I’m going to keep this one short and sweet today folks.
One of my children struggles with processing gluten. The more I listen to my body, the more I realize I really do too. We aren’t allergic, but there is definitely some kind of intolerance. I’ve been eating about 80% gluten-free for 4 or 5 years and my body appreciates it (almost as much as my taste-buds appreciate a good gluten-filled pizza buffet).
We gave our youngest daughter a BREAKFAST BASH for her 7th birthday last month and wanted it to be complete with all of her favorite things, like scrambled eggs, 5lbs of turkey bacon, hot decaf coffee, sprinkle donuts, and more.
That girl LOVES breakfast.
I wondered where we’d find gluten-free donuts on such short notice, and it looked like the freezer section of a grocery store was my only option.
I’m an adventurous half-hearted DIYer, so I hopped onto Amazon for a pan (which doubled as an early birthday gift), hit ALDI for baking mix and decided to go all-in on this donut making thing (the night before the party, of course).
Here’s what I can tell you- Donuts made with the Betty Crocker cake mix (according to the box instructions for cake) are good, but they aren’t AMAZING.
To be amazing they would need some tweaking. As is, no one is taking these to the market, but they would sure be serving them in their kitchens with their best friends and family around (you know, how we did prior to social media hinting at us that we have to be the best at everything). That said, they get the job done and are pretty darn yummy (especially covered in homemade cream cheese frosting, sprinkles, and refrigerated overnight). Reddi Whip works too!
The first time I made these I used a box of Chocolate baking mix from Aldi, which didn’t come with a recipe, but I’ll hook you up with what worked for us (inspired by their yellow mix for cupcakes):
1 box Live G Free Chocolate Baking Mix
3 Lg. Eggs
1 Stick Melted Butter
3/4C. Almond Milk
Bake @ 350° for 20 minutes.
When I used the Aldi mix I doubled them up with frosting in the middle. They don’t rise up while baking the way a regular cake donut would. The top is flatter like a brownie, but these were absolutely ridiculously delicious.
The Betty Crocker cake mix as donuts did bake up a little more.
Bottom line: Being able to have donuts ready in 30 minutes is amazing- I can’t even get my makeup on and get to the grocery store’s donut case and back home that quickly.
If you’re looking for a fun gift for a gluten-free friend in your life, pair a Donut Pan (great price on Amazon) with a box of Cake Mix (almost always cheaper in a store) and a cute dish towel. Even if you aren’t gluten-free, a donut pan is just a FUN addition to a home kitchen!
PS. We’re dye-free weirdo’s over here too (for good reason), so I purchased a big tub of dye-free sprinkles for my kids. Believe me, when I say THIS CONTAINER IS BIGGER THAN YOU THINK. I’m pretty sure we won’t use them all up any time soon, but they were a fun addition to the party.