Maple Tahini Glazed Baked Donuts {Gluten-Free, Vegan, Refined Sugar-Free}

Maple Tahini Glazed Baked Donuts

  • Author: Audrey @ Unconventional Baker
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 6 donuts
  • Category: Donuts
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Dessert


A gluten-free, vegan, refined-sugar free recipe for warm, fresh maple donuts with a twist.


Wet Ingredients:

  • 5 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • 9 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1½ tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1½ tsp lemon juice


  • 7 tbsp brown rice flour
  • 5 tbsp tapioca starch
  • 4 tbsp sweet sticky rice flour {also known as glutinous rice flour/mochi/mochiko flour}
  • ½ tsp guar gum
  • 1½ tsp cinnamon
  •  tsp of each of the following: allspice, nutmeg
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • dash of salt

Maple Tahini Glaze:

  • ¼ cup thick tahini
  • 2 tbsp softened non-dairy butter or coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • dash of salt {unless using salted butter}


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Oil a 6 donut pan and set aside. Have a piping bag {or sturdy large ziplock bag} + pair of scissors handy.
  2. Mix all wet ingredients in a bowl. Add in all dry ingredients and mix to thoroughly combine. Let mixture stand for 1 minute.
  3. Transfer the batter into a large pipping bag {I set mine inside a tall glass for easier handling}. Cut off the tip and carefully pour the dough into the donut pan. Be careful when first snipping off the tip of the bag — the mixture will be runny, so you want to pipe with care.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for approximately 17-20 minutes, until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a cooling rack.
  5. Prepare the glaze by blending all ingredients together {I used my magic bullet for this, but a small food processor, blender, or immersion blender would work just as well}.
  6. Once the donuts are completely cooled, dip each one into the glaze in the bowl {I put mine in upside down and then lifted the donuts up out of the bowl in a twisting motion}. If you want the glaze to harden a little, first make sure the donuts are completely cool and then place in the fridge for 15 mins after glazing, or enjoy straight away.


Note: if you use a sweetener other than maple, obviously you’ll lose the “maple” flavor in these donuts. They’ll still be great with whatever sweetener you use though.

You can replace the olive oil in the donut recipe with some more applesauce and they will still come out delicious, but they will not store well. So you’ll need to eat them all straight away. The oil helps to keep them moist, so I recommend leaving it in.

Store leftover donuts in the fridge.