Healthy Flourless Cinnamon Bun Breakfast Doughnuts

Easy and delicious baked (not fried!) doughnuts which tastes like a classic cinnamon bun but in doughnut form AND specifically designed for breakfast! Made with NO butter, oil, flour (grains, if you go the paleo option!) or sugar, these baked doughnuts are naturally gluten free, vegan, dairy free, sugar free and come with a tested paleo option! 

Healthy Flourless Cinnamon Bun Breakfast Doughnuts- Fluffy and satisfying doughnuts made with NO butter, NO oil, NO flour and NO sugar yet tastes amazing- The Glaze is protein packed too! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

Oh, the things you uncover after a solid clean. 

Before I went to America, my mum and sister told me they would be giving my childhood room a Spring clean….or rather, a ‘good riddance clean’

A few of the things which were sent to storage include-

High school photo albums (goodbye mushroom hair, blonde tips and chubby cheeks)

High school textbooks (laziness prevailed, instead of throwing them out)

University textbooks (most still in their plastic wraps)

CLOTHES (SO MANY CLOTHES)

Random bits and pieces….including a random doughnut pan. 

It was like a blessing in disguise- I had intentions to get a doughnut pan as soon as I arrived, as I had some fun ideas and this saved me time AND money. 

Just don’t ask me how I acquired this doughnut pan.

I have NO idea. 

Healthy Flourless Cinnamon Bun Breakfast Doughnuts- Fluffy and satisfying doughnuts made with NO butter, NO oil, NO flour and NO sugar yet tastes amazing- The Glaze is protein packed too! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

Anyway, can we talk about the association with doughnuts and breakfast? This was a totally new concept for me when I first came to America.

My two roommates in New York would always grab breakfast en route to their office jobs in Manhattan. 4 days out of 5, they would swing by Dunkin Donuts and grab a coffee with a doughnut. I was so oblivious to this concept- I’d always associate donuts (doughnuts) with an afternoon snack with coffee or a dessert…never first thing in the morning.

Saying that, I think the concept of doughnuts for breakfast PACKED with nutrients to keep you energised and satisfied CAN happen. In fact, with an upcoming brunch with friends happening, I wanted to make this concept happen in my home country- Healthy Breakfast Doughnuts

Healthy Flourless Cinnamon Bun Breakfast Doughnuts- Fluffy and satisfying doughnuts made with NO butter, NO oil, NO flour and NO sugar yet tastes amazing- The Glaze is protein packed too! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

 

Besides, you can have your other traditional doughnuts for dessert. 

Double D’s. 

Doughnuts AND desserts, you dirty birdies! 

Healthy Flourless Cinnamon Bun Breakfast Doughnuts- Fluffy and satisfying doughnuts made with NO butter, NO oil, NO flour and NO sugar yet tastes amazing- The Glaze is protein packed too! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

These healthy baked doughnuts are easy, delicious and a fun breakfast which are like a cinnamon bun too- Also full of protein, no sugar and high in fiber! Unlike traditional doughnuts, these aren’t only baked, they are also made with no butter, oil, margarine, butter or sugar, but they taste JUST as good! The doughnuts themselves (if you go the original route!) are fluffy and slightly dense (thanks to the gluten free oat flour) or if you go grain free, are firm and tender (thanks to the combination of coconut flour and almond butter).   Because of the two tested options offered, regardless of which you pick ,they will be naturally gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, vegan, paleo and grain free! 

Long term readers know I usually recommend my three standard protein powders- A casein protein powder, a paleo protein powder and a vegan brown rice protein powder. This time, while those three are perfectly fine, this is one recipe in which a whey based protein powder would be suitable for. Most whey protein powders I’ve used tend to be incredibly sticky, but as this recipe calls for it as a strict ‘glaze’ or topping, this texture works perfectly for it. I would recommend this whey protein powder (pictured) or this whey protein powder (my other standby)

HACK! Don’t have a doughnut pan? These totally work as muffins or even a loaf pan- You’ll just need to keep an eye on the cooking time for the latter, it will be a little bit longer but still just as delicious. 

