My shocking secret revealed: I’ve never made homemade jelly doughnuts. My poor kids have salivated over the idea of either store-bought or homemade gluten-filled versions for years. But, on the days we indulge in doughnuts, they typically come home to these raw spiced donuts holes instead(which, by the way, are delicious. Just sayin’).
This year, though, I decided to get a bit more flexible and bend in an unhealthy direction for the sake of being normal. So I started obsessively Googling “Jelly Doughnut Recipes.” I tasted and tweaked a few. I’ll admit, I’m not quite ready to create my own version of the perfect copycat Dunkin’ Donut. So, I thought I’d let you in on my research. Here are the best versions I could find online and how I tweaked them to create gluten-free versions when necessary.
Since I don’t care for a monster-size doughnut, I make mini doughnut holes by rolling ball-sized dough instead of large discs. But you can do whatever makes you happy.
I substituted the flour in this recipe for equal parts all-purpose gluten-free flour. My fave is Cup4Cup, but you can use what you have on hand. If your mix doesn’t already include xanthan gum then you will need to add a teaspoon to the flour.
Although you can fill these doughnuts with anything you fancy, to me, apricot jam on Chanukah is just wrong. I’d personally stick to raspberry or strawberry if you wanna go traditional (and it’s yummier, but that’s just my take). Same substitution as per above for gluten-free.
Unlike the other recipes on this list, these are not a yeast-based doughnut. However, they produce an equally fluffy and flavorful end result that competes with the longer process of letting the yeast rise. Try them and see what your family thinks!
If you’ve given up on making your own, I swear these frozen treats are outstanding. They deliver anywhere in the USA and are a total life saver if you want to spare yourself the trouble of making your own. Heat them in the oven to crisp and nobody will know that you didn’t slave all day in the kitchen!
Nealy is the founder and director of The Flexible Chef. She inspires people to eat and to live well, and ultimately to crave a healthy lifestyle. Nealy has been a leader in the wellness industry for two decades and has founded projects including luxury yoga retreats, cooking programs, and women’s empowerment courses around the world.