The Best Gluten Free Donuts

It’s no secret that Queensland Country has a great internal culture and our Staff love coming to work to help our Members each day, but perhaps something you didn’t know is that each Friday we’re encouraged to enjoy a little Fun Friday activity here and there. Some Fridays that means wearing different coloured socks to work or greeting our teams with extra warmth but on some occasions, we go all out!

Today is one of those days…

We’re big fans of the Salvation Army but possibly even more so now that we know they are the masterminds behind National Donut Day! Granted, it’s a US holiday but today we felt like embracing our donut loving friends across the globe and joining the celebration.  This celebration is marked on the first Friday of June to honour those of their members who served donuts to soldiers during World War I.

Our Marketing team in Townsville took a little time out to whip up these sweet treats for the office. 

Like most, we’ve got some special dietary requirements amongst us so we swapped some of the ingredients around for a few batches here and there.  This recipe was adapted from our new favourite food blog, Love and Zest.

Find the original recipe here




  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (we used Nuttelex to keep it dairy free)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup (make sure you use the real stuff rather than the flavoured syrup)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg (we made a batch for our Vegan friend using egg replacer too J)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup gluten free plain flour
  • 1/3 cup caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • Optional: jam or Nutella


  1. Preheat a small pie maker (we used the infamous Kmart pie maker and they worked a treat); spray the cups with olive oil spray
  2. Grab a large microwave safe mixing bowl and melt 4 tablespoons butter or Nuttelex in microwave.
  3. Stir in the maple syrup and vanilla extract, and beat the egg into the mixture or add your egg replacer if making them Vegan friendly.
  4. Add baking powder, salt and almond milk to bowl and stir until combined.
  5. Stir in the flour and mix until fully incorporated.
  6. Spoon the batter into the pie maker and spread it around to create a smooth surface.
  7. Optional: add in a dollop of jam or Nutella to the centre and place a little batter over the top
  8. Bake donuts for 10 minutes; remove the donuts from the pie maker and allow donuts to cool slightly.
  9. Pour sugar and cinnamon into a plastic bag and toss in the donuts. Seal the bag and gently give it a shake to coat each donut in cinnamon sugar. Store in airtight container.