Healthy Flourless Cinnamon Bun Breakfast Doughnuts- Fluffy and satisfying doughnuts made with NO butter, NO oil, NO flour and NO sugar yet tastes amazing- The Glaze is protein packed too! {vegan, gluten free, paleo recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

Make these healthy flourless (baked!) cinnamon bun breakfast doughnuts and let’s REALLY embrace doughnuts for breakfast.

Post sugar crash = not welcome.

Healthy Flourless Cinnamon Bun Breakfast Doughnuts
Serves 10
Made with NO butter, oil, flour (grains, if you go the paleo option!) or sugar, these healthy flourless baked cinnamon bun breakfast doughnuts are naturally gluten free, vegan, dairy free, sugar free and come with a tested paleo option!
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For the original option
  1. 2 cups gluten free oat flour (gluten free oats ground into a flour)
  2. 1/2 cup granulated sweetener of choice (I used a stevia blend, monk fruit sweetener)
  3. 1 T baking powder
  4. 1 T Saigon cinnamon
  5. pinch sea salt
  6. 1 cup milk of choice (I used unsweetened coconut milk)
  7. 1 flax egg (can sub for 1 large egg if not vegan)
  8. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  9. 6 T drippy almond butter (can sub for any nut butter)
For the paleo option
  1. 3/4 cup coconut flour, sifted
  2. 1 cup almond flour, sifted
  3. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  4. 1 T cinnamon
  5. 4 large eggs, lightly whisked
  6. 1/2 cup milk of choice (I used unsweetened coconut milk)
  7. 3 T drippy almond butter
  8. 1/2 cup honey (can sub for pure maple syrup)
For the protein frosting
  1. 3 scoops vanilla protein powder (see recommendations above)
  2. 1-2 T granulated sweetener of choice (optional)
  3. 1-2 T nut butter of choice (optional)
  4. Milk, to thin out batter
For the cinnamon coconut butter frosting
  1. 4-6 T coconut butter, melted
  2. 2 T granulated sweetener of choice
  3. Dairy free milk, to thin out
For the original option
  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a 12 count doughnut pan or muffin pan with oil/butter/cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the dry ingredients and mix well.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk the milk, vanilla extract and egg/flax egg. Pour into the dry mixture. Add the melted nut butter and mix very well until a batter is formed.
  4. Transfer the batter to the greased doughnut pan. Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until golden brown on top and a toothpick comes on clean. Remove from oven and let sit in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled, frost.
For the paleo option
  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a 12 count doughnut pan or muffin pan with oil/butter/cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the dry ingredients and mix well.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk the milk and eggs together. In a seperate bowl, melt your nut butter with honey and combine both into the dry mixture. Mix until a very thick batter is formed.
  4. Transfer to greased doughnut pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until cooked through. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Once cooled, frost.
To make the frosting
  1. Combine all the ingredients and using a tablespoon, add milk until a relatively batter is formed. Drizzle over the doughnuts, one at a time. For the cream cheese one, allow to sit at room temperature until it softens. Mix with granulated sweetener and cinnamon. Spread over each doughnut.
Notes
  1. Doughnuts are best kept refrigerated and are also freezer friendly. If you choose to freeze, omit frosting and only frost before consumption.
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Have you ever found gems while cleaning? I found my sister’s heinous doll she loved as as a five year old. The rip marks I left as a kid were still there too 😀 

DOUGHnut or donut? 

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104 thoughts on “Healthy Flourless Cinnamon Bun Breakfast Doughnuts

  1. Oh my God yes. I am such a donut-obsessed human – you reeled me in here. But yes aren’t we Americans weird with our morning donuts lolz After every Sunday church service at my church they have a giant table full of Dunkin Donuts donuts, fo free. It’s pretty amazing #america

  2. Wait a cinnamon bun…in doughnut form? You evil, evil man. Are these still ‘healthy’ after I eat the entire batch? By entire batch, I mean entire batch plus half of the next batch… They look amazing!

  3. Thank you for posting this! I was JUST looking for a good recipe for baked donuts as it was requested for Mother’s Day! I love your site and was sad to not find a recipe yesterday. But you read my mind! Hooray! Making these tomorrow! 😀

  4. I always said donut, but I won’t fight anyone on spelling as long as the product is still the same. When I clean I find a lot of random stuff my cats have hidden or socks that I used to wear but lost one of them so I threw out the other. I bet if I cleaned more often this wouldn’t happen hahaha

  5. We Americans do like our dessert-for-breakfast… but hey, so do you – you just do it healthier 😉 And also more efficiently, since this is a mashup of two desserts-for-breakfast. Mind blown.

