cooled, prepare the icing by whisking sifted confectioner’s sugar with milk, starting with only one tablespoon milk and adding more only if and as much as is needed to spread or drizzle on doughnuts. Add food coloring, if desired. If the icing gets too thin, simply stir in more confectioner’s sugar until the proper consistency is reached.

Drizzle or spoon on top of donuts or dip doughnut holes into the icing, if you find that method easier.

For Mini Muffins:

Spoon into mini muffin pans (makes approximately 48) and bake for 15-16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean – start checking for doneness at 14 minutes.

I hope you love this recipe as much as we do!

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36 thoughts on “Gluten Free Chocolate Donut with Zucchini

  1. Hi Jules! In your recipe for the fried doughnut holes it says to drop them in “once the dough has reached 325-350” – are these supposed to be baked before going in the oil? Or is it the oil supposed to reach 325-350? I’m assuming the oil but figured I should check! Thank you!!! 🙂

    • Hi Kim, check my gluten free and vegan egg substitutions list for ones I recommend for quick breads like this one and find one that suits your dietary needs. My first choice would not be a fruit like banana or applesauce, as the zucchini already adds moisture of its own. Flax “egg” or a commercial egg sub might be your best bet. Happy baking!