  6. Donuts are actually a good part of the Standard American Diet, TERRIBLE for your health and optimal performance unfortunately. It’s one cause as to why so many people are sick and under-nourished! However, this take is so much better–you can have it and know that you’re putting something healthy into your body! And yes–dessert for breakfast is a WIN!

  7. Arman! I have been looking for a good vegan donut recipe and kablam you have posted one right here. These look seriously good. Healthy donuts for breakfast – seriously amazing. My future nutrition clients will be sent right your way for healthy baked goods – FACT.

  8. Haha I remember that too from the UK. People raiding the Krispy Kreme Doughnut shelves at Tesco in the morning. I found that pretty odd, too.
    When we cleaned out the kitchen in January I found so many things I didn’t know I had like two macaron baking mats (why 2?) and a few sprouting jars (???)!
    Also definitely DOUGHnut!

  9. So uou think this would still work using the applesauce sub for egg instead of flax? Flax gives my daughter a terrible stomach ache

  10. Hi – these look delicious! I’m always looking for healthy “treats” for my 10-yr-old son. Question – are these full size doughnuts or mini?

  11. Ok I’m gonna be super honest here . I was just diagnosed with diabitiis 2 . I’m 46 year old over weight busy wife,mother,grandmother, this fills like my whole world is changing . I’m tired I’m depressed I don’t like shots and blood . And I love good food . So if just only one or two of these pancakes turn out good I’m gonna be soooooooo happy !!!!! Depression is hard when you have to accept change . And if you can find little things to give you hope . I think that is a good thing w

  12. My daughte is allergic to wheat, oats and egg. How can adjust the flour in the original option? Can i use any GF flour? If i use the flour ratio in the paleo version, do i need to adjust the baking powder? Thank you for providing a healthy, allergy-free doughnut option.

  13. This looks amazing!!!! Thank you sooo much! Just to be sure, the T in your recipe is a tablespoon, not a teaspoon?

  14. For the drippy almond butter, I can sub any nut butter. Is that like peanut butter? I’m confused 🙂
    Plus thank you for creating a GLUTEN free doughnut where the ingredients are weird!!

        1. For the drippy almond butter, I can sub any nut butter. Is that like peanut butter? Will it affect the taste? It won’t taste like peanut butter?

  15. Awesome! Just got doughnut pans for a “savory breakfast bagel “- eggs, cheese and sausage. Now I have a sweet recipe! What do you mean by Drippy almond butter? How can I tell at the store!

    1. 😀 LOVE using doughnut pans for that exact recipe!!!!!! We must have the same brain 🙂

      Now for drippy almond butter, it’s sold at Trader Joe’s, or Barney Butter smooth is drippy too 🙂

  16. This looks great and I want to make it this week but I am confused about the frosting.

    The ingredients for the cinnamon frosting are listed as coconut butter, sweetener, and milk- no mention of cream cheese or cinnamon (“For the cream cheese one, allow to sit at room temperature until it softens. Mix with granulated sweetener and cinnamon. Spread over each doughnut.”). Can you help out with ingredient list and amounts? Thanks!

    1. Hi Kirsten- Apologies for that! The cream cheese one, depending on whether you want a thick frosting or thin one, start with half a tub (100 grams) and mix with 1-2 T sweetener until desired sweetness, then frost.

  17. THANK YOU so much for all the different options! It was an incredible relief to scroll down and see that there were even options to choose from? I am not used to seeing that on very many food blogs so THANK YOU! So excited to make these!

  18. I tried the original option (used coconut flour – could not find the other). However, the “batter” for me turned out as a bowl of crumbles. Went ahead and baked just in case. Still after the allotted time, they still looked like balls of crumbles. Also tasted very dry. Loved the sound of the concept, but for those like me that are not great cooks, this recipe did not like me.

    1. Hi Jen! Unfortunately, the original version can’t have the oat flour subbed with coconut flour- It just won’t work. If you want to use coconut flour, you need to follow the ‘Paleo’ option directions.

    2. Coconut flour in general requires more liquid and needs larger number of eggs than is standard to keep it from ending up really dense. You can see that from Arman’s paleo recipe. It has more eggs than is standard for donuts. Four eggs equates to approximately a cup and that’s on top of having less flour, half a cup of honey, and half a cup of milk as liquid ingredients, versus a cup in the vegan recipe.

  19. I was wondering if these would bake in a donut maker? My daughter bought me a 70’s Exeter, just like the one I bought my mom when I was a kid!

  20. I made the paleo option and these were the best paleo treats I’ve made so far. I don’t usually comment on the recipes I try but I simply had to say something after making these! Just so good. I didn’t have the ingredients for the icing so I left that out and I didn’t have almond butter so I used cashew butter. Seriously unreal. I can’t wait to try more of your recipes!

  21. I highly recommend that people grind their own oats (even a blender works for this) and if you have a halfway decent food processor you can make cashew butter, almond butter, and coconut butter for way cheaper than in the stores while also controlling added ingredients. I make organic almond butter for cheaper than you can get a smaller quantity of non organic. Oh, and I recommend keeping your flax seeds in the fridge and any ground flax in the fridge as the oil in them can go rancid which makes it smell like rotting fix.

    Thank you for this recipe! I am allergic to wheat and soy as well as being vegan. I’ve avoided most doughnut recipes as they tend to use a gluten free flour blend and those are usually very much lacking in the nutrition department. These are also incredibly easy and contain things I always have on hand. This is the only baked good recipe I have made that uses only oat flour and isn’t at all gummy. First time using saigon cinnamon, and I definitely approve. I snuck a couple of the mini donuts with fresh made coconut butter on top, the rest are going to use the protein frosting.

  22. Cannot wait to try these! Perfect for work mornings on the run! Your recipes are so easy to follow, which is great considering I really don’t like to cook.

  23. Would it be possible to substitute honey in the original recipe instead of granulated sweetener? I try to avoid processed sweeteners if at all possible and I don’t have coconut flour

  24. I made these over the weekend and my kids devoured them! I had my usual issue, though, when baking with oat flour – the doughnuts were very crumbly and fell apart. Any tips? I will admit I didn’t grease my doughnut pan (I quickly learned the non-stick pan wasn’t non-stick enough), but I have this issue with other baked goods made from oat flour. Thanks for your input! I’m going to try these as muffins next.

  25. Thanks so much for the new recipe. I’m just double checking that you used 1/2 cup (170 grams of stevia & monk fruit). It seems like a lot of sweetener.

  26. Thank you so much for this recipe. I am so excited to try it! However, I just had one quick question. If I cannot have coconut flour( I have gastroparesis) would I just substitute that amount and do all almond flour or can it be made with all purpose flour if need be?

    Thank you so much & have aBeautiful day!
    ?Michelle E.

  27. I just made the oat flour version for my wheat, egg, nut, soy, plus-allergic daughter and they are A-MA-ZING! I can’t wait for her to get home from school to try them! Our house borders an apple orchard and the aroma of fresh baking doughnuts in the morning can be torture…I’m so happy to have a safe option to offer her!

    Have you tried baking these with other spices, or maybe omitting the cinnamon/spice altogether? Curious if they would taste like a basic cake doughnut. The cinnamon version is fantastic, just wondering about possible variations. Thanks!!

  28. Hello!!! Came across this recipe and was wondering if I can replace the eggs in the paleo version for flax eggs instead? I prefer my doughnuts more dense! 🙂

  29. This recipe looks amazing! I noticed the commenter above was able to make them nut free. I would love to try this recipe for my son, but he can’t have nuts or peanuts and I am wondering what I could replace the nut butter with. Thanks!

  30. Wow. I made these last night. I have to say these were so amazing they melt in your mouth!!! This was my first time making donuts. My family was impressed. You have inspired me to be open to more creative ideas in the baking world!!! Thank you!!!

  31. Hi there. I have tried multiple of you recipes and my family is in love. Thanks for you dedication and willingness to try and try until you’ve perfected the recipe.

    Wondering if i use same amount of oat flour if it was purchased already ground rather than doing it myself? Thanks

  32. These sound sooooooooo good. However, I do have a question. In the recipe you mentioned a cream cheese cinnamon frosting, but I did not see a recipe for it, unless I just didn’t see it. Where would I find that recipe?

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